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A 20-year Anniversary Brings “A Time of Gods and Generals”

This new Year of the Tiger marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom. Designer Gweilo is celebrating by releasing a new custom campaign “A Time of Gods and Generals”. You will need to summon the gods and your inner builder/general to succeed in this fantasy-themed adaptation of the historic Tang-Tubo wars of the 8th century CE. This military-oriented campaign is designed for players of intermediate to advanced skill levels.

The campaign features the new Yu Mountain map, shown here.

For some clues (and spoilers) about this campaign, check out the screenshots in the playtest album.

You can download the campaign here. May the new Year of the Tiger bring happy gaming to everyone!

“Skull Island” needs a Pirate King!

Designer frut_mut has released a new custom campaign “Limahong and the Cursed Treasure”. In frut_mut’s own words: “Prepare yourself for a great adventure into the skin of the pirate Limahong, former general of the Emperor Liu Zhao. Humiliated, disgraced, you will found a mystic place in Hainan island with your fellows, develop a new society, organize a new army and fight back the ruling power. May your vengeance be strong and great!”

Three new custom maps are included in this campaign, including the incredible “Skull Island” map shown here!

You can download the campaign here.

Beauty and Challenge abound in “The Fabulous Story of Li Jie”.

This Year of the Ox is full of surprises at Emperor Heaven! New designer frut_mut has appeared and released his first custom campaign “The Fabulous Story of Li Jie”. This campaign will allow players to experience the story of Lie Jie, from childhood training to adult hero and savior of the Middle Kingdom.

Four stunning maps are included in this new campaign, including frut_mut’s Wuzhou map, shown here. These maps showcase frut_mut’s exceptional skill as a map-maker and provide the setting for a challenging campaign that will test the skills of even advanced players. Will you dare step into this fabulous story?

You can download the campaign here.

Will you become the founder of “The Tea Kingdom”?

Designer Sampad has released a new custom campaign “The Tea Kingdom”. It is an engrossing campaign which tells the tale of a kingdom rising up from a modest hamlet to the pinnacles of power – with the blessings of tea! Players will guide their people through seven missions to grow, falter, and rise back again, to shape their history.

Sampad has created five new custom maps for this campaign, including the Chiao-chih map, shown here.

You can download the campaign here. This campaign is designed for advanced players.

Join the Monkey King in time-traveling adventures!

Will you join the hero Sun Wu Kong in a series of incredible adventures to save your monastery from future destruction?

That is the question designer Gweilo poses to you. If you agree, then download his latest custom campaign “Buddha’s Time-Traveler”.

The campaign includes two new custom maps, including the 9th century Lu Mountain map, shown here.

For some clues (and spoilers) about this campaign, check out the screenshots in the playtest album.

You may download the campaign here. This campaign is categorized at the “normal” difficulty level.

The “Exiles of Yu” Need a Leader!

More good news at Emperor Heaven in this Year of the Ox! Designer Sampad has returned to us, and released a new custom campaign. His new release, “Exiles of Yu” is a fascinating journey of seven challenging missions set during China’s late bronze age. Do you have the skill to lead these exiles in their odyssey throughout the land?

Sampad has created six custom maps for this campaign, including the Suzhou map, shown here.

You can download the campaign here.

Help Wanted: General needed to lead Military Expedition to Ancient Korea. Must be daring and adaptive to Samhan culture.

This Year of the Ox finds designer Gweilo still at work building custom campaigns. His latest release is filled with action, and to succeed players will need to equip themselves with armor, shield, spear, and courage! As its name implies, “The Shattered Spears of Samhan” is a military-oriented campaign set during the Tang dynasty’s war in Samhan (ancient Korea) during the 7th century CE.

For some clues (and spoilers) about this campaign, check out the screenshots in the playtest album.

You can download the campaign here. This campaign is designed for players of all skill levels.

A slightly more modern Emperor Heaven

After many years, Emperor Heaven has been modernized a bit: it’s now possible to use the site on phone without having to zoom and scroll, plus we have added a search feature in the sidebar on the left.

If you’re interested in buying the game nowadays, GOG has it available.