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Interview with "maimin_matty" Scadding
The Ultimate Grand Emperor of Age!
Angel Washizu: Hey Matty! Thanks for answering a
First of all, in case anyone is new to the AOE community,
is the undisputer Ultimate Grand Emperor of Age. Last fall,
he won the Rumble for Rome Tournament in Seattle, winning a trip for
two to Rome and $2000, sadly knocking out Angel Washizu in the 5th
round. A few weeks ago, matty and his clanmate, Out4blood, won
the 3rd Ultimate Ager Tournament, hosted by The_Sheriff.
Now matty, I have to ask, how was your trip to Rome and who did you
end up bringing?
Maimin_Matty: You were a close second Ben. First place
to my lovely girlfriend Angie. Although my brother was threatening
assasination to get the spot.
The trip was amazing. We stayed in two cities while we
were there, Roma and Venezia (rome and venice). Rome was an
crazy city with, to date, the worst traffic i have ever seen. There
seemed to be no lanes and no stop signs. I felt i was going
to die many a time when driving around in taxis.
We were able to see almost every site we wanted to, the
colloseium, Vatican, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain. One of the things
struck me as most beautiful were the piazzas. Not pizza! Basically
it is a city square if you know what that is. A wide open space for
just pedestrians with some beautiful fountains with shops and bistros
lining the outside. We spent quite a few of our lunches just sitting
and watching all the people going by.
Venice was the city which we both fell in love with
It is the most unique city in this world. Instead of buses they have
boat buses, they don't have roads on the main island so any
is done by foot or boat. Narrow watery steets created a kind of
Waterworld kind of feel.
We didn't actually stay on the main island we stayed
on the island of Lido, which is also part of Venice. It was even more
breathtaking then the mainland. I think all it's residents must of
been millionaires with their huge houses and must of had their own
personal landscape architects. I am at a loss for words to describe
the beauty of these people's homes.
Angel Washizu: How much Lira can you get with $2000 anyway?
Maimin_Matty: Some ungodly amount. Around 3,500,000. I
a millionaire and came back a pauper.
Angel Washizu: Ok, now for some ROR questions... I
reading that you prefer to use the random civ setting, as opposed
to picking yourself. One thing I find in doing this is that
I have more fun trying to win with an unused civ like Babylonian than
picking a civ that I know will have an early advantage over my
So, finally getting to my question, has playing random lead to any
interesting game stories?
Maimin_Matty: Well i remember underestimating some
upon a time. In a 3v3 against blank and some other experts we did
a random. They got 2 carths and a greek i think and we were lucky
enough to get assyrian yamato and minoan. To make a long story short
we were crushed. None of our team was really taking it seriously and
it didn't take long for 50 hoplites to give us a little hurt.
Another time i remember getting crushed by someone's
macedonian cat rush....ouch. Regardless of what you throw against
cats it is hard to stop 10-15 of those things in bronze age.
My stories are short but my point is that random made
me open my eyes to someother fun strategies!
Angel Washizu: Here's a question most people want
In one game against The_Sheriff at the Rumble for Rome, (yes,
to most people it was THE game of the night) you passed up the
double berries for the whole game. Why? From what the
were saying, they could have been useful.
Maimin_Matty:Now i was told about the double berries after the
and i remember seeing them in the game. I think i started with the
storage pit and forgot about them after that. In those bright tense
situations it is difficult to concentrate fully like we could in the
comfort of our own homes. The camera lights almost blind a person
and there is constant hooting and hollaring in the background. If
i was to do it again i would definitely feel more comfortable but
it was very unnerving that first experience.
So i guess what i mean to say is that i don't remember
ever thinking, 'i should use those'. Whether that was a wise decision
or not is questionable...maybe next time i will take them :)
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