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A multiplayer battle from Myth II: Soulblighter.

Myth is a series of real-time tactics (not to be confused with real-time strategy) computer games. The games are: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Image File history File links Derived from public domain images featured at: http://commons. ... An in-game screenshot of Myth: The Fallen Lords taken from the Myth II engine. ... Myth II: Soulblighter is the sequel to the computer game Myth, developed by Bungie Software. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Myth2pic. ... Image File history File links Myth2pic. ... A destroyer patrols local space around its attached carrier in Nexus: The Jupiter Incident. ... A real-time strategy (RTS) video game is one that is distinctly not turn-based. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ...

  • Myth: The Fallen Lords
  • Myth II: Soulblighter
  • Myth III: The Wolf Age

Myth and Myth II were developed and self-published by Bungie Software between 1997 and 1999. As a result of Bungie's sale to Microsoft in 2000 the company lost the franchise rights to Take 2 Interactive,[citation needed] who quickly released Myth II: Worlds (a compilation of fan-created content) and Green Berets: Powered by Myth II (a total conversion developed by the online community). Later, Myth III was developed by MumboJumbo and published by Take 2 Interactive. Bungie Studios is a video game developer founded in 1991 under the name Bungie Software Products Corporation (or in the non-legal definition Bungie Software) by two undergraduate students at the University of Chicago, Alex Seropian and Jason Jones. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ... Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ...


Myth II is by far the most popular game in the series (though Myth had better sales during its launch and first few years of life[citation needed]). [citation needed]


The Myth games were a departure from established standards laid down by Warcraft (whose own concept largely mirrored that of Dune II two years earlier) in that resource retrieval and unit construction were entirely removed; in their places were squad- and soldier-level tactics. As a direct result of this, the series' combat has a far greater level of depth and beleviability than that seen in Warcraft-like strategic games. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is a real-time strategy computer game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 1994. ... Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty (retitled Dune II: Battle for Arrakis in Europe and for the Mega Drive/Genesis port) is a Dune computer game, released in 1992 by Westwood Studios. ...


The games were also remarkable for depth of free multiplayer support, intense and continuing fan activity on the web (including a wide range of fan-created mods), and simultaneous Macintosh and Windows development and release. The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Windows redirects here. ...

Contents

Release dates

  • Myth: The Fallen Lords - approx. November 5, 1997
  • Myth II: Soulblighter - 1998
  • Myth II: Chimera - 1999
  • Myth: The Total Codex - 1999
  • Myth II: Worlds - 2001
  • Green Berets - Powered by Myth II - 2001
  • Myth III: The Wolf Age - December 2001

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Gameplay

General

Players control small armies made up of diverse units, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. If deployed correctly and micromanaged, a weak force can defeat a much more powerful force, and can even accomplish this with few or no casualties, a contrast to the "meat grinder" style of some strategy games. This is because, in general, artillery units strongly counter melee units, melee units strongly counter ranged units, and ranged units strongly counter artillery -- though there are exceptions. For other meanings of the term, see melée (disambiguation). ...


Formations are important as well. In order for an army to be effective, it has to be facing the right direction. Ranged units must have a clear line of sight in order to fire, and so must be in front of the army, but they must also have a way to retreat and be protected by melee units if rushed. Flanking maneuvers can be highly damaging, as the enemy will have to reorient while under fire in order to fight effectively. Because healing is a rare ability, units do not regenerate health, and there is no way to construct new units, hit and run skirmishes are effective and unit conservation is essential. In light of this, each point of damage can be significant. This article is about the military unit. ... Hit and run is the act of hitting an object with a vehicle and leaving the location of the incident. ...


Terrain and environmental factors are also important. Rain or standing water will put out some explosive attacks. Archers on the high ground will have an advantage, because they can shoot farther than those on level ground. Archers will also be less effective in a strong wind. Unusual for a strategy game, most units will flinch when damaged, interrupting movement and attack. This has many strategic implications: for example, if two or three melee units gang up to attack one enemy melee unit, that unit might be eliminated without dealing any significant damage, because it will be too busy flinching. (Note: "flinching" in this case is synonymous to "having the unit's movement interrupted").


Each unit has a name and gains individual experience for each kill it makes or battle it survives. Experience may increase attack rate and accuracy, and decrease damage received in combat. All else being equal, an experienced army will destroy a comparable force of fresh units (see subsequent Note). The reason for this lies in the movement-interruption of flinching. Consider a rookie warrior and an experienced warrior fighting. Both attacks deliver the same amount of damage; both defenses defend the same amount of damage. The experienced warrior will slaughter the rookie warrior, however, because the experienced warrior can preempt the rookie warrior's attack. The unexperienced warrior will start to swing, and will be attacked, and this will be interrupted. Depending on the level of experience, an experienced warrior can completely mow-down an unexperienced unit not because of an increase in damage-per-blow nor defense-per-blow but a higher frequency of uninterrupted blows (that interrupt the unexperienced unit's attacks). A cap of 5 experience per unit has recently been added to Myth II.


