Hey guys, just wanted to let you know about the collection of custom campaigns I have put together and posted here at ageofempires.com. Details and download links are below.
While working on some of the revamped campaigns for AoE:DE, I wanted to keep the original spirit of the campaigns intact. This was great to maintain nostalgia but did not let me stretch as far creatively or touch on histories outside of the original campaigns that Ensemble Studios created. To sort of scratch that itch, I have created a series of campaigns focusing on other civilizations and events. I hope you enjoy them!
Hanno and the African Voyage
Sometime in the 6th century BCE, a Carthaginian crew passed through the Pillars of Herakles and down the West African coast. Led by a man named Hanno, the expedition would travel further than any Carthaginians had gone before. Their feat would not be matched until the Portuguese explorers some two millennia later. As Hanno, take charge of this voyage, fight savage tribes, and return to Carthage laden with the riches of Africa!
Uprising of the Five Barbarians
In the 4th century AD, the Jin dynasty was in turmoil. Ruled by a weak Emperor, China was torn apart by jealous and ambitious princes competing for power and influence. Into this fractured empire came the Five Barbarians, fearsome tribes from the northern steppes. While the Goths and Vandals toppled Rome on the other side of the world, the Five Barbarians would make their mark on history by conquering the Middle Kingdom. Play across 3 short scenarios that bring the fall of an empire to life!
The Bronze Age is over. The relentless tide of raiders called the Sea Peoples have swept over the old empires, leaving ruin in their wake. Into the void comes a multitude of new peoples fated to ascend to new and greater heights. Among them are the Phoenicians, fishermen and merchants who ply their trade over the waters of the Mediterranean. Lead the Phoenicians and build a trading empire to begin a new dawn of civilization.
After the Flood
The Anunnaki, gods of the sky and earth, sent forth a great flood to wash away the cities of Sumer. In time, these waters receded and the people once again populated the earth. From the blackened soil arose new cities: Kish, Uruk, Lagash, and Eridu. As King of Kish, defend against Akkadian raids, defeat your rivals, and build a Mesopotamian empire.
Alexander in India
With Persia conquered, Alexander looked eastward to the lands of India, said to have been conquered by the god Dionysus in primal times. Although the Macedonian king had lost many men in his previous conquests, Alexander’s adventure in India would prove the most dangerous. India would take most of his army and perhaps even cost him his own life. In this 3-scenario campaign, fight Porus on the banks of Hydaspes, battle the Mallians down the Indus River, and go on a journey through a hostile river delta with Nearchus.
Alexander in Bactria
King Darius is dead but Alexander’s conquest of Persia is not complete. The Persian general Bessus, murderer of the Persian king, incites rebellion in the eastern satrapies of Bactria and Sogdia. Alexander marches onward into these harsh lands that would one day be called ‘the graveyard of empires.’ In this 3-scenario campaign, pursue a regicidal Persian general, battle the Scythians, and fight along the crags of Sogdian Rock.
Moses, Prince of Egypt
This is the story of Moses: how he was rescued by an Egyptian princess, how he killed an abusive slavemaster, how he went to the land of the Midianites and spoke to God through a burning bush, and how he returned to Egypt with his brother Aaron and freed his people from bondage. Retrace the steps of Moses – man, law-giver, and prophet – and live the story that would become a legend.