III at its highest activity, Heroes IV begins.
|Maps page at
The Maps Page now has 40 unique maps and 10 more variants listed, all tested and reviewed by the map council. Not bad for only 4 months of multiplayer. The unlisted map option when reporting your games has now been removed; all ToH games must be played on ToH listed maps only.
A minor H4 Bug
- Oracle [11/27]
A first Clan
War Victory [11/24]
Heavens Map Making Contest [11/19]
Ratings & Popularity [11/15]
our first Addict Madman [11/07]
ToH Maps now
can be Player Rated
our First Legionnaire [10/28]
Seat Heroes IV?
Transfer Lag Issues [10/23]
.... great news for online players.
new Member to the Map Council ... Some Reflections
nasty BUG all players should know about [10/6]
Generation ... and the New
Being Added [9/22]
New Aspects of Homm4 Multiplayer [9/18]
Active now for Heroes4 Gaming
Heroes IV Multiplayer... 1 Year later!!!!!!
Rules & Info - Learn about how the ranking & honor system works, and the general rules of ToH.
Heroes III Rankings & History - See your old records from Season I to IV. Players who are veterans from past seasons will be having their veteran Dragon/Wyvern Icons with prestige updated in the next few days.
Heroes IV Maps Page - Just starting now, download and play the maps currently worthy of competitive gaming. Also, if you have made comparable maps, submit them to the Map Council.
ToH Clans - Will open in 2 weeks.
Heroes IV Seasons BEGIN
another Season of Heroes III ToH
on Heroes IV TOH
June 26, 2002
May 29, 2002
May 28, 2002
May 24, 2002
May 21, 2002
May 7, 2002
|April 29, 2002|
See what happens to people who go
without Heroes for a week...
See what happens when people
apply Heroes to Real Life....
April 24, 2002
April 21, 2002
April 17, 2002
April 15, 2002
April 13, 2002
closes Friday April 12th [4/6]
It has been fun, watching the community grow over the past 3 years, and Heroes IV will bring in many more years of competitive gaming to ToH.
now you've got it, do you like it?
|Gameplay has been greatly improved, from the combat, allowing heroes into battles, creatures to move independent of them, a more intuitive spell system, more realism to movement and growth rates, fog of war, and so on. More strategy both on development and in battles, and more RPG elements to the Heroes that make the core of the game. The game is more fun and addictive than ever, making you thirst for the multiplayer, whenever it comes out. Conclusion: Excellent||Gameplay has been brought up a notch, similar to the original, but with several fixes and addons to which the fans requested of the original. The game is fun and immersive, but it does get boring and tedious after a few weeks of gameplay. Conclusion: Good|
|Graphics are greatly improved, especially on the land, with so many terrain features and the addition of elevation. Creature animations are improved, and the isometric perspective is a step up. For its competition, however, it does look dated. Conclusion: Fair||Graphics
are exceptionally beautiful, the artists must be
commended for some of the best looking creature
animations and spell animation ever done in a game;
the creatures themselves are plenty and
gorgeous. Cutscenes for campaigns were also
|Combat is the heart of homm4, and it is so diverse and improved, that a lot of the game's multiplayer fun will be in the player vs player battles. So many strategies and tactics are available, in combination with an arsenal of useful spells. Conclusion: Excellent||Combat is static, up to 6 units that cannot move, there is isnt much tactics in the actual battle, just limited spell casting. Battles after a while become boring after the eye candy is over. Conclusion: Poor|
is more like what it was in homm2, with many great
musical scores. A little overkill though on
celtic themes, I find myself wanting to tapdance
|Music is limited to a few tracks, but very well done. However, once again, since the music is limited, it does get tiring in the long run. Conclusion: Fair|
there are several, but the biggest problem is how the
game demands a lot on system resources, and after
several hours of gaming most systems will crash or
exit to windows.
there were none, except in multiplayer, which have
been fixed in the patch. The game is seamless
and very user-friendly.
|Overall, this game will become a favourite for many, I recommend all old heroes fans to get it if they have not, though it will alienate people with inadequate systems. We also hope the multiplayer patch will be out soon, so that the game will be played the way it should, interactively amongst human opponents.||Overall, it is an acclaimed game, and a good followup to its predecessor. However, still very much a heroes-themed clone, and in comparison to Homm4, it loses on most counts.|
Jb forgot where he put his copy of homm4
IV in most stores [3/29]
In many major stores across US, and in some other countries Homm4 is now availble for purchase. ToH prizewinners Zud, Jb239, Lichking, Lord of Kaos, Greystole, Montegoma, Flamingo, Destro23, EliteDewd, Jinxer, Pandora will all be shipped their free copy of Homm4 tomorrow.
