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VOL. CCCLXXXVIII TWO CENTS TORONTO. TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018. THIRTY-NINE PAGES.

New Hegemony video

By Rick,

We've posted a new HD video for Hegemony: Philip of Macedon, which, if you haven't been following the news, is our historically based, RTS wargame set in the Ancient Greek World.

This video shows in-game footage of the tactical to strategy map transition, formations, brigade grouping and battleline combat. To get the video go to the Hegemony Downloads page or go directly to the YouTube page. Keep in mind that this is all in-game footage! When you see the game zoom out to the strategy map, that's exactly what it looks like in game; there's no editing tricks being done here. This is one of the unique features of Hegemony; the tactical and strategy maps are not separate modes, and take place at the same time. But don't worry, you can pause the game at any time if you need to spend more time on your strategy.

If you want to give the game a try, we'll be in Seattle this August 24-26, 2007 for the Penny Arcade Expo. Our booth number is 144, so drop by to say hi!

Hegemony in the News

By rob,

As a result of our trip to Origins a few sites around the web have posted commentary on Hegemony. Check out this very thorough preview at The Gamer Hotsheet.

[Update: 7/19/2007] The Wargamer has posted more of their Origins convention coverage including a few words about Hegemony.

Hegemony Design Discussion: Cavalry

By LDAjim,

In the origin of cavalry, the cart literally came before the horse. After the potter's wheel was invented (circa 5000 BCE) it was only a matter of time before wheeled carts would appear (circa 4000 BCE) pulled by people and later by oxen. Early domestic horses were too weak in the back to carry a man and were harnessed to carts and chariots. Horseback riding gradually evolved in the Eurasian Steppes, in conjunction with the breeding of horses strong enough to carry a man. And by the 7th century BCE cavalry began to appear on the battlefield as organized fighting units.

In the world of the ancient Greeks, the nobility and wealthy owned the horses and formed the cavalry. Cavalry were fast and mobile, wearing greaves, breastplate, helmet and a small shield. They engaged in melee with a 12-foot lance and carried a short sword for backup. Continued →

Post Origins Screenshots

By Rick,

We've been looking at some of our old screenshots, and we realized that there's a lot of new shots we should be showing! To tide everybody over until Monday's post (when Jim is going to post a write-up about cavalry units) we've posted a handful of new shots.

We picked some shots that impressed the crowds at Origins and showed off a couple new units as well as the range of views available in the game. Move in close to watch the battles or step back to arrange formations and plot flanking maneuvers on the battlefield. While at anytime smoothly zoom out to the 2D parchment map for full control over your empire using 3D miniatures.

If you've read this far, you should stop reading and check out our screenshots!

Origins Vlog

By Rick,

A special hello goes out to all of our new visitors who have heard of us from Origins!

We're back from Origins now, and, as expected, Rick was slacking off while everybody else was working. If you'd like a small taste of what it was like at Origins (for Rick at least), check out our latest Vlog post on YouTube.

We also have an important announcement to make! From now on, we will be posting new news every Monday! This could be more screenshots, video, or more design write-ups by Jim. If you're at all interested in Hegemony, be sure to check back every Monday!

The Story Begins

By Rick,

The signal passes through the ranks like the turn of a flight of birds and with the precision gained through repeated practice; the Companions quietly form a wedge, Philip at the apex. No scouts are seen. The trap is set...

To give you a taste of what we're working on, we've written a short story, chronicling the final days that lead up to the opening of Hegemony: Philip of Macedon. This is merely the first of many steps toward his rise to power.

Give it a read, and let us know what you think. You can read it in HTML format or as a PDF, if you're a sucker for nice typesetting. As always, if you have any questions, we'd be happy to answer them!

Oh, and one more thing. This image to the right is from a larger screen-shot of one of the statues in our game. Click here to see the full screen-shot.

Revving up for Origins

By Rick,

Wanna meet us? Do you live around the Columbus, Ohio area? Come see us at the Origins International Game Expo! We'll be the guys surrounded by Hegemony logos, giving away Hegemony buttons!

Only 14 days until the convention, and we're all working extra hard to get as much of the game ready as possible. Here's your chance to try a demo!

We've got merch!

By Rick,

That means T-shirts and stuff! If you've ever wanted a shirt or mug or mouse pad or stickers to show how much you love LDA or our games, click on the 'Merchandise' link on the left of our site and go shopping!

We've also designed a new logo that we're using for our T-shirts. Click here to tell us what you think, and to see a higher resolution version of it. Continued →

All our games are now Vista Compatible!

By Rick,

We've gone through almost our entire library of games and made sure they're all Vista-compatible! This fixes a few Vista-only bugs, while also making sure that all the games work properly in the new Games Explorer and Media Center.

This was a bit more work than you might expect. If you're a game developer (or aspiring game developer) and you're looking for some code or information about how to do this, we've written up a fair bit about it here, where you can also find a plug-in for the NSIS Install System that will do most of the heavy-lifting for you.

Oh, and be sure to click on the image above and browse through a few of our new images. We had a bit of fun with the Vista ads in our local mall! Continued →

Vlogosphere, Part II

By Rick,

We went to the Toronto Independent Games Conference last week, and I took the camera along with me. Do you want to see our trip to the conference, and maybe some very quick shots of Hegemony? Be sure to check out the new video.

Also, I'd like to know what you want me to do for the next video. In the spirit of YouTube, I'm disabling the comments for this news post (yes, I'm capable of subtle jokes too!), so if you want to tell me what to do, post it on the YouTube page!

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