Topic Subject:Rise of Legends - Encyclopedia of Game Info & Links
posted 11-16-13 10:30 PM EDT (US)
Here's something I've put together which is a collection of info and links about Rise of Legends from around the internet. It may seem like overkill but there's a lot of interesting stuff not included on any fansites and forums. In particular the interviews, concept art and fan fiction are fun to check out. Also this list and more content would probably be too much for any of the current active sites to host, so this link list is a way to organize as much as possible.
If you have any relevant links and info feel free to post below and I'll update this list over time. Enjoy the game world!
The Rise of Legends Index - An Encyclopedia of Info and Links
Contents 1 Official Game Specs, System Requirements, Releases, and Links 2 Expansion, Mods and Future Re-releases 3 Video Trailers, Teasers, Clips, Gameplay, Playthroughs, Cutscenes, etc 4 Screenshots 5 Previews, Reviews and Articles 6 Various Internet Links 7 Discussion Forums, Messageboards and Fansites 8 Discussion Threads and Posts on other Forums and Blogs 9 Tech Support and Patch Instructions 10 Nations, Units, Buildings, Spells, Techs, Stats, Maps, Cheats and Strategy Info and Guides 11 Hotkeys/Keyboard Shortcuts, Game Guides, Campaign Walkthroughs, Let's Play and Playthrough Videos 12 Developer Interviews, Developer Diaries, Credits and Questions and Answers 13 Concept Art, Game Artists and Art Exhibits Info 14 Game Backstory, Lore, and History 15 Fan Fiction, Fan Art and Fan Ideas for an Expansion, Mods and Re-release 16 Modding, Scenario Design, Map Editing, and Scripting Info 17 Music, Soundtrack, Audio and Voice Acting 18 Multiplayer Online and Lan Info 19 Funny Stuff 20 Other Stuff
1 Official Game Specs, System Requirements, Releases, and Links
Game Specs Game Name: Rise of Legends (or Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends) Developer: Big Huge Games Publisher: Microsoft Games Release Year: 2006 Platform: PC Operating Systems: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
Game Style Genre: Strategy, RTS (real time strategy) with some RPG/hero and turn based elements Game Theme Genre: Fantasy (steampunk, arabian nights, ancient mesoamerican astronauts) Number of Players: Single player campaign, skirmish mode and scenario editor, Multiplayer skirmish mode by LAN and online Map, Scenario Editing and Creation: Yes Modding: Yes
Game Engine: AGEIA PhysX 3D engine Perspective: 3rd Person Supported Resolutions @ Widescreen Gaming Forum Supported Resolutions: 1280x720, 1280x768, 1280x800, 1440x900, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 and 2560x1600
Minimal System Requirements Microsoft Windows XP A 1.4 gigahertz (GHz) processor 256 megabytes (MB) of system RAM A hard disk that has at least 3.3 gigabytes (GB) of available space A 32x speed CD drive A 64 MB video card that supports Hardware Transform and Lighting An audio card and speakers or headphones A Microsoft mouse or a compatible pointing device A 56.6 kilobytes per second (KBps) or faster Internet connection for online play DirectX 9.0c
Recommended System Requirements Windows 7+ 2.5+ GHz 4+ GB RAM Recent 2010+ Graphics Card
*Note: Rise of Legends runs on multiple Windows OS versions and while it doesn't run on Mac or Linux you can still play the game with a copy of Windows on a Mac or Linux PC using special software or a separate partition.
*Note: Windows 10 compatability info coming soon
Game Versions - Usa/Canada - English
Rise of Legends (2006) - 4xCD, printed Instruction Manual and Quick Reference civilization info card, will need to be manually patched (Usa version) Rise of Legends (2010?) - DVD re-release in dvd style case, comes with patches, nothing additional (Usa version) Rise of Legends (2010?) - DVD re-release in cd style case, comes with patches, nothing additional (Usa version)
These are the Usa English versions above only, there are many other country/language versions also as you can see below.
Buy the Usa version of the game for $5-$10 here: Amazon Ebay There is also a possibility for the game to be released on Gog.com and Steam.com as digital downloads in the future.
Game Versions - International
There are international versions of the game featuring voice acting in the native language or a xml subtitle file that can be edited and added with any subtitles. The xml subtitle files are located at: Rise of Legends\loc.
UK (United Kingdom) - English Czech (Česká Republika) - Česko German (Deutschland) - Deutsch Spain (España) - Castilian France (France) - Français Italy (Italia) - Italian Japan (日本 ) - 日本の Poland (Polska) - Polski Russia (Россия ) - Pусский Hungary (Magyarország) - Magyar Turkey (Türkiye) - Türkçe
The 2 game manuals are also available on the disc located at: Rise of Legends\manuals. The manuals are in the following languages:
English - UK, Usa, Canada, etc Dansk (Danish) - Denmark Hangungmal (한국말 Korean) - Korea Hangugeo (한국어 Korean) - Korea Gugeo (국어 Korean) - Korea Chosŏnmal (조선말 Korean) - Korea Chosŏnŏ (조선어 Korean) - Korea Goryeomal (고려말 Korean) - Korea Norsk (Norwegian) - Norway Suomi (Finnish) - Finland Svenska (Swedish) - Sweden
Game Versions - Collector's Editions
Rise of Legends (2006) - 4xCD with bonus disc, posters, roll up map of Aio and booklets all in a box (Polish version) Rise of Legends Collector's Edition Polish version unboxing video by Adrian adzan Rise of Legends Collector's Edition Polish version unboxing video by Kolekcjonerzy
*Note: It seems that a Collector's Edition of the game was made only for Poland and not for any English speaking countries
Magazines Rise of Legends - Prima Official Strategy Guide (2006) - 157 pages of game basics, nation info and illustrated campaign walkthrough Rise of Legends - PC Zone magazine #168 (June 2006) - review with demo and poster of a Vinci clockwork man
*Note: Download the "Official demo version 2" for the demo that works best
Beta Version A beta version of ROL was released and a limited amount of copies were made. Here is a bit of info on the beta. The beta was different than the final game as can be seen in sample screenshots here and here - the Vinci campaign world map is arranged differently and the original Vinci tanks looked different.