I plan to install the game and fire up the campaigns, and play till morning. Too bad I have to work. -Vesuvius
IV Multiplayer Patch... Extension to the Season [3/26]
It looks like 3 to 4 weeks before the multiplayer patch will be available for Heroes IV. With it, has come heavy demand from the players to extend the ToH season until this patch is made available. So ToH Season IV will be extended for several weeks longer, until we have a confirmed date as to when this patch will enable Homm4 ToH to open. ToH will continue to support Heroes III gaming until the multiplayer option is available online.
Release Update [3/23]
Since there was a minor delay in going gold, the release of homm4 has been delayed to Friday, March 29, 2002. Expect it available then, to most U.S. gaming stores.
There has been some pre-emptive activity in the warez sites, for people to steal homm4 off the internet. Piracy, as we all know is illegal. However, consider this: If you are a hardcore addict of heroes, and love the game, make it honorable and buy the game. The greater number of sales inevitably means success for the team that developed it, and a positive future for Homm.
The Highest in Honors..... [3/20]
After considering many candidates for the highest and most prestigeous honor in ToH, Destro23 is awarded the Most Valuable Player Award. He has shown honor above all, love for the fun of the game, and a true heroes addict in every way. He joins other greats from past seasons, Zud, JB239, Greystole, Lord of Kaos, and Lichking, with the prestige that carries over to the next season, and best of all, a copy of Heroes IV waiting for them.
Others who stand out in great honor in ToH this season and were amongst the short list for recieving this medal were Eliogabalus, Uncoatedtitan, Jinxer, Wiggy_Wam and Tim554, all whom have shown great spirit this season.
And Leave those with no Honor to Shame.
With seasons' end coming, many players who have shown dishonor in either cheating, or fake reporting, are being removed and banned for good. Some of them are, Death_Dealer33, Virileboy, Ch_Goodluck and several others. In fact two high ranking players are also being investigated, and if found to have fake reported, will lose their accounts by season's end.
IV Has Gone Gold! [3/15]
So... no more delays! Expect Heroes IV to be on store shelves by March 28th. Im sure they will sell fast, so if youre a true addict, best to preorder. It will be the next evolution in Heroes, and the next big one for ToH.
This confirms it, ToH, after supporting H3 gaming for over 3 years, will shift to Heroes IV.
from the past. [3/16]
Once a week, from now till seasons' end in Late March, we will be posting mp3's of some music from Heroes II and its expansion, as well as from Might & Magic VI/VII. For many it will be nostalgic and bring back fond memories, and others it will be new listening to the musical style of heroes that will be back in Heroes IV. Download, enjoy, and even replace your H3 music with them. Three Mp3's for this week are:
Barbarian- Barbarian town music for Heroes2 expansion. Opera style, possibly the best of the songs from the Expansion.
Swamp- Swamp terrain music from Heroes2. Its music was (in my opinion) the best of the terrain themes, and has such relaxing ambiance.
MMVII- Theme song for Might & Magic VII.
A World of
Thanks to MJL Microsystems' Media House Statistics, we have a nice summary of all the ToH Season IV players' origin:
|Country.||# of players.......||Country.||# of players.....||Country||.#of players|
|New Zealand||18||Greece||17||Hong Kong||16|
with 1-3 players: Moldova, Iceland, Monaco, Malta,
Faroe, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar, Albania, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Armenia, Guam, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Tunisia, Kenya, Morocco, Ethiopia, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Cayman, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Trinidad.
|For a small country, The Netherlands sure has a lot of players; must be a fun place to live in :) Unfortunately, the most under-represented continent is Africa. To 3D0: Heroes' influence is world-wide!|
3D0 for Sale?"
