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News Archives - July 2007

1.04 Patch Notes Out

The long-awaited 1.04 patch notes are out! The changes can be read here. Looks like it's going to be a very big one as promised: bug fixes, a lot of balance changes and custom online scenarios.


You can discuss the changes at our forums - join us in pondering the possible implications, I know I will :)

Live interview with MrMilo and TriXie from XBOX

Our friend and resident forumer MrMilo, the reigning World Cyber Games US Open Champion for Age of Empires III, along with TriXie, an Xbox.com Community Editor, will be having a live chat/interview over on the Circuit City Forums at 8 PM EST (midnight GMT) tonight. It's a bit late notice, but if you're interesting in hearing about the future of the competitive gaming world, or if you would just like to see what an expert gamer has to say, head on over to the Circuit City Forums. You may even get to pose a question or two!

Here is the official announcement:

Ever wonder how TriXie decides what to write about on her Xbox Live blog? Ever wonder what it took for MrMilo to become a WCG champion? Here's your big chance to get the answers to your burning questions! Join TriXie and MrMilo on Circuit City's WCG forum on July 29, from 8-9pm ET for a live conversation about blogs, games, gamers and who knows what else.


WCG Forums

MrMilo's Thread

AgeCommunity TAD Update and Screenshots

AgeCommunity has been updated with a game overview of The Asian Dynasties expansion. Also, new screenshots have been made available, showing the various wonders of the game, such as the huge Agra Fort.


What else can you spot in the new screenshots? Join the discussion here at our TAD Expansion Discussion Forum.

Gold Edition Announced!

Posted in your General Discussions Forum by Xastor (aka Kastor), yesterday Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios announced the Age of Empires III Gold Edition. For those who don't know, it combines the vanilla game, Age of Empires III, with its expansion pack, The Warchiefs. As for the date and the price...
July 27, 2007 - Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios today announced that the "Age of Empires III Gold Edition" is headed to store shelves on September 25, 2007 in North America for an estimated retail price of $39.99 (U.S.).

So what are you waiting for? Post a comment in it's topic! And in case you are in need of a new copy, remember not to miss the opportunity of getting both games with a nice discount

HeavenGames Appoints Sergio Prado as New CEO

LOMBARD, IL - HeavenGames LLC, an internet leader in strategy fansites, today announced it has appointed Sergio "Socvazius" Prado to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 28, 2007. Mr. Prado, a driven executive with considerable experience in the gaming industry, has worked at HeavenGames for 7 years in addition to Vivendi Universal's brand marketing department. He currently is a college junior at Harvard University.

Prior to this appointment at HeavenGames, Mr. Prado served as the company's Chief Content Officer on the executive board, ensuring the professional quality of content present across the network. He also headed six of its sites: for Age of Empires III, Age of Mythology, Age of Kings, Age of Empires, Rome: Total War, and Cossacks. During his employ at Vivendi Universal, Mr. Prado worked to market World in Conflict and Empire Earth III, two of the biggest strategy titles of 2007.

Tom Mescher, the exiting CEO, served as HeavenGames' leader since its incorporation in October of 2000. He is moving on to continue his career in the IT industry.

ABOUT HEAVENGAMES, LLC
HeavenGames LLC (http://www.heavengames.com), based in Lombard, Illinois, is a privately owned web-content publisher geared towards the creation of special-interest sites for Real-Time Strategy and City-Builder games. Its sites, content, vast amounts of resources, as well as a dedicated staff & management team make HeavenGames' sites recognized by developers and press alike as one of the premier destinations for gamers worldwide.

Bruce Shelley's Blog - July 26th

And yet another update on Bruce Shelley's Blog, but this time posted by Stonewall J! Today he wrote about many diverse subjects, from Halo Wars to the latest Harry Potter book, however I suppose this paragraph is the one which matters the most for the community:
Patch 1.04/1.12: This patch for The Warchiefs and Age of Empires III has been tied off for balance and feature coding. It is now going through hardware testing and localization into languages other than English. Sometime during the week of July 30th we expect to post notes previewing the patch, which we hope to publish a few weeks later. Check out our community site for the latest news.

Not bad, huh? Besides that, he has also got some positive comments about The Asian Dynasties progress. So feel free to check out his blog or make a reply in our forums. And why not have some fun trying to guess the next patch released date?

Cheesewiz

Cheesewiz has returned to the Age of Empires 3 Heaven team to help us with The Asian Dynasties, news, and moderation.

You can say hello to him again here.

Poll Roundup

Last time on our poll we wondered: "Should Ozarks be included in Standard Maps?"

