I got this game when it launched when my dad bought a new Gateway computer that came with an assortment of games including The Neverhood which was a claymation puzzle game, Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far, Monster Truck Madness, and, of course, Age of Empires! I grew up on this, Rise of Rome, AoK, AoC, and AoM. I played countless hours, stayed up til 7am all the time during the summer, made a friend of 20 years from California who I actually had build me my first computer and send it to me in Minnesota.
I also met Roy “Royster” Rabey, the IT guy for Ensemble Studios, online in a ranked match. We became friends and he sent me an AoK t-shirt and a ’ Music from the Ages’ cd signed by him, Sandyman, and the Rippy brothers. For such a young age, that was an amazing experience for me.
Age games have since been one of my top 3 games to ever play, including Diablo 2 and WoW. No other games compare to the amount of time I put ino these games.
My first experience with AoE, though, was pretty funny. I played for who knows how many hours vs the computer in Random Match. Every game I would get out-teched as I had club men and the comp would come crashing in with axemen and archers. I would get slaughtered. The next game, I’d have a ton of club men and hold off a few waves and they’d eventually come in with cavalry and better archers. Slaughtered again. It took many games and many hours before my child brain realized I could advance to the next age to access the better units. That was such a revelation for me and from that point on, I was hooked. I still play AoM and AoC on occasion to this day. I also listen to my Music from the Ages’ cd all the time. It is my go-to soothing, relaxing, nostalgia-filled music along with 90S Pop And Alt Rock.