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 This page contains out of date information and is stored only for archival purposes (to remember what the site once looked and acted link in months or years past).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/

3/24/03: The SimRTK, an online Romance of the Three Kingdoms role playing game in which you can compete against or play along with other Three Kingdoms fans over the Internet, has just been launched at a dedicated forum. If you are interested, pay a visit and go over the rules.

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
, wallpaper, game music, fan art, KMA/SoSZ Staff page,
and links to other great sites.

Game News

4/6/03: Dynasty Warriors 4 was released in Japan on February 27, 2003, the United States on March 26, 2003, and the PAL release should come out in mid to late June (when we have a specific date we will post it, but for the time being we are hearing the 14th or 27th).

3/14/03: Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends was released in the United States on January 15, 2003 and the PAL release came out on March 14, 2003.

3/14/03: Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX was released in Japan, China, and Korea on 3/14/03.

Site Updates

4/6/03: We have started development of stage flow charts for Dynasty Warriors 4 (to help you get the secret stages and alternate storylines in Musou Mode). The kingdom of Shu has been completed, with more to follow soon.

Due to server load and bandwidth, we will soon be disabling remote linking here at Kongming’s Archives. At this point avatar links will all break. Members are still free to upload our avatars to their own servers for private use though. We are also now allowing Webmasters to host our avatars on their own Web sites as long as they meet some requirements (they have to share with the community). Read more about this change.

4/2/03: Lady Sun (otherwise known as Sun Shang Xiang)’s Comprehensive Officer Biography has just gone online (thanks, as usual, to Jonathan Wu). Those of you who are Dynasty Warriors fans should be quite happy about that.

4/1/03: Ugh… I didn’t have the heart to go through with it. Poor Timmy had his new site up for no more than five hours, and already has received eight, and I kid you not, death threats. I guess I should have known better than to pull an April Fool’s joke on a site with an audience all around the world. For those of who did get caught by the joke page, I hope you enjoyed it. If you missed it, see the April 1st, 2003 joke page, or find it later in the archives. And to answer those of you who wrote me panicked emails, no, we would never sell Kongming’s Archives, not even for “twelve thousan american”.

On an unrelated note, for those of you looking for help in Dynasty Warriors 4, you can check our FAQs page. Muni_Shinobu, the king of Three Kingdoms FAQs, has completed several wonderful Japanese guides with detailed English notes (which are detailed enough to tell you how to achieve various goals in the game). The English displays properly by default, and to make the Japanese display change your character encoding to Shift-JIS with a Japanese language pack installed.

3/29/03: I know, we are bad people. Dynasty Warriors 4 is out and there have not been updates for a few days, a time when one would think there should be many. I am just taking a moment to tell everyone that I am currently working on the SimRTK, and playing Dynasty Warriors 4 myself. Several FAQs are under development, and new content is soon to come. As always, keep an eye on the site. For those of you wondering about the game, here is a little Dynasty Warriors 4 Mini-FAQ.

3/26/03: Dynasty Warriors 4 for shipped yesterday to resellers in the Untied States. It should be available in a store by you today. Dynasty Warriors 4 press release from Koei.

3/24/03: The SimRTK, an online Romance of the Three Kingdoms role playing game in which you can compete against or play along with other Three Kingdoms fans over the Internet, has just been launched at a dedicated forum. If you are interested, pay a visit and go over the rules.

SimRTK is quite detailed, but despite its appearance very easy to learn. Furthermore, you determine how much of your time it takes to play. As an officer you can log on for as little as 20 minutes every three days, or as a ruler you can command a kingdom and play as much as you like. As more people join the game will only get better. We hope to see you there!

3/18/03: The Dynasty Tactics 2 page has been completed and also includes a new screenshots section. The game downloads page has also been finished (and as mentioned on that page, we don’t provide games not listed, and we won’t be able to help you with ROMs and emulators). The ‘Downloads’ sub-menu has been removed from the right-hand menu. The game specific content is now all under the ‘Games’ sub-menu.

About ten new sites have been added to the links page, about half of which are excellent Chinese resources, the rest are English. Jonathan Wu and Wang Zijun (Sam) from our forum, the Scholars of Shen Zhou, have also started a new forum called Radical Dreamers. Stop by and take a look if you are looking for a new way to spend time.

3/17/03: Our Officer Name and Hanzi Guide has been updated again with a collection of new entries, this time many members of the Zhuge family (thank you, William L.). Battleroyale’s “Brief Chronology of Zhuge Liang’s Life” has also been added to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Novel Section (you can access the chronology section using the biography sub-menu of the novel and history section’s pages).

3/16/03: Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends fifth weapon strategies have been added for Zhang He and Zhang Jiao have been added (thank you very much, Spookybanana) and I have also made corrections and additions to Yuan Shao and Jiang Wei. A Dynasty Warriors 3 fourth weapons guide has also been created to compliment the guide above.

The Officer Name and Style Hanzi Guide has been updated with some corrections and new content (thank you Lady Wuand DarkAnthem). Our links page has also been updated.

3/14/03: Two new additions to the Novel and History section today: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Han, an essay by Jonathan Wu, and a comprehensive Wade-Giles reading guide by Lady Wu(good to have if you are reading one of the older copies of the novel or other Chinese-English books). We hope you enjoy them.

Some of you have asked about the link to Studio Dink, Cheryl Austin’s wonderful art site. It has moved, click the link to get the new address. I have also included it on the links page under fan art for future reference.

Thanks to some timely boredom, I am presenting two of our projects ahead of schedule. The first is a large listing of officer names, styles, and Chinese Hanzi that correspond with them (Hanzi are Chinese characters, you must have Chinese language support installed to view them). The second also begins with the names and styles, but instead of Hanzi it presented the Web-ready decimal values that you can enter into a modern forum’s new post form or into any HTML document’s source code. If you see any mistakes on these pages, please let us know, and if you have new contributions for them, even if it is just one name, please contact me.

3/13/03: One of my most frequently asked questions is “I would like to buy the novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but I am not sure where to find it and I do not know what the best version is, can you assist me?” A while ago I prepared a document for Scholars of Shen Zhou to answer just this question, but I have now added it to Kongming’s Archives (for your viewing pleasure, of course). Guide to buying a copy of Luo Guanzhong’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

3/10/03: Well, the frequently requested and very useful Site Map has finally been completed (no more redirects in the main navigation menu). You may find this new addition to be very helpful. Also, Kongming’s Archives turned one year old about a week ago (from original site “completion”). Happy birthday to us!

3/7/03: We have added 25 Original Dynasty Warriors 4 FMV Screen Shots and over sixty new Dynasty Warriors 4 Avatars (now divided by kingdom; Wei, Shu, Wu, and Unaligned). Now we will turn out attention to Dynasty Warriors 4 gameplay information.

Although we cannot afford to keep the music section open with full access, we will continue to make new soundtracks available whenever possible. Starting today, we will post the Dynasty Warriors 4 soundtrack a track at a time. Each track will remain online for around four days, so don’t miss any. Additional tracks will also be hosted by anyone who wants to set up a remote server (contact us if you want to help with this project). We will also set up a program for people who want full access to all soundtracks.

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