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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).]

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Mero
Clubman
posted 03-20-05 04:53 PM ET (US)     26 / 295       
You can do that. You must configure a network (I won't tell you how to do that, that would be not about AoE), and then, choose Multiplayer, and then your type of connection (Direct cable connection), in both computers.

"Hero" Mero
Roggan? Anonymous Ancient Villager
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Cato Maior
Clubman
posted 05-10-05 04:08 PM ET (US)     27 / 295       
Hi I'm an aoe-veteran and I have another problem:

The ror trial version campaign (about one of the punic wars), that can be downloaded here, doesn't work. I think the reason is, that you actually cannot upgrade your units to the best in the trial version. Hope I get some replies.

Sorry about my english, but I forgot almost everything

Bye Cato

Mero
Clubman
posted 05-10-05 07:48 PM ET (US)     28 / 295       
Well, you can ask Phill, who uploaded it. By the way, your english is very good. No spelling mistakes.

"Hero" Mero
Roggan? Anonymous Ancient Villager
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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 05-12-05 08:20 AM ET (US)     29 / 295       
I have no problems reading your English at all.

The reason you can't play the ROR trial campaign is probably that you did not install the 1.0c patch for ROR.


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
Dr Lorenzo
AOEH Seraph
posted 05-13-05 08:05 AM ET (US)     30 / 295       
Welcome to the forums, and don't worry about your English It's fine.

DR LORENZO
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Clubman
posted 05-19-05 11:15 PM ET (US)     31 / 295       
Ok, my ROR cd got all futzed up. I bought the AOEGOLD single CD and I can't remember how to install the 1.0 patch. I dl'd it to my desktop, now where do I unzip the files to? Thanks

LAB

Upnotep
Clubman
posted 05-20-05 01:41 AM ET (US)     32 / 295       
You don't need to unzip the files to any directory in particular. Just run the Setup.exe file and follow the instructions.

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Mero
Clubman
posted 09-21-05 01:42 AM ET (US)     33 / 295       
What is the RP thread?

"Hero" Mero
Roggan? Anonymous Ancient Villager
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peter
HG Alumnus
posted 09-21-05 03:58 AM ET (US)     34 / 295       
The Role Play thread. Started by Centy. Not a common question really.
LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 09-21-05 06:21 AM ET (US)     35 / 295       
It's not all that common, but I wouldn't mind. It's not like the question would be worth opening a new topic, would it?

Besides, you can blame me for not answering his question in another thread, because the server was so slow again and I was sick of waiting.


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.

[This message has been edited by LittleFreak (edited 09-21-2005 @ 06:23 AM).]

Mero
Clubman
posted 09-21-05 08:04 AM ET (US)     36 / 295       
You lazy LittleFreak .

"Hero" Mero
Roggan? Anonymous Ancient Villager
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CenturionZ_1
Clubman
posted 09-21-05 03:23 PM ET (US)     37 / 295       
http://aoe.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/aoecgi/display.cgi?action=ct&f=1,4502,,all

RP = Role Play


CenturionZ_1
HG Angel
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Czech Centurian
Clubman
posted 09-21-05 03:34 PM ET (US)     38 / 295       
Speaking of which, we should make a new RP thread soon.

Czech Centurian
"Most Checks are written, I'm a Czech that was born."

Save Water, Drink Beer

babylonX
Clubman
posted 09-25-05 04:23 AM ET (US)     39 / 295       
That might be fun. How does it work?

- babylonX
Mero
Clubman
posted 09-25-05 01:59 PM ET (US)     40 / 295       
Each of us becomes a character (which can be historical if we decide it), and we start making a story.

"Hero" Mero
Roggan? Anonymous Ancient Villager
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CenturionZ_1
Clubman
posted 09-28-05 11:39 AM ET (US)     41 / 295       
The problem I find with RPs is that activity is directly proportional to success and usually the player who was most active wins. I would start another RP but I need sufficent interest to warrant having a turn based RP with a large RP world where the players inhabit. If only a few players are active, it throws off the whole RP mechanics and biases the game.

CenturionZ_1
HG Angel
AoEH Staff

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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 09-28-05 02:32 PM ET (US)     42 / 295       
I'm very interested, because I haven't been here when the first RP was active.

While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
Czech Centurian
Clubman
posted 09-29-05 02:31 AM ET (US)     43 / 295       
We could always limit it to two posts a week. If you would need any help Centurion just ask.

Czech Centurian
"Most Checks are written, I'm a Czech that was born."

Save Water, Drink Beer

peter
HG Alumnus
posted 09-29-05 04:44 AM ET (US)     44 / 295       
Could you please continue your discussion elsewhere? This isn't even a 'common' question.
The Dark Archer
HG Alumnus
posted 09-29-05 04:53 AM ET (US)     45 / 295       
I disagree. This gets ask quite a bit or at least people wonder what it is. But this is not the place of debates over if something is a FAQ or not so I'll stop.

The Dark Archer

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peter
HG Alumnus
posted 09-29-05 05:01 AM ET (US)     46 / 295       
You mean it hardly ever comes up. I intend to keep the FAQ part in the top updated - but only with AOE-related material. This thread was actually intended to prevent new threads with the same questions popping up every three days or so.
peter
HG Alumnus
posted 10-21-05 08:00 AM ET (US)     47 / 295       
Made some updates.
sam4132
Clubman
posted 12-26-05 09:45 PM ET (US)     48 / 295       
Hey Quick Question:

In a normal single player game, how can I get the computer players to become allies with me, by paying tribute during he game, not before?

babylonX
Clubman
posted 01-07-06 11:07 PM ET (US)     49 / 295       

Quote:

In a normal single player game, how can I get the computer players to become allies with me, by paying tribute during he game, not before?

As far as I know, there's no way to do this. Alliances in AOE aren't really set up too well - unless you're permanently allied from the beginning, it's extremely difficult (or maybe even impossible) to gain allies during the game. And even when you do, I find that they're extremely unreliable - often the AI will suddenly go and betray you for no apparent reason.

I might be wrong, of course - but this what I've learned from my experience.


- babylonX
peter
HG Alumnus
posted 01-08-06 04:35 AM ET (US)     50 / 295       
It seems you can do it by bribing a neutral player with a large amount of gold. I never tried it.
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