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peter
HG Alumnus
posted 10-20-03 05:42 PM ET (US)         




Welcome to the quick AoE & RoR FAQ. Here you'll find a list of questions asked so often that we lost count of it.

If you have questions not dealt with here please ask them in a separate thread so this one can be used for the really frequently asked questions.

Q: Where can I download da game?
A: At your local shop, at some places from a cereals box.
We don't support warez and no-cd cracks. Don't ask for them and don't advertise them. Expect to get banned if you do.

Q: How can I place gold mines, stone quarries, lions and other stuff on a map in the scenario editor?
A: Select Units, select Gaia from the Player drop-down list.

Q: How can I win the River Outpost scenario in the Egypt campaign?
A: This is a fairly easy scenario. The only hard part is reading the instructions. You have to upgrade to the Iron Age and upgrade your towers to guard towers.
For related questions you can consult our single player help section.

Q: How can I skip the opening cinematics when I start AoE or RoR?
A: Make a shortcut, open it, select the Properties tab, move the cursur to the end of the selected text box that has the program file name in it and add "nostartup" - without the quotation marks.

Q: How can I play the game with the midi music?
A: Make a shortcut, open it, select the Properties tab, move the cursor to the end of the selected text box that has the program file name in it and add "midimusic" - without the quotation marks.

Q: How can I save a multiplayer game?
A: You can't. It isn't an option. And that makes sense as it's hard enough to gather a set of people to play a game across the net.

Q: When I open a saved game the game crashes and returns to the desktop. Alternatively, the game crashes to the desktop in the middle of a game.
A: That's a problem of the patch, 1.c for AoE, 1.a for RoR. Don't play with the patch if you play against the computer only. You don't need a dual install to have AoE/RoR with and without the patch; simply do the following:
* Rename the patched files in the AoE folder to AoEpatch.exe and RoRpatch.exe (or use other names)
* Copy the original exes from your CD(s) to the game folder.
* Make shortcuts to all versions and place them on your desktop or in a games folder on your desktop. In the shortcut you can also add code to prevent the opening cinematics.

Do not delete the files with the patch. You need them when you play on line and for campaigns that were designed in the patched version.

Here's an alternative, posted by andycmdab:
I had extensively tested this problem before and I know when to save, save when there's no fighting going on, actually, there could be swordmen fighting but make sure there's no archers or baliistica firing -- it's that animation effects which creates the bug.
Q: How can I change the pop cap (population limit) for a single player game?
A: You can't. The CP will always cap at 50 pop. If you want to play with a higher pop cap for yourself, start a multiplayer game. In ROR you can set the pop cap in the settings screen. In AOE you need to add "Limit=xxx" (type a number instead of xxx, and don't include the quotation marks) to the command line in your shortcut.
Update: You can download an utility from the Granary section to increase the pop cap for all players in RoR here: http://aoe.heavengames.com/dl-php/showfile.php?fileid=1799

Q: Help me!!! I'm stuck in a scenario!
A: For hints about all scenarios in the campaigns and some more, visit our hints section: http://aoe.heavengames.com/academy/Hintsheets/CampaignHintsIndex.shtml.
If the hints there don't help you, or if you're playing a campaign we don't give hints for, ask your question in the forum.

Q: I downloaded a scenario /campaign. Now where do I save it to?
A: The downloaded file is a .zip archive, first open it, for instance with a program like Winzip or the default Windows program, and drag the campaign or scenario file from it. Save scenarios in the scenario folder and campaigns in the campaign folder.

Q: I got a problem with multiplayer games.
A: Try this: http://aoe.heavengames.com/downsnew/FAQ/OnlinePlayFAQ.shtml

Q: How do I make a screenshot?
A: Press Ctrl + F12. The bitmap is saved in the Age of Empires folder (where the .exe file sits).

Q: How can I run Age of Empires in windowed mode?
A: The original game does not support windowed mode but you can check this thread out for a workaround: DxWnd Utility.

Q: I get strange colors in Vista/Win7/Win8
A: Most of times it is related to a DirectDraw issue.
The solution is to add some reys in the Windows Registry. It does not need to modify any file. DirectDrawFix - Color Update will do it automatically.

For modders/developers, here is the technical detail:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw\Compatibility\UNIQUE_APP_NAME_HERE]
"Name"="EXECUTABLE_NAME.EXE" (REG_SZ)
"ID"=hex:XX,XX,XX,XX (REG_BINARY: 4 bytes)
"Flags"=hex:00,08,00,00 (REG_BINARY: 4 bytes)

The Flags value instructs ddraw.dll to ignore this data for systems before Vista. The ID value is the internal timestamp of the executable file.

