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MHLoppy MHLoppy 14 December 2021

Unit turret rotation / attack angle

I'm putting this up here for easier reference for others, rather than needing to dig into game files each time - but I don't want to create a formal page for this yet.

These values are found in unit_graphics.xml and dictate how off-axis a unit can fire (for example, can a Horse Archer fire behind itself).

(note that the GREYHOUND entry is a CBP bugfix for the American-only Armored Car, and is not found in the unmodded game files)

For land units that use a single node for their attacks, the value is fairly straightforward to interpret. A unit that can attack a maximum of 180 degrees left and right of itself is able to attack directly behind itself (e.g. Mahouts), and values of less than 180 mean a unit is only able to fire off-axis left or ri…

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MHLoppy MHLoppy 24 November 2020

The mystery of minimum Sabotage damage

rules.xml implies the following:

  • Commandos have a minimum Sabotage damage of 200.
  • Special Forces have a minimum Sabotage damage of 400.
  • Elite Special Forces have a minimum Sabotage damage of 800.

But this is apparently not the case, in both RoN:EE 1.20 and T&P 2905 (I tested multiple possible event sequences on both game versions e.g. manually aging up, manually upgrading the units, manually building them, , just using cheats for those, using different nations etc). I unfortunately can't get vanilla to run on my system but am really curious if the values work there.

^ This is what the code is, and given that these units do have a minimum Sabotage damage of 200 I can't imagine that the damage value would be referring to anything else. The main two…

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MHLoppy MHLoppy 30 September 2020

In RoN:EE, objects masks for units don't function in balance.xml

Usually I'd put this on my site but the level of quality I'm willing to write at isn't quite up that bar, plus I get magic internet points for making a blog here so yay?

But yes, I've discovered that in EE, object masks for units don't work in balance.xml. This appears to ultimately be the cause of a number of oddities that were previously difficult to explain:

  • Elephants take almost no damage from light infantry / archers in EE
  • The amount of shots required to kill citizens with horse archers was increased in EE
  • Sea-based anti-air (e.g. cruisers) are not very good against planes in EE

UPDATE 1: I've put some examples of the differences into a not-that-high-quality video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaQvTjTJ8PE

UPDATE 2: And put together a spr…

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Safiye Choson Safiye Choson 29 February 2020

Alternative Leaders' List

  • 1 Preface
  • 2 Americans
  • 3 Aztecs
  • 4 Bantu
  • 5 Britsh
  • 6 Chinese
  • 7 Dutch
  • 8 Egyptians
  • 9 French
  • 10 Germans
  • 11 Greeks
  • 12 Inca
  • 13 Indians
  • 14 Iroquois
  • 15 Japanese
  • 16 Koreans
  • 17 Lakota
  • 18 Maya
  • 19 Mongols
  • 20 Nubians
  • 21 Persians
  • 22 Romans
  • 23 Russians
  • 24 Spanish
  • 25 Turks

Whenever you play "Conquer the World (The Entire World)" campaign or "Quick Battle" mode, you can see some "leader"s name. It represents AI and used to distinguish one with another.

But let's face it. Leaders' name list in official game s*cks. Many nations, such as Chinese, French, Germans, Greek, Turks, have only 2~3 leaders, while some leaders of Iroquois and Maya are fictional. Aztec emperor Ahuitzotl appears twice in the list, and Persian leader Zarathustra wasn't a king or emperor, but a religious leader, and so on.

So on this post, I…

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Safiye choson Safiye choson 20 February 2020

Byzantines (by Safiye Choson)

  • 1 Preface
  • 2 Power of Heritage
  • 3 Unique units
  • 4 Leaders
  • 5 Cities
  • 6 Strategy
  • 7 Other change points
    • 7.1 Leaders
    • 7.2 Cities

I know that the Byzantine Empire even wasn't a successor state of the Roman Empire, but the Empire itself. But maybe it's because I played Civilization 3 and 4(which separated Byzantine from Rome) when I began to take a serious interest in history, I've always felt these two empires are little different countries.

And in this game, I found they didn't separate Byzantines from Romans. "Constantinople" appeared in Romans' city list, and Constantine, Justinian, and Theodora appeared among the Romans' leader list. But still, I wanted to make Byzantine even if I should touch some cities and leaders' list, and here it is. I just hope it's worth i…

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Yonatan.abr Yonatan.abr 19 February 2020

hey everyone

I am a huge fan of this game for 10 years, and it's the first time im joining this website. do people play multiplayer? if so, i would like for some help to join a server.

