Age of Empires collection
The collection is arranged into two series. Physical materials are stored in one oversized print storage box, and digital files are accessible on-site at The Strong.
- 1996-1997, 2023
- Ensemble Studios (Organization)
Conditions Governing Use
1.5 Linear Feet (1 oversize print storage box)
1.1 Gigabytes (Digital materials) : Accessible on-site at The Strong.
Age of Empires’ campaigns follow the history of the Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, and Yamato civilizations, with four distinct architectural styles appearing in the game. Resources such as food, stone, wood, or gold are acquired through farming, fishing, foraging, hunting, logging, mining, or trading. Players research technologies; control civilian and military units; and construct buildings, infrastructure, and monuments. Using the Scenario Builder tool, players can even create their own game maps, customize rules, and establish specific conditions.
Microsoft published Age of Empires in 1997. The title received good reviews, and the success of the game spawned expansion packs and sequels. (The Microsoft Gaming Zone also supported multiplayer gameplay of Age of Empires online.) As of May 2023, there have been nine total games released in the Age of Empires series.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Sketchbooks, n.d. [c. 1996-1997]
Series II: Digital artwork, c. 1996-1997, 2023
- Finding Aid to the Age of Empires Collection, 1996-1997, 2023
- Julia Novakovic
- 3 May 2023
- Description rules
- Language of description
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA