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aka The piano guy

Bureaucrat Admin
5,857 Edits since joining this wiki
June 4, 2011
  • I live in a random location in the middle of nowhere.
  • My occupation is a random job, at a random wiki.
  • I am a random guy who likes to play random music on a random musical instrument.
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Welcome MessageEdit


Hi, welcome to the Age of Empires Series Wiki! Thanks for your edit to the St. Francis page.

If you feel like improving more articles, but not sure which one you want to improve, then try the Random Page button! Also, every wiki has two list of articles that need help, called "Stubs" and "Wanted Articles". Don't be shy, be bold!

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Thanks for contributing to the Age of Empires Wiki. Happy Editing! Please leave a message on my talk page if I can help with anything! -- !mmortal (Talk) 04:23, June 4, 2011

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your contributions to this wikia. However, as long as article titles are incorrect (e.g. Dark Rider should be Black Rider), please don't shorten titles from Age of Empires: xxxx to xxxx (AoE)? This nomenclature is used for purposes of clarity.

Thanks, !mmortal talk 04:46, June 5, 2011 (UTC)

RE: Are you back at the wiki? Edit

Not really back I just go back and forth and make some edits. I'm right now on the Age of Empires Online Wiki. But if you need anything I'm here to help. BTW you should check your signature it has the link incorrect. - KazMx (Message me! E-Mail me! 1,438 Edits! ) 22:59, June 10, 2011 (UTC)

Hey Piano, I reconsidered coming back, I will be editing at least ten times a day. But I do have other wikis, especially the AoE Online Wiki, which I'm considering merging into this one. But I not 100% sure. - KazMx ( Message me! | E-Mail me! | 1,438 Edits! ) - ( ) 15:43, June 17, 2011 (UTC)
You really should :P Ajraddatz Talk Contribs 18:07, June 17, 2011 (UTC)

New Project:Revolution Edit

Please check Revolution, I hope I can count you in. - KazMx ( Message me! | E-Mail me! | 1,438 Edits! ) - ( ) 18:47, June 17, 2011 (UTC)

Admin rights Edit

Hey, would you like admin tools to move pages and stuff without the rate limit? I can give you them for a week, or you could request them permanently here. Thanks, Ajraddatz Talk Contribs 02:04, June 18, 2011 (UTC)

You never got back to me - would you like temporary sysop tools so you can move as many pages as you'd like, rather than need to wait for rate limits? Ajraddatz Talk Contribs 20:48, June 19, 2011 (UTC)
I've given them to you for a week - you can request them permanently at Project:Administrators/Requests. Ajraddatz Talk Contribs 14:11, June 20, 2011 (UTC)

Hi Edit

Hi! I am a user on this wiki and I would like to thank you for all the wonderful work done on this site. Also, congratulations for being #1 on this wiki.

Revamp Edit

I think this wiki needs a major revamp (especially the Main Page).

We need a different Featured Article and for that new nominations which we currently lack.

We also need a new HBFS. Btw, what purpose does it serve?

We need more/new Trivia under the DYK heading.

We also need to eliminate those red links and just unlink the ones to impossible pages.

We need more pictures (Google Images is a good source e.g. Morgan Black AoE III).

We need a standard format for articles and users should cease referring to themselves on pages (such as "i think this is the right spelling".

We also need more active users and a page to link all User Accounts and Admin Accounts (We currently have a page called Users but only 1 link. The trouble is, nobody knows how to add a User page to a Category).



