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Lady Arcola
Co-Seraph (Webmaster), Guardian of the Gallery and Content Writer, Inn Moderator

My journey into the world of gaming started in 2001 with a trip to the library, where we were trying out different programs that you could check out for 30 days. Always having a love of castles I checked out a game called Stronghold. As soon as I found the map making editor I was hooked and spent hours playing. But soon the game had to be returned. I was so obsessed by then that I frantically went on a search for a copy of the game. My husband looked on E bay, found the game, bid on it and to our surprise the seller was from the city we lived in. And to my delight we won the bid. So on a sunny summer afternoon I received my very own Stronghold game.

Soon I found I needed to know more than was in the manual and went on the internet and, by chance, found this wonderful site called Stronghold Heaven. The first question I had, I emailed to the head guy. (I had not found the forums yet). To my surprise I got an email answering my question from Jayhawk. Impressed by the nice reply to my question I became a member of Stronghold Heaven.

As time passed I began to participate and I have been having a wonderful time. I was honored when I was allowed to help write one of the stories that are written on our forums (Crusade of the Heart). I ventured out on a quest with Sulis (Eye Candy Albums) and I was asked that summer to help beta test a game (Space Colony). I have had the honor of meeting the most WONDERFUL people from all over the world, who have honored me by becoming my friends.

Heaven Games is a wonderful place, I give the staff that keep this site and the other Heavens running a fantastic well done! It is a honor to be part of the team. Thank You.

Sir Hugh
Content Writer, Forum Moderator

Since the age of five, I have enjoyed strategy and puzzle games. I learned board games fast and developed winning strategies. Discovering computer RTS games came in good timing, because I had a lack of eager opponents by my 13th birthday. The Stronghold series was an even better discovery for my childhood hero is King Arthur and his Round Table, and I have long delved into books of medieval legend, history, and castles.

I originally found Stronghold Heaven in late 2004 from searching for more about the Stronghold series after seeing an air traffic controller playing a castle game on a PC while on the job (he is still employed at the airport, too). He was nice enough to download the demos to a flash drive for me, while I went on a flight with my father. Soon Stronghold Crusader was purchased from the retailer, Wal-Mart. After installing and playing, I was on the hunt for custom maps which led me to Heaven Games again. I downloaded many excellent maps and eventually discovered the forums. I registered and started shyly lingering; only making a few posts, and, after the semester ended, I was more active. I learned a lot about the games through posting questions and exchanging ideas with fellow forumers. Soon, I was helping where I could.

Presently, I’m a university student with a major in Biochemistry and minors in Biology and Mathematics. I am pursuing a medical-related career. Perhaps one day, I will become a researching physician, a bio-medical engineer, or have a public health career.

Stronghold 1 & Crusader Downloads Manager, Reeve of Reviews, Map Room Moderator

SH2 Technical Issues Forum Moderator

Stronghold 2 Moderator and Content Writer

Duke of York
Content writer and Scenario forum moderator

I have enjoyed gaming all of my life. I first started gaming over 20 years ago playing board games with my friends. I enjoy playing such board games as Axis & Allies, King Maker, Civilization (THE ORIGINAL), Settlers of Catan and many more. Over the years, my collection of board games has grown well over 100. I even enjoy painting miniature soldiers, but board gaming has always been my first passion. As I got older and friends got married or moved away, that left me with a lot of games that I could not play by myself. I started PC Gaming back around 1990 while in the U.S. Marine Corps. One of my favorite games at that time was called “Castles”. It was a real time strategy game where you had to build a castle, gather resources, defend against attack and conquer your neighbor – does that sound familiar? It was a precursor to Lords of the Realm and now Stronghold. My favorite type of PC games has always been strategy or wargames. Some of my favorites include Ceaser III, Pharaoh, Age of Empires and ultimately Stronghold. Once I tried Stronghold, I was bitten by the bug and the only game I have purchased since it was released years ago has been it's sequel – Crusader.

I first visited Stronghold Heaven back around April 2002 (3 years ago!) and saw the downloads section. I started downloading other player's maps and playing them. I thought to myself, “there is no reason you can't do this as well!” I uploaded my first map in May of 2002 and have not looked back since. My favorite type of Stronghold maps are invasions and recreations of historic castles. After being around in the forums for a while, I received an invitation from Jayhawk to join the Stronghold Heaven staff as a moderator for the Scenario/Map Design Forums. I was very excited but concerned at the same time that I would not be able to provide the kind of support he expected as my wife had just given birth to our 2nd child. Now my son is almost 2 years old and here I am.

Other bits of information about me: I am married with two beautiful children, served 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, enjoy studying military history (especially the American War Between the States & WWII), active in my local church working in the Youth Department and singing in the choir, work as a senior recruiter in a healthcare staffing firm and look forward to playing Stronghold 2.

Content Writer, Forum Moderator

Content Writer, Forum Moderator

When I was taking the first steps in professional life 25 years ago, nobody in the advertising sector was able to foresee the dimensions of structural changes that computer technologies would produce. Yes, this worldwide process never ends it seems. I work as a graphic designer in an advertising agency and we have been using computers (mainly Macs) since 1990. Meanwhile, a gigantic new market of computer games has developed and, of course, I could not ignore this fact with regard to my passion for strategic games.

I started playing strategic games like chess as a 13 year old boy and I'm still playing them. My obsession for Stronghold began in 2002, when I bought one of those rare adapted Mac versions for my "new I Mac". After having finished all the military and economic campaigns, I started to deal with the features and tools in the editor creating my own maps; in search of inspiring ideas for a different map design, I discovered HeavenGames "via Google" and my enthusiasm for this site is unchanged. I still remember my first questions I posted on the HG forum: I promptly received a helpful answer by an experienced map maker and consequently in the course of time I was able to acquire additional tactical tricks and learn some useful editor tricks for a better map design. I also regularly downloaded different maps both of the original game and of Crusader, thus I began analyzing scenarios and writing reviews for all kinds of maps.

When Kester started to tackle the Crusader Skirmish Trail Walkthroughs, I offered her my assistance. Kester agreed and we arranged to share this interesting task. It's been lots of fun and now the walkthroughs are completed, thanks to "Sparrow" who took care of a few remaining missions at the end.

One day, I got an amazing e-mail from Jayhawk who asked me if I would be interested in joining the HG staff. I felt extremely honored and I accepted his offer, curious about the forthcoming challenges.

Finally, here is some personal data:
Born in Germany, I'm living in a small romantic village near the famous Bavarian castle "Harburg" in Southern Germany. I've got a tolerant wife, who always cares for me and our two lovely daughters. My hobbies: I love painting, gardening, riding bikes, reading historic books, walking through the forest, playing chess, computers, and of course Stronghold.

WL_D Arthus
Content Writer and Moderator of the Scenario and Crusader Forums

Former Stronghold Heaven Staff Members