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Topic Subject:When and How did you discover this great old game?
Rug_Might
Clubman
posted 10-11-05 08:05 PM ET (US)         
Well, for me it's kind of odd. And confusing. ish.
I live across from my old elementary school and god do they throw away some neat junk at the end of the school year. They threw away some mice and a keyboard (that were broken) and tons of CDs.

One of them was a windows 98 disk. So I take 3 copies of them and some other stuff out of the dumpster. I go home and throw the Win 98 cd in and browse the folders and what not on it.

I eventually found one called 'demos' or something like that. And install all the lousy game demos from that time and strangly enough, I was reluctant to click on the Aoe icon. I finally did and tried the RoR demo out. I went directly to the 'Battle of Tunes' scenario and start thinking, "Ok what the heck do I do..."

One of the things I remember most was that initial naval battle right at the start. I wondering why almost the whole map was black (unexplored) and why the Romans had triremes and I had war galleys (forgot how to spell). I thought to myself, "Hey, why do they get those big missle things?"

Another time, a lone bowman from Regulus came over and started shooting arrows at a part of my wall. I didn't know what was going on so I ignored it.

Later on when I knew how do do stuff, like fight and gather resources, I finally beat the scenario... through total conquest. I had no idea what VC's were at the time.

Hmm... Yep that's about it!
What about you?

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Dr Lorenzo
AOEH Seraph
posted 10-11-05 10:50 PM ET (US)     1 / 24       
I always used to see it played, or hear about it, but I remember I got it for Christmas one year from my mum (along with another great game, Zeus). I loved it almost instantly, but I had to wait weeks to play it as we were on holidays!

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The Dark Archer
HG Alumnus
posted 10-11-05 11:24 PM ET (US)     2 / 24       
I only played AoE as a demo off some old PC World CDs and RoR as a demo downloaded from the net. It wasn't until about two years ago I got the full version of AoE from a cereal box then earlyer this year I brought AoE Gold Ed. So thats my story.

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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 10-12-05 06:56 AM ET (US)     3 / 24       
Got it from a computer game magazine.

While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
Sumerian Leper
Clubman
posted 10-12-05 10:46 AM ET (US)     4 / 24       
Believe it or not I don't remember the exact circumstances. Either late 97' or early 98'. One night we were at the office late and Blitz convinced me to play a game of AoE. An island map I think. That was just the first of many defeats I have suffered at the hands of the "Blitzkreig".

As I think back, I am amazed at how much that single game changed my life. The hours and hours that followed. The obsessive and hermit like behavior. My wife jerking the monitor out of the wall and threatening me with bodily harm, if I played one more minute.

Thanks alot Blitz!


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Bjossi
Clubman
posted 10-12-05 11:43 AM ET (US)     5 / 24       
It was 2003, my friend had it on his computer and when I first played the game I said it sucked because I didn´t understand it, but I was young and stupid 2 years ago.

[This message has been edited by Bjossi (edited 10-12-2005 @ 11:44 AM).]

Mero
Clubman
posted 10-12-05 07:08 PM ET (US)     6 / 24       
It's in my biography in my website here.

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aoerobot
Clubman
posted 10-12-05 11:18 PM ET (US)     7 / 24       
My local library had it, and I fell in love with it. ;-)
CenturionZ_1
Clubman
posted 10-13-05 04:13 PM ET (US)     8 / 24       
Click the About Me in my signature.

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GreatWizard
Clubman
posted 10-15-05 10:00 PM ET (US)     9 / 24       
I was a war gamer, Avalon Hill board games if any of you can relate to that. I played Panzer Leader and Panzer Blitz, The Arab-Israeli War Game, culminating in Squad Leader, that series of games. Squad Leader is a great game, by the way. Those cardboard game pieces would be impossible to play with now after having played computerized war games but it was a great game in its moment.

I had played Wizardry on the computer (an Apple if I recall correctly) but I acquired a Windows PC next and went looking for a computer war game, something with tanks. I found something, I don't remember the game but I do remember the company was Sierra. I also remember that it did not install correctly on my computer (Windows 95 I believe). I took it back to the store and they accepted the game back but would only give me an even up exchange for another copy of the same game or store credit. I was turned off by the installation problems I had been having so I didn't want to exchange for the same game and therefore went browsing through the game shelves looking for something else. I noticed that Microsoft had just released a game. I figured that a Microsoft game would have to work properly with Windows. I looked at the box and I wasn't sure if I would like a war game set in ancient times but at least it was a war game and it seemed like it might be worth a try.