A current news item on Celestial Heavens discusses the possibility of 3D0 being bought out by a company such as microsoft. In editor Vox Clamant's opinion, this would be a bad thing. I beg to differ. If the whole Might and Magic franchise was bought out by a company like Electronic Arts or Microsoft, they would most likely put more resources and dynamic efforts in such a popular franchise, and most importantly, have far more fan support. Not only this, NWC, like Bungie, was already bought out, by 3D0. Some would say thats when the whole Might and Magic franchise went downhill. 3D0 has certain policies, if not rectified will lead to the wasting of the Might & Magic franchise, and 3D0's demise in the PC gaming arena. These are:
Obviously, these comments are
not made to 'kiss up' but to state factual problems
that other fan sites do not address. For 3 years ToH has
supported 3D0 and been upbeat about its
future..... I personally put a lot of faith into 3D0,
down to buying $8000 in 3D0 stocks when it was at $1.7 a
share. I still have faith that Homm4 will be a great
game, one we will come to love. However, the facts speak
for themselves; Today, 3D0 (THDO) sells at $0.6
a share, Electronic Arts (ERTS) sells at $60.0 a
share. I'll let you figure out why.
IV's End Approaches with Release of HommIV [3/5]
With Heroes IV on the horizon, if the game is to be released as expected on March 27th, ToH Season IV will end on March 30, 2002. ToH will then be closed for a week, and reopen awaiting for the multiplayer patch to start the new Heroes IV ToH. Players who achieved certain points this season will carry over veteran medals to Heroes IV ToH. It is possible for some who have been veternans for all 4 ToH seasons to carry over 4 veteran icons. Prestige points will be activated in Heroes IV ToH and carry as much importance as rank.
|Barons up to 1399
+10 prestige points
+15 prestige points
+20 prestige points
+25 prestige points
|Lords up to 1799
+30 prestige points
+35 prestige points
+40 prestige points
Download High Quality Version - Low Quality Version
IV Creature Card
A nice summary card has been created with all the Heroes IV creatures that exist in the game. Download it, and print it out! With it you can see how each town has its strengths and weaknesses, based upon the creatures.
|A big thanks to http://www.heroes.ag.ru/ whom have an increadible site with everything you need to know about Heroes IV, and helped with the source of the images and data needed for this creature card to be realized.|
Some things to note from the creature
Grandfinals, Might vs Magic Tournament [2/16]
The clan grandfinals is now set up, for the top 8 clans. Good luck to all, some will need it!
The Might vs Magic subtournament has become very popular, with over 200 games played for it in less than a week. Thanks to all who report properly, those who do not, however, get no credit for their games in M vs M. Jinxer takes over as the tournament volunteer for M vs M.
new member to the Honor Council. [2/12]
After considering many esteemed TOH members the Honor Council has made a great new addition to their ranks; Prometheus. As always they will do their best to serve in areas of disputes amongst players. Please make sure to read the guidelines for dispute submissions to make sure you provide the HC with required information needed if an honor issue of yours arises.
The Might vs. Magic subtournament has become extremely popular, the 128 are completely full. So any players who do not report their games on time or improperly, or remain inactive for a week will be removed to make room for other players wanting to join
Patch Confirmed, Season will be extended. [2/7]
It looks like Homm4 will be 90% finished product when it is released in March, basically ending up without multiplayer support for online players. A patch will be released later, 2-6 weeks after release. This means this season of Heroes III will be extended; possibly through to mid-April. Looking at the positive side of things, the patch may include some of the fixes we have requested in the past.
Earnings Conference Call. [2/6]
3D0's third quarter loss widens, revenues plunge more than 50%, and the stock now trades at $1.00. But CE0 Trip Hawkins is positive, that 3D0's new releases of successful games will reverse the losses. One of the games strongly emphasized was Homm4, slated for a successful worldwide release. The Unclear, Scary Part: There is a mention of a multiplayer patch 'for online internet support' to come in a month or more later. Its unclear as to whether Homm4 is shipping without multiplayer online support? I will speak to Mr. Hawkins tomorrow about this for clarification, before the online community comes to conclusions, for it truly shocked me. -Vesuvius
Tournament News Updates [2/2]
Clans ToH free challenge ends 2/15/02. All clan wars must end then, or they get calculated as an unfinished clan war. Clan finals follow immediately thereafter, 8 top clans participating in the finals. Those in 9th or 10th place may still have a chance, as one or two of the top 8 may not end up participating in the finals.
Battlefest Free Challenge is now over, finals have begun.
Warlords will be the only remaining active subtournament to the end of the season.
in ToH [1/29]
Some of the minor tweaks in the automation & player rating system in preparation for homm4 is the prestige points. Currently Prestige is tracked by the Hall of Fame; It will become obsolete in Heroes IV ToH, as the prestige will be viewable directly on the players' record. Currently all prestige reads as 0, and will not be activated until Heroes IV ToH opens, on March 26th. Prestige points can be as valuable as points, it valuates all medals and distinctions the player has -- Honor values and veteran history will have greater meaning in the new ToH.
