Years ago I managed to get a hold of digital copies from an AoMH Veteran that were of the Multiplayer Alpha and Marketing Beta. The MP Alpha was single handily the most important find for AoM due to it containing a lot of remnants from early versions of AoM, such as language texts, textures and models (including the famous Apep) by now it has been dug out, and well that’s that.
However it has come to my attention there is another, limited release Alpha from March, likely dated to Jan or Feb 2002 (and likely the one shown in Gamestar’s video here: GS 2002/02 - Age of Mythology Preview - YouTube) called the Alpha 1 Preview. It was likely some sort of closed beta to certain individuals and companies.
I’m posting a notice here, so people are aware of it’s existence, and can help track or contact someone they know who has it.
How do you have proof this beta exists? https://i.imgur.com/ggBjbB9.png (From the Multiplayer Alpha Readme file) and this: https://i.imgur.com/U94d20S.jpeg (A picture taken of the Alpha 1 Preview CDs shown at the top above the MP Alpha CDs, I tried to contact the guy a couple of times; zilch)
So why is it important? Age of Mythology hasn’t got a whole lot of alpha builds (despite what people say, the betas were post MP Alpha since they were feature/design complete but not asset/balance complete, blame Phatfish for that misunderstanding) in contrast we have a lot of important builds about AoE1 and AoE2, as this semi-public alpha build is important AoM history, it is integral to find for the community, archiving and a looking glass into the development of the best Age of game.
I was going to post a bounty for it, but unfortunately it’s Not for Resale software, and I don’t need Bill Gate’s goombahs with HK416s, and crack lawyers knocking down my door, so if anyone can find or verify the build: You can keep the CD, I only need the files within the CD to make any demonstration of history possible. If you have it, all you need to do is Message me on Reddit or comment below:
- A High Def physical picture of the CD itself, and pictures verification that the CD is in suitable condition (little or not scratches, dirt, etc)
- High Def Computer screenshots of the .CAB files with the dates/sizes of the .CAB files, and it’s contents, as well as screenshots of the readmes and manuals and definitely gameplay images if possible.
Once it’s confirmed you have the build and I can safely believe you have it, I’ll ask and all you have to do afterwards is message me a .zip or .rar file of the CD’s contents in a private Mediafire link (or safe file sharing site)
Once I can find/get the Alpha 1 version, I will post a no-commentary video of the entire thing, as well as a text file/screenshots of findings/information of what the Alpha contains. I can’t promise any material from the CD/s will be posted anywhere due to legality issues, and that humdrum. Until then happy hunting.