Age of Empires IIŽ: The Age of Kings Official Scenario Design Toolkit
by Al Giovetti
MicrosoftŽ Age of Empires IIŽ: The Age of Kings Official Scenario Design Toolkit enhances game play by allowing you to create your own Age of Empires II scenerios. The Toolkit's text and accompanying CD-ROM help you use and enjoy the Age of Kings built-in Map Editor. Written by a team of experienced game developers, this unique book/CD combination teaches readers how to create world-class Age of Kings maps, scenarios, and campaigns for both single- and multiplayer games.
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In his foreword to the book, Age of Kings co-designer Bruce Shelley writes, "We concentrated on creation of the software, which is where our talents lie, and the Sybex team concentrated on analyzing the tools, describing their functions, and then suggesting ways for using them effectively. By employing professional writers and designers with loads of analytical experience, the strengths and subtleties of our editors and scripts are revealed for all." He goes on to encourage Age of Empires II gamers to delve into the world of game design; "Don't just play, design. And have even more fun." It is interesting that a game designer enjoys his job so much that he develops a product that helps others share in what turns him on.
The original Age of Empires was developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft in October 1997. The franchise continues to be one of the most popular real-time strategy games of all time, selling over 3 million units worldwide. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, released for holiday season 1999 is one of the best-selling games of the year and has already sold-in over 2 million copies worldwide.
Founded in 1976, Sybex, Inc. was the first publisher to specialize in computer books. It is one of the leading publishers of books for video game and computer game players. In addition to its U.S. presence, Sybex has affiliate offices in France, Germany, and The Netherlands, as well as sales offices in the U.K.
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