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Encyclopedia > Heroes of Might and Magic (computer game)
Heroes of Might and Magic
PC version box art
Developer(s) New World Computing
Publisher(s) New World Computing
Distributor(s)
Designer(s) Jon Van Caneghem
Phil Steinmeyer
Debbie Van Caneghem
Engine
Latest version
Release date(s) August 31 1995[1]
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
Mode(s) Single player, single-system multiplayer, or network play
Rating(s) ESRB: K-A Kids-to-adults
Platform(s) MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows
Media 1 CD-ROM
System requirements Intel 80486, 8 MB RAM, 2X CD-ROM drive[2]
Game Boy Color version
Game Boy Color version box art
Developer(s) KnowWonder Digital Mediaworks[3]
Publisher(s) The 3DO Company
Designer(s) Douglas Schilling
Michael Dorgan[4]
Release date(s) June 20, 2000
Rating(s) ESRB: E Everyone

Heroes of Might and Magic is a turn-based strategy game developed and published by New World Computing in 1995 for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows-based personal computers. In 2000 it was ported to the Game Boy Color handheld game console by KnowWonder Digital Mediaworks and released by the 3DO Company. A spin-off of New World Computing's Might and Magic series of computer role-playing games, the success of Heroes of Might and Magic led to a number of sequels. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... New World Computing, Inc. ... Video game publishers are companies that publish video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a video game developer. ... New World Computing, Inc. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... 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Heroes of Might and Magic II Heroes of Might and Magic (sometimes called simply Heroes or HoMM) is a series of turn-based computer games by New World Computing, a division of The 3DO Company. ...

Contents


Gameplay

Heroes of Might and Magic takes place in a medieval fantasy world, filled with creatures frequently associated with myth and legend. These creatures make up the military forces (troops) with which the player attempts to conquer his or her opponents. The player leads generals through the game world at the head of armies of troops. These generals, called "heroes," provide a means to explore, attack, defeat, and acquire, the four basic principles in the game. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... The word mythology (from the Greek μυολογία mythología, from μυολογειν mythologein to relate myths, from μυος mythos, meaning a narrative, and λογος logos, meaning speech or argument) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use supernatural events or characters to explain the... A legend (Latin, legenda, things to be read) is a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude. ...


There are seven basic resource types available in the game: gold, wood, ore, crystal, mercury, sulfur, and gems. Mines provide these resources which are needed to purchase castle structures and troops. Normally basic resources needed for structures like wood camps and ore mines are easy to find and lightly defended (if at all) with creatures. Crystal, mercury, sulfur, and gems, are needed for a variety of things, and each castle requires a specific one of the resources to be able to recruit their strongest troop. These mines are normally defended by a more powerful group of creatures. Gold mines are normally are guarded by high level creatures, like dragons and phoenixes. It has been suggested that Gold bar be merged into this article or section. ... A tree trunk as found at the Veluwe, The Netherlands Wood derives from woody plants, notably trees but also shrubs. ... Iron ore (Banded iron formation) Manganese ore Lead ore Gold ore An ore is a mineral deposit containing a metal or other valuable resource in economically viable concentrations. ... Quartz crystal A crystal is a solid in which the constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are packed in a regularly ordered, repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. ... General Name, Symbol, Number mercury, Hg, 80 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 12, 6, d Appearance silvery white Atomic mass 200. ... General Name, Symbol, Number sulfur, S, 16 Chemical series nonmetals Group, Period, Block 16, 3, p Appearance lemon yellow Atomic mass 32. ... A selection of gemstone pebbles made by tumbling rough rock with abrasive grit, in a rotating drum. ... The El Chino Mine located near Silver City, New Mexico is an open-pit copper mine This article is about mineral extraction. ... Chinese dragon, colour engraving on wood, Japanese Chinese school, 19th Century A dragon is a mythological creature, typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile, with magical or spiritual qualities. ... ...


Players acquire troops by purchasing them from their respective dwellings, which are constructed within castles. In addition, some basic dwellings can be found on the map itself. Castles are the hub of gameplay, as they are the primary source of military units, magic spells, income, and fortification against enemy attacks. They increase in power throughout in the game based on much gold and other resources you can acquire with your heroes to build more structures and recruit more troops from those structures. The number of castles in the world remains constant throughout the game: new castles cannot be created or destroyed by heroes, although frequently there are undeveloped towns on the map that may be upgraded to castles. The main gatehouse of Harlech Castle, Wales. ... Magic: The Gathering. ... Nakhal Fort, one of the best-preserved forts in Oman. ...


The ultimate goal of the game is usually to capture all enemy castles and defeat all enemy heroes. However, the game comes with many different play scenarios, and some of these scenarios have unique victory conditions, such as accumulating a certain amount of gold, or finding a particular artifact. An artifact (also artefact) refers to any object or process resulting from human activity which represents things from the past. ...


