10 November 2016
We are proud to announce the release of Project Penelope version 1.2! A few community member worked together the past few weeks and took Project Penelope to another level. Most noticeable change is releasing Project Penelope based on the final version of Age of Empires Online. Also we feel we made Project Penelope more user friendly; Easy installation, multi language support, file browser to start quests and much more! We haven't even figured out all of the possibilities that using this final version of Age of Empires Online might offer. So don't expect this release to be the last of Project Penelope untill another project finishes with a true online version.
[b][size=5]What is Project Penelope[/size][/b]
Project Penelope is the offline version of Age of Empires Online. The project was founded by a community member who released a version of Age of Empires Online from it's beta days which had a scenario editor built in. This editor allowed you to place units, make maps, and gave you a way to play the Age of Empires Online. Now Project Penelope supports the final version of Age of Empires Online and some of it's features. All six civilizations can be played with the right technologies, units can be customized with vanity gear and even some original quests can be played. All this still in offline mode only.
[b][size=5]What's new in Project Penelope version 1.2[/size][/b]
Project Penelope is mainly a release to move away from the beta build and move towards the final version of Age of Empires Online. The use of this version gives players the following advantages at this point:
Project Penelope 1.1 had some gameplay issues, mainly for Celt civilization. Goldmines didn't work, Woadraider couldn't do his powerfull charge attack and so on. Project Penelope 1.2 corrects these kinds of issues. Now your Babylonian Lancers will attack with real power! [/li]
No need to find your way through the editor anymore! We have added a simple file browser for you to just select the scenario you want to play! Just click and play! Also we have enabled multi language support which was highly requested by our French community. A tutorial on how to set this up already has been posted. [/li]
Thanks to Aizamk we could include lots of emulations in our build. Now, if the scenario designer has set it up, you can use advisors and also notice your actuall civilization shield and custom city level. [/li]
Many more small features are enabled by using the final version Age of Empires Online! Just play and see! [/li]
[b][size=5]Where to download[/size][/b]
In our [url=http://aoeo4ever.net/downloads/category/23-game-files.html]download section[/url] you can find the torrent file which allows you to download Project Penelope version 1.2. You need to be a registered community member to access this.
A torrent file is a computer file that contains metadata about files and folders to be distributed within the BitTorrent file distribution system. This means you require a BitTorrent client to actually download the game files of Project Penelope. For example you can use this free [url=http://www.bittorrent.com/downloads/win]Bittorrent client[/url]. A video tutorial on how to install this client can be found [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25HqQdH-pLk]here[/url].
When you finish downloading, please keep seeding the torrent so other community members can also enjoy Project Penelope as soon as possible.
Some stuff to keep in mind related to Project Penelope version 1.2:
[li]Project Penelope is the offline version of Age of Empires Online. This isn't different in Penelope version 1.2. So you won't have for example the MMO part of Age of Empires Online[/li]
[li]Scenario builders who have build scenarios for earlier version of Project Penelope should update their scenario. A tutorial on how to do this will be posted shortly[/li]
[li]In the default distribution package the scenario editor isn't included as it isn't required to play scenario's anymore. Community members who have developed a scenario untill know will be informed on where to get the editor. Other community members can earn access to the editor download by contributing on AOEO4EVER.net. More information on this will follow shortly [/li]
Tutorial: [url=http://aoeo4ever.net/forums/tutorials-2/468-penelope-version-1-2-how-to-install-after-download.html]Penelope version 1.2: How to install after download[/url]
Tutorial: [url=http://aoeo4ever.net/forums/tutorials-2/470-penelope-version-1-2-how-to-play-after-installation.html]Penelope version 1.2: How to play after installation[/url]
Tutorial: [url=http://aoeo4ever.net/forums/tutorials-2/465-penelope-version-1-2-changing-language.html]Penelope version 1.2: Changing language [/url]
FAQ: [url=http://aoeo4ever.net/forums/q-a-2/471-penelope-version-1-2-frequently-asked-questions.html]Frequently asked questions[/url]
[b][size=5]How to contribute[/size][/b]
You can contribute to our community the following ways:
[li]The BitTorrent file distribution system depends on people who share files. So after download keep seeding the torrent so other community members can play Project Penelope version 1.2 as soon as possible[/li]
[li]We badly need a promotional video for Project Penelope version 1.2. If you have the skills to make a good video, please let us know! I'm a fan of [url=https://youtu.be/ynXK6WydL70]this video[/url][/li]
[li]Our file distribution now depends on the BitTorrent network. If someone has a fileserver at his disposal, please let us know! [/li]
[li]More suggestions you can find at [url=http://aoeo4ever.net/how-to-help.html]http://aoeo4ever.net/how-to-help.html[/url][/li]
[b][size=5]Request support or report issues / bug[/size][/b]
You can request support on installation or running Project Penelope version 1.2 in this forum: [url=http://aoeo4ever.net/forums/q-a-2.html]http://aoeo4ever.net/forums/q-a-2.html[/url]. Please be discriptive about your request or issue. Consider adding screenshots!
[b][size=5]Thanks goes to[/size][/b]
We want to thank the following member for their contributions so far in Project Penelope:
(If I missed someone, let me know!)