Hello there Edit

Ah, Piano! I've seen you on Sporewiki for quite a bit recently, and I just want to say welcome! I'm also an avid Age of Empires player, and I occasionally come here to do some clean-up work (grammar, spelling, etc.). But, I just came here to say hi. Nice to see you here! The Jovar 15:13, July 11, 2011 (UTC)

I came up with an idea for some navboxes that may or may not be of great use for the wiki, which is why I am proposing it to you before I go ahead and make it. I have the idea of making an navbox that provides easy links to the individual types of units within each game (for example, an AoE II Infantry navbox would contain a list of all infantry units found within the game (it would be sure to point out unique units, and order of lineage as well)). If you don't think that I should implement it, that is absolutely fine with me, but personally I find it a bit difficult to navigate through the various pages for units found in the different games. In addition, since I am only familiar with AoE II, I will only be able to make an accurate navbox for AoE II units (though provided with an accurate list of units for the other games, this may not be a problem). Again, if you do not like this idea, then just go right ahead and tell me, though I do look forward to going ahead with it! The Jovar 04:38, July 13, 2011 (UTC)

Greetings From Hoodedwarbler12Edit

Hi there! I'm new here. I know a lot about wikis, Age of Mythology, and AoE II and III. Especially AoM though, because it's the only one on my computer at this time. I really like wikis, and this one looks great! I'm looking forward to helping out a lot in the future! --Hoodedwarbler12 14:10, July 26, 2011 (UTC)

Double Redirect Edit

Hey i was bored and came across your wiki, noticed the massive amount of double redirects that needed fixing, so i ran my bot through. Hope you don't mind, lol made 6th on the wiki. If you need any other bot related task completed, let me know. Gracey91 18:13, August 15, 2011 (UTC)

Hello Edit

Hiya Dan! i'd say Aoe is one of the first modern video games I can remember playing...

Anyhoo, I have suggested some improvements on my userpage on unifiying and cleaning the wiki. I think myself and the ideas can be a great addition to the aoe wiki. So, drop on by and give it a think, won't you? Thanks, Big McLargeHuge 22:03, August 17, 2011 (UTC)

Yes, that is quite obvious. However, it ha been a very long time since I have played any of these games, nor can I now, so I really can only help on the wikia side of things. You may want to check the candidates for deletion, becuse that category is getting bigger. Big McLargeHuge 14:43, August 22, 2011 (UTC)


You are my superior for now3groscod 23:26, October 13, 2011 (UTC)

Heads upEdit

Why didn't you deal with this twit who thought he could mimic multiple personality syndrome and spammed the entire wiki activity feed with utter nonsense? C'mon Piano you've got the POWER! XD !mmortal talk 03:30, November 13, 2011 (UTC)

Image deletion Edit

Hello, seeing as your an admin, could you please delete files: Image:Trireme.jpg and File:StoneThrower.jpg ‎as they are not being used at all, and the images have been replaced with a higher quality one. Thanks. emosworld 06:15, November 18, 2011 (UTC)

Oh, and Image:Stable_1.jpg - thanks. emosworld 06:46, November 18, 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm focusing on Age of Empires 1, and Rise of Rome at the moment, seeing as I'm getting back into those games. Unfortunately, I don't have Age of Mythology, so I guess I'll just focus on AoE and RoR. emosworld 20:56, November 18, 2011 (UTC)

Suggestion Edit

Great work Piano! I've got a suggestion to make, and don't really have the time to see it through. How about changing the background to a (larger) image that encompasses the entire (or most of the) series? Any response is welcome! !mmortal talk 10:07, November 19, 2011 (UTC)

Message from OprichnikEdit

Hi, I'm from Peru, wanted t know if you have a Egyptian capital of the Age of empires online, also found a perfect balance in these four units, wich together, in a large armycan be unstoppable:


-Chariot Archer


-War elephant

Re:Promotion for LeeUnit92 Edit

Hey Piano, I haven't been active for the past week, apologies for the late message and Happy Black Friday and Thanksgiving! We don't actually celebrate them in Down Under, but anyways :). I promoted Lee a couple of months ago, see here.

