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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:

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:
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:

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:
"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?
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:
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?
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).]

posted 09-17-06 02:14 AM ET (US)     76 / 295       
hi guys, ive just downloaded the age of empires 1 expansion the rise of rome trial version and some .cpx campaign files but they dont seem to work, HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HG Alumnus
posted 09-17-06 04:34 AM ET (US)     77 / 295       
Hi and welcome. It's correct that you can't play downloaded campaigns and scenarios in the trial version. You can play the First Punic War campaign that comes with it though.
posted 09-17-06 08:45 PM ET (US)     78 / 295       
i did everything you said, but whe i downloaded it into the folder it said i needed to write it to disc. I tried to write it to disc but it says the disc is unwriteable.
HG Alumnus
posted 09-18-06 04:22 AM ET (US)     79 / 295       
You should save it to your harddisk, not to a CD. If you can't save to your harddisk, you probably don't have an administrator account (XP problem). In that case save it to your My documents folder and have the file moved to its correct place by somebody with admin rights. If the admin account isn't the problem your harddisk may be damaged. Check your harddisk.
posted 09-19-06 09:19 PM ET (US)     80 / 295       
k thnx!
posted 11-13-06 00:47 AM ET (US)     81 / 295       
People keep saying AOE can change population limit by opening the 'registry' where is the so call 'registry' or 'command line'?

[This message has been edited by haohao93 (edited 11-13-2006 @ 00:57 AM).]

HG Alumnus
posted 11-13-06 08:23 AM ET (US)     82 / 295       
Click the Start button (if you're running Win XP), then find the command Run (I have the Dutch XP so I don't know for sure what it's called in English). Click on it, then type regedit in the text box and Press Enter or click OK. Alternatively, find regedit.exe and run it. Then you have to find the keys for AoE. I never did that, so I can't help you any further.
posted 11-13-06 11:32 AM ET (US)     83 / 295       
I suggest downloading a programm instead if you're inexperienced. There are several available in the download section. Good luck.

While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
posted 12-22-06 06:18 PM ET (US)     84 / 295       

I installed AoE 2 and 3 on my new computer (with XP Home) with no problems. However, when I tried to install AoE 1, I keep getting an error message saying there is not enough memory. This is obviously wrong, because I have gigs and gigs of free memory.

I noticed two other complaints exactly like mine on this thread. I was wondering if anyone had a solution. I tried Microsoft technical support but they seem to have forgotten about AoE 1; they only list solutions for AoE 2 and 3.


Followup: I received a response on the MS site; I was told to install using Win95 compatability mode, which is available by right-clicking the AoE Setup program.

[This message has been edited by ricspung (edited 12-24-2006 @ 04:41 PM).]

posted 01-13-07 12:57 PM ET (US)     85 / 295       
anytime i load scenarios or campaigns downloaded from thus site the game crashes

[This message has been edited by vicdoc (edited 01-13-2007 @ 01:03 PM).]

posted 01-13-07 01:02 PM ET (US)     86 / 295       
Obvious dude. They only provide stuff for Age 2 and 3, like written above. Reading helps.

While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
posted 01-13-07 01:07 PM ET (US)     87 / 295       
i am using age 2
posted 01-13-07 01:20 PM ET (US)     88 / 295       
Again. Reading helps. This is for Age of Empires 1.

God. Damn.


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

[This message has been edited by LittleFreak (edited 01-13-2007 @ 01:23 PM).]

posted 04-24-07 06:19 PM ET (US)     89 / 295       
Um, every time i try to create a scenario, no matter what strategy, city plan, personality, whatever i do. my enemy just builds a granery and storage pit and gathers resorces, nothing else. whats wrong?
Dean McCullough
posted 04-24-07 06:32 PM ET (US)     90 / 295       
It's likely that your interior modem is completely distorted on the right side of the disk. To fix the problem, you could prolly get a mate or your very own dandy papio but I, for one, will fix the problem myself... Give me a few minutes, Deanie the weenie shall adhere to the compicious solution.
Dr Lorenzo
AOEH Seraph
posted 04-25-07 04:54 AM ET (US)     91 / 295       
Cut it out Dean. This is a warning.

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Dean McCullough
posted 05-02-07 08:36 PM ET (US)     92 / 295       

Only trying to help, though.

posted 05-02-07 09:19 PM ET (US)     93 / 295       
IronSartan_117 seems ya is right down the road from where I be.. anyway did you trying increasing difficulty, what starting level be ya on? usually takes about 5 - 10 mins for the compie to get military I think.

posted 05-05-07 04:59 AM ET (US)     94 / 295       
I've got a problem with my .per file. I set the first attack to come after 2 mins but there were no attacks. What am I doing wrong?

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Dean McCullough
posted 05-05-07 07:19 PM ET (US)     95 / 295       
Hmmm... Perhaps it has something to do with a minimum amount of attack troops? I've noticed an option in there in the .per edit. I'll take a look into it... That might be the reason.

I'm more used to the AI files than the more complex .per files... So i might not be too helpful.

HG Alumnus
posted 05-06-07 04:42 AM ET (US)     96 / 295       
That's not a common question. Please first read this FAQ to see if your question is covered, if not, start a separate thread for it.
Dean McCullough
posted 05-06-07 03:18 PM ET (US)     97 / 295       
Heres a q 4 u...

When I submit a file, how long does it take to appear in the granary?

posted 05-06-07 03:25 PM ET (US)     98 / 295       
It takes 1-3 days - I've just submitted a real world map.

Tribulation Designs
I wish my English was better ...
Dean McCullough
posted 05-06-07 03:56 PM ET (US)     99 / 295       
Me too! What was yours on? I've just submitted on on the british isles.

Also submitted Scotland a while back and updated it.

I"ll be sure to review your map.

posted 05-07-07 02:09 PM ET (US)     100 / 295       
It's for Japan. Btw your Scotland map looks great.

Tribulation Designs
I wish my English was better ...
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