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2014 Christmas Contest #2  posted Sun, Dec 14 2014, 08:10 by Kalah 
We are launching our second Christmas contest! As I said before, the prize for the winner of each contest can be seen to the right; a copy of The "Heroes of Might and Magic" compendium - a "lavishly illustrated, hardback guide to the world of Ashan". Nice book, eh?

The second contest is:

"Send in a picture of yourself in an M&M related setting".

Send your answers to this e-mail address:



Keep sending in those answers! You have until the end of December to participate in both contests, we will judge them and send our the prezzies.
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H7: Collector's vote Part 3  posted Wed, Dec 10 2014, 03:29 by Aemaeth 
Dear Heroes,

It seems that Dev Team really wants to complete the final version of the collector's edition of Heroes VII, and players have now the opportunity to vote for two different goodies: Soundtrack or a Lithographic print.

So we can conclude that there will be at least 3 goodies on Heroes VII collector's edition, and the choice is yours concerning those goodies.
You have ONE day to vote and try ton influence the final result.

See more information on Heroes VII Dev Blog.

Dear Shadow Councillors,

Last week you voted for the second part of the collector's edition content and it seems that you decided to add a Heroes VII Tarot Card Game that accompany the Ivan The Strategist's figurine. Thank you all for your participation.

Today we have more to share with you concerning this collector with a third and final vote!
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Ubisoft Announce H3 HD!  posted Tue, Dec 09 2014, 14:27 by Kalah 
Ubisoft have just announced what many fans have been hoping for - an HD version of one of the most celebrated games in the series, Heroes III, is due to be released January 29th 2015.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of this masterpiece, we are thrilled to announce you the grand return of the epic tale of Queen Catherine Ironfist!

On January 29th, 2015, discover a new way to experience the best Heroes title ever with Heroes 3 HD! In addition to refined graphics and resolution, you will be able to play online with full Steamworks support (including online lobby) and on the GO thanks to iOS and Android tablets versions!


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2014 Christmas Contest #1  posted Sun, Dec 07 2014, 06:49 by Kalah 
We have decided to launch two contests this Christmas. The prize for the winner of each contest can be seen to the right; a copy of The "Heroes of Might and Magic" compendium -a "lavishly illustrated, hardback guide to the world of Ashan".

The first contest is:

"Tell us in 200 words or less how much the M&M series means to you".

Send your answers to this e-mail address:

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Adblock?  posted Fri, Dec 05 2014, 06:42 by Kalah 
Hi!

Are you using Adblock to prevent ads from being displayed while you graze the Internet? I know I am. Ads are just so annoying, especially when they're big and obtrusive. I disable it for Celestial Heavens, though. You know why? Because the ads are paying for the server we're using. Without money, the site won't survive.

Wanna do us a favour? Disable Adblock for celestialheavens.com!
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H7: One day to vote for the collector edition  posted Wed, Dec 03 2014, 17:27 by Aemaeth 
Dear Heroes,

Some days ago, Dev team have presented a new vote for the collector's edition of Heroes VII. Players can choose between two different goodies, a Griffin flag or a Tarot card game about Heroes VII.

You have 1 last day to give your choice and try to influence the final result. Tiny tip: Tarot card game just ahead the flag !!

Find more information about this vote on Heroes VII Dev Blog.
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Upcoming H7 Community Q&A  posted Tue, Dec 02 2014, 13:10 by Kalah 
The official developer blog has launched a Q&A with the Community - that's you. You have until the end of Dec. 9th (time zone not specified) to ask your questions. The developers will then choose "relevant and interesting" questions to be answered. I have already submitted my question: how about you?

Ask your questions here!
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Forum Error  posted Thu, Nov 27 2014, 11:02 by Kalah 
We are currently having some issues with our forum; it seems that users using Internet Explorer are getting an error message going something like this:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: str_split() in /home/celestia/public_html/forums/index.php(1) : regexp code(1) : eval()'d code(1) : regexp code on line 1

We have no solution as yet, but we're looking into it. For now, at least Firefox works normally.

Update: It seems to be working again now.
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Black Friday 2014  posted Thu, Nov 27 2014, 10:27 by Kalah 
Hey, guess what day it is tomorrow! That's right, it's that annual bonanza when shops has their biggest earner, a day that in itself has turned into a special sales day.

