It both unpacks and works fine. You need to extract it with Winzip 12.0. I think they changed the compression algorithm or something in the latest version. Anyway, Winrar can't extract it.
but if anyone can change the lanuage from Russian to English, please share it. I think you need the English language.dll file from the full version.
This is exactly what you need to do. Well, there are still some missing text here and there, but copying language.dll from the final version does work.
By the way the alpha has a cd-check. I made a patch for it, but I don't have it on this computer and since the alpha seems to be already removed from the server, you'll have to wait till Tuesday before I can upload it. If it's not against the rules or anything
Ok. I uploaded the file (Age of Empires II Alpha.rar) to BA ftp and mrpijey's ftp. I added a folder called "Patch" to the archive. It contains the patched exe and english language.dll. Now let's hope everything still works.
Post subject: Re: Age of Empire II: The Age of Kings Alpha Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:33 pm
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I just tried this out yesterday, works great once you copy over the no-cd patch and the language file. I was actually surprised that many of the models actually look a lot better than they do in the final game. I also saw on Youtube that the intro video was a lot longer and had more scenes but it seems to be missing in this copy unfortunately. Really cool find though, apparently it was leaked in Russia by mistake.
Post subject: Re: Age of Empire II: The Age of Kings Alpha Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:03 am
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Joined Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:28 pm
I am uploading a new version of this game. The old one was just an archive of the game pre-installed without any videos. This one is actually a real ISO with an installer and from what I can see, includes videos. It will be up during the next major release pack.
I'd like some feedback on it when it's up, I have not tried it myself so it would be nice to know if it works properly and if it's complete.