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Safiye Choson Safiye Choson 26 January 2020

I have a question about "Fanon".

Hi. I'm one of many fans of this game, and got some ideas about new "Fanon" nations. I already read "Fanon Policy" article, but I have a question about this, and couldn't find any places for question except user blog.

The question is: Can I write something I can not make? I mean, although I have some ideas, but can't make these real because I have zero skill about modding thing.

Thank you for reading this, and sorry for poor English. I'm a citizen of a nation which have a Power of Tradition, not Empire or Innovation. :)

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Eusebio Ptolomeu Eusebio Ptolomeu 6 July 2019

Could this CTW idea work?

So, I'm pretty new to all this coding and scripting stuff, but I'm playing around with the codes of RoN, trying to implement a Conquer the World campaign with new mechanics, inspired by the work of DonTheDime. The idea would be to add some simple mechanics for the world map, like you being asked to spend tribute in your provinces to appease them (otherwise they should revolt), and other concepts. I'm right now looking for 2 things that I don't know if it is possible with the codes the game provide:

-1st, could it be possible to make the age transition being particular for each player? Right now, the world evolves trough the ages as a whole: after a set number of turns, every nation in the world evolves from the ancient age to the classical …

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Psychomaniac14 Psychomaniac14 7 April 2019

Population Limit Removal Glitch

I have no idea how this happened and it was a really long time ago but this is basically what the glitch does, how to do it and what I did with it

What the glitch does:

You know that population limit thing? Yeah the glitch basically sets that to infinity without actually telling you that it's infinity

How to do it:

I don't know. It just happened. But I do know I was playing as the Bantu

What I did with it:

Attack my older brother with 1200 attack helicopters

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GTSxS GTSxS 14 June 2018


The Arabians are one of the many fanon nations. They have the Power of the Revolt

  • 1 The Power of the Revolt
  • 2 Unique units
    • 2.1 Dhow
    • 2.2 Desert Raider
    • 2.3 Elite Desert Raider
    • 2.4 Fedayeen
  • 3 Leaders
  • 4 Cities

  • Gain +2 Wealth for every alive fishing boats, and merchant ships get addition armour.
  • +4 line of sight for civilian units, +2 line of sight for military units and +3 for generals and spies.
  • All units deal +3 damage in enemy territory, and +2 in own territory.
  • Lost cities take 100% longer time to be assimilated by the enemy.
  • +50% Oil gather rate, and commerce limit for oil increased by 100%.

Arabian unique armed fishing boat. Available from Classical Age till the Enlightenment Age. Capable of engaging rival ships and catching more fishes. Armour and weapons pro…

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Drafsh-e Akhtar Drafsh-e Akhtar 29 August 2017

Crossbows OP

Hi, today I tested something I've always suspected: Crossbowmen fire like the devil! Their rapid projectiles ravage English, Korean and Nubian archers, as well as Heavy Archers and everything else in between. Only Gunpowder Age unique archers beat them with their stat boost. Anyone interested in checking this is welcome to do so, if just for curiosity or for double-checking what I've already added in the appropriate section.

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Drafsh-e Akhtar Drafsh-e Akhtar 29 July 2017

New Front Page Poll Ideas

Hi, this page serves as a repository for your ideas on what should be the topic for the next poll. Only ideas presented in this page will be considered for upcoming polls. Unless nobody offers a suggestion and then forces myself to think of one (don't make me do this). You are more than welcome to offer present your ideas at will, no matter how many or how little, no matter how new you are, no matter if you are registered or not. Also, If your idea is chosen, I'll let you know before picking it. Really looking forward to see what the community has to communicate!

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Beelim Beelim 6 May 2017

How to mod a unit for Rise of Nations/common issues and possible solutions

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Drafsh-e Akhtar Drafsh-e Akhtar 12 April 2017

Edit Priorities

Hello everyone! I just wanted to share what is my order to edit the wiki. Obviously there's a lot of files and articles missing, and the matter is not of what to add, but when to add it. Just until recently, I finished adding all the articles belonging to the Ancient Age category. There's still information missing in that category, but I believe is more important to have an article to actually exist, and then to improve it over time. So now I intend to move to the next age, and so on and so forth. After all these articles for units and buildings, which are the most basic information we need to have here, have been created, then we can move on to refine the actual content on the articles. After that is done, then we can look forward to get …

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Drafsh-e Akhtar Drafsh-e Akhtar 30 March 2017

A Change In Leadership

Hello everyone! Today I have adopted the wiki, and after many months without active administrators, I am hoping to improve on the many things this wiki has been lacking of for quite a long time. I am open to suggestions, feel free to comment here on any ideas you might have to make the wiki better, more complete, and user-friendly. Thank you folks for your attention and your help. Drafsh-e Akhtar (talk) 05:48, March 30, 2017 (UTC)

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VelvetClaw VelvetClaw 10 August 2016

Bronze Age mod stuff

On second thought, we sould just scrap this. We are strapped for cash, it's better producing a new game FROM SCRASTCH.