Cheers, !mmortal talk 05:10, November 27, 2011 (UTC)

Pictures Edit

Well, it's kind of an effort - I also get the same issue with print screen (in which the screen turns black when I paste the image). What I do is use the video capture software called FRAPS. I capture a video, then open the video using Windows Media Player. Somehow, when you video the game, it does not turn black. I then print screen the video - voila - you have a perfect image (with exception of the yellow/red numbers on the top left hand corner). Hope this helps!! emosworld 06:22, November 28, 2011 (UTC)

Also, on a side note, there's been an idiot destroying and creating new pages. Could you please delete all the bogus pages, and block this idiot here. emosworld 06:24, November 28, 2011 (UTC)

RE: 1850 Pages? Edit

Possibly, but then again, a jump of 50 pages doesn't exactly happen within the span of a week. The Wiki servers might not have cached information correctly, so that may explain the increase.

!mmortal talk 23:10, December 15, 2011 (UTC)

Quick ?Edit

Piano, quick question, on the Greek campaign in AOE1, in the level "Trojan War", who opposess the Greeks is it the Persians or the HittitesVon Lettow-Vorbeck 04:31, December 30, 2011 (UTC)

Thanks alot, man!Von Lettow-Vorbeck 16:37, December 30, 2011 (UTC)

Happy New Year!Von Lettow-Vorbeck 06:20, January 1, 2012 (UTC)

I have a quick question and I thought you might know, in the Pirates page of AOE3, what language are they using?Von Lettow-Vorbeck 21:46, January 1, 2012 (UTC)
Thanks man!Von Lettow-Vorbeck 22:10, January 1, 2012 (UTC)

This may be completly off subject of Age of Empires, but are you intrested in World War 2Von Lettow-Vorbeck 00:02, January 2, 2012 (UTC)

You joined in June 2011, its January 2012, and your number 1 on the leaderboard, how did that happen?

Von Lettow-Vorbeck 21:42, January 2, 2012 (UTC)Sorry, that last message was from me

How do you block people. I need to block someone on my wikiVon Lettow-Vorbeck 03:16, January 3, 2012 (UTC)

Thanks man for the helpVon Lettow-Vorbeck 21:32, January 3, 2012 (UTC)

Sort ofEdit

I might make a few edits here and there if I can get my gaming comp up and running again, at the moment though I am mostly doing console gaming. Designing strategies for the higher difficulties of single player games like Skyrim (Breton Juggernaut) and Dead Island. Mictlantecuhtli 06:54, January 11, 2012 (UTC)

Gaining bot flag Edit

See User_talk:!mmortal#Bot_Flag. --Jt 01:40, February 5, 2012 (UTC)

 ? Edit

I don't know why there is a gap between the Main section and News section, which has pushed it partially out of the text background, any ideas? Also, I suggest we should have gaps between articles' titles and opening texts, thoughts? Cheers! !mmortal talk 10:17, February 6, 2012 (UTC)

Assistance Edit

Hi mate, I've disabled the article comment feature for the time being, after excessive spamming. <gone for the time being> Cheers !mmortal talk 05:27, February 7, 2012 (UTC)

Can you edit here: I have been trying my hardest to make this wiki grow and the wiki itself is kinda a video game encyclopedia. I would really apprecaite it if you edited there because we need fans from different game series to fully expand. As of that i will edit on a wiki you have that needs help or any other wikis that you want me to edit on. Overall thank you for reading!Reviewportal77 18:49, February 23, 2012 (UTC)

Welcoming Edit

Hi, thanks for the welcome message, I'll see what I can improve ;)

Greetings. --†_JuαиPα™_† a message? 08:05, April 12, 2012 (UTC)

Elevation Edit

Should've asked sometime ago, but for your exemplary edits here, would you want to attain the position of Bureaucrat? !mmortal talk 02:53, April 13, 2012 (UTC)

Absence. Edit

I think I'm going to take a break from continual editing and focus on my education. In my general absence over the year, I'm sure you'll fulfill the role of main bureaucrat here that all will seek advice and guidance from :) Thanks !mmortal talk 00:29, April 22, 2012 (UTC)

Age of Empires 2 name changeEdit

Could you please help me change the name of the Berserker to Berserk? Everytime I try renaming the article, it won't move.

