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Topic Subject:Happy 10th Birthday to Heavengames and AoEH = Better Late than Never
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Big Daddy
posted 05-24-07 03:30 AM ET (US)         

Having one of those rare "Good" weeks and was checking out AOEH for old times sake (and some fact checking). And saw the "Happy 10th Birthday to Heavengames and AoEH" news post.

So as fast as my 21 year old fingers could type, I zoomed on over to the forum, read a bunch of the post, then on the last page saw the "topic" Only ran one day! and was closed! Which means only one of two things, having it open for such a short time as a mistake or I was 15 days late. Based on 15 years as a webmaster I knew, It wasn't my mistake .

Great to see AOEH is still around, and HG is still growing. Also it was a very nice feeling to see my account still active after all this years! Still using my ES_Archangel as my online name most of the time, but the ES now stands for Extra Special LOL. At times just Archangel, or Gfa_Archangel for GamesForAngels ( com - not active ).

Still leaving ES without so much as a kiss my "behind" after coming down with a very rare autoimmune disease (Which by the way effects my writing, so if I drift subject to subject middle sentence - live with it ). I have been pretty much a house closet puppy. Downing pain meds like M&Ms and dozens of other pills daily. So much in-fact the government assigns two DEA agents to go with my wife each month when she picks up the refills.

Between my up and down times with the autoimmune, and the lawyers, book publisher, research and going thru mountains of emails of over ten years. Been slowly (like for close to two years now), putting a site together for a small developer first game, still pretty fall off in the future, but then the site is also . Nothing fancy as sites go, waiting on the site design to be completed by a old contact, and its based off the Nuke CMS platform.

Soon I hope at least to get a web blog up to hype my upcoming book about the Experiences and history at Civ II Heaven, AOE Heaven, working at ES/MS - the true story form the inside, what gamers don't know. If your a real old timer and remember Civ II or AOE or AOK Heaven or even when I worked at ES drop me a line at and tell me your experience at those site with dates, etc.

I hope to have this book out by this summer, but we found a treasure chest of information, or I should say uncovered from a ES employee and the lawyers are doing their fact checking etc before we move ahead on this or in other areas.

Not much more than that, haven't driven my 2000 Trans AM in 2.5 years. Last upgrade were made around that time, around 430hp, more underbody / wheel work. She darn firm and tight, lot of cars with more HPs, but few that can handle on the back roads, handles even better on twisting dirt roads.

In closing I would like to say I have no ill feeling against ES or MS. Just a handful of their employees who have a habit of lying. Which parts will be given to the press and full disclosed in my book.

My biggest regret was trusting one person, who I give some much of my life to 7 days a week to that was a true example of evil. And one marketing person who I spend some much time with (who now holds a higher position at MS), has a lost of memory after MS marketing and sells credited me with selling One million copies of the Age series (In Wired Magazine - email me if you want the month) thru my online efforts. 30,000,000$ profit for ES/MS? Anuff with the wine..

Its time to dine.

- Mike "Archangel" McCart loan to HG) Civ II / AOE Heaven - Lawsuit with TG).

Gosh Darn, When I was moving from Civ II to AOE, a good friend back in April of 97 put my whole site on a CD and mail it to me. Back then I was on a 1200baud modem and the Civ II site was 400MB (Huge by standards back then, since maps for Civ II ran only 10k, and full mods around 100k. At work he had access to a 100Mb connection. How times change. On this CD it also has the Original AOE Heaven site - all six pages of it , with the dozen or so of the first released images and screenshots released by ES/MS. Seeing how my health is in the next two weeks I will post it up

[This message has been edited by ES_Archangel (edited 05-24-2007 @ 03:47 AM).]

posted 05-24-07 04:48 PM ET (US)     1 / 86       
Well, there's a face I thought I'd never live to see.

Sorry to hear you're having trouble with your health, Archangel, but it's nice to see you around anyway.
Phill Phree
posted 05-24-07 05:25 PM ET (US)     2 / 86       
Which means only one of two things, having it open for such a short time as a mistake or I was 15 days late. Based on 15 years as a webmaster I knew, It wasn't my mistake
Actually it was a forumer's idea to have the thread and only have it open for a day. It was not a mistake. We had our reasons for going along with it, of which you know nothing. Or, apparently, even attempted to understand before condemning it out of hand.

Sorry to hear about your troubles, it's good to see you and we wish you well, but please refrain from making snap judgements and baseless assertions without at least giving some kind of reasoning behind it, because that's not just wrong, that's rude.

My Karma ran over my Dogma

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Crazed Ewok
(id: The Crazed Ewok)
posted 05-24-07 06:08 PM ET (US)     3 / 86       
Hey Archangel. I've never had the pleasure of meeting you but I've heard a lot. Welcome back.

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HG Alumnus
posted 05-24-07 06:15 PM ET (US)     4 / 86       
Welcome back indeed. Sad to hear about your bad health.
I'm not a bit surprised about what you told about MS and ES. Always going back on their promises, don't they?
posted 05-24-07 06:45 PM ET (US)     5 / 86       
The legend himself. Get your forums running.

