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New ERA mod adding 13 towns, so in total there will 22 towns in the game. Supported languages Korea and English, announced to be released at April.

The mod is grouping together smaller town mods, with their author consent. Huge part will be about balancing.

H3 LoS

Sources: Original Blog | HC | Heroes3Wog


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Polish game development group 1C Entertainment SA said today it has been acquired by Tencent.
(1C Entertainment publisher of King's Bounty, Men of War, IL-2 Sturmovik, Ancestors Legacy, Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark, Deep Sky Derelicts & more)

The two closed a deal reached in late November, in which Tencent agreed to take all shares previously owned by 1C Entertainment’s previous parent, 1C, giving it a majority stake in the Warsaw-headquartered company and all of its subsidiaries. The deal also stipulated that 1C Entertainment and all subsidiaries with “1C” in their names will be renamed within six months of the deal’s completion. Rebranding details will be communicated to the press and partners separately.

1C Entertainment said it looks forward to joining the Tencent family and expects to reap the benefits of numerous synergies between the two companies.

“We are truly excited by this deal. It is an amazing opportunity for 1CE to achieve our wildest dreams and aspirations in the video games business. Our vision and passion will be now backed by a leading global games company, and I am humbled by the unique chance of working together with Tencent and the other top creative minds that are part of its global ecosystem,” said Tomasz Nieszporski, 1C Entertainment management board member.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to work with the talented team at 1C Entertainment, supporting them as they embark on a new phase of growth,” said Tencent Games Global Chief Technology Officer Li Shen.

End of official reprint from Warsaw, Feb. 25, 2022. See the full annoucement or the structure. As of possible outcome, we will see.


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Matt Chat 481: Might and Magic World of Xeen

The always excellent Matt Barton plays Might and Magic World of Xeen. smile9


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h2 tBGWeek of.. , well. They opened site and discord. If you have any questions, you can just join them now and ask, see links at the end. smile9

The game is originally scheduled to appear at Kickstart by November 2022, you can subscribe to watch it.




  • The game is described as 1-3 players, 45-130 mins, recommended age 14+. So far they are not considering to release also version without miniatures (minis).
  • Core Box Factions: Castle, Dungeon and Necropolis
  • Gameplay is limited to one hero per player. You can also develop one town only (mechanical limitation), but you'll be able to conquer other players' towns. Furthermore, you can find settlements on the adventure map (as you may remember from "Heroes 3," they're some "minor towns") that will bring chosen benefit. :-)
  • There will be 2 heroes per each faction (1 for Might and 1 for Magic class).
  • Movement on the adventure map? Heroes will have movement points - they will have to spend 1 point to move 1 field on the tile, or to discover a new adjacent tile.
  • The "Fog of war" system is already developed. Some tiles would be faceup from the beginning of the game; during the game, heroes will discover more tiles and "build" the map through their movement.
  • To reduce downtime in the 3-player gameplay: At the same time - the first player is performing PVE, the second is controlling the neutral creatures in this PVE, and the third is building structures in their town and recruiting units. :-)
  • One mini per each faction creature and two heroes' minis per faction. Neutral creatures could be depicted in another way.
  • Oh, "Astrologers proclaim," events will be resolved at the beginning of every second round.

This text was gathered from BoardGG forum, replies by Jakub Olekszyk Archon’s Lead Game Designer.

You can take a deeper look in at their "Designer's note on HOMM3 Board Game gameplay" newsletter entry #1.

 

BoardGG | Discord | Images Gallery | Blog | Our Thread


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Upcoming interview with David Mullich

It's been quite some time since I last scheduled an interview for the Celestial Heavens YouTube, so it was about time to make it happen again! 

Sir MullichThis time, I will be joined by none other than David Mullich, who was the producer of Heroes of Might and Magic III. He has worked on games spanning over three decades and for companies like EA and Disney
I highly doubt any of you have missed out on who he is, afterall, he even has a Hero made after him in Heroes of Might and Magic III. 

Like always, we are interested to know whether you have any questions you would like us to ask David.
Deadline for this is the 6th of February as we will hold the interview on the 7th. 


David MullichSir Mullich, armed for battle! He may have grayed since fighting for Armageddon's Blade, but he is no less formidable. Armor and weaponry crafted by Arthammer LARP Workshop in Kyiv, Ukraine. 


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Expert Leadership

Heroes IV Axeoth Restoration Team Proudly Presents: Masters of The Elements

The conversion works are moving nicely forward, you can watch it continuously in this thread.