Here's how you responded...
-Yes. [631 votes]
-No. [110 votes]
-I don't care. [438 votes]
So it seems it could be added to Standard Maps if ES chooses to, but there is further discussion about the map here.

Now we want to know, "When Custom Scenarios are available, how much will you use them?"

If your vote is "Never", that may change after the patch.

Asian Dynasties Gameplay Footage in HD

About two weeks ago at E3, some gameplay footage of The Asian Dynasties was released. Although the general aspects of the video were visible, interesting details weren't visible due to low resolution. Now a HD version of the same video montage has been made available at Gametrailers.com.


Watch the video and join the discussion at our forums in Xastor's thread!

Bruce Shelley's Blog

Brought up to our attenttion by the forumer Maffia, the latest updated on Bruce Shelley's Blog has got quite a few interesting news. Although most is about Halow Wars and E3, he doesn't forget to mention the latest The Asian Dynasties news - including HG's interview with Brian Reynolds - and that the Warchief's Mac version is already available. That plus the Excellence Award won by Age of Empires III Quick Reference and Manual!

You can check out his blog in this link or comment about it in our forums. Also, in case you haven't seem them yet:

Brian Reynolds Interview - Part 1
Brian Reynolds Interview - Part 2

Training Time Balance

ultimitsu has just started a fresh and interesting discussion in our General Discussion Forums. As he was wondering what should govern units' train time, he came up with a new idea to make expensive, but under-used units more versatile:
My conclusion is - Res Per Pop

Think about this:
Infantry bench mark is 30 seconds for 100 res per 1 pop.
Cavalry bench mark is 40 seconds for 100 res per 1 pop.
Artillery bench mark is 40 seconds for 100 res per 1 pop.

Want to discuss about the idea, or just about how to make Doppelsoldners useful? So hurry up and post something!

Patch 1.03 Four Months Later

The stats that Garlef posted in his thread have been turned into a web page to make them easier to read and analyse. Check it out here. Full credit to forummer Garlef for providing the stats.

GGL USA 1v1 League



The Global Gaming League (GGL) has launched a 1v1 league for TWC today. To be eligible, you must be at least 13 years old and a US citizen. There are some great prizes up for grabs including the first prize of an IDEAZON personal cinema system worth 500USD.

Thanks to L_Clan_MrMilo for letting us know with his thread in General Discussions,

ESO Server Maintenance 7/18

Brtnboarder495 has noticed that an AgeCommunity news post was put up alerting everyone of Server Maintenance tomorrow, July 18th.
The ESO servers are going to be taken offline for regularly scheduled maintenance on 7/18 at 11:00am GMT (6:00am CST). Server down time is expected to be approximately 2 hours.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to improve your online experience.
You can talk here while you're waiting for the servers to come back up!

Civs Stats for the Past Four Months

Garlef, resident collector of civilization stats, has let us know how civs are doing against each other at various skill levels.

It is only the last four months because it has been four months since 1.03 was released, so all civs have the same balance as they did then.

There is some expected information there, such as Iroquois appearing on top and Germany at the bottom. However, the ottomans seem to be doing pretty well, as do some other civilizations.

Well, to get the full amount of knowledge available to you, simply just see out his full list of stats here.

Stealth


Shanks13 from Age of Mythology Heaven has picked up The WarChiefs and is here inquiring about stealth: when to use it, why use it, and how often it is used.

Stealth is something that can be deadly when used in the right situation or just annoying at the end of the game. So, Shanks and everyone here want to know your opinion on stealth. Like it? Hate it? Use it a lot? Don't know what it is? Either way, it's an interesting topic of what to do with it.

Post up your opinions here.

Ladder Update

With our The WarChiefs Ladder coming up on being three months old this month, the leader board is still running steady.

The top 10 are:
  1. Parfait
  2. jaafit
  3. Highland Guy
  4. Eicho
  5. Flammifer
  6. Farragut22
  7. IRP_m0f0
  8. HelzBelz
  9. Stonewall J
  10. agape3

If you want to join in sign up here. Also, coming sometime after 1.04 is out, there will be some event with prizes included, so keep your eye out and sign up so you can compete with fellow forumers.

An Interview with Brian Reynolds - Part 2

As promised, Part Two of our interview with Brian Reynolds from Big Huge Games has just been released.

This part includes information about hotkeys, the campaign, compatibility, Brian Reynolds himself, and more!
HG: What will the campaign focus on, besides being separate ones for each new civilization?

Brian Reynolds: There will be three five-scenario campaigns, one each for China, Japan, and India. The Chinese campaign focuses on the hypothetical journey of a Ming Treasure Ship to the pre-Columbian New World. The Japanese campaign focuses on the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the early 17th century. The Indian campaign focuses on the Sepoy Rebellion of the 19th century.
To view all of part two, check it out now, or if you missed part one, view it here.

