News Archive 2012

And a Happy New Year
Posted by Suppiluliuma on December 31st, 2012 @ 12:50 a.m.
2013 will be the first year with 4 different digits since 1987.

Wising the best for all of you

Permalink | Comments [5]
Merry Christmas
Posted by Suppiluliuma on December 24th, 2012 @ 12:57 p.m.
For all the community, enjoy the holidays and have a great time with those you love,

Best wishes from the High King of the Hittites lol

Permalink | Comments [4]
15 years of Age of Empires
Posted by PhatFish on October 15th, 2012 @ 09:49 a.m.
Today it has been 15 years since the original Age of Empires hit the stores and was released! The series has come a long way since then; from the original game and the wonderful Rise of Rome expansion to the fantastic follow-up Age of Kings and The Conquerors, the spin-off Age of Mythology and The Titans, Age of Empires 3 and it’s two expansions and finally Age of Empires Online. 

We’ve seen the rise and fall of Ensemble Studios, and the founding of new game companies such as Robot Entertainment and PeopleFun. The age community and fanbase has grown steadily (thanks to fan-sites such as HeavenGames), and now, 15 years later, we still share the love for these wonderful games that have a special place in our heart, which is quite amazing to say at least!

How it all started: AoE was originally called “Dawn of Man”.

Forum Party

As announced a few days ago, we held a forum party yesterday to celebrate AoE’s birthday. While it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped (me having issues with Gameranger , and the event starting a bit later than scheduled), we finally played a game on Voobly which was very nice. I hardly ever play online these days, but it was a blast to play again since the last time I went on GR or Voobly (which has been a while). 

Staticzor owned Juanda and me – never underestimate a good Egy player!

I chose Shang, being used to their playing style. I have lost pretty much all my skills, so I decided just to play it easy and have fun while it lasted. It was a 1v1v1 FFA. It definetely was a lot of fun and I got that feeling of nostalgia once again. I do miss the old Zone days though, those were the best 

Be sure to hug your AoE today. Or, you can congratulate AoE in this thread.

Happy birthday AoE!!!

Permalink | Comments [15]
Forum Party Sunday!
Posted by PhatFish on October 11th, 2012 @ 07:56 a.m.

We don’t have these kind of events anymore (not on AoEH at least), and because upcoming Monday will be AoE’s 15th anniversary, I thought it would be a nice idea to make Sunday 14th of October a day for celebrating and host a forum party for a change. It will begin at 5:00 PM, EST/21:00 GMT (time converter here) and will continue for several hours. Using the Gameranger client, look for AoEH Forum Party room. You can also join Voobly if you feel like slaying some villies sunday.

Anyways, we encourage you to play AoE (or it’s sequels) this weekend!

Permalink | Comments [7]
Posted by PhatFish on August 30th, 2012 @ 4:43 p.m.
HeavenGames will have some scheduled downtime these coming days, starting today which you might have noticed. 

It’s all for the good however, so please bare with us the following days:

– HG will be offline today, August 30, 2012, from 7am EST to noon (estimated).
– Downloads and teamspeak will be offline all day [on] August 31, 2012
– All of HG will be offline from September 1, 2012 ’till September 4, 2012 (at the latest), though the sites should be back online sooner.

As always, blame Zen 

Permalink | Comments [18]
Granary upload limit changed to 48 mb
Posted by PhatFish on July 07th, 2012 @ 5:55 p.m.
Forumer Zapdotep, the mastermind behind and creator of the wonderful Composite Editor, asked us to change the upload limit for submitting files to the Granary. After discussing the matter with the high council of Gondor err HG, we now accept submissions up to 48 Megabytes(previously 8mb), which should be plenty to serve your project needs. 

Also, a bug on the main site has been fixed – The top-right part of the “Recent forum posts” was covered by the background image of the right-menu, meaning you couldn’t click the links. Thanks to Zapdotep for notifying us!

Permalink | Comments [12]
Happy Birthday AoEH!
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 05-15-12 09:52 AM ET (US)             

Today it is exactly 15 years ago since Michael “Archangel” McCart created and launched Age of Empires Heaven. And we are still alive and kicking! Although we are not the oldest Heaven, AoEH was amongst the few that laid the foundations of HeavenGames, back then known as HeavenWeb. The biggest and best website covering everything about the original “Age of Empires” and it’s expansion “The Rise of Rome” is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary today – join us for a party and celebrate!

If you could change three things about AoE or RoR…
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 05-25-12 07:57 AM ET (US)             

If you could make up to three “official” changes to AoE and/or RoR, Not a full make over, but fix this/ change this/ Add this feature, what would they be?

Matt Pritchard (ES_MattP) started an interesting thread and is asking for your input. Now, don’t assume anything will be done with the suggestions, but it doesn’t hurt to post yours… Who knows what the outcome might be  Every suggestion is highly appreciated, so start posting what you would like to see in AoE/RoR!

