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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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Belegorm
Clubman
posted 01-24-06 09:45 PM ET (US)     51 / 295       
To me at any rate, often enemies will randomly become my ally- weird.

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Jammie
Clubman
posted 02-03-06 05:18 PM ET (US)     52 / 295       
Ummm is there any way to change your population limit?
peter
HG Alumnus
posted 02-03-06 05:28 PM ET (US)     53 / 295       
Population limit = pop cap. And welcome.
kazink
Clubman
posted 02-06-06 09:04 AM ET (US)     54 / 295       
Small update request. There is now possibility to change pop limit in single player in RoR. I wrote a program for it. It is now in the Granary > Utility Programs.

And actually, the answer to "How can I change the pop cap..." is a bit wrong. It says that "You can't. The CP will allways cap at 50 pop." This is not true for AoE, because adding "Limit..." to the command line will change the limit for AoE in single player also, not only in multiplayer, as the answer suggests.

peter
HG Alumnus
posted 02-06-06 12:30 PM ET (US)     55 / 295       
The problem is that you can increse the limit for yourself, but the CP won't - so you're basically cheating ifyou give yourself 200 units.
LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 02-06-06 02:15 PM ET (US)     56 / 295       
Exactly. The computer will keep using 50 units.

It may be useful for a scenario where you have many enemies though.


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
kazink
Clubman
posted 02-06-06 03:05 PM ET (US)     57 / 295       
Oh, I misunderstood that "CP". You're right, but still the answer "You can't" is wrong... oh whatever, should I make the program to support AoE also?
peter
HG Alumnus
posted 02-06-06 03:59 PM ET (US)     58 / 295       
I meant a pop cap for all players, not just the human player. That seemed obvious to me, and if I'm not mistaken you're the first to comment on it.

@LittleFreak:
If you need a higher population to beat those enemies, something is wrong with the balancing of the scenario.

kazink
Clubman
posted 02-07-06 03:43 AM ET (US)     59 / 295       
I know, I have a bad habit of picking on unimportant stuff :P
LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 02-07-06 06:58 AM ET (US)     60 / 295       

Quoted from peter:

If you need a higher population to beat those enemies, something is wrong with the balancing of the scenario.

Not if the scenario is made for that specific situation. For instance, you could have a player being attacked by 7 enemies in a town to defend a wonder or something, and so you can fight your enemies off, you can make 200 units. Something like that.

Of course, using a 200 pop programm for a scenario that wasn't meant for that is silly.


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
CenturionZ_1
Clubman
posted 02-07-06 04:08 PM ET (US)     61 / 295       
Or if you change all the AIs to make the CP build up to 200 units. Then it's fair.

CenturionZ_1
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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 02-08-06 07:39 AM ET (US)     62 / 295       
That is something you gotta try out though. Not sure if it works.

While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
CenturionZ_1
Clubman
posted 02-08-06 04:20 PM ET (US)     63 / 295       
You have to change the inbuilt AIs because the computer will only pick an AI from those.

And they work for me.


CenturionZ_1
HG Angel
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Teacherguy33
Clubman
posted 03-15-06 08:55 AM ET (US)     64 / 295       
I have several questions. I am a World History teacher who is interested in having my kids play this game in the computer lab.

1. If the game is loaded on to the school server, how many copies of the game will I need? (is it still 1 copy per 3 students?

2. Is there a way I can stop cheat codes?

3. Is there a way I can be an in game viewer but not player?

4. Does anyone have any info on how to put the game on a server and play the game on a network?

Thank you very much for any info you can give!

LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 03-15-06 10:27 AM ET (US)     65 / 295       
1. I think yes, but I'm not sure

2. Yes. If you host the game, there's an option for disallowing cheats.

3. No.

4. Try your luck here.

Anything else?


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
Rexd999AoE
Banned
posted 03-15-06 11:48 AM ET (US)     66 / 295       
Yes! at last, a teacher with some sense!

AoE is AWSOME!!!

How old are these kids?

Teacherguy33
Clubman
posted 03-15-06 11:48 AM ET (US)     67 / 295       
Thank you for the very quick and helpful answer!!
Floris_V
Guest
posted 03-15-06 12:35 PM ET (US)     68 / 295       
You can in fact join as a player and resign immediately - after that you can see what all other players do.
Rexd999AoE
Banned
posted 03-15-06 01:08 PM ET (US)     69 / 295       
but then you cant talk, the game does'nt let you
Duan Xuan
Clubman
posted 03-16-06 03:14 AM ET (US)     70 / 295       
Um... just watch any player you choose?... Your view would be limited to that player's perspective though, so you can't see what other players are doing.
peter
HG Alumnus
posted 03-16-06 05:14 AM ET (US)     71 / 295       
Please don't use this thread for discussions. Keep questions in separate threads, the ones asked more often will be added to the header post.
Rexd999AoE
Banned
posted 03-16-06 09:56 AM ET (US)     72 / 295       
Mmm'Kay! ^^

(seeing that i don't post in here much anyway... Bye!)

danneman
Clubman
posted 08-02-06 02:59 PM ET (US)     73 / 295       
I have downloaded some campaigns from the granary... great to play, but once I completed a scenario it wouldn't show the next in the campaign.
How do I get the following scenarios in the campaign?

Thankful for answear //DW

LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 08-02-06 03:14 PM ET (US)     74 / 295       
This is a bug which occurs sometimes. It happened to me too the first time I had the game installed. I fixed it by simply re-installing the game.

While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
peter
HG Alumnus
posted 08-03-06 05:51 AM ET (US)     75 / 295       
You can also handle it by creating a new player name. Re-installing the game is overkill.
Please post questions in a separate thread, using a descriptive title.
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