12/14/06: Biographies, Coins, Destiny of an Emperor

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12/14/06: Biographies, Coins, Destiny of an Emperor

Unread postby James » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:35 am

We’ve got a special treat today that should appeal to pretty much everyone on some level or another. Not only is this among the biggest updates we’ve ever made, it is only the first of a two or three-part announcement that will be shared over the upcoming month or so (means if you were expecting something specific that wasn’t announced it will probably be included in the near future). While you enjoy all the new content check back from time to time. We think you’ll love what we have in store.

First, we have a veritable plethora of new biographies from several authors to introduce (including some new names). A number of featured characters enjoy unusual or interesting backgrounds. New <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/bios/type.php#sgyy"><i>Sanguo Yanyi</i> Biographies</a> include: By Dong Zhuo, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/kongrong.php">Kong Rong (Wenju)</a>, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/liufeng.php">Liu Feng</a>, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/xunchen.php">Xun Chan</a>, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/yanbaihu.php">Yan Baihu</a>, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/yanyan.php">Yan Yan</a>, and <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/zhangsong.php">Zhang Song (Yongnian)</a>; by Sam Wrest, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/yanghu.php">Yang Hu (Shuzi)</a> and <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/yuquan.php">Yu Quan</a>; and by SlickSlicer, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/pangtong.php">Pang Tong (Shiyuan)</a> (updated).

A collection of new <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/bios/type.php#cob">Comprehensive Officer Biographies</a> have also been put together. Each holds true to our relatively new standard of historic accuracy with clearly marked novel and mythology-based tidbits on the side. You’ll also see some big names on the list. Again in alphabetical order, by Dong Zhuo, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/zhangjun.php">Zhang Jun</a>; by Sam Wrest, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/heqi.php">He Qi (Gongmiao)</a>; by SlickSlicer, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/machao.php">Ma Chao (Mengqi)</a>, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/pangtong.php">Pang Tong (Shiyuan)</a>, and <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/yuanshu.php">Yuan Shu (Gonglu)</a>; and by Steven Trinkl, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/sunlang.php">Sun Lang (Zaoan)</a>. In addition, Jiang Zhi wrote a new biography for <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/sunshangxiang-2.php">Lady Sun (Sun Shangxiang)</a> which is completely devoted to factual accuracy. I have left the older <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/sunshangxiang.php">Lady Sun (Sun Shangxiang)</a> biography online because it contains some unique details, but I have edited it to remove the factual errors.

Did you enjoy viewing and reading about <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/coins/">Adrian’s Ancient Chinese Coins</a> in the last update? You may have missed out on a very interesting addition which was originally mentioned in the replies for that update. Adrian has been kind enough to write a detailed guide on <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/coins/collecting/">Buying Your Own Ancient Chinese Coins</a> over the internet and through auction sites! A must if you wish to collect them.

Normally you wouldn’t have much use for a Japanese to English playguide for <a href="http://kongming.net/doae2/">Destiny of an Emperor II</a> thanks to Magic Destiny’s wonderful translation of the game, but what if you want to enjoy the excellent <a href="http://kongming.net/doae2/versions/">Wei and Wu patched versions</a>? Unfortunately they haven’t been translated into English. But you are in luck. Not only has Samuel been kind enough to write <a href="http://kongming.net/doae2/#faqs">walkthroughs for both versions</a>, but he has also compiled a <a href="http://kongming.net/doae2/playguide/">Japanese to English Translation Table</a> of the various items, armor, weapons, tactics and menu commands that appear in the game! If you are a fan of Destiny of an Emperor and you haven’t tried these <a href="http://kongming.net/doae2/versions/">modified versions</a> of <a href="http://kongming.net/doae2/">Destiny of an Emperor II</a>, give ’em a shot!

