News Archives: 2006

Downloads Area Added for Stronghold Legends

Categories for submitting your custom Stronghold Legends maps have been added to the Stronghold 2 downloads section. So all you budding authors get busy and design some maps to take us beyond the constraints of the Legends Campaigns and Legends Trails, and into skirmish map worlds of your own imagination.

See the downloads page here or get more information from this forum thread.

New Angel in the Castle

Terrific news! Lady Arcola has been promoted to Angel. A well deserved promotion for her tireless work both here at Stronghold Heaven and at Battle for Middle Earth II Heaven. You can extend your congratulations in this forum thread.

Castle of the Week 121 – Malbork, Poland

Another new country joins the list. Duke of York has labored to transport us to Poland, home to the magnificent Malbork Castle.

Situated along the banks of the Nogat River in modern day Northern Poland, Malbork Castle is actually three castles in one covering over 80 acres. Under continuous construction for nearly 230 years, it is a classic example of a medieval fortress and the largest brick castle in the world. Malbork Castle’s history spans nearly 800 years with the castle and its museum listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. More…

Firefly Answers Members’ Questions About Stronghold Legends

Paul Harris of Firefly Studios has taken the time to answer many of our members’ questions regarding the newly released game, Stronghold Legends. Maybe yours was one of them. See all his responses in the Questions Thread.

Stronghold Legends Released

2K and Firefly Studios are very proud to announce that Stronghold Legends has gone gold master and will be available in Europe on 13th October 2006 and North America on 23rd October 2006. Also look out for the Stronghold Legends Special Edition containing a bonus Legends Trail as well as exclusive concept art drawings and paintings available at selected stores.

More info is available in the Stronghold Legends Discussion Forum, including system requirements, demo, web sites, screen shots, etc.

Walkthroughs for the Path of Peace are Complete

Stratego has been working hard behind the scenes and has finished up the last of the Path of Peace walkthroughs. The latest, Mission 12, is entitled A Kingly Feast and can be viewed here.

Links to all twelve are located on our Walkthroughs Index Page.

Tell Us What We Should Ask Firefly

We have been given a unique opportunity to submit ten questions to the developers at Firefly Studios, creators of the soon to be released Stronghold Legends. Hurry on over to the Stronghold Legends Discussion Forum and tell us what you would like to see asked. We need to submit these in a matter of days so don’t delay.

Demo Released for Stronghold Legends

We have a new forum set up for discussion of the upcoming Stronghold Legends realease, the sequel to Stronghold 2. And just in time it seems, as a demo for Stronghold Legends is now available from multiple sites on the net. Word is the demo includes a tutorial and a full skirmish level, plus showcases the new “King of the Hill” mode.

Here are the links for the SHL Discussion Forum and the SHL Demo Thread.

More Stronghold Legends Screen Shots

Firefly Studios has posted some new screen shots from their upcoming new release Stronghold Legends on their web site at Stronghold Legends will be a sequel to the popular Stronghold castle sim series and is expected to be released sometime this fall.

Walk-through for Path of Peace, Ch. 11 Completed

Another great job by Stratego in completing the walk-through for chapter 11 of the Path of Peace Campaign. Visit it here. One more to go to finish the PoP. Look for it soon.

New Web Site for Stronghold Legends

2K Games has a web site for the upcoming Stronghold Legends release, a new addition to the Stronghold series due to be released sometime in the fall. Descriptions are given of three heroes that you can play as, King Arthur, Count Vlad Dracul, or Siegfried of Germany, and many of the new units and creatures that may be your allies or foes. This is just a teaser site at the moment. The full site is promised soon. Take a look at it here.

Attention All Contestants and Judges for the SH2 Kingmaker Tournament.

All contestants and Judges for the tournament should check in with the Kingmaker Tournament thread. Instructions are given for your final registration and we must have your email so we can tell you when it will start. We have 14 out of the original 41 people registered. As soon as all registrations are complete the tournament can begin.

CivCity: Rome is Released

We’ve been told by Darren from Firefly Studios that the much anticipated new title, CivCity: Rome is being released in North America today, and in Europe this Friday, July 28th.

According to Darren, CivCity: Rome, an innovative city builder inspired by the world of Sid Meier’s Civilization, and created by a collaboration between Firefly Studios and Firaxis Games, invites players to shift focus from building a multi-city empire and zoom-in on the great cities of the Roman Empire, culminating in Rome itself!

Check out more information on the updated CivCity: Rome web site. Additional information can also be seen at Firefly Studios’ web site.

Stronghold 2 Heaven Kingmaker Tournament!

A Kingmaker Tournament is being set up!
Turtleman387 has extended an invitation to the Stronghold 2 Community and is asking interested players to sign up for a Kingmaker Tournament. Come sign up and join in the fun. Details on the Tournament can be found here.

Clarinetcat’s T.T.T.T

Browsing the downloads today I came across this map by, Clarinetcat,
It has a catchy map description that just lured me into downloading the map.
Thanks Clarinetcat .

