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HOMM V: Artist Interview, Writing Contest, Hero Bios
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The official website for Heroes of Might and Magic V is featuring an interview with one of the artists responsible for defining the way players will view the new game. Olivier Ledroit, also known for his work on graphic novels such as The Black Moon Chronicles and The Crimson Gate, discusses his involvement with HoMM V. The interview covers a range of topics including how he came to be involved with the project, and the unique opportunities offered by working on a computer game.

5. What particular interest do you find in working on a video game? How much is it different from your usual work?

For me the most interesting things in videogames is the fact that they allow us to animate the universes that are created. It is very impressive to be able to walk in a man-made universe, just like if you were part of it.
I already worked with videogame industry in the past, but it was more difficult to see a direct link between what I had created and what was displayed on the screen.

For Might&Magic, I took care to create characters where you could remove some details without breaking the general silhouette. Even if most of them cannot be translated as such in a videogame right now, we hope that this will be possible in the future.

The creativity of artists like Ledroit has helped to inspire fans to create their own Might and Magic themed works, many of which take the form of fan fiction. In honor of their dedication to the universe Ubisoft is sponsoring a contest for the best fan written Heroes Fables. The top five entries will receive a Heroes of Might and Magic goodie bag and will be featured on the US and UK Might and Magic portals. All qualifying submissions will be included in a downloadable Heroes Fables story book for interested readers to peruse.
Calling all writers, wannabe writers, and all-around Heroes of Might and Magic fans - Ubisoft is looking for your Heroes Fables!

Yes, thatís right. Weíve seen your Heroes Fables, and have been impressed with the dedication and creativity shown by fans to expanding on the history of the new world developed by Nival. Your efforts help make this world more robust and satisfying for everyone.

The official site has also posted a collection of new hero biographies in recent days which reveal more about the game and may offer inspiration for those interested in entering the contest. The biographies cover the heroes of Necropolis and a second look at the Academy faction's heroes.Lucretia
Seduced and turned to the Necromancer ideals by Sandro himself, this ex-Bull Duchy countess immediately showed thirsts for both blood and power. Already a talented courtesan when still alive, Lucretia's vampiric embrace granted her a couple of centuries to hone her natural gifts for seducing, backstabbing, and politicking. Promoted to the rank of Undead Princess, she is a spiritual and (im)moral leader to other vampires that dream of re-creating her escapades.

Galib is a Djinn, a spiritual being, lord among the many elemental spirits that roam the plane of magic, invisible to the untrained eye. Galib is not a servant, but a friend and ally to the Mages of the Silver Cities, and he sits as one of the Circle in the Wizardsí ruling council to defend the interests of his. Many of his human counterparts have learnt to randomly deflect enemy spells, but Galibís inherent magical nature permits him a measure of control over where the deflected spell goes. Enemies avoid using magic against him, knowing that Galib could cause their spells to bounce back and strike their own troops.Freeverse Software is currently hard at work on bringing HoMM V to the Mac.

The submission deadline for the Heroes Fables contest is April 14, 2006 at 9 AM PST. Winners will be announced on or after April 28.

To read the contest rules, check out the full interview with Olivier Ledroit, and study the latest hero biographies click on the links below.

HoMM V Website
Ubisoft Forum: Olivier Ledroit Interview
Ubisoft Forum: Heroes Fables Contest
Heroes of Might & Magic V
Buy Heroes of Might & Magic V

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