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November 27\28th — Oi!  Slacker!   NOOOOOO!
Why only one update this weekend, I hear you ask.  Well, I've been building theme parks for the past two days - that Roller Coaster Tycoon is one addictive game.  Still, let's see if I can get through this update without talking about Twisters, Geisterhäuser, Achterbahnen, and various other things I've been building (feels weird not to have an "undo" button, after having played C3 and Pharaoh for so long though).

We have more reviews trickling into Reviewer's Corner.  The latest batch are from pnut and deal with the scens City of Fertility, Isle of Celtia, and Massada.   The following bit comes from the review of City of Fertility:

Playability 2.2 Clean play. The map lacks a "punch" to captivate me.
Creativity 2.0 Nothing new, some challenge with getting water/pottery distribution.
Balance 2.5 Easy; although without any requests from Caesar the favour was a little slow to achieve.
Design 2.0 A huge map is difficult to embellish…needs a lot more "landscaping" throughout.
Story 1.0* Unfortunately this has the same "weight" as the other categories, in the current system.

Pnut’s personal Challenge level: 1.0 A good map for beginners!

special notes: * I could not locate a story, if there is one I would be happy to change my opinion!

Not much more to say, apart from recommending you people out there to take a look.  Right, back to building theme parks...

Angel Reckless Rodent

November 26th — New review
Reviewer's Corner has received yet another review submission.  The scenario in question is Sicilia, and the reviewer is ehead.   Here's a snippet:

Playability : 4
Creativity : 5
Balance : 4
Map Design : 5
Story/Instructions : 5
Overall : 4.6

[abridged main body of review - down to the conclusion]

Overall, I highly recommend this scenario to anyone looking for a different challenge. If you stayed away from the inherit-the-city levels in the career mode, Sicilia provides a compelling reason for you to reconsider.

To read the rest of the review (and it's well worth a look), click here.

Angel Reckless Rodent

November 25th — Top 10 downloads
Courtesy of Angel Jayhawk, I can now provide you with last week's top 10 C3 downloads:
Scenarios downloaded between 1999.11.15 - 1999.11.21
172 amphipolis.zip City 1999.11.21
123 hadrians-wall.zip City 1999.11.21
108 moltisolia.zip Scenario 1999.11.21
099 Macena.zip Scenario 1999.11.21
098 Numidia.zip Scenario 1999.11.21
085 Siege.zip Scenario 1999.11.21
075 Lipari.zip Scenario 1999.11.21
071 Barcelona.zip Scenario 1999.11.21
070 AlexRome.zip City 1999.11.21
065 barbarianactivity.zip Scenario 1999.11.21
Number of scenarios downloaded: 5327
Number of different scenarios downloaded: 434

Looks like Amphipolis is still on top :).

Angel Reckless Rodent

November 24th — Games of Encouragement 1999
Last year our hosts, Gamestats, put together something to bring a smile to the faces of those who are perhaps less fortunate than ourselves.  Games of Encouragement 1998 was a huge success, and this year it's going to be even better:

Last year we presented the community with an opportunity to come together and give a bunch of great kids some smiles that they might not otherwise have had at Christmas. The program (which we dubbed Games Of Encouragement) was successful beyond all expectations and we received over 1500 donations for Christmas 1998. GOE was so successful in fact that the program benefited Ronald McDonald Houses all across the country!

This year, with your help the GOE program will be an even bigger success and bring smiles to even more kids and help even more RMH homes!

With a response like that, we feel it is very important to give members of the gaming community the opportunity to top themselves in 1999 and we are proud to be able to again offer the gaming community the opportunity to help out some great kids and a wonderful organization. We hope that you can get in the spirit of this wonderful idea and enjoy giving to some very worthy children who will really appreciate it.

To take a look at what it's all about, either follow this link or click the banner below the site logo.  I'm sure you won't let the kiddies down :).

Angel Reckless Rodent

November 23rd — New buttons
acbutton.gif (6547 bytes)Isn't that a lovely little button?  Of course, it's showing the way to HGS's newest baby, Asheron's Call Heaven.  Check it out if you haven't already :).

Back in Rome, we're starting to slow down a bit as emigrants leave to seek pastures new in Egypt.  However, there are still some brave souls left behind, battling with the deadly Carthaginians and coping with market ladies with the intelligence of a small head of lettuce.  Speaking of those market ladies, we have a call for help regarding distribution in the Game Help forum - I'm sure any and all help would be most appreciated.

That's it for today.  Hopefully I'll have some download statistics for you sometime this week - depends when Angel Jayhawk (he knows how it works here, I don't have a clue ;)) can spare a few minutes to grab a few files.

Angel Reckless Rodent

November 22th — New HGS site revealed
Here's the press release:

Asheron's Call Heaven is LIVE

Heaven's Gaming Sites is proud to present its newest site dedicated to the hit mulitplayer RPG, Asheron's Call.  Keeping with the tradition of other Heaven sites, Asheron's Call Heaven features a well maintained forum,
extensive info, and useful news for AC fans. Our staff includes some of the most active players in the game and even a number of advocates, official in-game helpers.  We welcome all of you to check out the site at http://ac.heavengames,com

AC Heaven - http://ac.heavengames.com
AC Heaven Forum - http://ac.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/acforums/Ultimate.cgi?action=intro

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About Heaven's Gaming Sites

For over 2 years, HGS ( http://www.heavengames.com ) has been producing top quality fansites for PC Games such as Age of Empires, Age of Kings, Caesar 3, and Pharaoh.  With special attention paid to community building and discussion forums, we're gowing tremendously with no end in sight.

Angel Reckless Rodent