To find the timestamp with a hex editor:
- Seek in the file to 0x3C
- Read the 4 byte value here: we'll call it idOffset
- Seek in the file to (idOffset + 0x08)
- Read the 4 byte value here: this is the ID
* If you stil have issues (colors are so bad that it's absolutely not playable), you may have the ATI/AMD catalyst issue.
Some old versions of the "AMD Catalyst control center" provoke this bug. Installing the latest version of the program will fix the color issue.

Q: I still have corrupted colors in-game (color bugs), what can I do?
A: The reason for this is usually some incompatibility of your graphics card with the 8-bit graphics used by the game. First of all - update your graphics card drivers! This may be enough to solve the problem. If you still have corrupted colors - open the Launcher, select Settings and check "Windowed Mode" then Apply. This should solve it. If your game resolution is the same as your desktop, the game will not be in a window even with this option On.

Q: Virtual Store related I can't find my scenarios, campaigns, save games or other files in game directory?
A:
This is caused by Windows (Vista/7/8/8.1/10 with U.A.C. on), any programs that save files directly in system directories (like Program Files) have their files redirected to Virtual Store (Compatibility Files). You can find all your custom files in this location:
C:\Users\\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\
Replace with the account name on your PC and with the path to your game directory. For example, if the game is installed in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires" and your account name is "John", your Virtual Store path for the game is "C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires". In Windows Vista/7 you can click the Compatibility Files button (in Windows Explorer) from game directory to go directly to the Virtual Store directory.
Remember that this applies to all files saved from the game.

Q: My custom campaigns are not saved by the game?
A:
This is another Windows related problem (Vista/7/8/8.1/10 with U.A.C. on), for some reason .cpx files (Rise of Rome campaigns) are not allowed. You can solve this by running the game as Administrator - right click on the game or its shortcut (or even the Launcher) and select Run As Administrator - do this only when you want to save a campaign, you should not run the game as admin otherwise. If you can't find your scenarios while running as Administrator - check the Virtual Store (information above). Move the scenarios you need from Virtual Store to original scenarios directory before saving your campaign.

If you have any other questions please ask them here!



[This message has been edited by PhatFish (edited 07-22-2016 @ 09:09 AM).]

AuthorReplies:
Evilone
Clubman
posted 12-19-10 04:45 PM ET (US)     201 / 295       
Thanks!

Yeas i have seen that mod and i am looking forward to it. Really glad that a major mods is comeing for aoe. =)

Well i am not so good whit computers or moding so sorry.

I have a other qustion, have can fix so that evry civ can recruit improved bowman in SP/MP?
Basse
Clubman
posted 12-20-10 09:25 AM ET (US)     202 / 295       
Full tech tree or modding
Evilone
Clubman
posted 12-23-10 08:32 AM ET (US)     203 / 295       
well if a pic full tech then evreybody can build evrything.

So modding =) If it is easy?
Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 12-23-10 10:10 AM ET (US)     204 / 295       
Depends on what you're modding, but in case of that improved bowman thing, quite easy. But these are all not really FAQ's so please ask such things in another thread next time.
Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 03-05-11 11:15 AM ET (US)     205 / 295       
Is there any easy way to make pregame videos?
Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 03-06-11 07:36 AM ET (US)     206 / 295       
Well, it can be very easy. You will need a video editing program. I use pinnacle studio. Windows movie maker is good enough, but can't make avi files if I'm correct.

I use pinnacle 12. When making the movie, choose medium screen avi, then under options increase the quality and publish. If you want the game to recognise your new movie, you'll need to rename your new movie to match one of the orignal movie names and then copy and overwrite it.

I made a movie, renamed it to INTROX.avi and put it in my avi folder. The game then plays it.
Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 03-06-11 08:37 AM ET (US)     207 / 295       
Ok but why I need to overwrite it?
Basse
Clubman
posted 03-06-11 09:44 AM ET (US)     208 / 295       
Only if it s the pre-game video, and not if it is a pre-scenario video
Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 03-06-11 10:26 AM ET (US)     209 / 295       
I have't tried it, but I believe the game will only load the original movie names IIRC. But that can easily be tested.
Basse
Clubman
posted 03-06-11 10:44 AM ET (US)     210 / 295       
You can select the pre-game cinematics in the scenario editor
Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 03-06-11 01:47 PM ET (US)     211 / 295       
lol I meant pre-scenario videos. Sorry.