Jadeempire 20:49, May 14, 2012 (UTC)

Some articles here are "move protected" in case of vandalism or attacks made by sock puppets. The title of the Berserker article cannot be changed since it is actually referred to as that name in the game. If you need additional assistance, feel free to send me back a message.
  ŒThe Piano Guy   Lets play some chess!   05:33,5/20/2012    6,396  

AoEIII Unit Icons Edit

Am I allowed to replace images like this, Settler Wagon with images like this? Settler Wagon Icon

Because, you know that the article is about Settler Wagons, and the hitpoint bar is also quite useless, so I think only the icon would make it look nicer. BoazMoerman 19:08, May 23, 2012 (UTC)BoazMoerman

Of course! Feel free to make any changes if necessary. However, try to retain the original name of the picture if possible. This can be done by saving the new picture into the name or title of an existing picture, overwriting the original file. Even if the new picture is "duplicated," don't fret. Just ask an admin around here to remove any defect or duplicated images. If you need additional assistance, feel free to contact me whenever possible.
  ŒThe Piano Guy   Lets play some chess!   05:18,5/25/2012    6,396  
Thanks for the answer! BoazMoerman 11:45, May 26, 2012 (UTC)BoazMoerman


Do you know how you can calculate/see the LOS of units and buildings in Age of Empires III? I can't find it. BoazMoerman 13:49, May 27, 2012 (UTC)BoazMoerman

Buildings and other units can reveal range and other important information by simply clicking on it or its icon. However, only a certain amount of buildings actually possess range. Buildings that have their range shown can attack other units. Buildings with no range shown cannot attack other units, but have economic/technological purposes. No matter what type of building it is, it does have line of sight. Line of sight is slightly different from range. Line of sight can be greater than the firing range and all units have this ability. Unlike range, line of sight is usually not revealed in game. Cheers!
  ŒThe Piano Guy   Lets play some chess!   05:59,5/31/2012    6,396  

Age of empires 3 units bio PICSEdit

How can i find them instad of takeing screan shots in game and cut out? is there a folder of bio pic's? in age of empires 3

Scare Cr0w (talk) 22:11, August 1, 2012 (UTC)Scare Cr0w


Can you make me an admin so I can delete pages marked for deletion and edit locked pages? I would like to be able to do that. BoazMoerman (talk) 14:25, September 29, 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, I will make good use of it! BoazMoerman (talk) 13:30, October 8, 2012 (UTC)

Sitenotice Edit

I notice that your Sitenotice refers to removing a template which has apparently been deleted. Since you seem to be the most active admin, can I get you to change or remove it when you have a chance? Thanks! Robin Hood  (talk) 07:22, December 28, 2013 (UTC)


I was wondering what the reason is for the red outlines in the templates, like Template:AoE_3_Units. Thanks in advance. BoazMoerman (talk) 11:11, January 2, 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for addig that but I can't fully understand what you mean. If mean than Aof is not an official expansion well, it was unofficial but now it is official. Thanks again.RSV 123 (talk) 09:38, January 8, 2014 (UTC)

Additional User Colors InterfaceEdit

I was planning to add different colors for bots, moderators and rollbacks, but I am not sure yet which colors to use. Because they should be readable, and should not look like red links. By the way, I do not know how to have your username colored in wiki activity, page history etc, because I don't now how to make it work with the ~ symbol. BoazMoerman (talk) 15:20, January 8, 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for making me a chat moderator. But in truly I don't know much about make duties and how to do it, it's my first time. Can you teach me how to do it? Thank you very much once again.RSV 123 (talk) 09:43, January 22, 2014 (UTC)

