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October 2002

(31 October 2002)

Shots accompanied by going gold (Robin Hood) -- by yPArAH

The Robin Hood tactical game's gallery is updated with several new screenshots. According to an official press-release, the game HGG and will make it's appearance in the market at 12th of November.


The disappearance of a demo (Rumors) -- by yPArAH

A Praetorians demo version appeаred on the pages of GameSpy some night ago, but it was very soon to be removed. Later, an information leak statement was made, if you know what I mean. As it turns out, the version was unofficial. Hmm, interesting! Some people were fast enough to download it, but most will have to wait. So continue waiting!
The confound demo was located here.


Screens and such (Gallery update) -- by yPArAH

Not much from the world of strategies today: a batch of screens from Age of Mythology and a couple of shots and renders from Master of Orion 3. If you wish, take a look at the MOO3 developers' diaries.


Photos from the sсуту (UFO Aftermath) -- by yPArAH

Some Czech journalists visited the stand of ALTAR Interactive. You wish to know about the working conditions of the UFO: Aftermath developers? If so, go here, but be warned - the texts are in Czech. The photos do not need to be translated, though...

(29 October 2002)

Patch spotted (Patches) -- by yPArAH

MiST land informed us about the birth of another patch for Paradise Cracked, which updates the game to version 1.04.006. Download and fix list are here.


Misc (Gallery update) -- by yPArAH

A new pack of screenshots from O.R.B. has reinforced our gallery, which you can access here. Also we've got six new shots from the Russian wargame RTS Blitzkrieg.


Gone gold for good (Civilization 3) -- by yPArAH

Fccroding to an official press-release, Civilization III: Play The World has gone gold and is supposed to appear in stores very soon - on the first of November.

(25 October 2002)

Just some screenshots (Gallery update) -- by yPArAH

Pretty boring. yurg is out watching the hostage crisis on TV, so all we have for today is some shots from Highland Warrior and some from Platoon!
Sorry about that, people. While my opinion is the show must go on in any case, our glorious editor thinks othervise...

(22 October 2002)

Settlers got a new engine (Rumors) -- by yPArAH

As Ubi Soft promises, the fifth part of Settlers will be based on the Renderware Graphics engine, very popular among the console game makers. The release of the game is due Fall, next year.


New delay (IG3) -- by yPArAH

According to a statement from the Imperium Galactica III official site, the game is delayed. This time it'll come out in Germany and France in the first half of the next year, while the British and US version will be ready in the second. That's some delay for a strategy...

(21 October 2002)

Desperados 2? (Rumors) -- by yPArAH

Nothing interesting in the general news pool, except fro the rumor about the possible development of Desperados 2. the rumor is quite old, though - it appeared after the never-appearance of the free add-on.


Come see (Gallery update) -- by yPArAH

We've got many updates! Fresh screenshots from Haegemonia and two new clips from another space strategy, O.R.B. Also, a couple of shots from C&C: Generals. If this screenshot is all but new, why the crappy models?
Final point: a clip from the world of Platoon - 40 megabytes, 6 minutes.

(20 October 2002)

Texts from around the world (General news) -- by yPArAH

Heck, more interviews today. First of all - one with the developers of Platoon. As it turns out, the game is gonna be modular, with the possibility of adding free distributed campaigns in the future (now that's interesting!). Also, they are planning to release a map editor, user-friendly and time-consuming (how's that?). The remaining texts are more or less cut and dried interviews with developers of Robin Hood and Soldiers of Anarchy. But, there's still one interesting piece considering Etherlords 2. As predicted, the game will have 5 campaigns, respectively equal to the number of races.


Want more clips? (Age of Mythology) -- by yPArAH

Age of Mythology - that speaks for itself. These folks always come up with tons of screenshots or gameplay clips.
Whatever. It's here.


Free campaign (General news) -- by yPArAH

A free Cossacks: Enemy of the Crown mission pack appeared in the net - 13 megabytes of downloading.


More screens (Warrior Kings) -- by yPArAH

Five more top quality screenshots from Warrior Kings: The Battles appeared in our gallery. Great landscapes...


Head civilizer interviewed (Civilization 3) -- by yPArAH

Home LAN Fed made up an interview with Jeff Morris on the topic of the Civilization III: Play the World project. Not much of an interest, up to our opinion, except for the final amount of races - 24. Among them are several new ones: Spaniards, Arabs, Celts, Koreans, Mongols, Vikings and so on...
As a bonus - three new shots in our gallery.


Lost souls roam the net (Earth 2160) -- by yPArAH

Earth 2150: Lost Soul was finally blessed with a demo (relatively small - 129 Megs only). It includes two Lunar Corporation missions and the Skirmish mode. Download here.

(19 October 2002)

Official site updates (General news) -- by yPArAH

Etherlords 2 was updated, according to this headline :-) Updates include: sketches, screenshots with ships and a nice selection consisting of 15 new monsters.


More on Blitzkrieg (Site news) -- by yPArAH

Our Blitzkreig gallery recently experienced two screenshot replaces. Bad ones were replaced with good ones - something you expected, right? View the updates here.

