News Archives: February 2001

The Cost of Bribery

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 21, 2001

Kraken just hit this ZH forum thread to elaborate a little upon how the cost of bribery i made up (there are some comments about auto-defend in there too):

Autodefend works better in version 1.1. Previously your company commanders became thoroughly confused when invaders arrived by sea. They have since undergone some training, and are less apt to muster their troops on the wrong side of the city.

Regarding the original question: heck, I don’t know. But the gods sent the great Solomon, programmer of Zeus’ combat stuff, into my office as I was typing, and Solomon spake thusly:

“25 is the cost per figure for infantry and rabble, and the cost for infantry and rabble shall be 25. Horsemen add 50 per figure present. Ships add another 50, unless it is some other number. Not even Solomon the Wise knoweth the cost to bribe a ship. These prices do increase with difficulty level.”

Strategy Game of the Year?

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 21, 2001

A big sloppy kiss goes out to Angel Thunder (umm…let’s not go that far, a simple ‘Thank you’ will suffice –Ed) for pointing out to me that Zeus is nominated as Strategy Game of the Year by (wait for it, this is a mouthful) the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

Click here to take a look at a .pdf file showing what Zeus is up against (some pretty stiff competition there).

Submission of Adventures for Download

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 17, 2001

Thanks to David Masters for reminding me that, unless you adventure creators want people to edit your adventures, the only files you need to include in the adventure zip file are the .pak, .mp3 and .txt ones.

As for extracting, either of the following procedures can be applied:

1) using WinZip, open the zip file you want to extract and play, and click the ‘Extract’ button… down in the right corner is a button that says ‘Create New Folder’ — use that, and create a new folder (usually named after the adventure you’re extracting) in the Zeus\Adventures directory in your game. Extract the zip to that directory, and you’re ready to go.

*OR*

2a) in Windows Explorer, find your game directory and click on the Zeus\Adventures directory so the folder icon is highlighted.
2b) under the File menu, choose ‘New’ —> ‘Folder’
2c) the new folder will appear in your Zeus\Adventures directory, labelled “new”, with the label highlighted — name it whatever you want, though usually you will name it after the adventure you’re downloading, and hit Enter.
2d) extract the zip file into that new folder.

EP Follow-up

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 16, 2001

A quick follow-up on some matters arising from the release of the EP an hour or so ago.

Our download section will now be receiving submissions of scenarios and custom adventures.
Custom adventures created in the Adventure Editor can only be played by people who are also running the Enhancement Pack. So, everyone without the US version will have to wait until March 31st to play these adventures.
There are now 2 new forums – one for map editing, and another where people who wish to collaborate in the creation of an adventure can meet up and make arrangements so to do.
I think that just about covers it. Here’s hoping that, if the non-US EP versions can’t be released before March 31st, Impressions will find a way of letting people play custom adventures without it.

Adventure Editor Out!

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 16, 2001

Forum Regular Caylynn spotted this page over at GameSpot, where you can download the Zeus Adventure Editor. Interestingly enough, there’s no news of this at the official site at the time of posting (though it was announced an hour ago over at VE.

Oh well…everybody pile over to GameSpot – providing you have the US version, since that’s all you can get at the moment. Here’s the official word on that:

This version of the Official Zeus Enhancement Pack will work ONLY with the US version of Zeus: Master of Olympus. Trying to install it on other versions may have detrimental effects on the game. International versions of the enhancement pack will be available for download at the end of March.

End of March? A lot of people aren’t going to be happy about that…

Update: The official site expands on the ‘end of March’ bit, announcing European versions will be ready on March 31st.

Zeus EP Friday

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 14, 2001

Thanks to Secateur for letting me know that Impressions have announced that the EP will be available for download this Friday. Here’s the blurb from the official site:

If you’re here looking for an editor for Zeus: Master of Olympus, you’re a little early. Look for an important announcement about Zeus on all major gaming sites this Friday, and save some room on your hard drive for a sweet treat from Impressions. Keep yourself safe from Eros’ arrows and have a happy Valentines Day.

Servers will be down this ‘Saturday’

Posted by Angel Jayhawk on February 14, 2001

Our ISP company is going to be upgrading their power systems this weekend. Since upgrading their power supplies require the power to be turned off for safety reasons, ALL of HeavenGames will be inaccessible this Saturday night, February 17th, between the hours of 11pm – 1am Eastern Standard Time.

Toon Contest

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 12, 2001

Angel Park over at Empire Earth Heaven is having a wee Toon Contest right now. Here’s what’s on offer:

Every Saturday a winner will be chosen from pictures sent during that week. People may send at the most three toons per week and may resend pictures again the next week. Winners will receive a special Empire Earth Calendar signed by Rick Goodman and a chance for the grand prize. Fans only win one calendar. The last week (July 28, 2001) of the contest the top three people will be chosen from all the winners and will recieve special prizes from Stainless Steel Studios. The #1 winner will be named “Master Empire Earth Toon Maker” and will recieve one additional prize.

More information is available here.

Getting Rid of the Intro Movie

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 12, 2001

Impressions’s Evercles made this post on the official forum with a simple solution for those who want to get rid of the opening movie which plays whenever you boot up Zeus:

You can delete the file or rename it; then it won’t play ever again. Should take no more than 10 seconds.

You don’t get much easier than that ;).

Update: In fact, this may be as effective as a chocolate teapot. It appears that the intro movie, if deleted from the HD, will then spool from the CD. Seems like getting rid of it isn’t so easy after all. So, it’s still the return key for the moment.

Egyptian Competition

Posted by Angel Jayhawk on February 10, 2001

While we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Zeus Editor, Cherub Baltic, over at Pharaoh Heaven, is about to start a new competition. Based on a map and idea by Angel Jayhawk (hey, that’s me!) and tweaked by the great competition designer himself it might just be the thing to keep you busy for the next three weeks.

Enhancement Pack Follow-up

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 10, 2001

Following the Sierra email which stated that the Zeus Enhancement Pack would be available this Wednesday (Valentine’s Day), there’s been some debate on the official forum as to whether this can be entirely trusted. Here’s what Kraken said on the matter:

When we are 100 percent confident in the worldwide release plan, we will post the information here.

And as soon as they post it there, we’ll post it here :).

Adventure Editor Release Date

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 3, 2001

Cherub mouse forwarded me an email she received from Sierra concerning Zeus. Here’s a little snippet which will be of interest to all:

ATTENTION, ZEUS PLAYERS: FREE ENHANCEMENT PACK COMING SOON!

Begin creating your own adventures with the free Enhancement Pack coming this Valentine’s Day!
(Installation of Zeus is required)

New Section: Buildings

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 3, 2001

I’ve just added a buildings section to the site. Pics aren’t there at the moment, but are well on the way.

More Adventure Editor News

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on February 1, 2001

No, not a release date, but Impressions’s Kraken dropped into the ZH forums to share some information about what will be contained therein:

The Zeus Adventure Editor will allow you to create your own adventures…the terrain upon which they take place, the mission objectives, buildings allowed, events, gods/monsters/heroes appearing — everything that you see in the adventures you’re playing now. The Editor is the same complex and powerful tool that we used in creating Zeus. We’re making it more user-friendly and generally transforming it from an internal tool to something that anyone can learn to use. The Editor will be a free download. A few weeks after it ships, you will see player-created adventures offered for downloads on fine websites like this one.

You bet they will :)!