Rumble for Rome tournament

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ... modems? That's right, modems. You are NOT going to want to be without yours this Friday when Rumble for Rome reaches its triumphant climax LIVE and online. Here are some details as to what will transpire during this epic confrontation between some of the best Rise of Rome players on earth. Also you will find the official Media Alert at the bottom of this newsletter.

The four combatants are Maimin_Matty, _Methos_ST, The_Sheriff, and Seasian. Each of them are being flown to Seattle this Friday, December 11, to compete at the Wizards of the Coast Game Center. One of these competitors will eventually be crowned the Grand Emperor. If you want to find out more about what these folks are like in real life, be sure to visit the Rumble For Rome events page. You can also read an interesting breakdown of the Round Seven matches on the Zone here:

http://www.zone.com/asp/content/games/ms/aeep/scoop/9.asp?game=aeep

Zone staffers cornered a couple of the participants and asked them some personal questions, as well as what kinds of strategies they like to deploy:

http://www.zone.com/asp/content/games/ms/aeep/scoop/10.asp?game=aeep

You can catch a blow-by-blow live report of the event as it happens on the "Zone Theater Chat Events" page:

http://www.zone.com/asp/script/auditorium.asp?game=AEEP

The Zone will present up-to-the-minute play-by-play of the games, screenshots and digital photographs of the tournament. Make sure you stop by the URL above at 6 PM PST. The actual games will get underway at around 7 PM PST with many VIPs in attendance -- including Rise of Rome designers Bruce Shelly and Sandy Petersen!

Whew! Now that you have all those URLs committed to memory, there's even more goodies courtesy of Ensemble Studios!

Ensemble Studios has some awesome photographs of a few of the prizes that will be won at the event on their site. These include replica Roman helmets and shields as well as miniature catapults. Be sure to check the ES news page each day leading up to the tournament for these exclusive images as well as current news and information surrounding this colossal event.

MEDIA ALERT: DECEMBER 9, 1998

MICROSOFT'S MSN GAMING ZONE "FINAL FOUR" GET READY TO RUMBLE FOR "GRAND EMPEROR" TITLE

Finals of No-Holds-Barred Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Tournament Convenes in Seattle; Four Finalists Compete for a Trip to Rome, $2,000 In Cash, and Bragging Rights

WHAT: The online gaming world elite will gather in Seattle for the finals of the "Rumble for Rome" tournament, sponsored by the MSN Gaming Zone. After a month of fierce competition among 700 contestants, four finalists will gather in Seattle this Friday (courtesy of American Airlines) to compete for the title of "Grand Emperor" and the grand prize - a trip to Rome (courtesy of Canadian Airlines), $2,000 in cash and a replica of a Roman shield.

The MSN Gaming Zone is the most popular online gaming site on the Internet, serving more than 3-million users. Age of Empires has sold-in more than 1.5 million units worldwide and is the most-popular CD-ROM-based game played on the Zone. The Rise of Rome is the expansion pack for Age of Empires that was released in October and has quickly climbed the sales charts selling in nearly a half million units worldwide.

WHO:   Finalists from California, Tennessee, Minnesota and Toronto, Canada will compete for the Grand Emperor title. In addition, more than 200 game industry notables such as Bruce Shelley (developer of Age of Empires and The Rise of Rome), Chris Taylor (of Total Annihilation fame), Dennis Fong (a.k.a. "Thresh"), Richard Garfield (Creator of Magic: The Gathering) and other VIP's will be on hand to take in the tournament action.

WHEN:  Friday, December 11 6pm - 12am (final championships begin at 7pm)

WHERE: Wizards of the Coast Game Center, 4524 University Way NE in Seattle, Washington (206) 675-1608


THE OFFICIAL AGE OF EMPIRES SITE

THE OFFICIAL AGE OF EMPIRES EXPANSION: THE RISE OF ROME SITE

THE OFFICIAL AGE OF EMPIRES II: THE AGE OF KINGS SITE

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