Myth employs an unusually realistic physics engine, which affects gameplay. Unlike in Warcraft, when an archer fires an arrow, the arrow is a distinct, independent object that arcs through the air and only deals damage if it strikes a unit -- this allows projectiles to be dodged mid-flight by the skilled player. There is no protection from friendly fire; firing arrows into a melee is just as likely to hurt you as the enemy, and units with explosive attacks are especially perilous if mishandled. A physics engine is a computer program that simulates Newtonian physics models, using variables such as mass, velocity, friction and wind resistance. ...


Limbs and heads of dead units can bounce around the terrain, fly into the air from explosives, and roll down hills trailing blood. Weapons also fall from dead units' hands. Although most units cannot pick up new weapons, objects can go flying from explosions further damaging units they strike. Although a flying sword will not do terrible damage, if propelled by an explosion it can be a deadly object. Blood permanently stains the terrain and bodies do not decay. This blood-ground-smear gives battles in Myth a gritty, gory, unsanitized feel. The events of battles can be deduced from battlefield detritus, which is important in multiplayer free-for-all games (see subsequent Note) and some single-player missions. Detritus may refer to: In geology, detritus is the name for loose fragments of rock that have been worn away by erosion. ...


(Note: In multiplayer games, your view of the other players' units is limited to the proximity of those units to your own. However, the blood-ground-smear is a method of telling where battles have been fought or where they are being fought, regardless to actually seeing the units fighting those battles.)


Multiplayer

In multiplayer, the player starts with an army and may usually customize it by trading units, using point values that approximate the value of the units. Proper selection of units is an enormous strategy itself, given the goal of each multi-player game. For example: if the goal of the game is to stand guard a flag as long as possible (as it is with King of the Hill), customizing your army with only ranged units would not be wise because there would be no melee to guard the flag. Such considerations make Myth all the more realistic because of the constant amount of strategic choices.


Games generally are either "free-for-all" or FFA, where each player has his own army and competes with everyone else, or "Team," where each army is controlled by a group of players with a captain who disperses units for his teammates to control. There are many different kinds of multiplayer games, ranging from simple "Body Count" to more complicated games involving flags, balls, or animals.


The number and variety of multiplayer game types and multiplayer players are one reason why Myth has remained so popular online. For each game type, different strategies are employed.

  • Body Count: The player or team that deals the most points of damage within the time limit wins.
  • Capture the Flag: Each player or team has a flag at their starting location. If the flag is ever lost, even for a second, the player is eliminated.
  • Last Man on the Hill: A flag is in the middle of the map. The winner is the player who controls the flag when time runs out. If multiple players contest the flag, the game goes into sudden death, and the first player to get uncontested control of the flag for five seconds wins.
  • King of the Hill: A flag is in the middle of the map. The player is credited for every second that he controls or contests the flag. The winner is the one with the most time when the game ends.
  • Territories: Several flags are scattered across the map. The winner is the one who controls the most flags when time runs out. If any flag is contested, the game goes into sudden death.
  • Flag Rally: Several flags are scattered across the map. The winner is the one who tags all the flags first (where "tagging" means taking uncontested control.)
  • Steal the Bacon: A ball is in the center of the map. Any unit can move the ball by running into it, and clicking directly on the ball will cause the unit to follow it and bump it roughly in the direction the unit is running. The ball can also be blasted around with explosives. The winner is the player who controls the ball when time runs out. If the ball is contested, the game goes into sudden death.
  • Captures: Like Territories, but with balls instead of flags.
  • Scavenger Hunt: Like Flag Rally, but with balls instead of flags.
  • Balls On Parade: Like Capture the Flag, but with a ball instead of a flag.
  • Assassin: Each player gets an assassin target, usually a helpless Baron but sometimes more powerful units. If the assassin target dies, the player is eliminated.
  • Stampede: Each team has one or more flags and a herd of animals or peasants. For each animal that reaches an enemy flag, the animal is teleported away and a point is gained. The winner is the team with the most points when all the animals are dead or safe, or when time runs out.
  • Hunting: Dozens of computer-controlled wildlife units such as deer and hawks are placed on the map. For each animal killed, a point is scored. The winner is the one with the most points when time runs out.