A blast from the past!
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 04-25-12 07:58 AM ET (US)             

As I mentioned several news posts ago, we don’t often see VIPs posting in our forums. Remember that AoE is olmost 15 years old now – which makes this very special. Matt Pritchard, also known as “The Optimizer” (he earned the nickname for his optimizing skills on the graphic engines of the genie-based games, AoE and AoK), has joined us and may be able to answer some of your burning questions regarding anything AoE, which also includes questions about the development of AoE itself. 

This screenshot found by Litude is one of the very few impressions we have of the earliest builds. This, amongst other pre-alpha screenshots, are the foundations of the Age series, and is currently being discussed here.

ES_MattP has been posting for a quite a while now at AoKH (thread here) and has found his way onto our forums. Always been wondering about that certain part of AoE? Welcome him and ask your question(s) here!

And the winner is…
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 04-07-12 01:14 PM ET (US)             

Crossbowman! His wonderful entry features Rome in all it’s magnificent glory, a huge city filled with all kinds of features that you absolutely must see, ranging from a Colloseum skirmish to arches to bath houses and other eye-candy. His city shows us that designing with AoE and it’s expansion is only limited by your own imagination. Loads and loads of creativity! Crossbowman gets a custom forum title as prize – be sure to pick something nice  Congratulations!

Second place goes to our fellow staff member Dubstepfisk, with his impressive desert city “Darya-de Noor”. If you want to see an absolutely beautifully designed city that truly impresses, and are interested in reading what inspired him, look no further!

The third place goes to Durin_PT, who designed several smaller towns on a mountain to show off his impressive designing skills. I personally thought it worked out really well, Durin shows us that you don’t specifically need one vast city to get a high rating!

Lastly, Dom0601‘s town of “Itla”, which is a pretty nice looking village, slowly progressing to the next age. Though it is a bit lacking in diversity, Dom0601 certainly has a lot of potential.

You can find the results, reviews and all the entries here, or click the link in the left menu, under the “Contest” section.

Our first Pretty Town Contest has been quite a success and the participants produced fantastic looking cities. I hope you enjoy viewing/playing the entries as much as the judges did. A big thank you to all who participated!

PTC updates
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 04-24-12 10:40 AM ET (US)             

With the reviews done and the results announced, it is time to add all the entries to the newly added Pretty Town Contest Entries category in the Granary, a.k.a. the downloads section. I hereby want to ask all the contestants (Crossbowman, Dubstepfisk, Durin_PT and Dom_0601) to upload their entry to the Granary as soon as possible.

Please note that all entries must remain the same though, no major overhauls of sections, however, if you want you can make the last updates, fix bugs etc before submitting. I will move them to the appropriate newly added PTC section and add the reviews.

Thats right, next to Suppiluliuma, I am now able to move the entries (amongst many other cool things) as I am now an admin/moderator of the Granary as well – thanks to Leif Ericson (AoKH seraph), who helped me out. 

PS: Dubby, you can be a Granary admin too if you want 

Pretty Town Contest reminder
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 02-19-12 02:37 PM ET (US)             

In case you didn’t knew, we are holding a Pretty Town Contest, which started a few months ago. The deadline is nearing, you have two weeks remaining to create something nice and fabulous to the eye. If you are interested in participating, sign up here.
The new year has begun…
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 01-13-12 10:15 AM ET (US)             

… and with it comes a new version of the Age of Italy mod, a work-in-progress which is being developed by Thompsoncs. New features include all new DeathMatch AIs, which allows the CPU to train all kinds of new units featured in this modpack. I did a bunch of playtests and they work really well! I’m not exactly fond of the DM option but for those who enjoy it this is a most welcome addition. Random Map AIs are currently being worked on for the next build. 

Other new additions are eye-candy (taken from Age of Kings) and a plethora of heroes, ranging from Aemilianus to Xanthippus, each with unique stats. If this has caught your attention, download the latest version here.

The results for the annual awards ceremony are in, with our overlord King Blatant VII taking up the biggest amount of all votes casted! View the results here.

Our Pretty Town Contest deadline has been extend to 11:59pm EST, February 29, 2012, to give the entrants a little bit more time to create the most fantastic looking city. You can still sign up!

The Continuous Screenshot Competition II now has the first “Super Special Bonkers Bonus Round“, meaning you are not bound to a specific theme this time. If you can make a nice screenshot which includes captivating eye-candy, or something plain awkward but interesting, be sure to give a go at it!

New look
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 12-14-11 11:28 AM ET (US)             

Hi everyone, as you probably noticed we have gotten a new look after all these years, which includes a brand new header and right menu. In case you don’t see it yet or only partially, clear your browser cache and hit the refresh button.

Some parts remain the same – AoEH preserves its traditional looks which is what I was aiming for when designing since all our visitors are familiar with it. 

I am currently updating every single page, most sections and pages are done already but some still need to get the new coat. We have a lot of content so it may take a few days before the remaining pages are updated. You can still access them of course!

I hope you like what you are seeing, and would like to hear your thoughts on it, as well as any suggestions you might have, feel free to share them with us.

Happy new year
Location: ☜♞☞
 posted 01-01-12 03:43 PM ET (US)             

On behalf of the Staff I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2012!