Amazon are holding sales on everything from computers and computer games to jewellery, so you should stop by there to do some online shopping, in case you need some Christmas presents, or just stumble upon a good deal on something you want. In addition to current you can also view upcoming deals, which is a good thing in case you're looking for a game or something; it means you can check now and not bother re-checking for deals constantly.
There are also sales on Gamestop, Green Man Gaming and I'm sure lots of other places. Check out the madness!
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H7: Wizards' Armies, Elite and Champions Units  posted Wed, Nov 26 2014, 16:56 by Aemaeth 
Dear Heroes,

New artworks were published on the Heroes VII Dev Blog to present the entire Wizard's Army. Those information concern Elite Units and Champion Units. Players are glad to see again some famous units that describe perfectly Wizard faction.

1. Djinn
2. Djin Channeler
3.Rakshasa
4.Rakshasa Raja
5. Apprentice
6. Disciple

Concerning Champion units, the most popular are certainly Titan, and will be quite hard to defeat on battle.
1. Arcane Eagle
2. Simurgh
3. Colossus
4. Titan

Find more about this army on Heroes VII Devblog.

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H7: Wizards Armies  posted Wed, Nov 19 2014, 17:17 by Aemaeth 
Dear Heroes,

Spy Master has discovered new secrets about The future units of Heroes VII, and it concerned Wizards' Army.
The main "core" troops are presented with some new artworks on the Heroes VII Devblog, and all players can discover 6 new units:
1. Cabir
2. Cabir Master
3. Gargoyle
4. Obsidian Gargoyle
5. Golem
6. Sandstone Golem.

Find more about this army on Heroes VII Devblog.

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There Will Be Contests  posted Wed, Nov 19 2014, 11:28 by Kalah 
This year, Celestial Heavens are launching contests for you. There will be prizes. Good prizes. M&M related prizes.

If you want to participate, stay tuned for the next few weeks.
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GOG 2014 Fall Sale  posted Sat, Nov 15 2014, 15:31 by Kalah 
Our good friends over at Good Old Games are having a fall sale, with lots of discounts and good offers on their DRM-free stock of downloadable games.

In case you don't know what GOG is (if you've been living in a cave or whatever), it's an online store where you can download games; they have removed any and all forms of DRM/copy protection and made the old games possible to play on modern computers, via in-built emulators. It's completely legal, so don't worry about that either. Anyway, they have lots of old games, as well as quite a few not-so-old ones. So what's this fall sale about, then? Well, let's take a quick look at what's on offer:

The HoMM series bundle (HoMM 1-5) is at -75% for 17 more hours, that's 5 games for $14.95.
Deponia 1-3 is on a similar -75% spot sale, at $8.97. Move fast and you can get 'em.

In addition to 1-day offers like these, there are "flash sales" lasting only 40 minutes. Check in regularly if you want to keep an eye on interesting deals.

I'm also seeing lots of goodies at -50%: Baldur's Gate, Mount & Blade, Neverwinter nights, Icewind dale, The longest journey, Star Wars, Jade empire, Dungeons & Dragons ... so much good stuff!
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H7 : Sylvan Townscreen Vote 2  posted Wed, Nov 12 2014, 16:51 by Aemaeth 
Hello Heroes,

ONE DAY LEFT before the end of Sylvan Townscreen's vote 2. Might & Magic's team and given the chance to choose between two different ambiance for the townscreen.
Players can choose between The Harmony of the Moonlight or The Dance of a New Dawn, two very different moments of an Ashan's day.
Be quick, you have only 1 day to influence the final vote.

Dear Shadow Council members,

The first part of the Sylvan Townscreen vote has ended and you have chosen The Tree Island setting for the Sylvan cities! Now we will be focusing on the lighting and the ambiance of this Townscreen.

/!\ Townscreens are a really important feature so please keep in mind that this vote will help us to define general direction of them but we will have to comply with all gameplay elements so final results might differ from the following concepts that aren't related to Heroes 7 in any ways.


See more on Heroes VII Dev Blog



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H7 : November Screenshots  posted Sun, Nov 09 2014, 16:26 by Aemaeth 
Hello Heroes,

Every month, Might & Magic's team reveal some new screenshots about Heroes VII, maps, units...etc... Some days ago players discovered two new exclusive screenshots.
People can examine two screenshots, obtain from the Haven campaign map. Some graphic aspect are quite useful to imagine the final result of the game.