Solo

In single player, the player starts with an army and must use it to accomplish specific goals, such as reaching a distant location, defending a hill or other strategic position, escorting an important unit through the mission, evading a superior force, destroying a bridge or breaching a wall, or anything that the story may require. Rarely, the player may control a small squad of heroes, exceptionally strong variants of standard units that either attack more quickly, more accurately, and/or possess a longer range of attack. The experienced units, in other words, are the Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger) versions of standard units, while heroes are the citius, altius, fortius versions of experienced units. Single-player missions can be played cooperatively over the internet or on a LAN. In each level you are given a new fixed (non-trade-able) set of units, usually including experienced survivors from the previous scenario.


Units

What follows is a listing of unit types, divided into Light or Dark based on their nature. Light units get shields next to their name to denote kills, while Dark units get skulls. Light and Dark does not necessarily denote their alignment; sometimes in the campaign the player will control Dark units or face off against Light units. In multiplayer, this distinction is irrelevant, and a player almost always controls mixed armies of both types of units. "Light" and "Dark" have another meaning in multiplayer: Most maps have "Light" and "Dark" variants, where the Dark variant allows control of very powerful units. It's important to note the only difference between a "light" and "dark" map is the unit selection; the actual terrain of the maps are identical. For example: the map "I'll Dance on your Grave" and "I'll Dance on your Spiderweb" are completely identical in terrain, but the latter allows access to much stronger, more potent, more damage-inflicting units. As a result, very different strategies exist for each "light" and "dark" maps. The difference in gameplay between the two maps is so great that many players were often termed "dark mappers" or "light mappers" regarding with which unit types they worked best. Furthermore, a player could have an excellent "map strategy" for a dark map, but perform poorly on a the same light version map. This article is about the defensive device. ... For other uses of Skull, see Skull (disambiguation). ...


The number in parenthesis below is the multiplayer point cost, which gives an idea of the relative value of the unit. For the sake of brevity, some uncommon units are not listed.


The Light

  • Warriors (2 points) Basic ground units, warriors are moderately fast and tough, and fight with sword and shield. They have a chance to block melee attacks with their shields. The shield, when utilized with experience, is highly under-rated because in possessing a shield the chances of a warrior's attack being interrupted is decreased.
  • Archers (3 points) Basic ranged units, archers are slower and weaker than warriors, but may attack from afar. In Myth II, archers were given the ability to fire one flaming arrow each. Flaming arrows spawn off an enormous amount of strategic bullet-points because they can ignite explosive satchel charges, trap opponent units in flames (dealing quite a bit of damage), amongst other uses. The archer also has a weak melee attack in the form of a small knife. Although weak, many archers can be used together to kill a unit that has come to close to be shot or to kill a stygian knight. On average six unexperienced archers can melee a stygian knight with high casualties.
  • Berserks (3 points) Kilt-wearing barbarians with huge Claymores, berserks are faster in both movement and attack than warriors, but
    Game art for the Dwarf unit.
    wear no armor. In other words, given a Berserk (deemed "zerk" by the online community for short) versus warrior encounter, the warrior will be able to block some of Berserk's attacks, but the frequency of those attacks will cause a high number of movement-interruption flinches in the warrior, almost certainly resulting in a Berserk victory. When experienced, a group of them are amongst the most effective melee Light units in both Myth and Myth II.
  • Dwarves (6 points) and Dwarven Mortars (8 points, Myth II only) Diminutive explosive-lobbers, dwarves are favored units for their ability to single-handedly demolish whole armies with molotov cocktails in spectacular explosions -- if they aren't extinguished by rain, standing water, or bad luck. Unlike experience increases in other ranged units, which merely result in a greater accuracy and greater range of fire, dwarf experience increases also created a higher probability of unextinguished molotov cocktails. In other words, experienced dwarves can lob molotov cocktails that have a higher probability of exploding, further, and with greater accuracy than inexperienced dwarves. Their special ability is to lay explosive satchel charges. Dwarves are slow, weak, and helpless in a melee, with a minimum range for throwing cocktails. In Myth II, Dwarven explosive technology advances in the form of the Mortar, a unit that lobs ballistic rounds over a much longer range, but with a correspondingly greater minimum range. Mortar rounds explode even underwater, and the units do not carry satchel charges. "Minimum range" is a major factor for ranged units. With the exception of archers who have a special "knife attack", which -- considering its paltry amount of damage -- is practically a useless defense, if a melee unit enters into the "minimum range" of a ranged unit's attack, the ranged unit has no defense and no attack to deliver.
  • Journeymen (6 points) Tough and resilient healer units. Often considered to be "too expensive" given their capabilities, the journey can be quite an effective unit if uniquely used correctly. Each journeyman carries only a shovel, and wears a thick fur coat and heavy gold plates which provide great protection. They carry six mandrake roots, each of which may be used to heal a living unit almost to full health, or to completely destroy an undead unit. While the journeymen can only hold six roots at any given time, they can pick up extra mandrake roots (see subsequent Note), found in "weed clumps" around the maps, making the amount of units a journeyman can heal limited only to the accessibility to mandrake roots (and of course the presence of damaged units). Journeymen are immune to the paralyzing effects of wights, though they are still damaged by the explosion, making them the preferred melee defense unit for wights by far.

