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SandyMan
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(id: ES_Sandyman)
posted 10-19-09 01:52 PM EDT (US)         
the latest incarnation of Ask Sandy. All questions are possible.

1) Who is Sandy?
A) Sandy Petersen, a designer at former Ensemble Studios. He was design lead on Rise of Rome, The Conquerors, and the Warchiefs. He was part of the design team on Age of Emipres II and Age of Empires III. He has worked on numerous other games, and has been in the digital game industry since 1988.

2) What is Sandy doing now?
A) He teaches game design at The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University.

3) What are Robot / Bonfire up to?
A) Sandy will not answer ANY questions about Robot or Bonfire's plans -- he knows and likes the people who work there, and wishes them well. They deserve the right to make their own press releases.
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mattm
Skirmisher
posted 02-19-10 09:05 AM EDT (US)     201 / 238       
Entice means to make someone want to do something. To lure or persuade.
whatever wingwun wants
Skirmisher
(id: Pears)
posted 02-20-10 01:18 AM EDT (US)     202 / 238       
persuade you... hmmmmm... if you don't ocme for a visit i will blow up everything in texas!!

Q1
Whats the funniest joke you have ever heard?

Q2
Do you have a copy of 'every' ensemlbe studios game?

Q3
What do you hope for in a game if robot/bonfire realease one?

That concludes my questions... for now...

So, again Devestator shut the f*ck up, for your own good, and for mine aswell. If you think im a noob, continue with that, but do not tell that noobstuff to the others, because there's people who do not give a flying f*ck about you, komprenas? SHUT THE F*CK UP, AND REMAIN SILENT stupid pervert. - NertyOX
LordKivlov
Royal Guard
posted 02-20-10 01:25 AM EDT (US)     203 / 238       
persuade you... hmmmmm... if you don't ocme for a visit i will blow up everything in texas!
That's more of coercion than persuasion.

Proud Citizen of Sovietcanuckistan
Mariomasta RJK
Skirmisher
posted 02-20-10 11:38 AM EDT (US)     204 / 238       
lulz

DISTISOP
ESO: Blitzkrieg_Mario
Prefered civs: Hell, I like them all.
Rank: TWC PR 18 (master sergeant) TAD PR 17, Vanilla PR 12

Clan: Triple Entente
Favorite games: Dofus, AoE 3, Tremulous, CoD 4, SSBB, Urban Terror
As_Saffah
Scenario Reviewer
posted 02-20-10 04:49 PM EDT (US)     205 / 238       
IIRC jokes about blowing stuff up in Texas aren't really very funny right about now.

Just sayin' :/

Crunkatog on ESO
Bart331 balance suggestion: aztec: remove civ
Voltiguer: Ender, Sioux in 1.04 will be a top civ, no matter how many layers of Sioux goggles you put on
schildpad on Elephants: ...their mansabdar unit sucks so hard it looks like a black hole
Crunkatog on Steam.
DukeLeto
Skirmisher
posted 02-20-10 06:22 PM EDT (US)     206 / 238       
Maffia
AoE3H Seraph
(id: fred_ernie)
posted 02-20-10 07:17 PM EDT (US)     207 / 238       
Some bloke flew a plane into the IRS building or summat, unless that was a question for Sandy, in which case ignore this answer.

This month I have mostly been playing Dishonored Death of the Outsider and Darkest Dungeon
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BurningSushi460
Scenario Reviewer
posted 02-20-10 07:37 PM EDT (US)     208 / 238       
How awkward this situation is now.

Actually it was originally called just Heaven, but then God sold the naming rights to Microsoft, so.... -GoForGoldenJarls

Astor: Churchill, if you were my husband, Id put poison in your coffee.
Churchill: Madam, if you were my wife, Id drink it.
DukeLeto
Skirmisher
posted 02-20-10 08:42 PM EDT (US)     209 / 238       
Ah I remember hearing about that.
That school who turned on kid's webcams while at home is a better story imo (no planes crashing into buildings).
whatever wingwun wants
Skirmisher
(id: Pears)
posted 02-20-10 09:42 PM EDT (US)     210 / 238       
someone literally blew up texas buildings? oops i didnt know i just didnt have a good enough reason

So, again Devestator shut the f*ck up, for your own good, and for mine aswell. If you think im a noob, continue with that, but do not tell that noobstuff to the others, because there's people who do not give a flying f*ck about you, komprenas? SHUT THE F*CK UP, AND REMAIN SILENT stupid pervert. - NertyOX
SandyMan
VIP
(id: ES_Sandyman)
posted 02-22-10 02:44 PM EDT (US)     211 / 238       
1)One thing I really love about TAD is the artwork and visual style of the game. As I understand it, BHG was in charge of most of the game development and programming, but ES was in charge of most of the artwork. And one thing I really liked was the Indian flag. Where did the inspiration for the Indian flag come from? What were some other flag designs you guys drew up? What does each part of it represent? What made you decide on not using a flag like the Mughal crescent?
A)Actually my understanding is that BHG did most of the art too, though we were allowed to vet their art and critique it. (I could be wrong.)

