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newshornDear players,
registration for the Kings online tournament of Heroes of Might and Magic 4 opens!

 


King's league leader: Brennus Whiskey

Coordinator:
aigle édenté (e-mail: aigle_edente[at]aol[dot]fr)

Game version — Heroes IV Equilibris 3.51. Or 3.55 if both players agree. Any other game modifications are prohibited.

You can be registered via e-mail to Coordinator or post in this theme. Please type usefull indications:

Nickname:
Country and Time zone (UTC):
E-mail:
Skype:
Time for game:

18th February : publication on forums ;
19-23rd February : sending the official invitation mail. Registration will open, the Kings tournament related post will be gradually created, tournament maps will be decided ;
19th March : the player registration will close ;
20th March : tournament starts.

Each tour of playoff must be played during 21 days (3 weeks, 3 weekends).
There will be no money prize this year.

See you on the battlefield!

aigle édenté
the Kings league site : http://h4kings.ucoz.pl/


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The release date was pushed to late August (August 24, 2021). According to the game’s producer, Denis Maltzev, the game is “complete and playable”, but they want more time to make sure it’s the best it can possibly be. In fully he states:

 

“We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing, polishing, and postponing launch will give us the precious months to balancing phase, much needed for such important project for us, with its ambitious, open world, its complex narrative, deep turn-based tactical and RPG mechanics.”

source: pcgamesn.com


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Hey, All.

Welcome.  Hope each of you is doing relatively well.  Greetings to those of you finding your way here from...
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Here’s the subscriber update...
  Last Newsletter: ~2550.
  This Newsletter: ~2725.

This month's Troop concept sketch is the Bile Worm.

‘Thank you’ to everyone who wrote, especially those with positive sentiments. If you have any questions or comments, regarding Fanstratics (FST) or Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (HoMM3), feel free to send them along, and I’ll try to answer them in future newsletters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please keep in mind, it may take at least 7 days before I reply.

This month, I have five initial questions, followed by part four of the lengthy interview I did with Tavern of Might and Magic.

Until next time.

Greg
Fanstratics Game Director & Designer
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Fanstratics Faction #3: Thornwood.

This faction rounds out the three ‘good’ cultures.  Elfin in origin, the Thornwood inhabit tribal towns throughout the enchanted Spring Lands.  Where most cultures resist nature’s merciless cycles of birth, life, transformation, and death, the Thornwood zealously embrace them.  If you are familiar with HoMM3’s ‘Rampart’, you should find comfort in playing this fierce, wild, and virtuous faction.  Representing the Thornwood is the Elfin Sharpshooter, which can be viewed in the Fanstratics Gallery.

When HoMM3 was in development, did the team think Eagle Eye would be a viable or competitive secondary skill?  I've seen players say it was meant to be a bad one to balance out with the good ones, but things like the boosting artifacts, a few pre-made Seer Huts and Witches high learning chance tell me otherwise.

Regarding Eagle Eye... it was a holdover from HoMM2.  While we knew it was a ‘lesser’ skill, we didn’t consider it ‘useless’.  In hindsight, I should have cut it, but like I said... it was a legacy skill from HoMM2, and there was a desire to maintain some consistency between HoMM2 and HoMM3.  So, to directly answer your question, we never intentionally created ‘bad’ skills to balance out ‘good’ skills.


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Hello folks,
we are back armed with armload of news from our favourite inkeeper!
Well, the pubs are closed over here.

 barkeeper

MMMerge

  • From now on we are hosting Rodril's patch for MMMerge. For anyone longing to play Might & Magic 6,7,8 in one go polished and modded you have it now served to be even easier.
    The most actual instructions by cthscr can be found here.

AB Walkthrough - Maker of Sorrows

  • ithacor continues in filling gap with Armageddon Blade Walkthroughs, we are getting closer to the end of the main campaing with "Maker of Sorrows".
    Read it all to keep an advantage or just to perfectly save some time.

