News archive: July 2000

Phinal results for the Pharaolympics
July 28, 2000 2:30 PM EDT

Well, it’s over. Yes, after all this hard work and frantic city building the Pharaolympics are done. Let’s start with the scores for the last two events.

1. Vriesea
2. Tomek
3. RSC

1. Light
2. JimMRooney
3. Merepatra

Burry a hero
1. Max
2. Plebus
3. Tomek

1. Dancing
2. Mentuemhat XXV
3. Merepatra

And now for the grand winners

1. Tomek (188 points)
2. Max (146 points)
3. JWorth (104 points)

1. Dancing (119 points)
2. Merepatra (107 points)
3. Homegrown (78 points)

Congratulation all.
Rumour has it that the forum has a special gift for all participants…

Angel Jayhawk

Away for a while
July 28, 2000 10:05 AM EDT

Yep, me again ;).

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that I won’t be around for the next 20 days or so until August 17th. Please direct all urgent enquiries and things you may want posting on PH to Angel Jayhawk during my absence.

See you all in mid-August :).

Angel Reckless Rodent

Pharaolympics once more
July 23, 2000 4:37 PM EDT

As they say, it’s not over till the fat lady sings, and said lady is currently busy burying a hero. Do note however, that she has time only till midnight tonight to send in her performance.

In the mean time we have some more results, courtesy of the Competition Board.


1. Tomek
2. JWorth
3. Max

Wadi Hassan

1. Tomek
2. Cornelius
3. JWorth

1. dancing
2. homegrown
3. Benton


1. Max
2. Tomek
3. ToutEnCarton

As you can see only two events remain to be scored, Afhra-Deshala and Bury a Hero.

So what did the pevious three events do for the total score lists? Let’s have a look.

1. Tomek (151 points)
2. Max (120 points)
3. JWorth (91 points)

1. dancing (87 points)
2. Merepatra (75 points)
3. bllah (65 points)

Stay tuned to this channel for the final results.

Angel Jayhawk

Cleo CD size
July 21, 2000 8:56 AM EDT

While poking through the official Pharaoh forums, I came upon the following little tidbit posted by Itchy about the size of Cleo CDs:

Cleo is manufactured on an oversized CD (700 MB vs. the older 650 MB that was common for years). Very, very old CD-ROM drives may have problems reading the CD.

Update: Thanks to User Maat for reminding me that the Pharaoh CD is also over 650MB in size, so you shouldn’t have too many problems with Cleo if Pharaoh worked fine.

Angel Reckless Rodent

Final call for the Pharaolympics
July 21, 2000 8:43 AM EDT

At least this is your last warning for the Tunel, Foundation, Ahfra-Deshala and Wadi Hassan events, which are all due tonight, midnight (your time zone).

So, if you haven’t finished these, you’d better hurry!

The Bury a Hero event can still be submitted up to Sunday, July 23rd.

Angel Jayhawk

Review Cleo!
July 20, 2000 9:59 AM EDT

One of the Impressions chappies, Nixon, posted a message in our forums letting us all know that PC Game Review has got their Cleopatra page up and running, where you can post your own review of the Pharaoh x-pack.

Nobody’s taken it up yet, so you could be the first ;).

Angel Reckless Rodent

Well, slap me with a wet fish…
July 20, 2000 9:54 AM EDT

If this news update is a couple of days too late. Oh well, better late than never, eh ;)?

Week 4’s Pharaolympics event is now up and available for download. Here’s a little bit about it:

Pharaolympics are slowly coming to a close. Today we present you the last mission of these Games, Bury a Hero. Before we look at the mission closely, I would like to inform you, that we are opening another thread soon, called quite selfexplanatory “Resolving ties in overall ranking”. Also, let me remind you that the submission deadline for this one mission has been extended over the weekend – please send it in before Sunday midnight 23rd July. The other missions are still due on Friday 21st July, as announced.

The official CBM thread for Bury a Hero can be found here. Don’t forget that tomorrow is the deadline for all other Pharaolympics missions ;).

Angel Reckless Rodent

More Pharaolympics news
July 17, 2000 8:47 AM EDT

Here’s a first, I’m at a loss for words…

I just browsed over to the results of the Hammanat event and Erik Hjortsberg managed to fit a massive 20,308 people into the rounds of a single watercarrier.
Truly impressive.

Akhen finished first in the Novice class with 9,289 people.

This mission’s results show a series of minimaps displaying the layout used by the winners and it seems a windmill layout is most effective for this kind of challenge.
For a discussion of the event look here.

Naturally, the scorboards have been updated, for ExpertTomek, Max and Plebus are at the top of the leaderboard. For the Novice class the players are a lot closer, Merepatra, dancing and bllah are followed by Akhen, only 10 points removed from the leader.

And remember, there are still five more events to be scored.

Angel Jayhawk

Pharaolympics Update
July 14, 2000 8:14 AM EDT

Well, the last leg of the Pharaolympics started early this morning with the release of the Week 4 events. Or should I say, event, as there is only one event scheduled for this week.
Bury a hero is speed contest where you will have to build a pyramid and dispatch the gravegoods in the shortest time possible. Beware though, there’s more to this mission than meets they eye.