I loaded it up and started to play. The scenarios in single play proved difficult at first so I went to the internet to find some help. I typed Age of Empires into Yahoo Search and up came Age of Empires Heaven. I have been in and out of here ever since. This forum helped me solve single player and then gave me the information that there was an active on-line community playing each other at something called the Internet Gaming Zone. I went there and started to play and have not been able to play single player for anything but start practice ever since.

This game has given me countless hours of enjoyment. It has been a wonderful companion and a continuing challenge.

My favorite games? 3 on 3 tiny map RoR, random civ, no reveal, with two English guys as partners (I live 7 time zones away from those guys, we had to play mostly weekend afternoons for me, late into the weekend nights for them). Ancalagon was always one of the two, there were several guys who filled the other spot, English friends of Anc. That game is pure and total mayhem and it never, ever, ever reaches Bronze. Tool as fast as you can, get a tower up. You want your first wood pit (heck, it might end up being your only pit) near both wood and stone so that you can also start to mine stone. You are going to need stone both for more towers and for slingers to combat your opponents towers. Combat begins almost immediately. A basic strat for that game is to group your villagers into groups of 3 and when the clubbers appear 3 vills can bone down a single clubber with ease. Get them back to work, keep trying for Tool.

Tiny map Mediterranean is a hoot, this narrow strip of land around a little bathtub of a lake. In tiny map Continental 3 v. 3 you often begin the game, even in No Reveal, with one of your enemy's Town Centers within your range of sight. As I said, combat begins almost immediately.

Countless hours of enjoyment.


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[This message has been edited by GreatWizard (edited 10-15-2005 @ 10:09 PM).]

Andrea Rosa
Clubman
posted 10-19-05 06:41 AM ET (US)     10 / 24       
I started playing AoE in february 1998. Previously, the only pseudo-RTS game I had played was Populous II on the Amiga (which was based upon Greek mythology). Useless to say they are not quite the same thing...


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IICDO
Clubman
posted 10-19-05 10:03 AM ET (US)     11 / 24       
About ten years ago my father in law was playing the game on his computer I was watching for a bit them he shut it off. I found out later he didn't want me to watch the game because he knew I had an interest in games like this. Anyway I left and never thought about it. I was scanning for downloads one day and came across AOE remembered the games and downloaded it I absolutely love this game as well as AOE II. Having some troubles downloading some of the scenerios but I am learnign through trial and error. I am new to the computer age as I have resisted owning one for so long. Now I wonder why I didn't get one sooner. I am glad I also found this site I thought I was alone.
Andrea Rosa
Clubman
posted 10-19-05 10:15 AM ET (US)     12 / 24       

Quote:

I was scanning for downloads one day and came across AOE remembered the games and downloaded it

You're talking about the free trial version, right?
Right.


Andrea Rosa
My only fear is to be left without beer

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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 10-19-05 10:20 AM ET (US)     13 / 24       
You should never admit you've been downloading a CD crack from the internet illegally on this forums.

While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
Duan Xuan
Clubman
posted 10-19-05 10:28 AM ET (US)     14 / 24       

Quote:

You should never admit you've been downloading a CD crack from the internet illegally on this forums.

That is the wrong mentality. The point is, you shouldn't even be pirating games.

Sumerian Leper
Clubman
posted 10-19-05 02:55 PM ET (US)     15 / 24       
Yeah. I can't believe someone would burn or download a game they didn't pay for. That is just terrible.

(Leper crosses the fingers he has left)

I would never do that.


Knowledge is not power until it is formulated into an organized plan of action.

[This message has been edited by Sumerian Leper (edited 10-19-2005 @ 02:56 PM).]

IICDO
Clubman
posted 10-19-05 06:43 PM ET (US)     16 / 24       
Maybe I should have clarified myself I didn’t download the actual game but the demos to get familiar with it before I purchased it second hand. I'm not computer savvy to download a complete game.
Duan Xuan
Clubman
posted 10-20-05 10:00 AM ET (US)     17 / 24       
Bad misunderstanding there, sorry dude.

Anyway, I haven't added in my share for this thread. I first saw AoE at my ex-classmate's house. We were there doing a project, but somehow, I ended up watching him play a campaign (forgot which). I got a copy of the game myself later, but that didn't last long.

