of ToH and Online Heroes Gaming?
Players have asked as
to what will become of ToH when Homm5
arrives. Well definitely a lot of good things, the site
will once again have a new look to
it, along with a brand new season
that should usher a tremendous amount of new
for this site was designed to handle a lot of traffic, but the
dissapointment called HeroesIV never allowed ToH to rise to its
full potential. Now with HommV we have high hopes of a
return to the days of Season III where 100s of games were being
played a day.
Right now the player
database has nearly 22,000 members,
with all records & history intact. So when the move is
made to Heroes V on its launch (realistically sometime around
February 2006) all veteran
dragon/wyvern icons will follow
through for those concerned (along with Caesar titles).
But we expect a tremendous influx of new
players by that time...
Looks like Ubisoft
will have its own matchmaking service
(like zone, gamespy) so most if not all ToH gaming will go on
there. It is also rumored that they may have their own
ladder setup as well. But ToH is where its at... we
Heroes V Will Be The Game We Want to Play! [1/25/06]
According to the community of Beta
Testers and Fans following the development of HommV,
there is a lot of balancing, bugs
& gameplay changes needed
before the game is released. But the corporate pressures
to release the game on time before March is up may risk the
quality & playability of the game.
So the communities have set up petitions to hopefully get enough
pressure to direct the attention of the powers-that-be to
extending the development time. Here is a list of the
forums supporting the petition:
• The Genie's Lamp Announcement
• Celestial Heavens Announcement
• La Torre de Marfil Announcement
• The Oracle League Announcement
Zone For Heroes III - Over Soon.
Heroes III has had the advantage of having
both Gamespy and the MSN Zone as is matchmaking service, but as
of Late January, 2006, MSN Zone will discontinue supporting
Homm3. Many players not only use this to find opponents, but it
has also become their favorite chatroom and home to meet old
homm competitors and friends.
So what can be done? Nothing but to move over to Gamespy to
continue playing Homm3, as Homm4 players do. A good many players
will probably stop playing homm3 online because of this, as
gamespy is a lot less popular among the homm3 community. We can
only hope that Homm5 will bring the veterans back and UBISoft's
alternative -- their own matchmaking service will help
revitalize the online Homm community.
Heroes III Challenge
An agreement has been
made between ToH and HeroesPortal,
to start a tournament between the leagues. It involves 8
players from each side, playing an elimination tournament --
They recently played Drachenwald.net and won 7-1 -- showing
these Russians' strength in the game.
For a example of how their tournaments work, visit this image.
We have the following 8 ToH
players ready for the challenge:
If there are other veterans who
are interested in participating, you can be placed on a
'waitlist' in case a player backs down.
regarding the discussion on the rules for this tournament, and
arranging a fair agreement on how this should be played between
ToH and Heroesportal.
For Heroes 3 Players
Thanks to Lichking,
the Battlefest subtournament
is now open for registration. What is Battlefest? It
is a 'faster' game played not for ToH points, but a fast-paced
setup with specialized maps that allow all sorts of large stacks
of troops to join your team, resulting in some extreme battles
early in the game.
on the Heroes V Project
We should be
receiving some news soon on the remaining 4 yet-unnamed towns --
a simplified demo is reported to be coming out soon, and more
importantly, an 'alpha'-testing program offered to some of the
Homm community leaders. This early beta test will be
occurring sometime in September, with a more comprehensive beta
test later in the Fall. When should we expect the
game? Realistically, no earlier than February 2006.
Heroes V Demo
Videos... Very Impressive!
The videos can now be
found all over the internet, but you can download them here
without the hassle. Four of them show the game as it is
played, and it is such a visual upgrade over HommIV.
map: You can scroll across the map, zoom in
and out, and rotate the map. Everything is
beautifully animated, and all looks familiar :)
Screen: Looks just like what we are used to,
but in 3D, the animations are incredible, and everything
seems to come to life. Wow... the spellcasting!!!
The whole town is rendered in 3D, you can scroll around,
see every corner. It almost looks real, or something
out of Lord of the Rings...
Video: A compilation of many scenes, a sort
of 'Demo Tour' video for advertising. The game looks
almost finished... playtesting & balancing next?
Heroes IV Season
III, Heroes III Season VIII [06/01/05]
The season is now
open, and players may again submit their wins & losses to
the rankings page. Players who were Baron ranked or higher
in ToH take note of your new Dragon/Wyvern veteran Icons.
New players to ToH can use those Icons to measure up how long a
player has been actively playing in ToH.
A New ToH Season
begins June 1st
Now that we can
'assume' that Heroes V would be released sometime early
is a good time to start a new season, probably the last season
for heroes 3 & 4 tournaments. The new season begins
June 1st, with the current season closing on May
player records stay intact (wins, losses, map records, medals)
but the scores and rankings all reset to
1000pts. All Baron ranked
players and higher will receive new dragon/wyvern veteran
This is a great
moment for Heroes fans, now we can expect a new game in
the series, something we have been waiting for a long
time. The screenshots are very promising, and it
looks like Ubisoft is putting their 100% into it.
Phew! They have a Forum
where the discussion is going on.
The grandfinals now
begin, with 4 players attempting to win the title of
Caesar. On the Heroes III side, it is Rock_Bul
and on Heroes IV it is Gustn
The winners get 200 bonus prestige points and the Caesar title
(last year's winner was Valkyrica)
-- and $100 cash reward. Good luck to all 4.
Once the two winners are declared (no deadline for this round) a
new ToH season will begin