(18 October 2002)

Gallery updates and stuff (Site news) -- by yPArAH

Ready for some screenshots? Go! Some from Age of Mythology (more here), several from the Civilization III add-on, a clip from the sequel to Real War and a Platoon preview from Gamespot (with some screens from us). Want more? Here's a tenner from Master of Orion III, as well as a new set from Robin Hood.


Prices going up, up, up (LSN) -- by yPArAH

There's an interesting interview with the Codo Games president published on this site. As it turns out, developers are still hoping to make an extended version of LSN with LAN and single-player modes available. Future plans of the company include becoming a publisher - an online games publisher, to be precise. Wonder how's that...
meanwhile the half-year subscription fee was raised to $25. But! People with subscription referrals will get $5 for each. Ni-i-i-ice, LSN goes in for MLM. What a headline...

(15 October 2002)

Demo spotted! (General news) -- by yPArAH

American Conquest demo is online! 221 megs of pure fun, heh-heh. All those with a broadband access - download!


Gallery updates (Site news) -- by yPArAH

For some time our gallery was acting somewhat weird. But now it's all over, and we proudly present to you our updates: a link to the intro movie from Highland Warriors, batch o'shots from the construction strategy Settlers IV: The New World and two new monsters from UFO: Aftermath, fresh from the alien labs and directly to you.


Blitzkrieg is here (General news) -- by yPArAH

Nival Interactive presents our readers with yet another set of screenies from their wargame-RTS Blitzkrieg. As usual, they are located here.


Still alive!? (IG3) -- by yPArAH

Are you bored with space strategies? Not yet? Well, here you go - more shots, this time from another incomplete mega-project, Imperium Galactica III.


Galactic Civilizations return (General news) -- by yPArAH

Our gallery was blessed with several screenshots from Galactic Civilizations (that's a remake of a very popular old space strategy). It can be called one of the genre founders. Release in North America is scheduled to February, 2003.


Shots from the orbit (General news) -- by yPArAH

We were shot. With a pack of screenshots. It missed and hit our mailbox instead. We cleaned out the debris and dug up that pack - it was from O.R.B. We sorted them and pasted into our gallery.

(14 October 2002)

Some pics for a good start (Warrior Kings) -- by yPArAH

Finally, the first normal screenshots from the sequel to Warrior Kings appeared in the net. Note the colors and the shades - people of Black Cactus have finally paid attention not only to the scale of battles, but also to the beauty of the surroundings.


Commandos: what's gonna happen to them? (Rumors) -- by yPArAH

As we got to know, Gonzo Suarez, founder and vice-president of Pyro lef his own company to join Arvirago Entertainment to work on a not yet announced project under the codename The Lord of The Creatures (err, pretty long for a codename...). Gonzo does not comment the cause of his leaving. Maybe he is sick of making games about war? Who knows...
According to an anonymous source, it is possible that 11 more people will join him.


Etherlords 2 are here! (General news) -- by yPArAH

OK, we finally opened a gallery devoted to Etherlords 2, a sequel to an original turn-based strategy, a fusion of M:tG and Heroes. So, without any further ado - rush to that place.

(11 October 2002)

Perimeter: more music and fiction (General news) -- by yPArAH

This is intergalactic Perimeter resource broadcasting! The first based on the game setting story we told you about before (that one) has undergone some serious correcting and is now ready to be read anew. And, music lovers can get their Perimeter Delusion piece from the game soundtrack.


A bunch of (not so) neat screenshots (General news) -- by yPArAH

People from Strategy First sent us another batch o'shots from the Platoon tactical game (with the "now on РС" mark). What you'll really be able to find in the screenies will be interface changes and heptangular bicycle wheels (nieh-heh-heh).


Civilized preview (Civilization 3) -- by yPArAH

GameSpy made up another preview of Civilization III add-on. Topic under discussion: unique units of all the nations. If interested, go take a look. If not, better visit our gallery :-)


Time to dump your shares. Somewhere... (General news) -- by yPArAH

Interplay stock quotes vanished from NASDAQ, as it was stated in the company's press release. This is most likely final. The share price dropped to 7 cents per share, while the NASDAQ minimal price requirement is $1/share.
What next? Try and guess, heh-heh :-(

(8 October 2002)

More gold... (General news) -- by yPArAH

Soldiers of Anarchy tactical game Has Gone Gold (I will call it HGG from now on, OK? send me an email if you object!). They are to enter the market somewhere in the middle of October. Well, that's what the publisher, SSI, said... We shall see.


Ahh, damn, another demo today... (General news) -- by yPArAH

Remember Gladiators going gold, the fact we wrote about recently? We promised you a demo-version, and here it is! 92 Megs, downloadable from here only.
Interesting fact - the beta version was once sold in stores at a "full game" price. Hmm...


Patch spotted (Patches) -- by yPArAH

Well, Celtic Kings are blessed with their first patch. 10 megs only, it can be downloaded from the pages of Strategy First. Fixed: AI and multiplayer. Added: 20 maps.