2)What are the three most momentous turning points in history?
A)The Invention of Fire; domestication of animals; invention of agriculture.

3)hat variety of questions do you prefer to be asked?
A)Mr. Petersen, shall I send you $100 in singles, or twenty-dollar bills?

4)which color is best?
A)Bright green.

5)how would the existence of superheroes affect large scale conflicts such as wars?
A)It all depends on how super they were, and whether or not the superheroes got script immunity. For instance, I think its pretty clear that if there really was a Spiderman, hed have trouble dealing with a German machine-gun nest. Superman, on the other hand, could have won the battle of Tarawa by himself.

6)Even though social biases and economic biases in American politics seems to have little to link them, social conservatives tend to be fiscal conservatives and social liberals tend to be fiscal liberals. Why? For example, if one is pro-life, he or she is also more likely to be for less regulation and smaller government. The opposite is true: someone who is pro-abortion is likelier to applaud big government and higher taxes. This seems to be a strange phenomenon. Why aren't social biases and economic biases more independent of each other?
A)I think they are more independent than they seem. For random historical reasons, both parties have tried to own certain positions, and its an artificial distinction. For instance, I consider myself a fiscal conservative, but in common with many people who were raised out west, I am also a strong environmentalist. Its the same basis on which our society tries to divide us and categorize us in other ways, like TV shows and restaurants. And I say its spinach and I say the hell with it. Fight against this trend with all vigor.

7)Whats the funniest joke you have ever heard?
A)One of my favorites is about the physicist, the biologist, and the mathematician who are all watching a building. Two people walk into the building, then three people come out. The physicist says, Our initial measurement (of 2 people) was incorrect. The biologist says They reproduced. The mathematician says If now one person walks back into the building there will be exactly zero people there.

8)Do you have a copy of 'every' ensemlbe studios game?
A)Yes, of course.

9)What do you hope for in a game if robot/bonfire realease one?
A)Innovation, balance, and humor
Mariomasta RJK
Skirmisher
posted 02-23-10 07:19 AM EDT (US)     212 / 238       
Of which age of empire civ do you know the most general information about (non-aoe). What is the most interesting fact you found out about the civ.

DISTISOP
ESO: Blitzkrieg_Mario
Prefered civs: Hell, I like them all.
Rank: TWC PR 18 (master sergeant) TAD PR 17, Vanilla PR 12

Clan: Triple Entente
Favorite games: Dofus, AoE 3, Tremulous, CoD 4, SSBB, Urban Terror
LordKivlov
Royal Guard
posted 02-26-10 02:33 AM EDT (US)     213 / 238       
http://kotaku.com/5479125/points-for-toothbrushing-the-gaming-speech-everyone-is-talking-about

Have you seen the video on this link? If so, what are your thoughts and would you ever consider something like experience rather than grades in your classroom?

Proud Citizen of Sovietcanuckistan
Cheap Plastic Rosary
Skirmisher
(id: D0ct0r Wh0)
posted 03-01-10 10:36 PM EDT (US)     214 / 238       
There's a question which has been bugging me ever since I started playing Rise of Nations (recently):

Did anyone who formerly worked on RoN work on AoE III?

I ask because the two share some similarities, like the treasures on the map for instance. There were other similarities, but they don't currently come to mind.

...[T]he least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. -Aristotle, De Caelo

On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you. - Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel

Call me out if I fail or seem to fail to live up to either of these. Either I will learn something, you will learn something, or we both will.
SandyMan
VIP
(id: ES_Sandyman)
posted 03-03-10 11:01 AM EDT (US)     215 / 238       
Q) Of which age of empire civ do you know the most general information about (non-aoe). What is the most interesting fact you found out about the civ
A)I spent a lot of time learning about a lot of civs. I am more of a generalist than a specialist for certain. One thing I learned is that the history I learned in American schools is way too pro-British (up till the American revolution). I also learned that Russia basically came out of nowhere into becoming a world power during the Great Northern War of 1700-1721.

Q) would you ever consider something like experience rather than grades in your classroom?
A) Im not sure what you mean. I dont delude myself that grades matter in the end but they are a useful tool for me to use in gauging whether a student is learning the material.