Note: This feature of replacability of mandrake roots is similar to dwarven satchel charges, who have, depending on the dwarven unit type, a limit of 4 or 8 satchels, which can be replaced if the dwarf finds unused satchels around the map. Heron guards' roots can also be replaced. However, unused archer flame arrows cannot be found anywhere on a map, and, thus, are not replaceable. Warriors may refer to Warriors (book series) is a series of fantasy novels written by Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry, under the pen name Erin Hunter. ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century Look up Sword in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Archers in Competition Archery is the practice of using a bow to shoot arrows. ... A kilt in the Black Watch tartan A kilt is a traditional garment of modern Scottish and Celtic culture typically worn by men. ... For other uses, see Barbarian (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Claymore (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is concerned solely with chemical explosives. ... This page is about a mythological race. ... Molotov cocktail is the generic name for a variety of crude incendiary weapons. ... This article is about good and bad fortune. ... Shovel with wide blade - especially appropriate for lifting snow or coal A shovel is a tool for lifting and moving loose material such as coal, gravel, snow, soil, or sand. ... Species Mandragora autumnalis Mandragora officinarum Mandragora turcomanica Mandragora caulescens Mandrake is the common name for members of the plant genus Mandragora belonging to the nightshades family (Solanaceae). ...

  • Heron Guard (3 points, Myth II only) The Heron Guard are the Journeymen reborn. Swift movement, rapid attacks, and effective armor make them powerful assets of the Light. Each one carries a single mandrake root for healing. Like Journeymen, they are immune to wight paralysis while still vulnerable to the explosion itself. These units are essentially a hybrid of warriors and berserks as they not nearly as fragile as a berserk but attack with the effectiveness of one. Notably, the heron guard also does not flinch when attacked which allows it to take on multiple units at one time.
  • Forest Giants (24 points, Myth: TFL only) 12-foot behemoths capable of taking extreme damage and killing most units in one deadly swat. They can only be healed to half health. The "dark version" of Forest Giants is the Trow however in one-on-one combat with units of equal experience the Trow will always lose.
  • Avatara The only Avatara used in either Myth or Myth II is Alric, and he is not available in standard multiplayer because he is too powerful for game balance. Sorcerer-warriors, Avatara are very good melee fighters and have high resistance to elemental attacks. Alric's special attack is the Dispersal Dream, which he can use three times and which causes a chain of explosions to ripple through enemy troops. The Dispersal Dream is limited to the proximity of enemy troops to each other. If the enemy troops are close enough to each previous explosion, the subsequent units will continue to explode, usually killing all of them. The Dispersal Dream does not differentiate between friend and foe. At one point in Myth II, Alric wields the lightning sword Balmung, which imbues his normal attack with spectacular power and enables him to single-handedly take on obscene numbers of enemy forces.

