Attention- The finals will be
held in the
WorldWide room. Both DM and RM.
For the Singles matches the settings have been
September 10th, 1999 4:26 PM EST
The Best RM and DM teams have been chosen, PVRCR
for RM and Shabby Takeoffs for DM. Congrats. For
the Singles matches the settings have been posted
here. I hope to see
you all who made it there.
September 3rd, 1999 9:57 PM EST
The settings for the Team finals have been posted
August 29th, 1999 12:44 PM EST
The finalists have now been determined. To find
out about how the finals will be played go Here.
The Finalists have been posts go here
to view the list. Someone sent me a story and
I have decided to post it. It's the only one I
have done so far, Im not sure if I will accept
any for the finals as I did say once I wasnt posting
stories and pics due to managing other things
but here goes:
Well, on saturday,
August 27th I played one of the greatest games
I have ever played before. It was a 4v4
Highland. I was Minoa. My team mates
were YoUR_f8 (f8), Shockwave (Shock), and I_N_ATOR
(i-N). My opponents were Toenail the Hun (ToH),
Ghost buster (GB), Fulcrum (Fulcrum), and Fender
(Fender). *Note* some people ipeed so names
I started out at a bad
position, because on 3 sides enemies surrounded
me. I found three berry bushes fast, and
had plenty of wood and gold to collect.
I put up a few docks and fished in the rivers.
About 2 minutes
before I was going to tool f8 did. In bronze,
I sent a villy in deep enemy territory and built
a small base. Poor Shock and i-N and only
one berry bush each and Shock couldn't even tool
when me and f8 were in bronze! Once I reached
bronze this was the bad part. Since I was
surrounded by so many enemies, there was a good
chance I would die, and yes, that did happen.
ToH and another invaded and sacked my capital.
f8 was already iron and was wiping out
Ghost busters forward rushing base. I rounded
up my villagers and put 25 on wood, and 9 on farming.
Sadly I had no access to gold, and could
not build much army, since I was minoa.
I had about 4 stone throwers and 6 comp bowmen,
and sent them to f8's land. I started pumping
out bowmen by the dozen also. Then, terror
hit us, the terrible sound of the capture
of all artifacts. Someone on my team quickly
found one and guarded it, and that burden was
over us. I decided to send my bowmen to
attack some enemy ships.
Then, the person who I was attacking dropped.
A minute after that our plans proceeded.
f8 made 3 layers of fortifications around a hill
and proceeded to build a wonder. He also
had many hittite cats around along with eles.
I sent most of my men and built archery ranges
and siege workshops on his land, begged for gold
from someone, and started pumping out compys and
Then the hordes of men came in. From 4 sides
chariots, cats, and elephants poured in.
Over 100 shattered cats layed accross the land.
Me and Shock lost our main bases, and were mainly
on f8's land. Then i-N dropped. Things
got worse. Several choke points were lost
and barbarians poured through. Lukily i-N built
some cats and pounded at them. As we got
more and more cramped, I decided to help fortify
the wonder. I built 4 rows of houses and
farms on the side that was most weakest.
As enemy cats started pounding the front wall,
I decided to check the wonder timer. Last
time I checked it it said 500 years. Bam!!
10 years! We won!
The year was 330 A.D. and Emperor Constantine
would soon split the Holy Roman Empire, once the
most powerful, far-reaching empery the world had
ever known, into halves. Seeing the end, Constantine
removed the capital from Rome to the Eastern Roman
Empire, or Byzantium, which would not fall for
a millennium. Rome itself, the seat of Western
civilization for more than 800 years, would be
plundered by the Goths in less than a century.
Such were dark times for the empire, the last
gasps of democracy having long been snuffed out,
infidels on all sides and the land ruled by a
wealthy few who marshaled strong armies to guard
their conquered lands.
The computer game of conquest, Age of Empires,
lies in a similar state. This awesome pursuit,
which has captured our attention for 18 months
or more now, is slowly dying. At one end ennui
with the product is eating into the core of on-line
gamers, and at the other end lies the promise
of Age of Kings, which will bring into play the
civilizations that followed Rome, such as the
Byzantines and Goths.
For a time, the Rise of Rome expansion
breathed new life into a game that for many months
could have better been termed Chariot Wars. After
the expansion came out, patented bronze rushes
gave way to booming, tooling and taking the seas,
three of the keys to mastering the brave new world
provided by larger, watery maps, and new units
designed to counter the chariot and cavalry armies
that dominated the original Age landscape.
Most players would agree that much
of the game's potential for development and nuance
has now been tapped. Boom. Disrupt the enemy's
economy. Then crush him.
Thus as the Rise of Rome expansion
slowly burns out -- and much like the Roman Empire
in 330 A.D. it is not dead by a longshot, but
certainly its creative flowering is on the wane
-- the time to determine the battlefield's greatest
champion has come. We are at the crucial moment
when many of the game's best players are still
around, and everyone has had time to fully develop
their post-ROR game. This time will not last forever.
Microsoft, Ensemble and the Zone,
with a timing possessed of quite clear motives,
held the Rumble for Rome tournament shortly after
the expansion came out. At the time the tournaments
occurred ROR had yet to be fully explored. The
Ultimate Ager Tournament III came out shortly
thereafter, but this focused solely on two-person
The Fall of Rome, which is perhaps
the last, great Age of Empires tournament, will
clear up any lingering questions. We will crown
the greatest RM Team, the greatest DM team and,
of course, the best individual player. Just as
Rome had its greatest champion, Julius Caesar,
so too will the Fall of Rome crown the great Rise
of Rome heroes. Already the dark ages are on the
near horizon, and soon it will be the time of
kings, knights and castles. But during the coming
middle ages it will be the legends of the past
about whom the great songs are sung.
In the Fall of Rome it is your legacy
that is at stake...