And some more fun new news on <a href="http://kongming.net/doae/">Destiny of an Emperor</a>. Did you know that there was a Gameboy version as well? Maybe not. Like most of the others it was never released in English. About a month ago we devoted some time to reviving this old classic for everyone to enjoy today with three sections: a <a href="http://kongming.net/doae/screenshots_gb/">Destiny of an Emperor (Gameboy) Screenshots Collection</a>, a <a href="http://kongming.net/doae/playguide_gb/">Destiny of an Emperor (Gameboy) Japanese to English Playguide</a>, and a <a href="http://kongming.net/doae/starter_guide_gb/">Destiny of an Emperor (Gameboy) Quick-Start Guide</a> (an act which would not have been possible without Niahak’s assistance). Rather than simply present a list of translations, all the important screens and game scenes have been demonstrated and explained visually, making it easier for you to hit the ground running. The <a href="http://kongming.net/doae/starter_guide_gb/">quick-start guide</a> also assists this process by taking you from the game’s start up until Guan Yu and Zhang Fei join your party. A <a href="http://kongming.net/doae/playguide_gb/#maps">collection of screenshots and maps</a> help to guide you along your way. Niahak has also been working on a <a href="http://kongming.net/doae/#faqs_gb">much more detailed walkthrough</a> to take you further.

Several other things were planned for this update but you can probably see why they will be announced a short while later (and some of the work also remains to be done). We will be announcing some very interesting stuff which you might accidentally stumble across while browsing the site!
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Unread postby James » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:44 am

Holy crap that was huge…

Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

And extra thanks to everyone who wrote all these wonderful biographies. They made this update very interesting and forced me to push this out early in order to better accommodate the upcoming announcements of the other stuff we are working on. You’ll see a whole mess of biographies from Dong Zhou too—almost none of which he mentioned in the forum!

And thanks again to Adrian and his coin knowledge!
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Unread postby Perhong_Angtong » Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:37 am

Hey James, sorry for not posting too much here. How are things advancing for TNDOAE? I'd like to have some news about that please.
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Unread postby James » Sat Dec 16, 2006 6:04 am

Perhong_Angtong wrote:Hey James, sorry for not posting too much here. How are things advancing for TNDOAE? I'd like to have some news about that please.

I want to feature it in <i>this</i> series of updates, but being it would be its first announcement, I want to do it with some proper screenshots. I imagine seeing what the game looks like might inspire more people to give it a shot while simple text won’t hold quite the same appeal.

Do you have a collection of screenshots yet?
I would love to include it…
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Unread postby Sam » Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:03 pm

Wowzers, I'd completely forgotten about the He Qi/Yu Quan biographies. Did you find them by chance, James?

A huge, but nevertheless great, update. I especially enjoyed the oodles of SGYY biographies. :)
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Unread postby James » Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:32 am

Sam wrote:Wowzers, I'd completely forgotten about the He Qi/Yu Quan biographies. Did you find them by chance, James?

The Encyclopedia found them! It searched SoSZ and automatically displayed them as biographies. I noticed, and thought to myself, "I don't remember uploading those..." :)
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Unread postby Perhong_Angtong » Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:36 am

Uhhh... Now there's trouble...

I still have the game on my computer but... The web site which hosted the game suddently deleted it!

Here are some screenshots. They are from a long time ago and might be a little bit outdated, but it gives a general idea about later stages in the game.

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This is a City battle. City battles happen after Siege battles (see below)

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This is a siege battle. The siege battle happens in storyline only (Except for sidequests which are not made). Except when it's a defensive siege battle, the siege battle is always followed by a city battle, and sometimes followed by a dungeon! Experience them at recommended levels (I already know which they are, if anybody wants to do a walktrough)

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This is simply a menu screenshot. Please do not email me to say: "Your menu is nothing compared to FF". First, I won't answer, second, it's RPGMaker, I cannot do any better!
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(Wow... so much images...) This is just a scene from the game with... Lu Xun's descendant! Like his ancestor, he plays too much with fire...

By the way, sorry if posting so much image here is considering spamming, but I unfortunately don't have any good programs to make GIFs. Especially for that Lu's scene, it would be much appreciated. By the way, if you want me to posts theses screenshots at another place, no problem. I have no objections whatsoever.

So, I hope that's enough screenshots. Unfortunately, I don't have a Title Screen yet, so I can't get a screenshot of it.

Finally, like I said above, my host removed the TNDOAE files from my web site, so... I hope it was already downloaded. If not, we'll have to find another way for me sending the files.
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Unread postby Perhong_Angtong » Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:25 pm

Sorry for the double post James.

I just wanted to note that TNDOSE is now online (As you may have seen on the web site of lordyuanshu).

The link is this one:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SG9EB43A

This is the link to the most updated version.

For thoses who would like to see the first demo (The major difference? Midis instead of MP3s), it is much less longer and can be found at this link:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=16YXHYTL

And James, for the screenshots, they are on the above post.
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