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September 10, 2010


Are you a Vintage AgeCommer?

Have you been a member on Age Community before February 2009 when Robot Entertainment took over the reigns? Well if you were you can now get your very own “Vintage” badge on the Robot Entertainment forums. It looks pretty snazzy as below:

Prior to the closing of Ensemble Studios February 2009 Age Community had been up and running since September 2005. The Community website was launched with posts from founders Tony Goodman and Bruce Shelley. I thought we would take a trip down memory lane and have included those opening posts below. Can you remember these? If you would like to delve deeper into the archives, don’t forget Age Community has records of all community announcements since the beginning and are all available here:

Meanwhile if you qualify and would like one of those vintage badges for your Robot account just private message Aloysius with your Robot username and you will soon have the badge on your account. To PM Aloysius here is a quick link to his Age Com profile:

In the beginning…

The Age Community website started out looking like this:

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With the following greeting messages from Tony Goodman and Bruce Shelley:

Tony_GoodmanGreetings Friends and Fans Worldwide!!!

I am very pleased to welcome you to Ensemble Studios’ new community website. This website was built in direct response to your requests for more contact with us. One of the most exciting features is the addition of an Ensemble Studios monitored forum.

This will give the fans a direct path to communicate game ideas to our designers, programmers and artists. You will also find Age III statistics, downloads, news, developer blogs and more. This is just the beginning of our new commitment to creating one of the world’s best online communities… and your input will be the key! I look forward to seeing you online.

But Now… Let the Games Begin!
Tony Goodman, President
Ensemble Studios
(aka GreedySmurf)


Bruce_ShelleyBruce Shelley Interview

One of the great benefits of working here at Ensemble is hanging around great guys like Bruce Shelley. We tracked him down during his busy Asian tour to ask him a few questions.

What do you think the impact of the new Community Site will be on the Age community?

Bruce: “I see it as a place where fans can get the straight story. Forums can be fun but can get off track and take a rumor way out of context. A good community site is a place where you can get hard information. I hope it becomes a dependable and timely resource that is a once-a-day visit for really passionate fans….”



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