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Topic Subject:Age of Empires 2 Wallpapers
tvf_tez_e
Squire
posted 04-07-20 11:06 AM CT (US)         
Hi again AoE fans,

Unfortunately my other topic about the "AoE Trailers" is still quiet, but I really hope this one will get some attention of some old AoE collectors.

In the early 2000s, Ensemble Studios has published some AoE2 Wallpapers on their webpage in loseless BMP formats. These are the first official wallpapers about AoE2, and unfortunately not available to download from any source anymore. I searched everywhere on internet, but all I could find are their JPG copies, which are lossy and badly compressed.

It's possible to view the original download pages for those wallpapers on Archive.org via THIS and THIS links.

As you can see, there are 9 BMP wallpapers in total. Wallpaper titles and the file names in the domain are:
- Conquerors Logo (conquerors.zip)
- Ensemble Studios Logo (eslogo.zip)
- Knight Wallpaper (knight.zip)
- Knights Wallpaper (knights.zip)
- Highlander (highlander.zip)
- Persian War Elephant (elephant.zip)
- Viking (viking.zip)
- Conquerors Petard (petard1280_1024.zip)
- Conquerors Turtle Boat (turtleship1280_1024.zip)
(how unfortunate, only elephant.zip was archived and is available to download at the moment)

I hope there are some nice AoE veterans here who have these files in their collection, and will be happy to share. I'll be extremely thankful.

Thanks in advance!

[This message has been edited by tvf_tez_e (edited 04-07-2020 @ 11:10 AM).]

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Possidon
Slayer
posted 04-07-20 01:50 PM CT (US)     1 / 4       
tvf_tez_e
Squire
posted 04-07-20 02:17 PM CT (US)     2 / 4       
Thank you for the link Possidon, but they are those lossy JPG ones that I mentioned. I'm looking for the original BMP ones published directly by Ensemble Studios on their webpage.

I managed to find only "Persian War Elephant" bmp. You can download it and the jpg one from THIS link to see the quality difference.
Charlie I
Squire
posted 04-17-20 04:47 PM CT (US)     3 / 4       
Yes, I have some of them in the original BMP Format, but It seems nobody cares to see the difference from the bmp version and the JPG one.

Here is the link:
https://www.4shared.com/zip/DrmyHBPVei/highlander.html
https://www.4shared.com/zip/kk-z_3j3ei/knight.html
https://www.4shared.com/zip/LqLbWXttei/viking.html
https://www.4shared.com/zip/848UQh_Xei/petard800x600.html
https://www.4shared.com/zip/Rjoc-7Z2ei/petard1024_768.html
https://www.4shared.com/zip/vLMufIOyei/turtleship800x600.html
https://www.4shared.com/zip/dSuzNTjrei/turtleship1024_768.html

There a couple of Wallpapers I am missing but, I hope this can be useful to add for your collection.

And as a bonus, I will share this old screensaver that was available to download from the official website.

https://www.4shared.com/zip/05Cd1tK0ca/aoe2_saver.html

[This message has been edited by Charlie I (edited 04-17-2020 @ 04:48 PM).]

tvf_tez_e
Squire
posted 04-18-20 05:00 AM CT (US)     4 / 4       
Such a great share! These bitmaps will certainly be very useful for me and many other collectors. I'm really thankful to you for your cooperation, Charlie.

So current known missing bitmaps are:
- Conquerors Logo (conquerors.zip)
- Ensemble Studios Logo (eslogo.zip)
- Knights Wallpaper (knights.zip)
- Conquerors Petard (petard1280_1024.zip)
- Conquerors Turtle Boat (turtleship1280_1024.zip)

I will be happy to hear from anyone who has these ones, or any other AoE related high definition bitmaps from early 2000s. Thank you in advance!
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