Q) Did anyone who formerly worked on RoN work on AoE III?
A) no, unless you count working on TAD, because the same company did both. Brian Reynolds, head of BigHugeGames is a huge fan of AoE and a personal friend of mind. So naturally RoN had similarities to our games.
EME2940820
Skirmisher
posted 03-05-10 11:39 PM EDT (US)     216 / 238       
Here is an AOE/ROR question I found that went unanswered on Ask Sandy VI [in 2001].
"[Was] ES [. . .] aware of [the] bug in the AoE [1.0c]/ RoR [1.0a] patch that [. . .] corrupts a good number of saved games when saving with [this] patch installed?

[. . .]

([T]he bug either returns you to the desktop and closes the game, or just freezes on the loading game screen; in either [case], we have been unable to retrieve the saved games; they are corrupted.)"
The AOE 1.0c/ROR 1.0a Save Game crash bug is a commonly discussed topic on the AOE Heaven Forum. Since the only retail version of AOE/ROR still available [known as the Collector's Edition] has the late patched exes and a lot of AOE/ROR players play the Collector's Edition [not having old disks of the earlier versions], this is a pretty big issue.

[This message has been edited by EME2940820 (edited 03-06-2010 @ 09:37 AM).]

whatever wingwun wants
Skirmisher
(id: Pears)
posted 03-12-10 01:14 AM EDT (US)     217 / 238       
mr sandy what else do you want in a game if re/bonfire/other ensmble studios break offs, make a game?

So, again Devestator shut the f*ck up, for your own good, and for mine aswell. If you think im a noob, continue with that, but do not tell that noobstuff to the others, because there's people who do not give a flying f*ck about you, komprenas? SHUT THE F*CK UP, AND REMAIN SILENT stupid pervert. - NertyOX
Mariomasta RJK
Skirmisher
posted 03-12-10 07:27 AM EDT (US)     218 / 238       
Where do you plan to retire to? When your retired, would you still want to be associated with the gaming industry?

DISTISOP
ESO: Blitzkrieg_Mario
Prefered civs: Hell, I like them all.
Rank: TWC PR 18 (master sergeant) TAD PR 17, Vanilla PR 12

Clan: Triple Entente
Favorite games: Dofus, AoE 3, Tremulous, CoD 4, SSBB, Urban Terror

[This message has been edited by Mariomasta RJK (edited 05-08-2010 @ 02:21 PM).]

Legioona
Skirmisher
posted 05-07-10 02:41 PM EDT (US)     219 / 238       
Would you host us a Call of Cthulhu-game if I begged pretty enough?

***
Putting the "sensual" back in "nonconsensual" since 2006.
As_Saffah
Scenario Reviewer
posted 05-07-10 08:57 PM EDT (US)     220 / 238       
Would you host us a Call of Cthulhu-game if I begged pretty enough?
.

In one of the OD threads

Crunkatog on ESO
Bart331 balance suggestion: aztec: remove civ
Voltiguer: Ender, Sioux in 1.04 will be a top civ, no matter how many layers of Sioux goggles you put on
schildpad on Elephants: ...their mansabdar unit sucks so hard it looks like a black hole
Crunkatog on Steam.
Marpolo
Skirmisher
posted 05-24-10 05:39 PM EDT (US)     221 / 238       
In your opinion, what part of AOE3 should be changed? As in, civilizations, maps, revolutions, etc.
whatever wingwun wants
Skirmisher
(id: Pears)
posted 06-05-10 09:09 PM EDT (US)     222 / 238       
Mr Sandy

what program did u use to make all the AoE, RoR, AoK, Aok:C, AoE3, AoE3 WC, and AoE3 AD

So, again Devestator shut the f*ck up, for your own good, and for mine aswell. If you think im a noob, continue with that, but do not tell that noobstuff to the others, because there's people who do not give a flying f*ck about you, komprenas? SHUT THE F*CK UP, AND REMAIN SILENT stupid pervert. - NertyOX
NHAP_DonNasty
Skirmisher
posted 06-18-10 05:18 AM EDT (US)     223 / 238       
Q: Will it be a new AGE game?

Q: Who have the rights to the AGE series, since it is no more Ensamble Studios, Is it Microsoft?
Archae1
Skirmisher
posted 06-18-10 06:27 AM EDT (US)     224 / 238       
Q: Will it be a new AGE game?
he probaly wont answer that lol
Maffia
AoE3H Seraph
(id: fred_ernie)
posted 06-18-10 01:51 PM EDT (US)     225 / 238       
Q: Will it be a new AGE game?

Q: Who have the rights to the AGE series, since it is no more Ensamble Studios, Is it Microsoft?
1. What?

2. Yes its MS, Robot have taken over looking after the existing franchise and are generally expected to make the next age game.

http://www.robotentertainment.com/

This month I have mostly been playing Dishonored Death of the Outsider and Darkest Dungeon
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