The Dark

  • Thrall (1 point) Mindless animated corpses with axes. Thrall are cannon fodder, too slow to really do much good on the battlefield, but reasonably effective in a melee if they manage to avoid getting blown up before they reach the line. If Myth did not have the realistic combat engine that it does, thrall would be nearly identical to the warrior light melee unit. In fact, in attack damage and speed of each blow thrall and melee "are" identical. However, the lack of a shield makes the thrall more susceptible to movement-intervention flinching and, therefore, far inferior to the warrior in one-on-one all-else-being-equal attack scenarios. Thrall can go underwater, which allows them to lay in wait and ambush opponents. In multiplayer games however, many players use thrall as a guard for their flag in the 'capture the flag' gametype. The high health and low cost of the thrall buys time for a player to react and reinforce the flag before the enemy can completely capture it.
  • Spiders (1 point) Possessing the smallest health bars and no defensive armor of any kind, they among the easiest of units to kill in the game. However, they are amongst the easiest units to be "killed by" giving a flanking scenario and their extremely fast speed; they are among the fastest units in the game. Capable of traversing any terrain except deep water. Extremely effective against ranged and artillery units in numbers because of their ability to close the distance between the ranged units with their speed.
  • Brigands (2 points, Myth II only) and Dark Archers (3 points, Myth II only) Like warriors but evil, and slightly slower.
  • Ghôls (2 points) The apelike Ghôls are weak, sickle fast melee units that are excellent at raiding lines of archers or running down dwarves. Ghôls may pick up and throw most items on the battlefield -- including dwarven satchel charges, unexploded cocktails and mortar shells, and the explosive body parts of wights.
  • Wolves (3 points, Myth II only) Wolves are reasonably fast with a decent attack, but very low health. They appear only once in the single-player game, and sporadically appear in multiplayer.
  • Stygian Knights (3 points, Myth II only) Magically animated suits of armour that are tough melee fighters. They are completely immune to fire and missile attacks, but take double damage from explosives. Though not alive, they cannot go underwater. Stygian Knights offer some of the most interesting strategies of the game because of their uniquely susceptible vulnerability to explosives but hardened defense against other ranged attacks. They are the only unit that can be easily destroyed with an explosive attack, but put up quite a defense against melee and/or ranged (arrow) attacks. Along with ghols, Stygian Knights are one of the most common units for attacking archers as their speed and invulnerability to arrows makes them extremely effective.
  • Soulless (3 points) Basic ranged unit of the undead, the Soulless is a ghostly floating torso that lobs throwing spears. Soulless can traverse any terrain, even steep cliffs and deep water. Flanking a soulless line can be very effective, as missiles will go right through them, each dealing full damage to multiple soulless; the only unit whereby a single arrow (or spear) can do multiple-unit damage is the soulless. Effective ranged unit strategy against soulless involves targeting the farthest unit away in a pack of soulless, so your ranged projectile hits the anterior en route to the targeted enemy unit. Soulless are also extremely slow, coupled with their medium range they are easy prey to archers.
  • Myrmidons (2 points, Myth: TFL only) Undead corpses reanimated to serve the armies of the dark. Because they carry two curved metal blades, their attacks have a higher likelihood of causing movement-intervention flinches. This makes up for their lack of a shield. Their dual-weapon attack and the high speed of attacking makes them stronger attackers than warriors. The closest thing to a myrmidon in the light army would be a Berserk. However, Myrmidons are not as strong as Berserks, making them somewhat in between warriors and Berserks in their melee ability. They are not technically undead, only tricked by Balor into a hellish eternal life, which delivers a subtle homage to the Greek mythological origin of Myrmidons, which means "ant".
  • Wights (3 points) and Ghasts (1 point, Myth II only) Wights are bloated, infested, gas-filled corpses that explode with an erupting roar upon death or after detonating themselves, dealing heavy damage and stunning friend and foe alike to the surrounding area. They are the kamikaze units; their only attack is to stab themselves with a dagger and blow up. Wights are the only unit in the game that can attack only once. Wights die very easily, and are very slow, but they can hide underwater. An ideal strategy is to hide wights in the deep water next to a shallow water crossing, and wait for unsuspecting enemies to attempt to ford the stream. Wights which have not yet fully "ripened" are called Ghasts. They move relatively quickly and do not explode, but have a paralyzing attack. Ghasts appear only in the first two levels of the game and rarely in multiplayer.
Trow Iron Warriors from Myth III: The Wolf Age.
  • Bre'Unor (4 points, Myth II only) Fast, weak, bone-wielding primitives. Their high multiplayer cost is because they have both an effective ranged attack and an effective melee attack, making them unique in that aspect. Bre'Unor are rarely used in multiplayer, and appear only once in the single-player game.
  • Myrkridia (4 points, Myth II only) and Myrkridian Giants (32 points, Myth II only) Vicious, wolf like creatures that tear enemies to pieces. They are stronger than, but similar to, the light unit Berserk in their speed of attack and lack of any armor whatsoever. Like the Berserk who were also given a nickname, the online community has dubbed Myrkridia "krids" for short. Myrkridia run fast and attack very quickly Like any unit, if their strengths are utilized, they can be a very powerful melee unit in Myth II. A major weakness is that they go berserk when nearly dead (extremely low health bar), attacking the unit closest to them, friend or foe. In multiplayer, you actually lose control of them when their health gets too low. Myrkridian Giants are enormous, very strong variants with the special ability to lob handfuls of explosive heads. Giants do not go berserk, attack quickly, and do considerable damage per strike. Giants, Trow, and Forest giants are in the same category of behemoth units.
  • Mauls (4 points, Myth II only) Large pig-like beasts with an average speed that can take and dish out a lot of damage. A Maul's attack cannot be blocked by a Warrior's shield, and Mauls do not easily flinch because of their thick and plentiful armor. This boost in defense, however detracts from their speed because their armor make them move rather slowly for their points.
  • Fetch (6 points) Undead priestesses inhabiting the skins of their victims, the dangerous Fetch fire bolts of lighting that do area damage. Their range is greater than that of a dwarf, but less than that of an archer. Their attack helps defend them, as it deflects any incoming projectiles. Their health is very low and they move and attack rather slowly. Fetch are highly resistant to lightning and cannot hurt each other very much.
  • Warlocks (8 points, Myth II only) Black-robed sorcerers, Warlocks open their robes to project a guided fireball, or to summon a ring of fire from the ground for protection. Warlocks may damage underwater units with their fireballs. Warlock attacks are all powered by mana bars, and when out of mana, a Warlock can not attack until the mana recharges. A weakness to the Warlock is that their projectile is the easiest to intercept in the game of Myth II of any ranged unit. Unlike dwarven "lobbed" explosives, the Warlock explosive fireball travels along the ground, "seeking" the target. This means that low-level obstructions between the target will block the warlock attack. The lobbing versus ground-seeking movement differentiation between the dwarven and warlock explosives, consequently, respectively results in different strategies for each unit. For example, if your warrior is between your warlock and the warlock's target, the warlock won't be able to hit the target without hitting the friendly unit, but a dwarf, on the other hand, in the same situation could potentially lob his explosive over the friendly warrior to hit the enemy unit. Throughout most of Myth II, Warlocks fight on the side of the Light, but they are considered Dark units.
  • Trow (24 points) Hulking, loincloth-clad giants, Trow wade into the melee, kicking to pieces smaller units that get in their way, and punching other large units. Similar to Forest Giants and Myrkridian Giants in potent damage, size, and attack style, they are faster, making them the fastest usable unit in the game. They are resistant to elemental damage. Significantly, they are the only melee unit (very nearly) invulnerable to wights. Trow turn to stone at low health and can only be healed to about 60% health. Their weakness is their height, which can be exploited by targeting archer units amongst a melee fray. Typically, once a melee skirmish commences your archers have to cease firing or risk damaging your own units as much as the enemy's units (accidental friendly fire). However, because the trow is so abnormally tall, it can be easily targeted by archers while amongst other units. In Myth III, they are clad in iron armor and equipped with large war hammers. Trows have a weakness to arrows and and generally used to kill archers first.
  • Shades (16 points) Shades are undead Avatara, and only appear in the single-player game and some custom maps because of their immense power. They cannot cross water. Shades are also armed with 3 Dispersal Dreams, which they drop when slain. Though undead, they are not slain by healing.