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Atlantis536 Atlantis536 24 December 2015


The Filipinos are one of the fictional nations in Rise of Nations. They have the Power of AlDub

  • 1 Nation Powers
  • 2 Unique Units
    • 2.1 Datu
    • 2.2 Balanghay
    • 2.3 Elite Datu
    • 2.4 Enlightened Datu

  • Caravan generates 470% more gold
  • Population increases faster

The Filipino's unique Heavy Infantry units have +30 more health compared to standard units they replace. Filipinos also have a unique Heavy Ship in Ancient age.

In Information age, the Filipinos also get unique Gunpowder Infantry.

Filipino unique Heavy Infantry , - Ancient Age - powerful, fast, melee unit.

Filipino unique Heavy Ship, - Ancient Age - powerful, fast naval unit.

Filipino unique Heavy Infantry, - Classical Age - powerful, fast, melee unit.

Filipino unique Heavy Infantry

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Nicoliver Nicoliver 1 December 2015

Conquer The World- 1984

  • 1
    • 1.1 Conquer The World Campaign- 1985
  • 2 Nations
    • 2.1 The Oceanians- Oceania have the Power of Victoria.
    • 2.2 The Eurasians- Eurasia has the Power of Rodina.
    • 2.3 The Eastasians- Eastasia has the Power of Martyrdom.

As Oceania, Eastasia or Lestasia, try to unify the world under your nation.

-Cheaper and stronger ships and airplanes.

-American and British unique units.

-Big Brother Diplomat.

-Atrittion damage to enemies.

-Russian and German unique units.

-The Comrade Diplomat.

-Cheaper and more efficient citizens.

-Chinese and other Asian unique units.

-The Great Scholar diplomat.

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Brudisel Brudisel 15 June 2015

Fanon Writers--You're doing great! Now refine it!

  • 1 To Rise fans and ambitious modders:
    • 1.1 Calling All Great Minds!
    • 1.2 The Questions
    • 1.3 Turn it into a Wiki Page
    • 1.4 Other tips
    • 1.5 Post and Boast

Now that Rise of Nations has been on Steam for over a year, beautifully HD remastered, we have an open door for new civilizations and abilities. This especially caters to the history enthusiasts.

I've seen some great fanon nations put on this wiki. Brilliant ideas like Brazilians . I spent my time today writing up a playable version of the Vikings as more than a barbarian civilization, but an expansionistic and competitive world power. It took months of gathering information, keeping them in a journal on my computer, and balancing the Vikings to not be too powerful (by having weaknesses to counteract strength…

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Brudisel Brudisel 15 June 2015

Vikings (by Brudisel)

The Vikings are a fan-fiction (fanon or fanfic) nation in Rise of Nations. They have the Power of the Open Seas, based on how the Vikings excelled at shipmaking and land discovery 500 years before Columbus.

  • 1 Nation powers
  • 2 Unique Units
    • 2.1 Berserker
    • 2.2 Viking Wooden Longship
    • 2.3 Norse Cavalry
    • 2.4 Krag
    • 2.5 Stridsvagen L-120
    • 2.6 Trondheim
  • 3 Leaders
  • 4 Cities
  • 5 Trivia
    • 5.1 Rise of Kings: Chronicles
    • 5.2 Rise of the Moderns and Age of Conquest
    • 5.3 Rise of Napoleon

  • All water on map explored and visible from the start of the game.
  • Fishermen created instantly, gather 50% more Food and Wealth .
  • Dock units heal at sea if not moving or being attacked (Military Research 4 required). When a Merchant gathers Citrus, healing time increased 100%
  • Docks are 25% harder to destroy, receive …

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Beelim Beelim 19 May 2015

How to mod a unit for Rise of Nations/The unit graphics file

By now you should have managed to understand:

  • anim_graphics governs the animation of the unit,
  • unit_graphics governs the appearance of the unit and also determines what animations listed under anim_graphics to use.

In this section we will now begin working with the appearance of the unit. You must be thinking, "freaking finally!" However we still have a long, long way to go before we can finish up the task of introducing a Panzerfaust to RoN.