Btw is there any help for making pre-scenario videos in SiegeWorkshop?

[This message has been edited by Oldroman (edited 03-06-2011 @ 02:02 PM).]

Basse
Clubman
posted 03-06-11 02:17 PM ET (US)     212 / 295       
No, I only think there is one for making the bitmaps.
Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 03-06-11 02:22 PM ET (US)     213 / 295       
Just pick a video editing tool (I don't know which are for free, I mentioned pinnacle, but that one cost money). There are more than enough tutorials and such you can find on the internet.
Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 03-07-11 05:34 PM ET (US)     214 / 295       
I just checked. You were right basse, only the game-intro movie needs overwriting (maybe not even that, I heard you can tell the .exe which data file it must read, so probably you can aslo tell it which movie is the intro).
Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 03-08-11 04:09 PM ET (US)     215 / 295       
So I don't need to overwrite pre-scenario video with original game videos. That's good! Thanks for help folks!
aLiEn Mw
Clubman
posted 05-18-11 12:12 PM ET (US)     216 / 295       
Hi everyone, i just joined Heavengames to take on AGE OF EMPIRES:RISE OF ROME Forums, i started playing this when i was a kid back in 2000/1. I was so addicted to it that i used to miss school and even miss watching DBZ(.O). Anyway these days im tired of playing pokmon online(hard player), and loosing fun of it. I never taken AOE online before, so id like to take it now, i hope that anyone still plays it, because i wanna have a competition because winning and finishing the campaign in hardest difficult is kids stuff for me. I will greatly thank anyone if add me on MSN and have a match with me in AOE, please dont ignore me, its serious. (alien_mw@hotmail.com).
Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 05-18-11 12:48 PM ET (US)     217 / 295       
Welcome, there are a few threads with tournaments around at the moment. Most people here play on gameranger, there's a thread too with all the names people use on gameranger.
aLiEn Mw
Clubman
posted 05-18-11 01:02 PM ET (US)     218 / 295       
And where is this or that Gameranger?? Can you link me to it, plz?
Basse
Clubman
posted 05-18-11 01:06 PM ET (US)     219 / 295       
Refresh
Clubman
posted 07-22-11 01:50 PM ET (US)     220 / 295       
I don't know if this is related in any way, but how can I compress my finished stuff with RoRd into the aoe.ply?
Basse
Clubman
posted 07-22-11 01:55 PM ET (US)     221 / 295       
IIRC RoRd only edits the .dat file.
Thompsoncs
Clubman
posted 07-22-11 02:47 PM ET (US)     222 / 295       
ply files can simply be edited with notepad IIRC. RoRd is only for data files.

edit- RoRd works on it own, you don't need other tools.

Just put the changes in patches.txt and then make new data file with RoRd.

[This message has been edited by Thompsoncs (edited 07-22-2011 @ 02:51 PM).]

Refresh
Clubman
posted 07-22-11 02:47 PM ET (US)     223 / 295       
Okay, but then what application do I need to use to compress it?
Edit: okay I made a data file but how to use it? I mean where to put it etc. I thought it needs to be ply. Btw, can someone give me a link to a drs explorer that works on 64-bit systems?

[This message has been edited by Refresh (edited 07-22-2011 @ 03:33 PM).]

DarkRain654
Clubman
posted 07-22-11 03:42 PM ET (US)     224 / 295       
AOE.PLY is the playbook. It's a plain text file containing a list of formations and attack types. EMPIRES.DAT is the database. It's a compressed binary file containing unit statistics, terrain data, graphics and sound indices, technology data, costs, etc. It must be decompressed and then edited with a hex editor or with a program like RoRd that does the decompression, modifications, and recompression automatically. Although it stands for "RoR Editor," which could imply that it's capable of editing everything in RoR, RoRd can only edit EMPIRES.DAT. After putting patches.txt in the ged_data folder, RoRd's "Create New Genie File" option will create the patched EMPIRES.DAT file. If you want to edit AOE.PLY, there's an article about it at the Siege Workshop. There are also editors available at the Granary for AIs, PERs, DRSes, and CTYs.
Refresh
Clubman
posted 07-22-11 03:54 PM ET (US)     225 / 295       
Ah guys! Sorry for being such a noob, thanks for all! One last question: what file stores the wallpapers of the main menu and the buttons?
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