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    Ensemble Studios Chat 23 Oct 97

    [ArchangelM joined channel AofE]
    Omnivac: Ni guys!
    LordSoth: hi
    Omnivac: Hi
    Patrick: Hey Omnivac
    ArchangelM: Hey there John & The LordSoth
    LordSoth: hello
    ES_John: Hi
    Omnivac: Pat, where you at the game, yesterday?
    Omnivac: were
    ArchangelM: Bad connect how I can stay around this time
    [crisco joined channel AofE]
    crisco: hello all
    LordSoth: hi
    ES_John: Hi crisco
    Patrick: hi
    Omnivac: Ok, must be the wrong Pat. AoE game.
    Patrick: k
    Patrick: John, what do you do at ES?
    ES_John: I am a programmer.
    LordSoth: Arch, when we get started remember I cant type to fast, I’m only an artist
    Omnivac: But a good one. 🙂
    LordSoth: thanx
    ArchangelM: Well I can’t spell – so we are even 🙂
    ES_John: Just draw the letters…
    LordSoth: cool
    LordSoth: 2 finger speed
    ArchangelM: Talking about art 🙂 – Lord on you on the new AoE ?
    LordSoth: yes sir
    Patrick: cool\
    LordSoth: I’ll be doing the buildings again, along with other things
    Patrick: cool\
    ArchangelM: Well, I’m losing my connection – Alaska is just to far for this German Java chat… – John are you part of the team doing the patch to AoE 1 ?
    ES_John: No, I’m not.
    ArchangelM: what parts of AoE were you on?
    ES_John: I’m actually the new guy, so I didn’t really do any AoE programming. I did help out a little with comm stuff towards the end. I did lots of testing and the like…
    crisco: So John, how did you get started working with Ensemble, and what kind of background do you have (experience, other games or other projects)?
    ArchangelM: what type of program do you use on the graphics in AoE?
    LordSoth: we used 3dsmax or at least me and duncan did, everone else used 3ds4
    ArchangelM: Iam I still here?
    ES_John: I haven’t worked on any published titles before–have done some game-type programming on my own previously.
    crisco: Yeah, can we expect that kind of combat complexity out of AOE2, just as we have the upgrade complexity in the first?
    crisco: We still see ya ArchangelM.
    Omnivac: Good. The more, the better.
    LordSoth: Can we stick to AOE 1 questions please
    crisco: oh sorry
    LordSoth: it ok
    ArchangelM: What was some of the challenges did the art team over come to get should great little anim’s in AoE?
    LordSoth: well we are all just out of school
    LordSoth: so i believe this is all of our first product
    ArchangelM: Wow – better than most of the older guys! – what makes you such a good AoE Player?
    LordSoth: We had to learn our 256 color system
    LordSoth: me or john
    ArchangelM: both of that matter!
    LordSoth: I’ve been playing games sense 8th grade.
    LordSoth: mostly RPG’s
    ES_John: Playing uncountable hours of the game helps too…
    Patrick: When are you guys going to release the secrets for AoE1? (I heard something about a camaro)
    LordSoth: I got into RTS when i saw our game for the first time
    ArchangelM: well I started on the old Atari Pong – great game in its time… Whats the secret behind a winning death match?
    LordSoth: you can ask at the microsft site i believe
    Omnivac: AoE is the first game that made me seat to play a RTS.
    LordSoth: build defences first and fast
    ES_John: The first thing I learned about death match is that you still need to gather resources at some point.
    ES_John: That gold sure goes fast.
    LordSoth: yes it does
    ES_John: Hittite heavy catapults are a favorite death match unit choice for me.
    Archmike: Whos is one of the great ones at ES for death matches?
    Archmike: Whos is one of the great ones at ES for death matches?
    LordSoth: I like the INFANTRY and CENTURIONS
    LordSoth: greek rocks!
    Omnivac: Egyptians chariots and priests.
    ES_John: Not sure who the best death match players are. They play out more randomly than normal games.
    LordSoth: death matchs, everyone wins and loses those
    Omnivac: Kill the enemy priests and convert the rest. strike hard and fast.
    Archmike: Towers and catapults – seem to be my key to staying alive..
    LordSoth: heavy cav can over come them
    ES_John: The priest strategy is great when it works, but it is very high-maintenance and is painful when things aren’t going your way.
    LordSoth: there is always a counter attack that can win
    Omnivac: I know. Or where you find out that there isn’t much gold around. 🙂
    ArchangelM: John – what advice can you give to a new random map player ?
    ES_John: For single player or multiplayer?
    ArchangelM: we got time – how about both 🙂
    LordSoth: single player and multiplayer I say explore as much as you can right away
    ArchangelM: hi web
    ES_John: I guess I don’t have a ton of specific advice. Of course it’s important to start scouting around ASAP on a random map, so that you know what’s going on.
    Patrick: hi
    Omnivac: Do you scout with villager(s) or you wait for scouts?
    LordSoth: knowing where your opponent is very important
    LordSoth: both
    ArchangelM: I heard you can place multi buildings at one time – how is this done?
    Omnivac: What I do is, the immediate vicinity with villagers to find ressources, and then with scouts after.
    LordSoth: hold the shift key down when placing buildings, than click away
    ArchangelM: ahh
    Omnivac: Great for building walls.
    LordSoth: walls click and drag while holding down the button
    ArchangelM: can the villages chop wood all day with out you have to reassign them to the next tree – sorry about the questions – I only have the beta right now
    crisco: They do keep chopping wood
    Patrick: After one tree is gone, the villagers go to the next one
    LordSoth: yes, if there are trees within his sight
    Omnivac: Seriously. As anyone dare play the Pheonicians on a 8 players free-for-all? And actually win?
