M&M: Heroes VI - Fan Manual
I haven't come across this before but a diligent team of Might & Magic: Heroes VI fans has put together a fan manual for the game. Apparently they've done this before for the King's Bounty games. I haven't downloaded it myself but at 268 pages, it sounds rather comprehensive. Details and links here on the Ubisoft forums.
Yeah they did a very good job with this. The official pdf manual is downright shameful by comparison. Though to be fair the official manual is downright shameful on its own right.
I'm not talking about the move away from the nice printed manuals that make us feel all nostalgic. I'm talking about a manual for a Heroes game that is a total of 23 4.5x7.19 inch pages; the fanmade one is 268 pages formatted for 8.5x11" paper paper with a similar font size. If you don't include the filler pages (cover, additional copy of warranty information, insert reminding you how great it is to register your game, and the back cover which is an advertisement for Uplay) the official manual only contains around 17 pages of information on the game The funny thing is that slightly over 2 of those are the table of contents. Why does what then is only 15 pages of information on the game need 2 pages to tell you the contents? Because its a glossary with a couple screenshots in it.
For example, here is their helpful entry on movement speed and terrain:
The official manual does not even list the factions let alone tell you anything about them - though it does tell you indirectly that there is something called a faction and that it gets unique buildings, abilities, and units and can affect (in some vague way) access to one of seven schools of magic; these too it does not bother even listing by name. The entirety of its description of of "magic abilities" and "spells" are as follows:
I'm convinced they really did just copy and paste the game mechanics glossary section from the back of their design document, added a pixelated cover graphic and copy of the warranty statement, and renamed it "Manual.pdf."
Glad these guys made a real manual for the game though. But seriously, if you own the game check out the official manual in your install directory. It's barely an outline o
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