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Storyline

Main article: Story of Myth

The Myth series is set in a fantasy world that was inspired in many ways by Glen Cook's Black Company novels, as it is narrated via a common soldier's journal that tells the tale of life itself coming under attack by an undead horde and its masters, the Fallen Lords. Certain Lovecraftian themes also appear throughout, and there are numerous borrowings from Celtic mythology[1]. Main article: Myth (computer game) The Story of Myth is an elaborate narrative set in a detailed fantasy world. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Glen Cook at Demicon 15 in 2004 Glen Cook (July 9, 1944–) is a contemporary American science fiction and fantasy author, best known for his fantasy series, The Black Company. ... Cover of the first novel in the series, The Black Company. The Black Company is a series of dark fantasy novels by author Glen Cook. ... H. P. Lovecraft Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890–March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy and horror fiction, noted for giving horror stories a science fiction framework. ... Celtic mythology is the mythology of Celtic polytheism, apparently the religion of the Iron Age Celts. ...


The Myth community

The Myth community encompasses the fanbase of the Myth series of games. Members of this community are especially notable for performing extensive volunteer software development to update and maintain a commercial game over seven years after its initial release.[2] Since 2002, the game servers have also been donated.


The Myth series of games (collectively: Myth: The Fallen Lords, Myth II: Soulblighter, and Myth III: The Wolf Age) are renowned for their open-ended and extensible gaming engines. As the latter two titles shipped with functioning editors, and the original was quickly reverse-engineered by third-party hackers, most notably by a player known as "pinoys", these games allowed fans to easily develop maps and scenarios for the game. During the years 1998-2001, widely considered the franchise's zenith, literally thousands of third-party creations were released on community-maintained sites. In addition, many tournaments were organized, most notable the annual Myth World Cup organised by various figures within the community.


Myth development history

The Myth games have a long and twisting history. Created by one company, bought by another, and finally supported and enhanced by the user community, the story of its 10 year development history (as of 2007) is an anomaly in an environment where the shelf life of most games is measured in months.


The last official releases by Bungie Software for Myth: The Fallen Lords and Myth II: Soulblighter were in 2001. After Myth II was released, Take2 bought the rights to the Myth franchise from Bungie. Take2 released several Myth related titles including Myth Worlds (including 2 CDs of fan-created add-ons), Green Berets (conversion from medieval setting to a Vietnam era setting), and Myth 3: The Wolf Age.


Myth 3: The Wolf Age was widely seen as an incomplete product rushed to market. This perception was supported by Take2's firing of the development team who created the game (MumboJumbo) before the game was officially released. The last official release was v1.0, though MumboJumbo released 2 patches to fix outstanding problems, the final one being v1.0.2. After Myth III was rushed into going gold, Take2 stopped all development and support for all three Myth games.


