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Part 1: I downloaded Alpha 19 directly. As soon as I start the game from the shortcut in the Windows start menu, it initiates and takes me directly to the mod selection menu. Is this normal? I thought it should take me to the main game menu. Part 2: In the mod selection window, I select the Alpha 19 mod, enable, and then start the mod. Then the main game menu comes up. The game works fine. However, when I go to the scenario editor, it does not start. I have given it over 5 min for the user interface to show up. However, when I open windows task manager pyrogenesis.exe is running in the background. This does not seem normal. Intuitively, I would assume the main game menu starts from the beginning, then I can go straight to the scenario editor. This is not the case. Is this normal? What do I need to change to get Atlas working?
its definitely nicer than the last time i played the mac version. My thought process since I only play this game for like an hour every few months. so I'm not too biased, maybe you can take this into account as what the typical person goes through on playing this game. My thought process slightly jumbled * Start up Game * It has a name: Empires Ascendant * Oh look options. Do they have Isometric view like Age of Empires II? Guess not * Multiplayer lobby? Screw Single Player, MP is where its at (nobody joins and lobby looks empty after couple minutes so i start game with bot in mp (maybe its one of those games people can jump in later?) * The game is pretty but I can't see what Im doing or read the text (personal eye problem) * where is the hotkey to make units. and the hotkey for my town center * what are all the different units for, why can't the horse guy gather resources like the other guys and why do they all look the same * OMG I CAN ZOOM I CAN SEE NOW (sortof). game looks a lot prettier! * How do I rotate buildings? click menu, click manual * I CAN ROTATE THE CAMERA annnnd its not that useful but mildly ok * I have like 50 villagers and soldiers but its really hard to see visually if they're idle. but hey, shift plus idle key lets me select villagers.. and other stuff? Weird * Why can't i put buildings outside my territory? I don't get it. * terrutory grows by making buildings close to the edge of it. Or researching the next age (I played Age of Kings!) * I was attacked message. didn't see where but i finally figured my scout died * Finally see the berries. Went most of the game not realizing they were there due to poor vision and well it was my first game * Enemy attacks again, I barely survive, make horses army, it gets killed and he attacks again. finally get bored with my first game and come here to post about it Pros * Music isn't bad * Game is pretty Possible Cons * No Isometric View, didn't realize I could zoom till I accidentally used the mouse wheel. Not everyone has a mouse wheel * units and buildings look similar which is ok for a first time player. try making them more distinct though. * Wildlife (the chickens next to my tc on the acropolis map) look like specks and I legitimately have trouble noticing them because they're sp small * Units are small and my eyes just glide over them. hm No comments on strategy aspects of game, that comes after I figure out what I'm doing. thats my test run of Alpha 17, see what I think in a few days and post again