Hope Squirr vocal for Heroes music

  • If you love Opera music, like me, I recommend to listen to some vocals from HopeSquirr. Guaranteed you know that music from your heroic adventures, but this is very sound execution which you shall not miss.
    Start it on SoundCloud and listen to her beautiful voice.

    If you know SoundCloud, it will continue with other artist in the same mood, so your relax session can be made to be a very long.

At last we can cover even such unlikely situations, that you would have been bored or manage to snap a free time. To divert your attention to our old but famous Bestiary. Where you can read the background of many creatures from Angel to Devil from our history/mythology.

And for more playful adventurers, go and try Arcante, you can ask your question in advance or after playing the game in this topic. The game was born to be played, after all. ;)

Long live the Might and Magic!


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Hey, All.
Hope each of you is doing relatively well.  Happy New Year and welcome to Fanstratics Newsletter #5 (January 2020).


If you want to help Greg, showing your support, subscribe here. waving

 

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A quick subscriber update...
Last Newsletter: ~2300.
This Newsletter: ~2550.







This month's Troop concept sketch is the Troll Witch. (Colorized by CH)

 

‘Thank you’ to everyone who wrote, especially the well wishers. If you have any questions or comments, regarding Fanstratics (FST) or Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (HoMM3), feel free to send them along, and I’ll try to answer them in future newsletters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please keep in mind, it may take at least 7 days before I reply.

This month, I have seven initial questions, including a COVID wrap-up, followed by part three of the lengthy interview I did with Tavern of Might and Magic.

Until next time.

Greg
Fanstratics Game Director & Designer


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CH2021

 

CelestialHeavens wish you happy New Year, crowned with success and health. There's short resume what happend in the land of Might & Magic and related parts:

  • (KB2) Planned release of Kings Bounty 2 was shifted to March 2021, it will be different one, with emphasis laid to cinematic story line.

  • (H3) Horn of the Abyss suffered grief lose of Docent Piccolan, a true reneissance man and leader of the project. Our condolences goes to his family and friends. Due to this unhappy event, Factory most likely won't be released at the end of the year as planned - but they may come with something else.

  • (H7) Heroes project Wryn Pendragon: Umbramancer was cancelled but don't worry as it was released as Community Mod, The Shadows over Ashan (TSoA). The Athmos weather systems is still available in separate download.

  • (H5) Legends of the Ancients have Book 3. And you are advised to play Book 1 & Book 2 and as last to install Book 3 and play just it. Quantomas is working on fixing that and also to employ here his new dreadful AI. The project homepage is here.

  • (Ubisoft) Might and Magic Heroes Online ended. Elemental Guardians out of development

  • (Ubisoft) The other ones are still living, and as of Era of Chaos is going they have Christmas - New Year Events, knowing Ubisoft it will be alike in other titles.

  • Heroes Orchestra made two nice last year online arrangments: The Dungeon Arrangment and Snow Theme from H2 and ask for help, you know they cannot make concerts in these times. So I'm resending their links to donate and merch (music CD or Heroes T-Shirt).

  • MadMax did outstanding job with video interviews featuring Tim Lang (Aeolwyn's Legacy developed by Dungeonbytes), Michael Wolf (Heroes 3 Level Designer) and Carl Toftfelt (Songs of Contest, developed by Lavapotion), you can find them all here at our YT account.

  • Verokster did one more GL Wrapper for Heroes IV, glory to him! As a reminder his previous wrappers (H1-3) can be also downloaded here. His Heroes 3 GL Wrapper is already part of HD Mod.

  • (H3) Era reached version 3.2. More about this WoG surpasser here. All ERM help included.

  • (H4) H4ResourceEditor moved a leaps forward, if you are H4 modder try that!

  • (MM) M&M 6,7,8 merge based on mm8 engine continually grows and have recently new graphic assets from jmaster

  • (CIV) If you are Civilization fan, you may also check for H3 and H2 mods where Blake participated and ask him questions. To my knowlede H3 is done and H2 is work in progress.