A group of Myth fans who called themselves "Myth Developers" provided updates to the games when the games were neglected by the original developers. This group, and successor groups under other names, have continued to support and develop all three games without compensation. These groups have updated the software for the latest operating systems, fixed various bugs, and added various enhancements to both the games themselves and the mapmaking tools. These include combining the core software libraries of all three games, allowing Myth II to emulate Myth I.


Third-party projects for Myth II

A battle scene from Myth II: Soulblighter, taken from the Blue and Grey mod.

Due to the robust (and free) mapmaking tools released to the public by Bungie and additional tools created by fans - new maps, units, 3d objects, and other plugins were created for Myth II by the thousands. These projects converted Myth II from the medieval fantasy world of Myth to one of Feudal Japan, to a Lego world, to the US Civil War, to World War II, to various sci-fi inspired worlds, to the American Wild West, to a Tolkien inspired world, to one where giant mechanized robots battled, and many other projects Image File history File links Myth_screenshot. ... Image File history File links Myth_screenshot. ...


Tournaments and Online Servers

Main articles: Myth World Cup and Myth II: Soulblighter Tournaments

Myth II servers allow players to compete online. Bungie.net was the original Myth series server. The Myth: The Fallen Lords server closed in November 2001, and the Myth II: Soulblighter's server closed in March 2002. Bungie.net supported all versions of the first 2 Myth games. Shortly before Bungie.net went dark, some Myth fans reverse engineered the bungie.net game server and started their own server | mariusnet (named after one of the two developers, Marius. (the other being Connor)). A few months after bungie.net went down, Playmyth; a server based on the bungie.net server code which Bungie made available for free started up. PlayMyth was the most popular server and community hub until 2007 when it was shut down. Digital trophy awarded with Myth World Cup 1999 Myth World Cup is an online Myth II tournament. ... Bungie. ...


Current Myth Game Servers

  • MariusNet is the oldest of the 3rd party Myth game servers and is currently the only game server still running (other than GameRanger). Mariusnet supports all 3 Myth games as well as an earlier online game by Bungie; Marathon. A related website provides news, forums, downloads, player stats, team/order lists and much more.
  • GameRanger supports Myth II but has a much smaller userbase.

While players on multiple servers make counting the community size hard, some details are available. A good way of measuring changes to the size of the community over time is by looking at participation in large yearly tournaments which involve a large % of the Myth community. The 2007 Myth World Cup most recently fielded 24 teams, down from a historic high of 96. Additionally, at its multi-player online peak, when the online community still operated from Bungie.net, 10-20 of the online rooms would be full, each containing anywhere from 1-30+ players. Currently, the third-party servers have only a few rooms containing players, generally considerably less than 100 players online at any given point in time. Marathon is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game published and developed by Bungie Software for the Apple Macintosh in late 1994. ...


Community Hubs

The Tain, is a slick full-featured Myth file download site, containing maps and plugins and other files of interest to players and mapmakers.


Project Magma's forums are one of the most popular community gathering sites for map-makers and players.


Mariusnet's new site is a merger of the original mariusnet site with the mythforums site. It is still fairly new (Fall 2007) but with it's forums, news, player and order stats, large file download repository, and status as the home of the only remaining myth game server, mariusnet is the most important Myth community site.


During tournament season (summer), the Myth World Cup forums are also a popular place for Mythers to hang out (for the most recent MWC site see Myth World Cup 2007).


The Galleria Mythica is a collection of photos and profiles of over 300 former and current Myth players.


Historical Sites

The PlayMyth game server site, with its forums and downloads, was the most popular Myth community site for several years after Bungie.net and The Mill closed.


For many years during and after Bungie.net's existence, The Mill (a large Myth related file repository with forums) was the place to go for news, discussions and the latest maps or plugins for all three of the Myth games.


Post-Bungie Myth

Development of the Myth Series was halted by Bungie, but fan groups have been given access to the source code and have taken it upon themselves to keep the series up to date. Also, after a long period of slow decline in membership, Bungie.net shut down its Myth servers. Bungie.net went down in 2001, and Bungie.net II in February 2002. Fortunately for players, multiplayer for the game was continued through such fan-based public servers as MariusNet and Playmyth.net. Such servers are maintained by volunteers and funded by donations from the players. Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc. ... Source code (commonly just source or code) is any series of statements written in some human-readable computer programming language. ... Bungie. ...


Players should visit the links below to get updates and demos of the games for Windows, Mac OS and Mac OS X. Myth II was ported to Linux by Loki Studios, but only to update 1.3.1, and is not compatible with current versions of Myth II.

