Not dead, but maybe dying. Looks difficult.
I still wonder why PkZ did not pass it down to his son (who could afford paying for it and someone taking care of it), but randomly sold it.
The new mechanics and gimmicks implementation ir really starting to get out of hand. We got a definitive game which is on the verge of losing it's identity and the ''official forums'' really like it, proposing more and more civs with weird mechanics and bonuses, while all we actually need is a definitive edition that won't crash while playing after every patch, get random hotkeys and find a way to pathing.Following the issue with having as moderators people close to MS or FE is that no one talks anymore about the real issues with the game or the upcoming projects, like the aoe pass that can potentially add +2 attack to sc line for 5 usd monthly or having more aoe3/aoe4 mechanics ported to the game, it seems like the community around is fine with whatever add one they put as long as the top streamers have content to youtube, in other words the criticism has been dead or silenced, apparently no one complains anymore about how miserably is that you are forced to play settings that you don't want in order to satisfy other users, like all the complains that are real have been buried in all aoe2 forums related.
Hera and Viper promote the reddit site recently, so does Nili, not sure abt others.
I've never watched them even mentioning aoezone. Only time it comes up is when Dad gets mentioned.
What about tournament preview or prediction topics or people discussing great matches? Like FreakinAndy winning against Hera.Gotta make some drama to make aoezone great again Kappa
Bumping lower tier tournaments hasn’t happened here for a long time. The last few times I’ve asked for a front page spot, it has been placed under the announcement of the big ones on the front page (if there are any). And that is obviously perfectly fine, and the way it should have always been. Even though us smaller content creators appreciate the visibility as well.Aoezone as a forum is certainly dead. But it can still be an important central place for community news, for tournament announcements, for game recaps, and as a repository for the game's history, which is something that reddit can simply never be.
I hate to always compare to starcraft, but their equivalent website (tl.net) is also a pretty quiet forum but is still useful because it has great tournament recaps with game-by-game breakdowns, even of the small weekly cups, and tournament announcements don't get lost like they do here because they stay on the main homepage carousel for as long as they're relevant (our big tournaments get bumped down for some random $200 German community TG tourney).