I got my second copy (the gold edition this time) in December 2003. That's when I got a better understanding of the game and started getting serious about it, and I started playing on the Zone last year. Great game.

peter
HG Alumnus
posted 10-20-05 11:28 AM ET (US)     18 / 24       
And I found the demo on the CD that came with a new 56k modem. I fell for the first three scenarios - and hated the other two.
c4master
Clubman
posted 10-20-05 01:16 PM ET (US)     19 / 24       
I first saw AoE in an Internet Café. I asked for the game and I immediately loved it. Unfortunately I didn't buy it until one or two years ago. But as soon as I got it I started again with scenario design and downloading tons of campaigns. Well, now I'm still lurking in here. Indeed I usually stick to those games I like instead of trying new ones. I'm still playing civilization2, diablo1+2, AoE(RoR) and so on.

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MintyFresh
Clubman
posted 10-20-05 02:43 PM ET (US)     20 / 24       
i dont remember when i got this game... i just kinda got it. started to play about 5 years ago though or so. but i gave up on the game a lot and went to FPS games so i ussually just play for like a month then leave it for 7 months then get back to it again.
Belegorm
Clubman
posted 10-20-05 06:40 PM ET (US)     21 / 24       
Well hello, ya'll, I'm new here.
Maybe around five years ago, I played AoEII over a friend's house and really, really liked playing it. I'd hardly seen a computer game before, and I was staring at the screen as my friend showed me how to move around, that the black part was simply unexplored territory. I remember the map was the first map of the Saladin campaign.
A while later, I get the AoE demo, the RoR demo, the AoEII demo and the Conquerers demo. I liked the old AoE, and RoR, but I was more interested in the middle ages at the time. So, I got AoEII with it's expansion.
I kept AoEII for around three years, never very good at it, used the cheats always (I'm pretty much cured of that habit, by now), until I got some other games, got bored with it, and got rid of AoEII.
Well, quite a while has passed. I would get many older games to play on the computer (our old comp won't take most new games), and played games like Civ 2, Warcraft I, and a more recent game, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga (with expansion). SWGB is a AoE clone, and not all that good.
Anyway, a few weeks ago I spotted a old strategy games pack, with Civ 2 (now I've got that again), Risk 2, Majesty Gold Edition (still have yet to try those), and, crown jewel of them all, AoE Gold. I've been playing non-stop pretty much, with Civ 2 mixed in, and AoE and RoR seem awesome. Like the Romans, and I'm going to try Yamato. I'm glad to see this game's still alive, and strong.
Titus Labienus
Clubman
posted 10-29-05 04:07 AM ET (US)     22 / 24       
I had seen the game around for years but unfortunately my dislike of Microsoft prevented me from getting it. Well about 4 years ago I saw AOE in a jewel case for $10 @ Target and I was in the mood to make a WTF purchase that day so I got it. I played it and loved it, but being a history major, i wanted to play as Rome and Carthage. I then added ROR for $10 onto a book order from Amazon. i zoned out on ROR (I hate not being able to Q units and liked being able to automatically reseed farms)and AOK for a coupla years. Since then I play intermittently beteween my present interests in other games. Most recently I've zoned out on Rise of Nations Gold, but I still fire up ROR sometimes, i don't thinkI'll ever give it up altogether.

LAB

[This message has been edited by Titus Labienus (edited 10-29-2005 @ 04:15 AM).]

PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 11-04-05 06:00 AM ET (US)     23 / 24       
Back in 1998, my dad got a demo cd with a mag, the RoR demo was on it. Since then I've been playing AoE from time-to-time. AoERoR has always been my number 1 favorite game, I just keep returning to it, even now AoE3 is out. It has a unique "aspect" which no other game has. The graphics are still uber, and I love the simplicity of understanding the game.



KCTech
Clubman
posted 11-10-05 08:38 PM ET (US)     24 / 24       
I upgraded a friends computer when this game first came out, just so he could play it. When I was done I thought it prudent to test it, just to be sure. So there I was playing this game on the newly updated machine, purely for test reasons of course, and getting my ass handed to me! At the time I was playing Warcraft and Doom, lol. The comlexity of this game over other games immediately lured me in and I rushed out and bought a copy. That's been a few years ago. Since then I have played all the Warcraft series, AOE II, Age of Mythology, etc. but I always end up back at the original AOE because it's so damn much fun!
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