With anim_graphics.xml now cleared out of the way, it is now time to introduce the unit_graphics.xml file. As mentioned before, unit_graphics.xml determines the appearance of the unit, as well as the animations associated with it.

To create a new unit, we need to create a new entry under the tag. This is…

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Vanshilar Vanshilar 13 May 2015

Dutch unique light ships attack rate problem/bug

I've been going through each nation and posting about their nation powers and unique unit bonuses, but I've run into a bit of a problem with the Dutch unique light ships.

The Dutch unique light ships are the Brig, Fluyt, and Clipper, which replace the Caravel, Corvette, and Sloop respectively, during the Medieval to Enlightenment Ages. From unitrules.xml, the units are identical except that the Dutch unique ships have flag y (which marks them as unique units), have +1 attack damage, +5 HP, +1 moves, and +1 armor. Nothing too particularly out of the ordinary.

However, in actual testing, Dutch ships are completely terrible. Put 3 Caravels up against a Carrack and the Caravels will win, but put 4 Brigs up against a Carrack and the Carrack will …

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Vanshilar Vanshilar 8 May 2015

Rise of Nations unit pathing issues

I don't know why unit pathing is so difficult in a lot of RTS games. In Rise of Nations, it appears to be particularly bad.

Oftentimes, even when there's nothing in the way, units seem to take circuitous routes to their destination. If I tell a unit to move directly to the left, for example, it will veer up a bit, then back down, or down, then back up, even though there are no obstacles in the way. Why is it so difficult to get units to move in a straight line? Is it really that difficult to have a unit's (x,y) position change in the direction of the vector from the unit's current location to the unit's desired location? I can understand if there are obstacles in the way, but this is on wide open plains. For me, this makes it *very* difficu…

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TheNeXusCore TheNeXusCore 3 June 2014

Rise of Nations is on Steam Today!

At last, over 10 years ago when it was first released, Rise of Nations is on Steam! There is also a discount so it's best to take advantage of it while you still can!

Article Link

Store Link

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Beelim Beelim 14 May 2014

How to mod a unit for Rise of Nations/The anim graphics file

By now you should have managed to understand that:

  • .bha, .bh3 and .tga files are required to make a single unit sprite.
  • unit_graphics governs the appearance of the unit,
  • anim_graphics governs the animation of the unit,
  • unitrules governs the unit stats,
  • balance.xml and craftrules.xml govern the abilities of the unit,
  • typenames.xml and help.xml allow you to write player information about the unit.

In this section we will talk about anilmation. Without proper animation, the unit will not move normally and will appear to be floating around when it should be walking.

Putting the files into the ./art folder here however isn't enough since Rise of Nations won't recognise them. To do this, you need to edit/create a new version of anim_graphics.xml and ins…

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Beelim Beelim 7 April 2014

How to mod a unit for Rise of Nations

Are you itching to insert teddy bears and crazy death robots into your game? or are you just peeved that BHG left a whole load of inconsistencies and ahistorical bull in your game? well then, this guide is meant for you!

Modding a unit in Rise of Nations looks more difficult than it really seems. To be honest, the only issue involved may be in creating the renders and the tedium in the coding required, but overall it is actually a very fast process, and sometimes rewarding as well.

This guide tries to go step by step in designing a model from scratch, from the creating of the graphics required for a new unit all the way to getting it to work in the game. We will first explain how graphics are created, and then go on to inserting the model in…

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DForce Coa DForce Coa 17 March 2014

A Great new Ddit

I recently joined this wiki becouse i just instaled my favorite game Rise of Nations !!! :-)

as soon as i joined the viki i uploaded a Jaguar Assault Infantry information page

link : http://riseofnations.wikia.com/wiki/Jaguar_Assault_Infantry

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Beelim Beelim 14 March 2014

Library page

REskins mod:

  • Koreans: Scorpion, Hwacha
  • French: Brihentin, Scara
  • Spanish: Royal Scutari is replaced with Feudal Retinue.
  • Germans: replace first 3 units with Nakwadaz, Speutagardaz, and Ritterbruder.
  • Inca: replace the [6] Mortar with a Trench Mortar
  • Mongols: replace all units beyond Nomads with Mangudai, Khorchin and Noyan.
  • British longbow is replaced with Helwyr.
  • Iran: Tofangchis replace the Arquebus Immortal, Daylamiyan replace the Athanatoi, Sparabara replace the Immortal.
  • Egypt: replace the chariot with Machimos Hippikontistai
  • Romans: replace the last 2 units with Billmen and Halberdiers (based off Vatican city guard).
  • Greeks: replace H Stratiotai with Uhlan and Companions with Thesalikoi
  • Bantu: Beaufighter heavy fighter, Atlas Cheetah