See more information and those two screenshots on Heroes VII Dev Blog



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H7: Vote for Sylvan Townscreen 1  posted Fri, Nov 07 2014, 03:33 by Aemaeth 
Dear Heroes,

A new kind of vote was integrated on the Heroes VII Dev Blog, all players can choose between two different Sulvan Townscreen:
The first townscreen represent the forest sanctum, a majestic temple dedicated to the Earth Goddess.
The second one is Tree Island, a gigantic city built directly into a tree.

You have still 2 days to vote and influence the final result on Heroes VII Dev Blog.

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Dungeon Line-up Vote  posted Sat, Nov 01 2014, 08:33 by Kalah 
The official blog has announced the choices for the Dungeon lineup, after the faction won over Inferno in the faction vote earlier this week. The vote will happen in two stages - first a week's vote to eliminate the least popular choice, then another vote to decide which of the two most popular line-ups end up in the final game. No matter what you choose, the good news (or bad, depending on your personal preference) is that Minotaurs, Black Dragons and Hydras will all be in the game.

The Dungeon line-up vote can be found here. Go to the blog for more information and to participate in the voting process.

The choices are:
"The Blade from the Shadows"
"Malassa's Thousand Faces"
"The Shield of Darkness"
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Map Control Explained  posted Thu, Oct 30 2014, 06:27 by Kalah 
Fans of the Heroes series who have played user-made maps have probably seen this kind of thing before; terrain features introduced by the map maker, designed to influence the gameplay. We might be talking about using forests of mountains to make certain parts of the map impassable; I myself have used timed events to remove these obstacles, in order to simulate the opening of a passage as explained in the story: "Your men have worked tirelessly and finally been able to clear the road". That sort of thing. Some of the more gifted map makers have created wonderful effects like this.

The Heroes VII developers have decided to kick this up a notch. This article explains how you can use things to your advantage on the adventure map, potentially making map strategy more important than ever:
"Choke points": Destructible structures such as bridges and teleporters, that are useful in linking towns with the surrounding areas.
"Area of Control:" Almost as in the previous game; controlling a town or a fort also gives a degree of control over the surrounding areas and resources.
"Forts:" A realistic feature, giving control over the surrounding area and strong fortifications against invasion. To successfully invade a territory, a player must take the fort or risk frequent quick-strikes from the army within.
"Outposts:" Forts in remote areas, controlling enclaves or territories far from your town. The caravan feature should be useful here.
"Caravans:" Function as a hero-less army on the adventure map. Can be attacked or interacted with while it moves across the map, making supply lines an important feature. After all, what is the use of reinforcements if they never arrive...?

All this sounds like a very interesting way of going about it; map strategy lies not only in the hands of a skilled map maker, but can also be exploited by a skilled player. The strategy when designing a map and when playing it now becomes more complex than ever.
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H7: Guardian Angel: Murazel  posted Wed, Oct 29 2014, 04:20 by Aemaeth 
Heroes can discover new details about Murazel, the new Ivan's advisor. She's an archangel, close to Sandalphon and Michael, but she has got a different behaviour. She blames her people for the diparition of The Shantiris, and she's known for her friendliness for humans and other Ashan's races.
Because of past choices, she was unwelcome in both Empire and Angels places. Some mysteries appears after Sandalphon disappear and she will try to order the new Holy Empire.

Discover more information about Murazel, on Heroes VII Devblog.

Welcome, my friends.

Today I will tell you more about one of Ivan's advisors. While for reasons of my own I chose not to immediately disclose her identity during the first sessions of this Shadow Council, many among you have correctly guessed the name of the Angel sitting at Ivan's table. She is indeed Murazel, the Guardian Angel of Hammer Fall.


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Ubi Team Members: ComDevs  posted Fri, Oct 24 2014, 04:26 by Kalah 
The official blog site has issued a new "meet the team" article - the first in a series of who knows how many instalments. This time, it's Arnaud and GaŽtan - the ComDevs in charge of the content of the website - who are the subjects of study. One thing we can certainly state is that the current communications policy is a big improvement over that of previous Ubisoft ComDevs: there is a single main portal for official news, the Facebook page is but a suppliment and you don't have to pay attention to Twitter and a myriad of other social media in order to stay up to date. Also, communication is fairly regular, and it even goes two ways, as Kimmundi has started to reply to some of the many comments made on the article. One can only hope that they are able to keep up with the flood of incoming questions.

