Released back in 1999 – Age of Empires II has been hailed as one of the best RTS games of all time while its gameplay continues to be used as the foundation for new titles. Fans of the series will now be delighted to known that gaming pioneer, John Romero is selling his VIP pass to the games launch party.
Ensemble Studios held a major launch party for Age of Empires II at their main office back in 1999 and Romero was among the VIP’s invited to the event. The pass is now available for sale on eBay with the starting price being $5 and the current bid being $12.50 (as of 4/15). The winner of the auction could request Romero to sign the pass.
The announcement was made by Romero via Twitter:
— John Romero (@romero) April 13, 2018
Romero has been selling some of his games or gaming memorabilia, which have sold for a lot of money. In 2017 alone; he put many Doom memorabilia for sale including his personal copy of Masters of Doom along with the id Anthology and his floppy disk copy of Doom II.
John Romero is a pioneer in the gaming world having co-founded id Software in the 90’s alongside John Carmack and Tom Hall. His gaming credits include work on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake just to name a few while also coining the multiplayer term “deathmatch”.
In 2015; he established Romero Games Ltd., an independent game studio located in Galway, Ireland. Their first title, Gunman Taco Truck was released in January 2017 and it was highly praised by critics along with gamers.