Combat

Heroes can engage in battle against enemy heroes, enemy castles, or native creatures. In combat mode, creatures are lined up on the side of the hero under whose lead they are fighting. Players take turns moving their units on a hex-grid in an order determined by the speed of each unit. A round of combat is complete when every unit has moved once. Heroes themselves can cast one spell from their repeitoire in combat; other than this, they play no direct role in combat.


Groups may gain luck and morale bonuses from artifacts, recent events, or standard bonuses. For example, your hero may come to a statue of a famous war hero, and this will increase your morale for the next battle. Having all your creatures from the same castle type also will increase your morale. Morale allows units to move/attack again in combat after moving in the round, and luck increases the damage the unit will do. Both occur randomly, but their probability can be increased with multiple bonuses. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Morale is a term for the capacity of people to maintain belief in an institution or a goal. ...


Combat ends with the retreat, surrender, or defeat of one hero. For the player, retreat allows you to re-recruit your hero (for a nominal fee) at a nearby castle, surrender allows you to escape battle by paying a lump sum of gold, and defeat causes that hero to be permanently lost.


Hero skills

Heroes gain experience by finding treasures and emerging victorious from battle. With this experience, they gain skill points in any of four primary skills: attack, defense, knowledge, and spell power. In addition to experience, heroes may find artifacts, which can increase their primary skills further or provide some other benefit, such as increased movement, morale, or luck.

  • Attack – Put roughly, the more skill points a hero has in this skill, the more damage his or her troops will inflict during combat. However, on a more technical level, the increase in damage is only proportional to the difference between the player's hero's attack skill and the enemy hero's defense skill. That is, if a player’s hero had an attack skill of 10 and an enemy hero had a defense skill of 4, then the player's troops would do more damage than they would otherwise (unless the player’s attack were even greater). The reverse of this is also true; see the details on the defense skill bellow.
  • Defense – This is essentially the reverse of attack skill. In order to reduce damage taken by enemy troops, a hero must have a greater defense skill than the enemy hero's attack skill. In short, whether damage done by troops is reduced or amplified is determined by the relative attack and defense skill of each hero. To be more precise, the attack and defense skill of the hero is added to the inate attack or defense skill of his or her troops. When inflicting or receiving damage in combat, whether or not the damage dealt is reduced or increased depends on the relative attack and defense skill of the creatures involved, and in this way, the attack and defense of the hero implicitly affects the troops.
  • Spell Power – This determines how much damage offensive spells cast by a hero in battle inflict upon enemy troops. It can also affect the duration of effect based spells and increase effectiveness of defense spells.
  • Knowledge – The number of skill points a hero has in this skill is equal to the number of times a hero can cast any particular spell before "forgetting" it and needing to re-learn it from a shrine or mage guild. More knowledge does not allow the hero to learn more spells, it only allows the hero to learn more 'uses' for the spell.

Alignments

There are four different classes of heroes and castles, each with their own units and strengths/weaknesses. A character class represents a characters archetype and career in many role-playing games. ...

  • Knight – This alignment is one of two "might" alignments. "Might" aligned heroes gain skill points in attack or defense more often than in spell power or knowledge as they gain experience. Their troops, listed in ascending order of strength are as follows: Peasants, Archers, Pikemen, Swordsmen, Cavalry, and Crusaders. Knights are generally considered the weakest of the four alignments.
  • Barbarian – This is the second “might” alignment. Barbarian troops in ascending order of strength are as follows: Goblins, Orcs, Wolves, Ogres, Trolls, and Cyclops.
  • Sorceress – This is one of the two "magic" alignments. "Magic" aligned heroes gain skill points in spell power or knowledge more often than in attack or defense as they gain experience. Sorceress troops, listed in ascending order of strength are as follows: sprites, Dwarves, Elves, Druids, Unicorns, and Phoenix.
  • Warlock – This is the second "magic" alignment. Warlocks are generally considered the most powerful alignment, especially considering the incredible strength of both dragons and hydras. Warlock units are as follows in ascending order of strength: Centaurs, Gargoyles, Griffins, Minotaurs, Hydras, and Dragons.

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External links

  • Age of Heroes
  • Heroes of Might and Magic 1 section

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest." GameFAQs. Last accessed on 19 January 2006.
  2. ^ The cranky hermit and Benjamin Tucker. "Tech-Info for Heroes of Might and Magic." MobyGames. Last accessed on 19 January 2006
  3. ^ Inderanta of the Clan Depari. "Release Information for Heroes of Might and Magic." MobyGames. Last accessed on 19 January 2006.
  4. ^ Jeanne and Stephanie Putnam. "Game Credits for Heroes of Might and Magic." MobyGames. Last accessed on 19 January 2006.

 
 

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