Meet the Team: Part 1
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Live Chat Roundup  posted Sun, Oct 19 2014, 12:47 by Kalah 
In a 1 hour 20 minute session on Thursday, Xavier Penin and Julien Pirou played the demo map and answered some questions from the fans. Here's our roundup of what they talked about:

  • Town screens in 2D (3D is too expensive for what you get in return).
  • Governor feature in towns, so a hero can give town bonuses.
  • Quick combat is in.
  • No "Dynasty" online feature as in H6 since the fans hated it. All gameplay features will be available offline. Maybe there will be some other online bonus aspects.
  • Towns and forts have Area of Control. Attacking a fort (and winning) destroys the fort and the AoC. You can rebuild the fort at a cost. This should give players more reason to defend their forts.
  • Special resources: Dragonsteel, Dragonblood crystal, Shadowsteel, Starsilver.
  • H7 demons not related to Kreegans.
  • Avalanches can create impassable terrain on the adventure map.
  • No bosses like in H6, custom battles and events instead.
  • No random skills; players will have control of hero development.
  • Spells are back in mage guilds and can also be learned in other places.
  • You can destroy buildings in your towns (1 per turn).
  • No town conversions.
  • No eclipse, of course; the H7 story is 10 years after the last one. The story will be about the civil war. Each faction will have its own campaign related to the main plot.
  • No blood/tear system.
  • On the shadow council website (still in development), you can find info about the factions and creatures; if you click on a creature and use the Konami cheat code "up up down down left right left right b a" there will be some special animations.


That's it for this round, but the guys said they wouldn't mind doing more of these.
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MM Heroes Online Giveaway  posted Sat, Oct 18 2014, 03:13 by Aemaeth 
Hello Heroes,

In order to celebrate the international launch of Might & Magic Heroes Online, Celestial Heaven's staff is proud to announce you a Giveaway.
The staff has 25 codes for a Starter pack, including the Spider Eater or the Golden Kappa in-game companion. Those codes worth nearly $7 in the game.
All players can ask for a code, you just have to PM Aemaeth to obtain your gain.

Don't worry if you miss this giveaway, CH's staff will organise more contest until the end of the year.



We would like to Thank Ubisoft for their contribution to this contest.

For more information about redeeming the code after the reception, see how to do it on MMHO website.
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H7: Story of Duke Ivan  posted Fri, Oct 17 2014, 03:40 by Aemaeth 
Duke Ivan is maybe on the most important character of Heroes VII. This second son of Duke Vassily of Griffin didn't have the perfect young's life, in a perfect world.
Assassination and plot were present soon in his life, and he had to embrace his fate in order to rule on his Duchy.

Discover more information about his life and his personality on Heroes VII Dev Blog.

Well met, my fellow Shadow Councillors.

It is time for you to learn more about Duke Ivan and his inner circle. As they say in the Greyhound Duchy: "à tout seigneur, tout honneur." So let's begin with the one we want to see on the imperial throne, the Lord of Griffin himself.



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H7 : October Screenshots  posted Mon, Oct 13 2014, 16:41 by Aemaeth 
Hello Heroes,

Might & Magic's team give us new screenshots of the game for this month of October. Those screenshots are a bit known by players, because of past presentations about Haven map against wizards.
Those screenshots are currently from the game, and texture are not final versions.

Find more informations and those screenshots on Heroes VII Dev Blog.

IgroMir has passed and a lot has changed on this website, so it's time for new screenshots from Might & Magic Heroes VII! Haven Magic Hero, Wolf Justicar, Wizard Apprentice and a beautiful heroic statue under the sun of Ashan...
Those screenshots are taken directly from the game with a high level of zoom. Textures and graphics are not final!


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Dev Chat Thursday  posted Sun, Oct 12 2014, 19:24 by Kalah 
The official Facebook page has an announcement to take note of. This Thursday, Oct. 16th, there is a live chat with the Heroes VII devs on Ubisoft's official Twitch channel. That's this Thursday, 18:00 Central European Time.

Julien Pirou (Lead Designer) and Xavier Penin (Lead Game Designer) will participate in the live chat, presenting the game and answer your questions about the game.

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