You may have noticed we had some troubles the last few days, with our forums going down and accounts being unaccessible. The simple reason for this is: we were hacked. Exploiting a weakness in Joomla after our update, some childish idiots who probably thought deleting forum accounts on a small fan website was really funny, managed to wreak havoc on our little home. It could even be an automated hack, created to exploit the weakness in any website it could find. Thanks to the sterling efforts of our admin Pol, however, we have now been restored to normal function.

As a small editor's note: we admire the efforts of hacking groups like "Anonymous", or hackers who try to discover flaws in software security so that these flaws can be corrected. Such individuals work to protect the safeties and freedoms of ordinary people in the digital world. On the other hand, people who target sites like ours, I mean - what's the point? We're just a small gaming website, not even remotely harmful. Hacking a site like ours is just juvenile. So this is my advice to whoever out there may feel this applies to them: grow up, get a life and leave us alone.


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rocknrollbaby sDo you remember that small message at "08 August 2016". Now it's done!

After some "tick tack" with our hoster they updated us today, so you could experienced a small downtime.

Please report any issues, as usually, in our bug thread.

All the base are, basic functionality have been checked and everything seems to work, just faster.

 

To the top of that the avatar on the main site and some minor login problems were fixed today as well. There were also activated "Active Topics" and when you click on forum category, like here, you will see them too.

Rock'n'Roll Baby!


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There's an interesting announcement on Ubisoft's Chinese channel, talking about a cooperation designed to increase Ubisoft's sphere of influence, increasing their activity in the Chinese market. Granted, my Chinese is about as good as my Klingon, so I had to rely on an online translating tool and things may have gotten lost in translation - still, it seems Ubisoft are looking to spread their market shares in the mobile market by entering into such cooperations.

The international channels are quiet so far, so there is no telling what effect (if any) this will have on the English-speaking part of the franchise.


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As we wrote in previous news article, we has some progress with AI Enhancement Tool programming. We decided to put the tool to test.

To do that we chose one of the maps selected for World Championship 2016 Heroes 4 online - W16 El Dorado. We let the AI play this map twice for two months. First playthrough was AS IS (AI-1), and second playthrough AI was aided by scripts from AI Enhancement Tool (AI-2).

H4MG AI panel settings:

ai enhancement settings

Then we compared the results, and want to share them with you.


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As we still haven't been able to get a proper map section up and running, we're entering manual mode. I've been frustrated over this but then I remembered: we have a forum, let's use it. Maps can still be uploaded and downloaded to and from our servers, it's just the actual map section pages that don't work. So, when you want to submit a map for testing or distribution, use the e-mail: maps(a)celestialheavens.com. As soon as we have it uploaded, a post can be made in our forum's mapmaking guild. There, we can create dedicated topics to each map, for discussion and feedback or just matchmaking.

A new map is already out for testing - a Heroes V TotE map which you can find and discuss here.

Alternative solution for maptesting, if you want to do the whole thing yourself (it's faster), is to upload the map somewhere online, and then create a forum post in the mapmaking guild yourself. Just enter a link to where the file can be found, your contact information and whatever else you want to say.
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Duel of ChampionsThe M&M DoC team have announced that on October 31., Duel of Champions will close down. After this date, both the game itself, the website and its official social media channels will no longer be accessible. The announcement also warns that you will have to convert all your remaining resources before the closing date, otherwise these will be lost after the shutdown.

 

 

 


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Creature Quest headGamesBeat did a really nice interview with JVC some days back, about the new Creature Quest game and some other stuff.

 

Read the whole thing here.


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For those of you who are interested in reading the actual scripts of Heroes campaigns, here is a bit of a snack for you.

Thanks to Karmakeld for the tip.


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There's new fan project of H7 Add-On, it goes under name: Wryn Pendragon: Umbramancer

Developers (and they are still looking for new modders) are Lord Graa, Antalyan, Arsheesh, ticor and Maksim Bugrimov, Evgeny Korchuganov (3D Modelers).

Monsters and many faction details, including maps and scenarios are already in. As monsters there are done Scavenger, Mine Beetle, Searcher, Xenophage and Enslaver. Also some heroes like undead Yana Rane and plethora of factions, making a chance for perfect plot. :D

The project is in czech language only, with fraction of description translated to english.

Umbramancer s

source: www.worldofheroes.cz


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