About CategoriesEdit

Ok you are right about some categories, but i think is necessary a cleanup for those categories that are redundant, is pointless for example labeling an article  with infantry and the unti categories, when ovbiously all Infantry are Units. I just create these ategories ( catapults, Foot Archers etc. ) just in order to have a more logical and parsimonious category system, for example all foot archers are ovbiously archers, but Can be also considered Infantry and we can save these two categories in just one by simply labeling the foot archer category as a type of infantryPapermaniac (talk) 14:04, January 31, 2014 (UTC)

Other thing about the categories I almost forget, returning to the example of the Foot archers category, I create this because not all archers can be considered as infantry (cavalry archers for example) but If we have this category and the Cavalry archers category labeled as archers we can also categorize better the articules in the future. In the case of the catapult category I created that because of this article in wikipedia : I hope you read it. but just in case i can relabel it as "mechanical artillery" and the actual artillery category can be relabled as "gunpowder Artillery" and both categories can be labeled as siege equipment.Papermaniac (talk) 14:28, January 31, 2014 (UTC)

Hi, sorry if you think that I'm jumping into this but I think that the catagory units should be there, it would make it easier to navigate through pages.RSV 123 (talk) 16:57, January 31, 2014 (UTC)
Personally, I'm not a big fan of categories since I believe that properly designed nav-boxes are more organized. If you were to look at some widely read wikis, many articles have very structured nav-boxes and only have few categories for organization. Having too many categories may clutter the categories page which I don't find very pleasing. Again, this topic can be very subjective so I wouldn't worry too much about this.
  ŒThe Piano Guy   Lets play some chess!   08:07,2/1/2014    6,396  
In fact boxes are better for improve navigation, the categories purpose is mainly to describe what kind of article is this, well I follow your recomendationof changing the name of some categories, I will still resume the categories for the articles. I propose the next format for categorizing an article give your opinion:
  • All articles must have the game category 
  • Unit Must have the building category where they are made except when this is redundant, ( for example the dock for ships is kind of redundant)
  • all Articles must have maybe 1 to 4 categories of the type of item that describes it.
  • All Articles must have the age in wich the item is accesible.
  • redundant categories will be deleted.
  • Preferibly the articles will have the civilization category if they are esclusive to certain civilization or a group of civilizations.Papermaniac (talk) 15:31, February 1, 2014 (UTC)
Sounds good. I will put this into our Manual of Style for units and even other articles as soon as the project is completed.
  ŒThe Piano Guy   Lets play some chess!   20:55,2/1/2014    6,396  

Please watchEdit

Please also see this blog post, thanks!

User:Wildoneshelper/Sig 09:35, February 17, 2014 (UTC)


Hi, I have being away for only some time and a LOT have happened! That's really nice. The colour scheme is good but.... I don't know it seems a little strange. And the comments box in pages they are nice but seems a little immature for one of the oldest wikia. Thanks RSV 123 (talk) 08:54, February 19, 2014 (UTC)

Re:Template RedesignEdit

I actually have ideas for template redesign and they are all in this blog post: User_blog:Wildoneshelper/Re:Template_Redesign_and_more!. I hope I can finish it in April or May, but first I must add in all the photos I've uploaded to this wiki and the upcoming to the respective pages before I start the project. I hope I can send you some drafts of the template soon. -- User:Wildoneshelper/Sig 08:30, March 10, 2014 (UTC)

thank you I just want to improve the wiki Papermaniac (talk) 00:00, March 11, 2014 (UTC)

Possible Promotion Edit

Thank you for your confidence in me. I would very much like to be sysop.Narve (talk) 07:44, March 11, 2014 (UTC)

Age of Empires: World Domination Wiki Edit

Hi i'm Zaya1101, founder of Age of Empires: World Domination Wiki which is a new Age of Empires game for mobile devices coming out in Winter. I was just wondering if could please get some people on this wiki to come and help out on my wiki because it really needs organizing and fixing up. Thanks

P.S. First few people to come and help out a lot can be Admin or Bureaucrat.

Zaya1101 (talk) 21:23, April 12, 2014 (UTC)

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