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Kongming’s Archives – Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Kongming’s Archives is dedicated to Luo Guanzhong’s novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo yanyi), related games (e.g. Koei’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dynasty Warriors, Kessen II), and the history behind them. Kongming’s Archives is also a place for you to share your Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel and history work with everyone else in the Three Kingdoms community. Site Menu.

Notice: Archived version of Kongming’s Archives. This page contains out of date information and is stored only for archival purposes (to remember what the site once looked and acted link in months or years past). You should not use links on this page for navigation. If you are looking for the home page, follow this link: http://kongming.net/

Feature Menu

Three Kingdoms Novel and History Section
Learn about the history behind the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo)
novel and era along with the Jin and Han Dynasties.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Games Series
Images, avatars, wallpaper, music, and more from Koei’s Romance
of the Three Kingdoms series
: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX.

Dynasty Warriors Game Series
Images, avatars, wallpaper, music, and information from the
DynastyWarriors game series by Koei: DW, DW2, DW3, and DW4.

Other Featured Games
Information pages for: Kessen, Kessen 2, Fate of the Dragon,
Dragon Throne, Dynasty Tactics, and Destiny of an Emperor.

The Scholars of Shen Zhou
Discuss Romance of the Three Kingdoms games, novel and history,
current affairs, world history, and more with other viewers.

Other Kongming’s Archives Features
We also feature additional content: avatars (tutorial), officer game
portraits
, wallpaper, game music, fan art, KMA/SoSZ Staff page,
and links to other great sites.

Game News

12/15/02: Dynasty Tactics 2 has been announced by Koei and is set for March 2003 release in Japan.

12/3/02: Dynasty Warriors 4 is scheduled for Japan release in early February 2003. The United States English release has been verified for a March 2003 release (and it looks like Koei is telling stores that it will be on the 18th). Koei Christmas 2002 product announcement (offline). We have no PAL release information.

11/14/02: Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends (Fierce Warriors) will be released in the United States on January 7th, 2003. Here is some additional release information. We have no PAL release information.

Site Updates

12/22/02: Great Deer and myself would like to wish the most excellent of birthdays to our good friend Dennis, make sure you go out and have fun even if work takes away some of your time. To mark this occasion Great Deer has also prepared for him a requested present, Liu Biao (Jingsheng)’s Sanguozhi biography. Happy birthday Dennis!

12/15/02: For those that haven’t heard, Koei has announced a March 2003 release date for the new Dynasty Tactics 2. We will be putting up a Dynasty Tactics 2 home page soon. This information from Spookybanana.

Spookybanana’s Lair has been updated.

The Dynasty Warriors 3 manual has been translated to plain text, converted to HTML, and uploaded. Hat tip: Inhuman for text conversion.

Over the holidays me and others in the Kongming’s Archives staff will be relaxing a little, a few of us are on vacation. Submitted content will still go online, and updates will still be made, but until later this month our major projects will go on hold.

12/9/02: Added the Romance of the Three Kingdoms III soundtrack to the music page. It is a little different than what old console gamers will remember, it is actually done with real instruments, but we think you will like it much more.

12/7/02: The broken image links on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX items page have been repaired.

12/6/02: I have uploaded the Kessen soundtrack to the music page (thanks ManY MusiC) and posted scans of the Kessen CD and the full Kessen manual (accessible from the Kessen page). We still need someone to convert it to plain text though (thanks Dan).

A new wallpaper by Janus has also been added to the wallpaper page.

Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends now featured at GameStop.

Added Samgugji.com and Samgugji.net (Korean) to the links page.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX: the screenshots page now includes 27 new 640x280px images and a new items page has been created.

Five Tigers forum is being closed soon, Sain Cai is very busy at the moment and most other forum moderators no longer visit. Hopefully, at some point in the future when circumstances allow, it will be reopened. Five Tigers home page is still online.

12/3/02: A new Dynasty Tactics tactic mini-guide was prepared for display here by Inhuman. It includes basic tactic information, notes, and tactic illustrations. Take a look.

The “Coming Soon” section was removed, I didn’t update it enough. Now everything is a surprise unless you hear us jabbering about it at SoSZ first.

Finally some solid release information on Dynasty Warriors 4: The Japan release will be in early February 2003 with a United States English release following quickly in March 2003. It looks like the exact release date being received by stores is 3/18/02. Sources: Spookybanana, Koei (Christmas release information) (offline), and Arsonist18.

The Dynasty Tactics PAL release has been delayed to 12/13/02. Thanks Krist.

Netscape 4.x and Internet Explorer 4.x users, I have improved the layout for you a little more. I even tossed in a new preview of what the site looks like in a modern browser (upgrade, you know you want to, come over to the dark side).

12/1/02: Added new “Good Reading” links to the links page, all by Dr. Rafe de Crespigny (publications). They include Ladies of the Court of Emperor Huan of Han, Later Han Military Organization, and South China under the Later Han Dynasty. And don’t forget the wonderful Man from the Margin: Cao Cao and the Three Kingdoms.

11/29/02: New Comprehensive Officer Biographies have been completed: Guo Huai (Boji), Liu Shan (Gongsi), Wei Yan (Wenchang), and Zhang Fei (Yide). Guan Xing (Xingguo) has been revised. Portraits and hanzi have also been added to some of the older biographies (we will do this a few more times until all are up to date).

Spookybanana’s Lair has been updated with this week’s news, a tidbit on Dynasty Warriors 4. The same content has been added to the Kongming’s Archives Dynasty Warriors 4 home page.

11/24/02: Presenting new Comprehensive Officer Biographies for Cao Zhen (Zidan), Dian Wei (Ziman), and Sima Yi (Zhongda). Also notice that we listed a style name with Dian Wei: Ziman. This may come as pleasant news considering the fact that it was previously unknown to most, it has been added to the Style Name list.

11/23/02: I have edited and prepared 390 new avatars/portraits from SGQYZ2 (another Three Kingdoms game that will never be translated) and uploaded them for your viewing pleasure. We find them to display particularly amusing variety and characteristics; you may enjoy them just as much. In the future you can access them through the avatars or portraits pages, they were designed with SoSZ size limitations in mind.

Spookybanana has updated his section, Spookybanana’s Lair, with all new Koei and gaming news; take a look if you like the Three Kingdoms games.

11/20/02: New Comprehensive Officer Biographies by Jonathan Wu include Guo Jia (Fengxiao), Liu Ye (Ziyang), Yuan Shao (Benchu), Zang Ba (Xuangao), and the often-requested Zhang Liao (Wenyuan).

The Zhuge Family Tree has been prepared and uploaded; you can access it in the future through the novel and history section right-hand menu.

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