Two different demos (General news) -- by yPArAH

First comes first: Strategy First released the demo of Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood tactical game (download here). the game will enter the market on November, 5. At least that's what the've said.
Second comes second: aren't you fed up with Haegemonia screenshots? Well, I am pretty well fed up with posting them! So here - we got you a demo-version so that you can see everything for yourself. 167 megabytes of space strategy can be downloaded from that location, so go for it.
There. Satisfied?


Some pics (Site news) -- by yPArAH

We're talking gallery updates, people! Something from the strategical world of O.R.B. - several shots and a link to a clip (another one). And also something from Imperium Galactica III.
Err...grab 'em...


Anybody care for a chat log? (Civilization 3) -- by yPArAH

The developers chat on the topic of Civilization III is now complete with a chat log, which is available here.

(7 October 2002)

A sequel? So soon? (Paradise Cracked) -- by yPArAH

Not even a patch for the recently released role-playing tactical game Paradise Cracked has seen the light, and the developers are already speculating on the possibilities of creating Paradise Cracked 2. According to a close-to-developers source, the probability of such an event is defined as "ten to one". All the developers have to do is to gather the quarterly sales information, submit it to the publisher and make a decision. Let's hope the creation of the sequel won't take another three years :-)


Golden gladiators (General news) -- by yPArAH

The official press-release informs us all about the European version of The Gladiators currently undergoing "goldening", if you know what I mean. It will appear in stores sometime between the 20th of October and 15th of November. By that time the demo will be posted in the Net.
If I am not mistaken, this sounds like good news...


New preview (Age of Mythology) -- by yPArAH

Well, well, well, what have we got here? Yet another preview of Age of Mythology, the upcoming RTS. You can read it here. New screens are available from us, just as usual.

(5 October 2002)

The fate of the project (Dreamland) -- by yPArAH

New entries in the developers' diaries of UFO: Aftermath tell the readers about the big bad Titus chiseling ALTAR (if I am not mistaken, that particular Titus bought Interplay recently...). That's bad news, but the developing folk are still promising to release the game around the first quarter of the year 2003 года and to announce the new publisher soon. Our guess is British Empire, but that's only a guess.
Meanwhile, take your time to look through our gallery, where you'll find several new screenshots and two renders of monsters.


A trailer (Site news) -- by yPArAH

Nival Interactive was most kind to send us a gameplay clip from their soon to be finished Blitzkrieg wargame. The message from the developers follows:

"No screenshot will give you such a complete scope of the game, as this engine-based clip. See the action and destruction: bombing runs, air skirmishes, paratrooper drops, collapsing cities, ironclad train and the famous 600mm "Karl" mortar, tank battles and swift infantry manoeuvres... A must-see for all combantatnts ready to participate in the operation "Blitzkreig", as well as for all compassionate civilians."

(3 October 2002)

Get your laser upgraded! (LSN) -- by yPArAH

Are your up for LSN? If so, why, tell me, are you not downloading the latest version? Version 2.0 is on site and awaits you...


Highlander's plans revealed (Rumors) -- by yPArAH

i3D Software AG purchased the rights for ATLAS 3D engine (a good 'un!), based on which Highland Warriors II, an upcoming RTS, will be made. This is how the truth about the sequel dawned before the release of the first part...


Err, news... (General news) -- by yPArAH

We have two significant pieces of news to tell.
First comes an interview with Warrior Kings developers, where details of project Warrior Kings: Battles are discussed. As people of Black Cactus confess, they always admired the solidity of Empire (that's a British publisher, if you didn't know), that's why the packed their things and left Microids. While the first part of the game had some kind of a highly developed plotline, in the expansion the developers are planning to concentrate on the network aspects of it. The story of Battles will take place a hundred years after the events of the original game, yet this time we will not stick to the oh-so-general epical confrontation between good and evil completed with empire's courtier squabbles. The task will be plain and simple - conquer Orbis. As usual, the game will have new units added.
More details on Battles can be found in this interview.

Second nearly interesting nearly event is once again an interview with Robin Hood developer, found at Action Vault IGN. If you're up to it, see the old screenies and read about well-known facts right here.

(1 October 2002)

Test very soon!!! (General news) -- by yPArAH

Remember we wrote about Westwood's plans on conducting a C&C: Generals beta-test? Still up for it? Then rush to the recruiting office and sign up!
Hurry up, for the signup will close in a matter of hours! Only those three thousand lucky and speedy human beigns will participate.

Double time!


Addon is been burned (General news) -- by yPArAH

The Real War: Rogue States add-on is gone gold (hate that expression - somebody give me another!). 14 new missions, 20 new skirmish maps and a bunch o'new units. All this stuff will appear in stores sometime soon (Windows version only).
Want more? Read all about the "super-scale" changes in the game in this interview. Digest is the following: the nonexistent AI will be upgraded (how's that?), teamplay with resource excahge will be added. The usual...


Several shots, as usual (Site news) -- by yPArAH

Take a peek in our gallery as well. There you'll find several screenies from the following strategies: Praetorians, Platoon and Civilization III: Play the World.


In sales (General news) -- by yPArAH

Stronghold: Crusader is in stores. That's all. Easy, isn't it?

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