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Posted: Apr 19th 2011 4:36PM Plastic said

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Just so everyone knows, the keys are only available to Curse Premium members until April 20th.

Posted: Apr 19th 2011 4:43PM SaintV said

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Already have one and it is awesome! Feels almost like the old days playing. So far I have a level 13 city. Still alot of balance work to do but we're lookin good!

Posted: Apr 19th 2011 4:51PM Danteeeee said

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Bah that's a cheap move, forcing you to pay for Curse Premium to get a beta key D: I hope they do an actual giveaway.

Posted: Apr 19th 2011 5:07PM rhorle said

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@Danteeeee

In big blue letters on the beta-key claim site "Curse Premium Only until 4/20"
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Posted: Apr 19th 2011 7:07PM Dumac said

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@rhorle
So i guess that means that the rest of us should be able to get one on 4/21 :)

but probably not.

Distributing keys via websites is bad enough (reeks of marketing beta), distributing them via websites that require a subscription is just horrible. No excuse for it.
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Posted: Apr 19th 2011 11:19PM Kurremkarmerruk said

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@Dumac

Though, It certainly makes us pine for them, doesn't it? :P
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Posted: Apr 20th 2011 5:30AM sortius said

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@Kurremkarmerruk I need not of these sites. Mine was delivered via the mail o' E.
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Posted: Apr 19th 2011 10:57PM RedWolf said

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"We're looking forward to hearing how this MMORTS plays, so if you get in, make sure to give us your fair assessment!"

The NDA is still in force.

Posted: Apr 20th 2011 12:26AM SlasherZet said

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@RedWolf
Build #5164. (4/13/2011)
The NDA is lifted!

The new build is here! We’ve completely overhauled the Greek campaign with new tutorials and brand new exciting missions in the early game. We’ve made big gains with cleaning up the UI plus better balanced items and stores. Also, we have greatly improved server stability for PvP!
In fact, there’s so much…we can’t fit it all here!

For more info, check out
http://forums.ageofempiresonline.com/forums/1/41175/ShowThread.aspx
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Posted: Apr 20th 2011 12:58AM RedWolf said

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@SlasherZet

Oh right, I missed that. On the forums I found:

"As of today, April 19th, we are lifting the NDA!"

Anyway, I was very pleasantly surprised by this game. Basically, it is a reincarnation of Age of Empires 1 with cartoony graphics, RPG elements (think WarCraft III) and a solid multiplayer focus.

I just hope Microsoft won't scuttle this by calling it an MMO. It's no more an MMO than any BattleNet RTS. It's actually a reboot of the Age of Empires RTS franchise with some very clever meta-RPG and character progression elements added in.

When I spoke to friends what I heard was "oh is it going to be a flash base Facebook game?" This couldn't be further from the truth, and although the game will feature micro transactions, it's about as far away from FarmVille as StarCraft II is.

To any RTS fan I highly recommend giving this game a try. While the single player content consists mostly of tutorials and intro missions, the co-op and PvP aspects will keep you entertained indefinitely.

The only negative I will mention is that the cartoony cell-shaded animation graphics will be difficult for some people to relate to, but they tend to grow on you.
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Posted: Apr 20th 2011 12:56PM ActiveNick said

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I went to Curse today and there does not seem to be a way to get a key at all. Has anyone not a Premium member managed to get one?

Posted: Apr 20th 2011 7:47PM ActiveNick said

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@ActiveNick I just checked again and the keys for non-premium Curse members are now available!
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