Cat’s T.T.T.T (Teeny Tiny Training Town)

“There once was a boy, who bought a new toy,
A game called Stronghold 2.
He wanted to play, each and every day
To see exactly what the game could do.

So Cat made a map, after taking a nap,
It didn’t take too long at all.
It’s uploaded tonight, on this great website.
When you play, I hope you have a ball!

This is a fairly laid-back scenario intended to improve the skills of newer players, or to hone the skills of more advanced players. Be careful though… the AI in this scenario is relatively clever.”

Poll Round-up!

In our last poll we asked, “What is your favorite food for the Lord’s Kitchen?” Pigs were the biggest winner, with 903 votes, followed by wine with 659. The biggest loser was geese, with a mere 213 votes.

The results:
eels 13.8% – 320 votes
geese 9.2% – 213 votes
pigs 38.9% – 903 votes
vegetables 9.7% – 224 votes
wine 28.4% – 659 votes
Total: 2320 votes

For the new poll we are wondering if you are looking forward to the new release in the Stronghold series by Firefly Studios, Stronghold Legends. Vote here!

Castle of the Week #120 – Cahir Castle, Ireland

Today’s Castle of the Week is a special one, being written by Sir Hugh and with photographs by Dale Kocevski. From the article… “Described to Elizabeth I as “the only famous castle in Ireland which is thought impregnable,” the aptly named stronghold at Cahir (cathair means “stone fort”) boldly commands its water surroundings as it would have done during the queen’s reign. Erected on an island in the River Suir, which was navigable to this point by boats and small ships, Cahir Castle provided a crucial link between Waterford and Limerick. Within 200 years of its founding, the castle developed from a rudimentary stone fort into one of Ireland’s largest and most impressive medieval fortresses.” To read the rest of the article, click here. Our thanks to Sir Hugh for his great write-up!

And the Winners Are…

The voting has ended for the Stronghold Art Contest, and there are four winners!

SimRPGplayer won in the category of Funniest Screenshot with this picture and its caption, “Oh yes, this will add to the stew most nicely…”

Andy Baz’s “Amazetastic” took first place in Minimap Art:

Darkslave Master and NAT tied for the Most Glorious Battle Scene.
Darkslave Master’s:

And here is NAT’s:

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered!

Voting begins for the Art Contest

The entries are all in, and the polls are ready! A contest page is set up which has links to the pictures in all three categories and the poll for each. So take a look at the entries, then cast your vote for your favorite in each category. The contest page is here!

Art Contest Gallery

The albums with the entries for the Art Contest are now available for public viewing. If you have entered a screenshot and would like the caption changed, email me by Friday. There are some great entries, so take a look at them here, then come back on Friday when the judging starts!

Just a Few Days Left in the Art Contest

That’s right, just a few days left so get those entries sent in. Details on the contest can be found in this thread. More minimap art entries are needed, get designing everyone!

Castle of the Week 119 – Coburg Castle, Germany

We look at another castle from Germany in the current Castle of the Week – Veste Coburg, in North Franconia. It was never taken by force, and was the seat of government for the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha for six centuries. The nearby town of Coburg is also known as the birthplace of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. Click here to read more.

Two Weeks Left in the Art Contest

We’re halfway through the art contest! Twelve entries have been submitted so far, mostly for the Funniest Screenshot category. There are two weeks left to submit your entry, so get busy battling and creating minimap art! Full contest details are here.

Technical FAQ’s Revamped

PCDania has looked through all of the threads in the Technical Issues forum to find the most frequently asked questions. He’s written a new FAQ which replaces the much, much shorter one that we previously had. His new list can be found here. Great job, PCDania, this should save a lot of searching for answers!

Screenshots of Stronghold Legends

IGN has several screenshots of the newly announced game, Stronghold Legends. They show views of the castles and more shots of the dragons. You can see them here!

English Demo now Available

The German demo has been out since the game was released, but now an English version is available. If you’ve been wondering what Stronghold 2 is all about, you can now check it out here.

Firefly Announces Stronghold Legends

Firefly, the studio behind the Stronghold series, today announced the newest entry – Stronghold Legends. Firefly’s site includes several screenshots from the new game, including one with a dragon.

From the press release:

Stronghold Legends is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game that builds on the fantastic Stronghold heritage, combining beautifully crafted visuals and well balanced gameplay with the epic legends of the middle ages. Currently anticipated to be available in fall 2006, Stronghold Legends is being developed by the award-winning Firefly Studios.

Stronghold Legends is a dramatic addition to the series, combing a range of new gameplay innovations including a new strategic conquest style of play and exciting new multiplayer modes. Gamers can play as King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Count Vlad Dracul or relive the heroic sagas of the mighty Siegfried of Germany in twenty-four missions that span across three unique campaigns.

Discussion on this newest game is in this thread.

PoP Mission 9 Walkthrough Finished

Stratego has completed the walkthrough for Chapter 9 of the Path of Peace! This is the one where you are competing with Lord Edwin for sword production. The mission briefing:

I wish to strengthen the Royal Guard, and so require a reliable supply of arms from our country. Whosoever produces the required weaponry first will win the big contract.

Read the complete walkthrough here!

Map Editor Poll Results!

The results for the last poll were the closest ever! The answers were within 3% of each other. The question was: Have you used the SH2 map editor?

The answers:

Yes, a bit: 32.1% – 247 votes
Yes, I’ve finished a map: 33.1% – 255 votes
No, I haven’t: 34.8% – 268 votes
Total: 770 votes

So altogether, more people have tried it than haven’t, and congrats to everyone who has finished a map!

For the next poll, we are asking what type of food you like to serve in your Lord’s Kitchen. Vote here!

Castle of the Week 118 – Strekov Castle, Czech Republic

On the left bank of the Elbe River are train tracks, built in 1851. Taking the train along this beautiful route along the river, passengers are continually given the opportunity to turn a corner and see yet another castle perched on a cliff. This was an ancient salt route, and over time the castles lining the river were built to protect the route. Strekov is one such castle.

Read more about this castle in the Czech Republic here.

Stronghold Art Contest

Announcing the start of a new contest! This is a screenshot/minimap art contest. Entries can be in one of three categories: funniest screenshot, most glorious battle screenshot, or best minimap art. For full details see this thread. Deadline is February 28th. Good luck!

Castle of the Week 117 – Château de Chillon, Switzerland

Today another country gets its first castle write-up here – this time Switzerland! On the eastern shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is a medieval fortress rising from the water on a rocky islet. Over time it became a romantic favorite of many writers, including Rousseau, Byron, Hugo, Dumas, and Hemingway. The Château de Chillon is at the site of an historical trade route, first created by the Romans and widened in medieval times. More…

Endeavor Studios

Another new design team, headed by Jaime Medrano, has formed with the intention of making quality maps for Stronghold 2. For further information, check out their new site here.

Stronghold Innovations

There’s a new design group on the horizon, calling itself Stronghold Innovations. Made up of Skaarj, Lollard and Garret Jax, they plan to make maps for all three of the Stronghold games. For more information and to consider joining yourself, check out this thread by Garret Jax.

PoP Mission 8 Walkthrough Finished

Stratego has completed the walkthrough for mission 8 of the Path of Peace, Sir William’s Honour. The goal? To acquire 300 honour within 72 months. The mission briefing:

The King is soon to choose a royal champion from the Knights who are born of noble blood. Although you cannot apply for the post yourself, I see no reason why we could not help Sir William gain this honor.

The walkthrough can be found here!

New Historical Article

MNICY has written something new for the site – a historical article about a particular person, King Philip II of France. King Philip II participated in the Third Crusade, then returned to France where he made a series of reforms to the government. Read more about him here. Our thanks to MNICY for his work in writing this article!

Poll Round-up!

In the last poll we asked if you would participate in a ladder if Stronghold 2 Heaven hosted one, and almost 2/3 said yes! We’ll have to look at the logistics of it, given the lack of end-game statistics, but it seems like enough people might be interested to get it going.

The vote:
Yes! 64.8% – 239 votes
No, thanks! 35.2% – 130 votes

In the new poll we are wondering if you have tried the SH2 map editor yet. Vote here!

Red returns to Stronghold 2 Heaven!

Stronghold 2 Heaven has been without angels for too long, and I’m happy to announce that it ends today with the promotion of three of our staff members: NAT, Sparrow, and PCDania. Congratulations can be given in this thread!

Castle of the Week 116 – Castle Garth, England

This Castle of the Week was written by Ibeliamoyes, who takes a look at the history of Castle Garth.

“The castle itself was built on the remains of an old Roman fort known as Pons Aelius. Pons Aelius literally translates as “The bridge of Hadrian’s Family” and the name covers both the name of the bridge (which was said to be destroyed in a raging fire) and the Roman settlement. The fort was part of Hadrian’s Wall, and was built for the purpose of defending the bridge over the River Tyne.”

Read more here!

Thanks for a great write-up Ibeliamoyes!

Happy 2006

I guess, all of us have now crossed into 2006? So it’s time to welcome you to the new year, at least a new year for those of us following the Gregorian calendar.

Looking back on the year, I think I can say it was a fairly good one for HeavenGames. It also marked the historic occassion of all the owners meeting up for the first time at the E3, in Los Angelos. We saw a lot of new games this year and a couple of those were chosen for new sites. So far the signs seem positive on more of that happening this year.

Looking at the world, it seems to have been a fairly average year. A few good things, a few disasters hitting various continents and a fair amount of mischief created by various idiots.
Somehow I feel that none of these are going to change any time soon.

What does seem to be changing for the better is the games out there, they get more involved, more richly detailed, and more absorbing. There’s a little danger in that, though. A danger that we become so enmeshed in our games we forget there’s a world outside of that created in our computers. A world we need to be involved in if we want it to become a better world.

But there’s a good thing too. Games make the world smaller in that we meet up with many more people from different climes and places we otherwise would have. We make friends all over the globe and I think that can only do good.

So, happy gaming!