Community Announcements - Yarlen
We've just posted a hotfix for Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes v1.8 today. This update fixes a typo in one of the XML files which was causing the game to crash.

Special thanks to Primal_Savage and BlackSmokeDMax for making us aware.
Community Announcements - IslandDog
The 'Battlegrounds' DLC includes 15 hand-crafted tactical maps that present new challenges and opportunities in combat. You may start out surrounding or encircled by your enemies, or need to defend or assault tight chokepoints. The visual variety in Legendary Heroes is better than ever with ruined Imperial highways, dark fortresses buried deep in desert sandstorms, and more.

More than 20 stamps for the map generator to use to create unique gameworlds for each playthrough are also included in the 'Battlegrounds' DLC.

Get the Battlegrounds DLC today for just $4.99 today: http://store.steampowered.com/app/333040/

Six new monsters are free with the 1.8 patch today, and the latest Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes DLC adds 15 new tactical maps and more to keep every playthrough as fresh as possible.

Legendary Heroes v1.8 adds adds six all-new monsters with unique abilities to the game, including the flame-wreathed Gilden Lion and the battle-frenzied Obsidian Legion. The patch will be applied to your game automatically next time you connect to Steam.

Read the Legendary Heroes v1.8 patch notes here: http://forums.elementalgame.com/459159

Thanks for your support, and happy conquering!
Community Announcements - Yarlen
Thanksgiving week is a good week for owners of Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes!

The sixth DLC pack for Legendary Heroes drops on November 25th. The 'Battlegrounds' DLC adds 15 tactical maps to fight on, from a ruined Imperial highway to a forgotten fortress deep in the desert sands. Random maps get a shot in the arm as well, with over 20 new stamps that add a ton of variety to the map generator.

The Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes 'Battlegrounds' DLC will be available on Tuesday, November 25 for just $4.99.

Happy conquering, and thanks again for your support!
Community Announcements - Yarlen
A pre-release version of next week’s Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes patch is now available.

Version 1.8 adds five new monsters to the game, as well as changing how monster armies are spawned, which together add a lot of variety to the neutral armies players face during a game.

To opt into the development snapshot, do the following:
  • Right-click Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes in your Steam library
  • Select “Properties”
  • Select the “Betas” tab
  • Choose “1.8 Beta” from the drop-down menu
  • Close the Properties window

Legendary Heroes v1.8 also makes some balance tweaks. Read the full change log here.
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Community Announcements - IslandDog
We’ve pushed a minor bugfix patch for Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes. As always, your Steam client should automatically update your game to the latest version.

Patch notes:
+ Fixed most frequent crash bugs
Community Announcements - Yarlen
Arguably the biggest patch since Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes’ release more than a year ago, version 1.7 improves CPU-controlled factions’ strategic acumen as well as introducing class-specific items for all five unique hero types, like Commander-only banners that boost the entire army’s capabilities.

Download the patch free simply by signing into your Steam client.

Among other things, patch 1.7 includes:
  • Class-specific items - Commanders lead better than ever with unique banners, mages command the elements with new staves, and more
  • Significant AI improvements - AI rivals now develop their empires more effectively, for example through upgrading their outposts
  • Balancing across the board - Unrest modifiers have been tweaked to make sprawling empires less overwhelmingly powerful, and many unit and item stats have changed
  • Revamped army-strength logic - The method used for calculating army strength has been completely reworked, making evaluating threats easier for human and AI players alike
  • Much more – see full patch notes here: http://forums.elementalgame.com/456046/

Happy conquering!
Community Announcements - Yarlen
Arguably the biggest patch to date for Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is now available for opt-in beta testing. Frogboy has made huge improvement to many areas of the AI, Commanders get new class-specific items, rival sovereigns are a lot chattier, and balance has gotten a hard look across the board.

Patch notes can be found here: http://forums.elementalgame.com/455808

LH 1.7, like all of Stardock's patches, will be free for everyone who has purchased the game.

To download the beta, do the following:
Log into your Steam client.
Right-click Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes and choose Properties.
Select the BETAS tab.
In the drop-down menu, choose "1.7 Beta".
Close the Properties window.

Steam should automatically download the update.

Note that saved games from previous patches will probably work with the 1.7 beta, but will be missing many of the balance changes. Start a new game to check out LH 1.7 the way it's meant to be played.

Please report any bugs or other issues you encounter to the LH Support forum so that we can make the 1.7 release the best it can be.

Thanks as always for your support, and happy conquering!
PC Gamer
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Sniper Elite studio Rebellion Developments filed a lawsuit against Ironclad Games in 2012 over Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, claiming that the title infringed on Rebellion's trademark. A judge dismissed the case more than a year ago, ruling that the title qualifies as "expressive speech" and is thus protected by the First Amendment, and if you're wondering why you didn't hear anything about it until now, it's because Ironclad opted to not to publicize the victory in an effort to "let bygones be bygones." But now Rebellion has launched new legal action against the game in Canada and the U.K., and that's prompted Ironclad to speak up.

In a blog post that went up last week, Ironclad Games Director Blair Fraser spoke in detail about the studio's First Amendment victory over Rebellion, explaining what led to the legal action, the nature of its defense and the potential impact of the decision on the gaming industry as a whole. What he didn't make clear is why the studio opted not to speak about the dismissal of the suit, which actually happened in May 2013, until now.

"We don't like to talk about the business side of things in public. The focus should be on the games themselves," Fraser told us. "We never brought up the cease and desist. We never talked about being served. We never commented when the story broke in the news. We never spoke when we won the case. We kept silent for over two years. However, last week we decided to break our silence."

Fraser said Ironclad decided to speak out now for two reasons: moral and strategic. "For years now there has been a growing sense in our company that trademark issues in the gaming industry were getting out of hand and that talking about our experience might help," he explained. "Our hope is that other developers will see this and be willing to explore, maintain and defend their freedom of expression without as much worry."

On the strategic side of the coin, he said that exposing this kind of behavior to the public can be a "powerful force" in its own right. "The gaming community is not simply content with buying the next cool widget regardless of who made it or how it was made," he continued. "Negative public response increases the cost of legal action to more than just legal fees - there is a public relations bill to pay on top. When we received confirmation last week that Rebellion Developments was taking this global we decided to direct attention to the facts and publicly available documents. We ll let the public decide how to interpret them."

Despite the decisive win in U.S. courts, differences in trademark law, precedents and various other factors means that a victory in Canada, the U.K. or anywhere else is far from a sure thing. Nonetheless, he has no interest in changing the name of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion in order to suit Rebellion's demands.

"I don t know why Star Wars: Rebellion was renamed to Star Wars: Supremacy in the U.K. but I ll quit my job before I ever let there be a Sins of a Solar Empire: Supremacy or any other bastardization," he said. "Everything in Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, including the gameplay, the lore, the cinematic, the logo, the factions, the research subjects, the capital ships, the Titans, and every single asset was designed to fit into the overarching theme of 'rebellion.' No other word in the English language comes even close."

But while he's not willing to give up the title, he is hopeful that something can be worked out. "The disappointing part is that if one of the Kingsley brothers had called us up on the phone from the start and discussed the matter in a polite and reasonable manner I think this would have turned out a lot different. As a means of introduction, having a third party send a letter containing threats, demands, and accusations can set things off on the wrong foot. I can see all the business hawks rolling their eyes at what they see as an overreaction to what I assume is par for the course, 'Lawyers will be lawyers and companies have to act aggressively to defend their trademarks or else risk losing them.' Well, that isn't how we do business," he said. "Surely, there is a better way to defend a trademark. Perhaps it s not too late to get back on the right foot."

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