Furthering the (re-)discovery
of the machinima and live-action blended series Age of Nations
), this week's focus is on Episode 108: "The Best of Plans"
. In addition to being able to download the episode in Windows Media (WMV) format from the course website, you can also stream it
off of YouTube. Set in the Rise of Nations
universe as the first Real-Time Strategy (RTS) machinima series and first for the game, AoN
ran for one season of 14 episodes and ending with a featurette released in July 2007.
As described for the series' eighth episode:
The three military leaders continue to bicker over best courses of action, though ultimately come to a tense compromise.
As this unfolds business interests advance, research starts to accelerate and an unexpected countermeasure threatens to disrupt it all.
Afterwards, you can also stream the commentary
on the episode or download directly
if you prefer; first released in September 2006, it has been absent from public distribution for nearing three years to today. From the now defunct game developer Big Huge Games
co-founded by Civilization II
and Alpha Centauri
Lead Designer Brian Reynolds, RoN
worked to incorporate Turn-Based Strategy (TBS) elements into an RTS environment.