So far Warlords of the Wasteland, Conquest of the Underworld, Masters of the Elements have been converted from Heroes III campaigns to Heroes IV. And you are all welcomed to play them. For details, like bugs reporting please resort to this README.

masters of the elements

Thanks iLiVeInAbOx05, ByteBandit and other team members for your effort!  thumbsup


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Senior Brand Manager [Might & Magic]

There's link. Position is located in Shanghai. In the text M&M franchise is described as AAA. And it might be a PC game as well. Nowhere is written that it would be Heroes game though. And that it will get assigned AAA budget.Iconical Angel

MISSION:

Ubisoft Shanghai is looking for a Senior Brand Manager to champion the brand marketing and product marketability of a new Might & Magic AAA game. Under the management of the Brand director, join an ambitious team and help reinvent one the biggest Fantasy franchise in video game history.

 

WHAT YOU WILL DO:

  • Define the product positioning strategy: target audiences, market mapping and audience sizing, consumer promise and key pillars.
  • Ensure the product marketability from conception phase to release and live phase. Actively monitor market and entertainment trends, competition activity and provide relevant reports & analysis (competitor, risk etc.).  Initiate relevant consumer research to confirm and adjust product marketability over time.
  • Establish the product communication strategy (key phases, events, messages, main brand assets) and define & manage the associated brand marketing budget.
  • Work with internal or external artist(s) and agencies to create the main brand assets – CGI movies, trailers, key artworks, etc.  Create and share products style guides to ensure consistency in all deliveries (graphic & more)
  • Instruct internal and external stakeholders on the game and the product strategy and relay back their insights and feedback to the product team.
  • Represent the project and team and be key public speaker for the game towards external audiences- business partners, media, influencers, star players and communities.
  • Help maximize the business potential of the product working closely with dev ops and business teams to design appealing & effective content updates, monetization offers, partnerships and merchandizing plans.

ubisoft senior brand manager

PS If they will again create M&M team, will they answer all these questions sent over time?

Thanks Marzhin and Angelspit!


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Happy New Year!

Yesterday evening, some very exciting news started circling Might and Magic communities across the web. In addition to that, this was just posted on their Facebook page.

"Heroes III: Day of Reckoning
We hope you enjoyed the teaser video from the Day of Reckoning team.
We are a community made expansion for Heroes of Might and Magic III.
There will be more information coming out in the near future. Make sure to follow us to stay tuned.
Happy New Year
DoR Team"

Heroes of Might and Magic III: Day of Reckoning

 

Here is the YouTube teaser posted by the team.


"To celebrate the New Year with all Heroes fans, the Day of Reckoning project alongside MDT would like to present you all the first trailer for a new fan expansion in the works for Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete.
Happy New Year!"

'There is not a lot of information as of now. But the video show a new ice landscape, a Vori Castle, a new, frosty looking hammer (artifact?) and some new game mechanics.
Besides that, there seem to be buildings from the Forge faction. A new hero portrait and sprite for Gelu, a hero named Falagar and some interesting dialogue as well as new spells and designs.
We can also see the Day of Reckoning team adding creatures and creature banks from modifications like Grove.

Can you spot something that we missed? Share that, or your general impressions with us in the comments below.


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Celestialheavens wish you Happy Christmas
 ..to all Roundtablers and our faithful readers and contributors, being from the past, present or the future ones.

Merry Christmas, steady health and ability to sustain your good mood in any times, twice in these enchanted period.

And, ..a lots of presents! Shall not forget this. :)

As a small Christmas gift, we prepared a mod overviews, to play the old games in new coat.

Heroes VII

There are rulling three mods, sewed into one. You might heard about Hades mod or Heroes 7.5, with UCP and The Shadows Over Ashan. You want Inferno, you want Xel? You can taste them here as you wish. Heroes 7.5 version 1.17 and UCP 1.13 has been all released recently.



Heroes V

Where would be Heroes V without Quantomas and Legends of the Ancients? Rhetorical question, because we have both in one pack and you can got  the most recent version here, from Quantomas' pages.

There's another mod, where exists Quantomas AI, in early state and these are Heroes 5.5. Also released as RC15 Beta 2 during Christmas time.

Both versions are very different. And in both cases just remember, that "Combat AI" is not affected and perhaps will be tinkered in new releases done by Quantomas. He's having plans for, that's sure.

Heroes IV

There are two supermods. You might not heard about the Equilibris 3.6 for a while but it's here! It's beta and it's having HD included. Tap there to read the changelog and test it. ;)

Another one is Heroes IV Ultimate by Nimostar. Both are fresh and ready to be played.

Heroes IV Map Generator/Utility which is advanced editor. For a future, iLiVeInAbOx05 is also working on converting H3 maps to H4. This is related also to H4 Unity Project - Restoration of Axeoth, which will bring you four campaigns based on Terry Ray scripting. The first two are ready!

There is also place to mention Verokster's OpenGL Wrappers for Heroes II - IV ,which were released during this year. And are alredy being utilizet by some mods, like Heroes IV Ultimate mod.

Heroes III

Simple this year. You go with HotA (balance and multiplayer focused, inlcuding online lobby), ERA (Which is effectively surpassing WoG, you can use your ERM knowledge here), Succesion Wars Mod or the very last Heroes Chronicles - Fully Compability HD mod.