*Note: I'm looking for a copy of the Rise of Legends Beta version so if anyone has or finds a copy they are willing to give or sell I'd like to get in touch. Another option would be for any beta owners to make some screenshots and posts on a blog or forum or a video on youtube showcasing the beta's unique features. I'm interested in learning the differences in the beta and final versions of the game.
2 Expansion, Mods, User Patch Project and Future Re-releases
Expansion Rise of Legends was shipped unfinished and the expansion was cancelled. There are however many unused units, buildings, spells and content in the game which can be seen in the scenario editor or edited from files by modding.
Some information exists about what the expansion may have featured, such as 2 or 3 more nations - the Kahan, Skald and possibly Kragar or others; as well as more continents added in to be explored and conquered.
There are some Kahan units and neutral site buildings already in the official game such as Yontash the Spiritchief (A "Cuotl" hero), berserkers, berserker riders, spiritchiefs and cave bats. Some skirmish maps with snow landscapes also feature ruined Asiatic architecture which may be Kahan lands.
Fan made expansion In 2010 Motter released Otter's Expansion. The expansion is for the campaign and adds many unused units, buildings, heroes, spells and techs to the game. Some of the campaign missions are also edited with new features. You can read a detailed review of the expansion and its features here.
*Note: Since Rise of Legends needs more mods, if anyone has the skills and interest in helping out join the Heavengames forum and Mod Database sites.
Mods From 2006 to 2008 there were a handful of mods by various players which can be found here.
In 2013 Motter released an All Heroes from the Campaign in Skirmish mod. This mod adds all the heroes and heroines from the campaign into regular skirmish mode play, as well as some unused units, spells, techs, and buildings for each nation. You can read a detailed review of the mod and its features here.
In 2013 Motter also released a New Nations mod for skirmish play on 5 select maps. This mod adds 13 new nations and sub nations, as well as some unused units, spells, techs, and buildings for each nation. You can read a detailed review of the mod and its features here.
In 2014 Alincarpetman released a map fix and tutorial for Motter's New Nations mod. The fix adds the 5 New Nations maps enabled with as many nations as possible and a screenshot tutorial on how to add new nations to a map. You can post comments, questions and reviews here.
In 2014 Alincarpetman compiled a All Modding, Scenario, Map and Script Editing Guides Pack for old and new players interested in modding the game using all the available documentation at the moment. This file contains as many modding, scenario and map guides, tutorials, documentations, info lists, etc as could be collected for modding. You can post comments, questions and reviews here.
In 2016 Ryder released the ROL BIG Archiver which expands modding in the game by extracting the .BIG files. There files can now be extracted, the contents (graphics, skins, models, etc) can be modded and repacked into the game for any modding project.
*Note: If anyone has modding skills or interest, join the Heavengames forum and Mod Database sites to share your work.
User Patch Project Rise of Legends needs a User Patch project, please read about the user patches for AOE1 and AOE2 to get an idea about this type of project.
If you are a programmer and/or modder interested in working on a ROL User Patch project, please read more and post in the Modding Forum here.
As reported here the rights to Rise of Legends and Rise of Nations were sold at an auction in December 2013. Skybox Labs and Steam acquired the games and in 2014 Rise of Nations: Extended Edition was released on Steam here.
In 2015 a new expansion for Age of Empires 2 HD was released: The African Kingdoms. A new expansion for Age of Mythology EE followed: Tale of the Dragon. In 2016 another expansion was released for Age of Empires 2 HD: The Rise of the Rajas. It's possible Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends can both get similar treatments with new expansions. There have been many mods for Rise of Nations similar to AOE2 The Forgotten that add civilizations not featured in the original game. Rise of Legends had 2-3 more planned nations that didn't make it to the final game so it's possible the game also can be expanded and finished.
Some Rise of Nations fans didn't like Rise of Legends and wanted a Rise of Nations 2 game which was cancelled due to lower sales of ROL and other factors. If Rise of Legends sold better than maybe better modding capability would have eventually been added, allowing Ron fans to create a Rise of Nations 2 "total conversion" mod. This possibility still exists for the re-release of Rise of Legends so fans of both games including Rise of Nations may want to support and buy both games when they are re-released.
In 2015 it was reported that a new rts game by new Microsoft studio Decisive Games was being produced. Microsoft states that the new game will be the "next installment in a beloved strategy game franchise to the next generation of gamers" - might this be another "Age of" or "Rise of" game?
Meanwhile in 2015 Big Huge Games focused on DomiNations.
*Note: If you'd like to see a Rise of Legends re-release and expansion, fans can send their feedback and support to Skybox Labs here and Forgotten Empires here as well as post in the Steam forums here and Reddit here.
3 Video Trailers, Teasers, Clips, Gameplay, Cutscenes, etc