Artistic differen…

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Beelim Beelim 18 December 2013

Tech quotes


  1. Ancient: "As old as Methuselah."
  2. Classic: "He could boast that he inherited it brick and left it marble." -Suetonius
  3. Medieval: He made safe his castle that was upon a high hill, and he gathered in his flocks. — Ferdowsi, Shahnameh
  4. Gunpowder:
    "Valour has been lost whence guns were invented;
    The curved blade in its holster shall rust."

— traditional Turkish ballad

  1. Enlightenment: "He who perceives, has knowledge thereby ." -Anselm of Cantebury, 12th century bishop
  2. Industrial: "A man ain't nothin' but a man, / And before I'll let your steam drill beat me down, / I'll die with the hammer in my hand." —Anonymous: The Ballad of John Henry, the Steel-Drivin' Man
  3. Modern: He abhorred plastics, Picasso, sunbathing and jazz — everything in fact that had happened in …

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DerUgion DerUgion 30 April 2013

Steam Support?

Recently the game showed up in steam files, is anyone else as excited as me? I really hope they use Steam for multiplayer insted of GameSpy.

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Howiter1 Howiter1 3 July 2012


Current Age: Classical Age

I leave it to you guys, to help me suggest who should I destroy next? Should I march the Romans to continue their campaign against the Celts and their islands, defend against Germania who is going to attack at any time or ally with a few other powers to strengthen the borders?

Your choice.

~Sereniama~ | Page ▪ Talk ▪ Wiki Contributions | 02:29, July 3, 2012 (UTC)

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YarinYY46 YarinYY46 1 May 2012


Israeli are one of fanon nations. They have the Power of the Intelligency.

  • 1 Nation powers
  • 2 Unique units
    • 2.1 Judah Slingers
    • 2.2 Falange
    • 2.3 Jewishman
    • 2.4 Fokker Fighter
  • 3 Cities
  • 4 Leader

- 20% less cost in knowledge costs.

-Temple gives +1 border size,+5% city health points and +2 defence per religion research. 

-Second city also counts as a capital. You have to capture both for activating the capital control clock as it is with the Persians.

-In the modern age and after,+2 attack and +1 defense for all units per age after the industrial age.

Israeli have an unique units start from Ancient Age until Classical Age. They don't have unique things from Medieval until Enlightenment Age.

Israeli Unique Light Infantry, Ancient Age - fast, cheap, and short-ranged. Quicker …

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Guinsoo Guinsoo 12 April 2012

Requesting admin rights

Hi everybody! Having just realized that this wiki's current admin Dukester101 hasn't been around here for over half a year now and we were left with no idea when (or if) he's going to come back, I decided to request admin rights for this wiki. If there are any objections to this, please post them here. // Guinsoo 14:30, April 12, 2012 (UTC)

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SpecialJohnson SpecialJohnson 11 April 2012

Answers to Questions from this Wiki

Hello, lads!

As ya know, I like helping people. So, if ya have any questions for this Wiki, ask me now!

I will answer all Questions if they are grammarly correct and if I can understand question.


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Ran115 Ran115 28 January 2012

Testing, testing...

This is just to test my blog...testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.

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Ran115 Ran115 8 December 2011



The Mareans are a new nation formed from the Pacific Islands. The Mareans have the power of Ocean.

Pearl Diver-Unique Citizen: Can travel in water, is always cloaked underwater. Extra health and attack.

Spear Fisher-Unique Heavy Infantry: Can travel in water, is always cloaked underwater. Extra attack and speed.

Canoe Warriors-Unique Light Ship: Can hold up to 4 units. Faster and longer range than other ships. Comes with 4 Heavy Spear Fishers.

Heavy Spear Fisher-Unique Heavy Infantry: Can travel in water, is always cloaked underwater. Extra attack and speed.

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Howiter1 Howiter1 19 November 2011

Mechanical Age

Rise of Nations Wiki:Fanon policy

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Dukester101 Dukester101 15 April 2010

Testing the Blogging functionality

This is just a post to make sure the blogging on RoN Wiki works and is usable by all... once we get a booming community here.

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Dukester101 Dukester101 13 October 2009

Atlantean Multi-Community

Rise of Nations Wiki:Fanon policy

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