The AoM Alpha is widely considered to be one of the best things. Basically, Ensemble Studios mailed out 10,000 discs to people who had either applied to the test the game or just random posters on AoMH. At first the alpha was going to suck, because only two Greek civs were included. But then all nine were included and it was officially glorious. There was only multiplayer but the AoM campaign was bad anyway, so who cares. Also you couldn't build Battle Boars because whenever they did their special attack they would glitch all over the screen and ruin everything. Also I think Thor started out with villagers instead of dwarves or something silly like that.