    LordSoth: yes
    LordSoth: Santos
    LordSoth: him and his damn elephant archers
    Omnivac: I think Persians are killers with elephants.
    ArchangelM: Does any one acutally use the super units? – it seems to me its better to use the limited resources in other units
    LordSoth: all the time
    Patrick: I use them in Deathmatch
    Omnivac: Depends on the ressources available…
    LordSoth: everytime we play they are a big factor
    [BULL joined channel AofE]
    [BULL left channel AofE]
    Patrick: hi BULL
    AoeWebring: bye BULL
    ArchangelM: Patrick – were you a beta tester?
    Patrick: no, I missed the August 11th Date
    Omnivac: Do ES guys prefer mainly-land, mainly-sea or 1/2,1/2 deatmatch maps?
    Patrick: Forgot about it
    LordSoth: both land and sea
    ArchangelM: for food – what give the most bang – berries, elephants or farms?
    Patrick: I like spear fishing with villagers
    LordSoth: berries
    Omnivac: Near a granary.
    LordSoth: get as many as you can fast as you can
    AoeWebring: ES_John – Are you allowed to reveal anything about Age of Empires II?
    Omnivac: I think the subject is closed. 🙂
    crisco: heh
    LordSoth: yes it is, sorry
    ArchangelM: Guess I am missing a lot – berries – and didnt know about the spear fishing!
    AoeWebring: Just checking you never know…
    LordSoth: fishing boats are great if you have more than 5
    Omnivac: You’ll have some infos when the .txt get posted.
    Patrick: Yeah, just take a villager and right-click on some ‘Shore Fish’
    [Keasar joined channel AofE]
    ArchangelM: is the fishing areas – limited in food – like the berries
    LordSoth: john you alive
    Keasar: Hail
    LordSoth: hi
    Omnivac: Hi K
    Patrick: yes
    Omnivac: One time, a whale had infinity food on a map…
    [Bob joined channel AofE]
    Patrick: hmm…
    LordSoth: ?
    ArchangelM: was that a blue or gray whale 🙂
    Bob: I am confused will everyone post who they are? and who they represent?
    Omnivac: 200 wasn’t going down. As soon as I added a fishing boat, it started to drop.
    Patrick: why would the 200 go down when there is no one fishing it?
    Keasar: im nobody 🙂
    AoeWebring: Tim, Age of Empires Webring Ringmaster Here
    ArchangelM: LordSoth – is one of the great art guys at ES – I am Archangel Michael Age of Empires Heaven
    Patrick: Patrick, just a guy on the West Coast
    crisco: I’m somebody, but not muchbody 🙂
    LordSoth: john = ES programmer
    Omnivac: I add 3 fishing boats and it was near my dock. When I saw this, I decided to put more fishing boats, and then it started to go down. (???)
    Bob: If you are Archangel Mike, then who is ArchMike?
    Keasar: whats the deal with hidden units?
    Omnivac: Omnivac, master computer of the Leader.
    ArchangelM: had to sign on twice – bad connection from alaska.
    Bob: Got it, thanks everyone
    Patrick: Sometimes I cant sign on at all
    Patrick: guess it’s a bad connection
    ArchangelM: Ok Lord – what was your most interesting AoE Game?
    Keasar: how can I make my Units smarter? They seem to just sit there and get pummeled.
    LordSoth: gee, played way to many torwards the end of the project
    Patrick: you don’t
    LordSoth: i love it when we all where playing in the begining before we got sick of playing
    Patrick: Sick of Playing?
    [ES_John left channel AofE]
    LordSoth: We were playtesting 16+ hours a day for over a month
    LordSoth: none stop
    LordSoth: Including weekends
    AoeWebring: Weekends too…I can see getting sick of it…
    Patrick: Yeah, I could see how you could get sick of it
    Omnivac: Must have been a bad month for the worst player at ES. 🙂
    ArchangelM: Thanks for your time LordSoth – I gotta call it a day…
    [ES_John joined channel AofE]
    LordSoth: our last 2 days nobody went home
    crisco: see ya Archangel
    AoeWebring: Hi ES-John
    ES_John: Sorry, I got dumped. Back now.
    AoeWebring: bye Archangel Mike
    Patrick: Where’d ya go ES_John?
    Omnivac: Bye Arch.
    ES_John: Couldn’t reconnect.
    Keasar: what project are you working on now?
    Patrick: ok
    LordSoth: so long mike
    crisco: Did the game change signifigantly during playtesting?
    LordSoth: no it was more of a bug thing
    AoeWebring: What will be ES’s Next project?
    LordSoth: cant say
    AoeWebring: well it was worth a try..
    Patrick: Aoe 2, of course
    LordSoth: 🙂
    [Bob left channel AofE]
    Keasar: I would like to see a fantasy version of AoE
    [From bristol] HI, DO I KNOW YOU???????? ARCHANGEL???????????
    AoeWebring: Was that an AoE II Hint LordSoth?
    Patrick: no thanks, then it would turn out to be another Warcraft 2, hated that game
    LordSoth: no
    LordSoth: to earlier comment
    LordSoth: lag
    AoeWebring: okay,
    AoeWebring: Gotta go
    LordSoth: so long
    crisco: Well, it’s all personal preference, I enjoyed some of the devastating magic in War2 that developed near the endgame
    Patrick: see ya
    ES_John: Bye
    crisco: cya Web
    Omnivac: c yaa
    AoeWebring: signing off
    [AoeWebring left channel AofE]
    Keasar: I like spells and stuff. It adds another element to the game.
    [Bradford joined channel AofE]
    Patrick: yeah
    LordSoth: John, I’ll see you tom. Thank you all for coming out!
    Omnivac: I prefer more realistic units.
    ES_John: See you Sean.
    Bradford: It’s over?
    Patrick: But War2 was too fake and cute

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