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Can't believe on back on this damned site again.
Dean McCullough
posted 05-24-07 06:51 PM ET (US)     6 / 86       
Er... happy late birthday AOE?

I just realized I never wished Aoe a happy birthday :-P
Blood Phoenix
Chariot Archer
posted 05-24-07 07:06 PM ET (US)     7 / 86       
It's an honor to meet you, never thought it would happen!

Sorry to hear about your health ):, hope things pickup for you.

Lurking at HG since 2004
Rogue Agent
posted 05-24-07 07:08 PM ET (US)     8 / 86       
I don't think I have ever seen you around, then again, I haven't been here too long. Nice to see you though, and sorry about your health. Mortality is so frail...

Big Daddy
posted 05-24-07 07:59 PM ET (US)     9 / 86       
Happy belated birthday AoEH! Wow..hard to believe it's been THAT long! I guess about 9 years when I was working on it

Good to see you again, Mike! Looking forward to reading the book. Let me know if there's anything I can help with. I'll drop you an email with my personal mail acct.

-- Vidguy
"In life, sometimes you are the pigeon and other times you are the statue."
(id: X_MOSS)
posted 05-24-07 08:45 PM ET (US)     10 / 86       
It's nice to see you around. Sorry to hear about your Health, hope you get better soon.

oh you can wait for what I can give
you know what I am so you know how I live
try to look proud but youíre not in the slightest
its happening now and itís always been like this.
Dean McCullough
posted 05-24-07 08:58 PM ET (US)     11 / 86       
ooo Rainbow!

I wish I was there for the party thread... I feel so left out now! It's too bad Phill didn't keep it up...
posted 05-24-07 11:05 PM ET (US)     12 / 86       
Wow. The original AoEHer returns. Thanks for turning up
(VIP) Reverie World Studios
(id: pEpsIdUDe_123)
posted 05-25-07 01:01 AM ET (US)     13 / 86       
Thanks for posting, ArchAngel.
Looking forward to your novel. Always wanted to read about the life of someone working with game devs. Will the book be published in stores or just online?
So as fast as my 21 year old fingers could type,

Wow, I'm impressed! You founded HeavenWeb when you were only 11?!?
Or is that a typo?

Nice collection of domains too. Didn't know you were the owner of Nice move lending it to HG.

[This message has been edited by Rainbow Randolph (edited 05-25-2007 @ 01:13 AM).]

c r e e z y
(id: Hairy Scary Man)
posted 05-25-07 02:02 AM ET (US)     14 / 86       
Cool to see the real "oldies" around.

Chariot Archer
posted 05-25-07 02:44 AM ET (US)     15 / 86       
*Collective historical "zomg"*

Didn't expect to see the founder of HG post during my stay here, whoa

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HG Alumnus
posted 05-25-07 05:56 AM ET (US)     16 / 86       
Hi Archangel. I think I will take you up on your offer and drop you an email later - I don't know if I can trust my memory in all aspects or if I have mixed it up with some other sites, but we will see.
posted 05-25-07 06:37 AM ET (US)     17 / 86       
Wow, I'm impressed! You founded HeavenWeb when you were only 11?!?
tsk tsk, you broke the CoC
The Dark Archer
HG Alumnus
posted 05-25-07 06:41 AM ET (US)     18 / 86       
Wow the founder himself. I fell honored just to post in your thread. We all owe so much to you for starting this great site. So well thank you.

The Dark Archer

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Taufiq Khan
(id: Shala_T)
posted 05-25-07 08:41 AM ET (US)     19 / 86       
Brilliant! Now I can tell all those "oldies" at my forums that they're not really oldies

We really appreciate all you've done for us Mike! I'd love to read that book.

Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 05-25-07 11:16 AM ET (US)     20 / 86       
Thanks for dropping in. Hope your health improves.

-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

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posted 05-25-07 12:26 PM ET (US)     21 / 86       
Woah, HG's founder. Honoured to meet you


Sweet baby maizes!
Alias Alive
posted 05-25-07 12:53 PM ET (US)     22 / 86       
In honor it is. Indeed. I only wish I could something that doesn't sound corny/already said.
(id: misplacedgeneral)
posted 05-25-07 01:09 PM ET (US)     23 / 86       
So much color here, I am nervous.

I just want to say I truly enjoy HG, it is amazing how in one second I can be debating politics with peopel half way across the globe, and the next be cracking jokes with them.

EDIT: Bloody hell I swear I wasn't drinking. Just typos.

"It's not true. Some have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that's their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you're that pissed that so many others had it good." Jack Nicholson

[This message has been edited by misplacedgeneral (edited 05-25-2007 @ 01:12 PM).]

HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 05-25-07 01:41 PM ET (US)     24 / 86       
Awesome- another blast from the mist of time. Seems to be a daily happening

It's great to see a post from you, and I hope your health improves, Mike (Heh, that took a bit to say ).
Brilliant! Now I can tell all those "oldies" at my forums that they're not really oldies
You're telling me

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 05-25-07 01:58 PM ET (US)     25 / 86       


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
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