A New ToH
Message Board, a Request to Gus Smedstad
We now have new second Message Board, supported by Celestial Heavens. The first post is a request to Gus, programmer for Heroes IV. The requests are simple; and the veterans of online multiplayer would agree. Password protection of saved games to block viewing saves, and checksums on maps, so map editing can be easily detected. Visit the new message board for more info.
Heroes IV 'review' [1/26]
Visit ToTheGame.com, where a preview of Heroes IV gives the first real impressions of what the game is about. And there are no disappointments, only excitement. Some screenshots are included, including the first shot of a Town Siege, and some elementals in battle. Notice artifacts like the Heavenly Helm and Equestrian Gloves are back.
Upon the end of Homm3 ToH season IV in late March, many of you who still will want to play homm3, ToH will have a Heroes Classic subtournament. It will bring back nostalgia for some ToH vets, where the cadet/sergeant/captain ranking system returns and will be a integral part of ToH but will not affect the main ranking system of Homm4 ToH. Darxion will be taking charge of this entire subsection. Put commentary or suggestions about this subtourney on the message board Here.
Contact Email Changes [1/25]
The current contact email to Vesuvius is firstname.lastname@example.org However, a new email has been set up, email@example.com which will still go to Vesuvius, but is also then available for all the other volunteers to utilize when Vesuvius is unable to answer his email. So for all ToH correspondances in the future, use the Admin email and not the Vesuvius email.
Medals Info - Something
useful you may not know. [1/23]
When on rankings page or looking up a player account, try putting your mouse cursor over a medal. It will then give the name of the medal, and the date it was awarded. It is especially useful on the Rankings Page, when you want to know when a player was promoted to that specific rank, by putting your cursor on the Rank Medal Icon. Eg. The_Vinz is the next new Emperor, promoted on 1-22-02.
some ToH records... [1/21]
Today ToH Season IV breaks a record... 10,000 games played since the season started on September 6th. Also, in anticipation of Heroes IV, activity has risen to an all-time high, with record numbers of ToH games played and hits to the site than ever before.
...Melissa Wants more Photos! [1/21]
The Player Photo Page now holds over 350 player photos, but with all the new players joining ToH -- Melissa wants more of the new members of this community to submit photos of themselves on the computer, outdoors or doing anything at all!
Heroes IV Release Date Confirmed? [1/18]
I just spent $583.81 to prepay/order 12 copies of Homm4 Special Elite edition from Electronics Boutique for some of the ToH prizewinners. They said it will arrive for me to pick up on March 26th. Cross our fingers it is so. -Vesuvius
Tidbits: Heroes IV Interview [1/14]
Thanks to H3trio, an email interview was accomplished with Jeff Blattner (Executive Producer) & Trip Hawkins (CEO). You can read it all here, but the gist of it was:
3D0 & Stock [1/16]
3D0 will host a conference call this afternoon to discuss the 2002 fiscal year outlook; it will give the public a brief insight into the financial future for 3D0 through this year. Bad financial news from Intel today downs spirits, but we shall see....
Right now the stock averages $1.85 a share, (I have 4000 shares bought originally at $1.7). Good buy at this time? I think so, especially if the news is positive.
& Answer thread, and Clan Update
On the ToH Message Board a thread has been opened up for players to ask any questions regarding ToH, or where interesting emails sent to me that have good questions will be posted there. I recommend everyone to visit that section if ToH matters interest you, or you have more curiousity about the inner workings of ToH and its future. The Link will remain on this news section indefinitely for quick access.
ToH Clans free challenge is now extended to Late February, to follow Arena's grandfinals before Clan season end.
on Heroes IV TOH
Many have emailed me regarding certaMany have emailed me regarding certain elements or parameters of Heroes IV ToH, and Ive decided to summarize the most common Q&A Here:
Years, Back to business.
ToH ends a 3rd year supporting Heroes 3, and the season is going well. Flamingo is now the first to make it to Emperor, with several Lords tagging behind. In the past 4 months there has been nearly 10,000 individual games played in TOH, and addicts like Stuff who have played over 150 games in that time period.
Clans Grand Arena is now open, clan leaders may submit registrants to participate. Winners of the Grand Arena will get a decent boost for the finals. Take note that all regular clan games end on February 1st, and clan finals then begin with the 8 most prestigeous clans.