Enjoy, and discuss all about it here.

The Official Trailer

And the good news just keep pouring in: ES has released the official trailer, a 50 seconds long video with gameplay and cutscenes. While the trailer previously on news was more like pure gameplay footage, the official trailer is full-blown game trailer.


This, and the previous trailer can be discussed at our forums in Legioona's thread at The Asian Dynasties Expansion Discussion forum.

New Screenshots from E3

As if the trailer wasn't news enough for today, 6 new screenshots along with unit renders and other art have been released as well. These screenshots can be found e.g. at GameSpy. An interesting detail in one of the screenshots is a sea treasure with the following description:

A half-finished manuscript bearing El Halcon Sincero's signature entitled, "Better Boat Building and You!" Decreases warship building time by 5 percent.
Guardians:
2xBandit Catamaran


Discuss and analyse these screenshots in Nezahualcoyotl's thread at our forums.

The Asian Dynasties Trailer

The first AoE3:TAD trailer has been released. The video, apparently shown at E3, contains about 30 seconds of actual gameplay footage, featuring all three new civilizations, three new maps and other interesting things.

You can watch this video at GameSpot, or check Legioona's thread with screenshots and join the discussion.

Thanks to Legioona for the heads-up!

The Asian Dynasties Box Art

Ensemble Studios revealed some The Asian Dynasties box art.

To see the picture, visit AgeCommunity, or discuss the cover on our forums.

Poll Roundup

It is that time again, time for a new poll.

Previously we asked you: "What do you think should be changed, if anything, about the current Home City leveling situation?"

Your response was as followed,
-Keep it the way it is. [427 votes]
-Let XP be gained faster per game. [493 votes]
-Remove Home Cities levels all together. [207 votes]
-Have an "auto-upgrade" to a certain level (Level 40-60), then gain XP like normal. [205 votes]
-Other. [120 votes]
Seems evenly spread between keeping it as is or getting XP faster.

Now, since Ozarks has been a map for some time now we want to know if you think it should be included in Standard Maps.

An Interview with Brian Reynolds

We recently caught up with Brian Reynolds of Big Huge Games and asked him a few questions relating to Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties:
HG: Will there be new abilities available to certain units (Asian leaders), and if so what are these new abilities?

Brian Reynolds: The Japanese Daimyo unit is pretty awesome: you have to ship him, or get him from a wonder, but he's like a walking barracks able to train troops right in the field-and even better he can receive home city shipments directly. Imagine shipping Samurai right into the middle of battle. The Daimyo also "buffs" nearby troops. Of course the Shogun unit is even more powerful!
For that and much more, view the first part of the interview or discuss the new information.

Garlef's 1.04 Summary of ES's Comments

Forumer Garlef has posted a summary of each post from an Ensemble Studio's employee at AgeSanctuary's 1.04 thread.

There is quite a few hints about what is coming in 1.04:
ES_Vega:
Cossaks will more than likely see a boost too.
Wacko:
1.04 Sioux = FUN.
ES_Vega:
Does any else think spies bonus verses minor natives is too much?
Wacko:
British to me seem very underrated in the community.
For that and many more comments on 1.04, visit Garlef's thread.

VOD: __Sephiroth__ vs PeopleoftheSun

Finally, after a long time of waiting, xSephirothx posted a new VOD! In this game he plays as Britain against PeopleoftheSun's Spain in the frozen Great Lakes map. If your internet is capable of downloading twenty-four minutes of VOD, then do it, because it's a great game!
GG, was a good watch - Qazitory
Nice VOD, a lot of chat in this game - Stonewall J
Zomg, Sephie tries to hide the fact he lames iros nowadays - George_III

Want to find out the result? Then download the VOD or, if you prefer, discuss it in our forums!

GameFAQs' Poll!

Brought to our attention by Robert_Squared, today's GameFAQs' Poll of the Day might really interest you. It contains a very simple question and offers seven options:
Age of Empires
Command & Conquer
Rise of Nations
Total Annihilation
Total War
Warcraft
Warlords

The question should be pretty obvious now: What's your all-time favorite real-time strategy game series?

Already know your answer? Then click here and add your vote to the count! Or discuss the poll in our General Discussions Forum.

Hint: go for Age of Empires

Release Date?

gunner1 found a possible release date for Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties at www.gamestats.com.

It states there that the release date will be September 30th, 2007. We are not sure if that is 100% correct, but we do know that the release date will be in the Fall of 2007 and that fits the bill. So hopefully we can be playing The Asian Dynasties to start off October.

Feel free to discuss the release date and anticipate the coming of TAD!