Archive 11.2007

The Asian DynastiesAge Auction For Charity

Next week we are going to be putting up a great big batch of Age of Empires shwag for auction on eBay, and the money will be going to the Child's Play Charity which helps kids in children's hospitals. The charity was started by the folks at Penny Arcade who encouraged gamers to give and make a positive impact. We're going to pay the shipping costs and we'll ship this stuff to anywhere in the world so we won't be leaving any of our fans out of this! Here is the gigantic list of stuff that will be up for auction, with every piece being signed by members of the development team. A great gift for any Ager:

Age of Empires
Age of Empires: Rise of Rome Expansion
Age of Empires II: Gold Edition
The Making of Age of Empires II
Age of Empires III
Age of Empires III: Collector’s Edition
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs Expansion
The Making of Age of Empires III
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (Nintendo DS)
Age of Mythology: Gold Edition
Age of Mythology Collector’s Edition
Age of Mythology: Soundtrack
The Art of Empires: Collection of art from Age of Empires book
Age of Empires III: Board game
Collection of shirts from various Age games
Age hats
All in a swank trunk


Oh it's on!Smackdown Tournaments

Some of you ancient Age players will remember the weekly Smackdown tournaments that MFO ran for Age II way back when. These events often featured some interesting new settings to spice things up, settings that would be revealed shortly before the tournament took place.

Well the gang at Age Sanctuary is bringing Smackdowns back with the first event taking place this Saturday! Some fun settings, 1v1, sign up and get out there and have some fun!

Smackdown Returns | 11/27/07

workESO Server Maintenance 11/21

The ESO servers are going to be taken offline for regularly scheduled maintenance on 11/21 at 1:00pm GMT (7:00am CST). Server down time is expected to be approximately 15 minutes.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to improve your online experience.


aoe_originalImage Contest: 1 Week Left

Just a reminder for those of you who are planning to enter our 10th Anniversary Image Contest that there is just one week left before the deadline of November 23rd for your entry to be submitted. Prizes include a full set of Age of Empires III titles signed by members of the development team and the Age of Empires III board game. Best of luck!

Image Contest Rules | 11/16/07

itburnsusDrop Trickery

The exploit known as "drop tricking", or purposefully disrupting your own internet connection in order to try and gain a win without actually winning the game, is considered cheating and will result in your ESO account being permanently banned. Occasionally, players lose connection legimately with each other, but if you feel that the person you were playing has intentionally dropped connection with you, please e-mail us at with their ESO name and we will investigate.


IconTop 10 Best Selling PC Games

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties has entered the top 10 best selling PC games chart in the number two position according to the NPD numbers! Here is the list of PC games sales for the week ending Oct 27:

1. Half Life 2: Episode 2 The Orange Box - Valve/EA
2. Age Of Empires III: Asian Dynasties - Microsoft
3. Flight Simulator X: Acceleration - Microsoft
4. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask Of The Betrayer - Atari
5. The Sims 2 Bon Voyage - Electronic Arts
6. Nancy Drew: Legend Of The Crystal Skull - Her Interactive
7. World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade - Blizzard
8. World Of Warcraft - Blizzard
9. Reel Deal Slots Ghost Town - Phantom EFX
10. The Sims 2 Deluxe - Electronic Arts


IGN InterviewKeeping Your ESO Account Secure

Here are some basic tips for making sure that no one else can log in or steal your ESO account:

Never share your account information with anyone or use your ESO password on websites or forums.

Ensemble Studios employees will not ask for your password. If you are logged on to ESO and someone is asking for your account password or account information, please immediately take a screenshot of the chat messages by pressing the "Print Screen" button, opening MS paint (or other image program) and paste the screenshot. Save it and attach it to an e-mail to

Make sure that your password and secret question/answer are not easy for someone to guess. Check out this article from Microsoft on making strong passwords.

If you wish to update your password or secret question/answer, you can do so by logging in to the ESO account management page:


gamereplays.orgGameReplays 1v1 Dynasties Tournament

It's on! is hosting an Asian Dynasties 1v1 tournament, open to 128 players. There is $250 in prize money up for grabs, so get practicing and make sure that you sign-up for the event before the deadline of November 17th. Best of luck! 1v1 Tournament | 11/12/07

The Asian DynastiesMore Dynasties Reviews

The reviews for Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties are still coming in! Here is a new set of articles for those of you who are still making up your minds on whether or not to pick up the latest expansion pack for the game:

GameTap Dynasties Review

AOE3 Heaven Review

Gaming Nexus

Gamernode Review

Cheat Code Central Review


workESO Server Maintenance 11/06

The ESO servers are going to be taken offline for regularly scheduled maintenance on 11/06 at 1:00pm GMT (7:00am CST). Server down time is expected to be approximately 2 hours.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to improve your online experience.


WCGWCG '07 Summary

Mr.Milo has put together a summary of his trip to this year's World Cyber Games finals in Seattle, complete with some of his photographs. You can read his write-up here in our forum. Our thanks to Milo for sharing his experiences with us all.

If you'd like to see Age of Empires III included in next year's WCG, head over to their website and vote in the poll to select the games for 2008.

WCG '08 Poll | Milo's WCG Summary | 11/05/07