Tonight, midnight, is the dead-line for your submissions in the Hammanat event, so be sure to check your submission thoroughly before uploading it.

All other events, with the exception of Bury a hero are due next week.

A quick look at the scoreboard tells me Tomek, Max and JWorth are leading the Expert class, whilst Merepatra, dancing and Pounce the Unfortunate lead the Novice class.
Still, there’s many a point yet to be earned.

Angel Jayhawk

Cleopatra Out!
July 13, 2000 4:43 AM EDT

Thanks to Itchy for letting us know that Cleopatra has hit some stores in the US.

As I mention in that thread, I won’t have any time over the next month to do any walkthroughs for Cleo (packing and getting things ready for going on holiday, during which I’ll have no Net access) so, if any of you out there are just playing through Cleo and feel like writing some walkthroughs for the missions you’ve completed, then feel free to do so :). Please send any such walkthroughs to Angel Jayhawk during my absence (July 29th – August 16th).

Angel Reckless Rodent

Bits and pieces…
July 12, 2000 8:02 AM EDT

While the Pharaolympics seem to have takenover most of our lives, there are still a few people wandering around in the Senet house.
So what are they doing there?

Well, one of the subjects of the moment seems to be books, especially those concerning the adventures of Harry Potter. Several threads have sprung up abou this particular topic, here’s one.

Another topic is music, and I have to admit it’s easier listening to music while playing Pharaoh, than it is to read a book.

The Game Help forum is once again mesmerised by housing blocks.

Angel Jayhawk

Revenge and PE Results are in!
July 9, 2000 6:29 PM EDT

The results for the Revenge and Palatial Estates Pharaolympics events are in…

For Revenge, it’s congratulations to Andreas Hauffe, Erik Hjortsberg, Max and Tomek (joint winners in the Expert category), and also to bllah (winner of the novice category).

The winners of Palatial Estates are as follows:

Expert – Brugle
Novice – dancing
Congratulations to all winners! To see the full results list, click the links above.

Angel Reckless Rodent

Games Domain Cleo Preview
July 8, 2000 8:43 AM EDT

Games Domain has posted a preview of Cleopatra, which will hit stores in the US next week. Here’s a little snippet:

If you enjoy city building and/or God games, and don’t already own Pharaoh then I recommend you give it a try. As for the expansion, if it delivers the things it promises it will enhance an already impressive game still further. I’ll be buying it as a matter of course, as I’m sure many other fans will.

Angel Reckless Rodent

Tunel event update
July 7, 2000 5:12 AM EDT

For those of you that are competing in the Tunel event of the Pharaolympics, here’s a message courtesy of the Competition Board.

ATTENTION! Completion Criteria has been changed. Required Kingdom rating is only 60, and you can submit until July 21.

These change are made because some unplanned for flood failures were experienced, that made the event harder than it was intended to be.

To read more about this, please check this link

Angel Jayhawk

Pharaolympics – Week 3
July 7, 2000 4:23 AM EDT

The Pharaolympics Competition Committee has started week 3 of the competition:

Wadi Hassan is an Open event for both Novices and Experts. Be sure to download the correct map, they are just a bit different. So far, no one has gotten the wrong map, and I want to thank all of you on being so careful with naming your files. It has made the evaluation process go much smoother…. we are doing our best to keep up with the entries. Wadi Hassan is a 2-week event and will be due July 21.

You can read more right here. Oh, and don’t forget that Revenge and Palatial Estates are due today, by midnight in your time zone ;).

Angel Reckless Rodent

Cleopatra out on July 14th
July 6, 2000 8:07 AM EDT

Here’s something I spotted over on GA-Strategy:

Impressions Games and Sierra Studios today announced that development of Pharaoh Official Expansion: Cleopatra has been completed and that the game is due to ship to stores in the U.S. on July 14th. The Cleopatra expansion includes four new campaigns for their strategic city-building game Pharaoh, and allows gamers to experience the final years of ancient Egyptian history through 15 totally new scenarios. It is being developed for Impressions Games by Maryland-based Breakaway Games, who most recently developed Sid Meier’s Antietam!

Angel Reckless Rodent

July 3, 2000 5:33 PM EDT

I erroneously states yesterday that Tunel is due for the end of this week. As the Competition Board and one or more players were kind enough to remind me…it’s not.

The Palatial Estates event is the Week 2 event due for this week.

Sorry for the inconveniences…

Angel Jayhawk

First results!
July 2, 2000 4:16 PM EDT

The results for the first Pharaolympic event: Drunkard’s Dilemma are in!

On Expert level
1 Tomek Feb
2 Plebus Jun
3 Jworth
On Novice level
1 Merepatra May 5
2 homegrown Apr 6
3 Gill Britannica May 6

Congratulations to the winners!

There’s some discussion on this mission, undoubtably filled with useful infromation, here.

The next events that are due are Tunel and Revenge.
So what are you still doing here?

Angel Jayhawk