  • (H2) Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection is thirsting for life, very recently updated by sirDranik (This is a different mod than Free Heroes 2 Enhanced by ciplogic, which we informed about 2yrs ago and it's on hold, waiting for saviour.)

  • (CH) is having its own Discord. waving

We hope that 2021 will be fruitfull for all, bringing new ideas and finished products for these who are making games, as well as for these playing and enhancing upon them.

Let your dreams guide you! gking1


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The time has come for us to book in our next interview!

This time, we will be sitting down with Marcus Pregent, who worked as a level designer of Might and Magic VI, then progressed to Heroes of Might and Magic 3 for which he made the Armageddon's Blade campaign and some more single scenarios. One of the more notable ones being "Faeries".
He was also involved in Shadow of Death, creating the Elixir of Life campaign featuring the beloved Gelu.
Before the big "purge" of 3DO/NWC, he also worked on Legends of Might and Magic, JVC's interpretation of a MMORPG.

As per usual, I want to know if any of you would want to direct any questions to Marcus Pregent?
I will do my best to see if I can get any of the questions I missed in the interview with Michael Wolf in as well.

Heroes III: Armageddon's Blade


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Songs of Conquest - Interview with Carl from Lavapotion


That's right folks! So, what took us so long?

We had to reschedule due to a small covid scare (don't worry, I took a test and it came back as negative, so it was "just" the regular flu). But here it is, approximately 1 hour of me and Carl from Lavapotion chatting and chilling in Lavapotions beautiful sofa.

 

Get to know more about Songs of Conquest, Lavapotion, the team behind it, what their inspirations are and more in this down to earth, podcast styled interview.

As always, we welcome you're feedback, but here are some quick answers to some possible questions;

What about the AI?
We decided not to discuss to much about the AI, basically because Carl is the Game Designer, not the AI programmer (that's Marcus) and because it's tough for us to discuss it in depth.

Cool shirt, where did you get it?
You can be as cool as me and wear a DungeonByte shirt by buying yours here: https://www.dungeonbyte.com/shop


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Hey, All.
Hope each of you is doing relatively well, and welcome to Fanstratics Newsletter #4 (December 2020).

Greetings those of you finding your way here from...

acidcave.net

A quick subscriber update...

Last Newsletter: ~1950.
This Newsletter: ~2300.

 

This month's Troop concept sketch is the Gnoll Spear Thrower.  For those of you who find art production interesting, Justin showcased his rendering the Gnoll via this Twitch stream.

‘Thank you’ to everyone who wrote, especially the well wishers.  If you have any questions or comments, regarding Fanstratics (FST) or Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (HoMM3), feel free to send them along, and I’ll try to answer them in future newsletters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Please keep in mind, it may take at least 7 days before I reply.

This month, I have five initial questions, four of which were asked by the community for ‘The Silent’.  Following those, is part two of the lengthy interview I did with Tavern of Might and Magic.

 

In other news, earlier this month, I fell ill.  At the local clinic, a test for strep throat proved negative, but two days later, a test for COVID returned positive.  In my case, hospitalization was not required, but I’ve experienced all the symptoms to varying degrees.  Persistent fatigue has been the worst, and as of this writing... it continues.  For me, November hasn’t been a productive month.  Hopefully, by the next Newsletter, I’ll be past it.

 

Lastly... an unfortunate report.  On November 7th, the founder and leader of HotA, Docent Picolan passed away.  After all these years, I feel an inherent debt of gratitude to the HotA team for helping keep HoMM3 in the public eye, and while I never met Docent, I believe we would have had much to discuss.  To Docent’s family, friends, and the HotA team, please accept my heartfelt sympathies.

 

Until next time.

Greg

Fanstratics Game Director & Designer

 

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(Questions, Answers & Comments)

 

 

Fanstratics Faction #1: Allegiant.

 

This first faction should be unsurprising to most.  They are the Allegiant; loyal, faithful, and steadfast in


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