ERA is something like incubator for other mods, so you can accompany it with Advanced Classes mod for ERA 3 and really many others, mostly towns and skills mods. Current version is ERA 3.9 from Sept 2021. See the releases folder.

Heroes II

Where it's currently domain of fheroes2 development team, working ceaselessly and rapidly. And you can find them and express them support also on patreon. This new engine which needs the original game work with is splendid and if you ever loved Heroes II it will start to burn again.

Latest Christmas version is 0.9.11

Russian language added. Spell description for heroes, pre-calculated to see the actual damage. And map information popup window while right clicking on a map in the list of maps. This window shows the location of the file and map type: either "The Succession Wars" or "The Price of Loyalty" so players can easily find these files on their machines.

Besides this the team fixed AI behavior during castle defense, updated logic with roads, fixed many places for rendering and even added support of national symbols as a part of path on Windows. Overall the team managed in a such short period to fix more than 20 bugs.

Might & Magic

Famous MM678Merge which everyone goes for, started by Rodril, or almost unknown MM 6/7/8 Total Remake, which is still being developed but you need to compile it first. This second uses different engine.

And not even less famous Chaos Conspiracy Redone Enhanced for MM6. Which was first created by a great Big Daddy Jim, then enhanced by Maestro, later by GrayFace and its maintained and worked upon by David Hernandez.

Immersion Mod, which is music mod only, for again MM 6-8.

And latest MM6 Patch v 2.5.5 or MM7 Patch 2.5.5 and MM8 Patch 2.5.5 by GrayFace.

Might & Magic: Myth

which is not a mod but rather RTS implementation. Download here.

Also check our Best Deals if you want a help with picking a good games for a good price!

See the comments in the forum.
Last edited at 23.1.2022, to complete the overwhelming Christmas releases.

Last updated: 2.1.2021


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Hello there! Tarnum the Immortal hero has returned! Or maybe he never left for some, such as myself. Either way, there is a new reason to pick up Heroes Chronicles again, whether for the first time or the hundredth time!

Heroes Community and Acidcave member VIP has just released Project Chronicles, which is a mod for Heroes of Might and Magic 3 Complete and Heroes Chronicles that brings all of the Chronicles chapters into one place!
 

There is a new user interface which allows the player to select and launch whichever chapter they wish to play, including the fan made Glory of War chapter.

Project Chronicles Launcher

Each chapter selection will first bring up a newly created introduction for the campaign before launching. These intros contain text from the box sets of the games, as well as the text from the 3DO website for World Tree and Fiery Moon.

Project Chronicles Intro World Tree


 Project Chronicles Sword

Project Chronicles Final Chapters

Anything that was on the box sets of Heroes Chronicles can be found here. From the campaign descriptions, to the NWC promotions on the back of the boxes, to the previews and tutorials. Everything is there that you could find in the original, but all in one easy to find location. It’s a Tarnum delight!

Project Chronicles Title Warlords

Project Chronicles Title Conquest

Each chapter contains the tutorial just as it is in the original. The preview selection screen has also had a major facelift. The original versions just have buttons with the name of the Heroes Chronicles chapter for each preview. Here you now have these glorious images from the chapters to choose from.

Project Chronicles Tutorial Revolt

Project Chronicles Tutorial SwordProject Chronicles Previews1Project Chronicles Previews2

Each chapter plays just like the original games, and did I mention this mod also uses the HD mod? It is packaged up with the installer so no need to go looking for it if you’re like me and haven’t messed around much with Heroes 3 mods.

Project Chronicles Campaign Selection

There are lots of goodies to be found here. If you’ve never had the box sets with the player manuals, there are some nice little tidbits that you have likely missed, such as the letters from Tarnum for the majority of the Chronicles chapters. These have all been included with a completely new presentation like this one from The Sword of Frost below.

Project Chronicles Letter Sword

If you’ve been away from Heroes Chronicles for a while like I have been, or just miss Tarnum, this is a great time to rekindle the friendship! This mod supports two languages: Polish and English, and they are selectable during installation.

So, what are the requirements to be able to use this mod? You’ll need to have purchased and installed Heroes of Might and Magic 3 Complete, either the GoG version or CD version, and all chapters of Heroes Chronicles (except for World Tree and Fiery Moon, as these were released for free), also either the GoG version or CD version.

As of the time of this writing, GoG.com is actually having their winter sale, and both Heroes 3 Complete and Heroes Chronicles All Chapters are 75% off. If for some reason you don’t have these already, head over to GoG and pick them up for super cheap and give Project Chronicles a try! The number of hours I personally sank into playing Heroes Chronicles, before Project Chronicles, for just $2.50 was just insane. Totally worth the price!

Here is the link to VIP’s thread on HeroesCommunity. Near the bottom of the original post there is a play-by-play to walkthrough the installer, as it might be a little confusing at the moment.


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