  • Myth: The Fallen Lords Patch 1.5 (Project Magma)
  • Myth II: Soulblighter Patch 1.6.0 (Project Magma)
  • Myth III: The Wolf Age Patch 1.3.1 (Flying Flip Studios)

On March 22, 2007, Myth II: Soulblighter version 1.5.1c and Myth III: The Wolf Age version 1.1 were made available on GameTap. Players can connect to fan-run multiplayer servers but cannot patch the game or add any custom content, which may limit the number of people they are able to connect to. GameTap is a subscription-based video game service by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). ...


Awards

The first of the Myth series, The Fallen Lords was very acclaimed for its time, Myth II followed with larger sale success and popularity.


Myth: The Fallen Lords, 1997

  • PC Gamer Best Real Time Strategy Game of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World Strategy Game of the Year
  • Computer Games Strategy Plus Game of the Year
  • Macworld Magazine Game of the Year
  • GameSpot have included the Myth series in the "Greatest Games of All Time" hall of fame.
  • Myth I was listed in the Best of 1997 and Myth II in 98 at Games Revolution.com

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Myth World Cup

Main article: Myth World Cup

Myth World Cup is an annual online, double-elimination, 2-team tournament. "TFL98: Myth World Cup" was the first incarnation, played on Myth TFL. All MWCs since have been played on Myth II. A large community rallying point, MWC tournaments gather the most teams, have the most active forums, and are known for their funny articles and reviews. Digital trophy awarded with Myth World Cup 1999 Myth World Cup is an online Myth II tournament. ... A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ...


Myth II installer bug

The original version of the Myth II: Soulblighter contained a serious bug which reached customers who had pre-ordered the game. The bug was that the CD contained an uninstaller which would remove Myth from a computer by deleting the directory in which it had been installed. If the user had overridden the default and installed Myth to the root level of his hard drive, the uninstaller would delete the entire contents of the user's hard drive.


This bug was caught after Myth II CDs had been sent out and also duplicated and boxed to ship to stores. Bungie employees went to the factory, tore open the boxes, and replaced the faulty CDs with new CDs on which the uninstaller bug had been fixed. They also mailed out new CDs to those users who had pre-ordered from the company and had received their (buggy) CD free of charge. It is said that the costs incurred from this were roughly equal to the profits the game earned.[citation needed]


Penny-Arcade Comic - this was one of the more widespread cultural references to Myth. Unlike most others it went beyond the Bungie community (which was firmly rooted in Myth community itself to begin with).


Graphics rendering

Myth: The Fallen Lords originally supported both software rendering and 3Dfx Glide hardware-acceleration upon its release. A final v1.3 upgrade patch added support for RRedline, the native rendering API of the Rendition Verite line of graphic cards. With Myth II, Bungie introduced larger screen resolutions and Direct3D (Windows) & RAVE (MacOS) rendering. Thanks to volunteers, an unofficial v1.5 patch has been created which adds OpenGL support, thus allowing modern GPUs to run the game in hardware-mode. 3dfx Interactive was a company which specialized in the manufacturing of cutting-edge 3D graphics processing units and, later, graphics cards. ... Glide was a proprietary 3D graphics API developed by 3dfx used on their Voodoo graphics cards. ... RRedline is the name of a proprietary Windows application programming interface for graphics cards made by Rendition. ... API may refer to: In computing, application programming interface In petroleum industry, American Petroleum Institute In education, Academic Performance Index This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Rendition was a maker of 3D graphics chipsets in the mid- to late-90s. ... OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is a standard specification defining a cross-language cross-platform API for writing applications that produce 2D and 3D computer graphics. ... “GPU” redirects here. ...


External links

  • Bungie Studios- Original creators of Myth series.
  • Mariusnet - free online multiplayer server for Myth: The Fallen Lords, Myth II, Myth III' and Marathon
  • Myth series at MobyGames
  • ProjectMagma - Myth modding group, as well as being the current maintainers of Myth: The Fallen Lords and Myth II.
  • Myth@Bungie.org - Contains level guides, background information, and many other resources and articles about the first two Myth games. Home of The Asylum forums and MythMaster Central.
  • The Wargamer's Myth III site - old promotional Myth III site, only place really to detail the MumboJumbo version of the game.
  • Myth 2 Brasil - Brazilians site dedicated to Myth series. Available on three languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish).
  • Mything.org Extensive library of myth articles covering mapmaking, strategy, unit guides, and more for all 3 Myth games. Home of the Myth Dictionary, the Myth Map Atlas, and much more.
  • TheTain.net - The Tain.net, file host for many Myth game resources
  • Onyx Warlords - A Myth game development group
  • hl.udogs.net - A Myth file host with beta versions of maps within individual map-maker folders

 
 

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