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Topic Subject: A Review of Available Multiplayer Platforms/Servers for AOE1 and ROR
posted 09-22-20 09:14 PM ET (US)   
I am reviewing the available platforms or servers that I read about on the "After zone dies, new places to play" thread in this forum. (https://aoe.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/display.cgi?action=ct&f=5,5541,,10) I am describing their status as I found them today (9/22/20).

GAMERANGER
I installed it and hosted a few games successfully. It's free. There are about 17-27 rooms up at any time, it seems. There is a Game Ranger AOE club on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/125311717561893)
In Gameranger you can play with UPatch on ROR if you and your friend both have ROR 1.1.(ie. the UPatch). When you load up the game in Game Ranger, it will say next to the Player's information (eg. Civ) what version they have, including "1.1", ie. the UPatch. If you know how to backup, move and copy your EMPIRESX.EXE files in your Age or Empires folder, you can switch between different versions of ROR because Gameranger automatically loads up whichever one you have as the default, ie. the file in your AOE folder saying EMPIRES.EXE.

Voobly
I installed it and hosted games. It's free. It installs ROR 1.0a on your computer, which is nice because it has 200+ population limits. Typically, the AOEI room seems to have 20-30 users and the ROR room has 4-7. But maybe 80% of the people are away or in games or just want to do DMs, so most don't acknowledge or accept my offers to play Custom Scenarios, which are my favorite. I read that in Voobly you need ROR 1.0 or 1.0A, which means that you can't use UPATCH.

Discord Servers
These are a way to discuss AOE:ROR online in real time so you might have a faster way to find someone to play with you.
r/aoe https://discord.com/channels/327900287144689664
Age of Empires https://discord.com/channels/585165441790509094
AKC Clan https://discord.com/channels/327900287144689664
Valhalla Clan https://discord.com/channels/684130066871091300

Gametv Plus
https://plus.gtv.vn/
It is in Vietnamese but it has an option for English that might be in development. See Bichho's description later in this thread.

Kali
Their website still works and has AOE, but I'm not sure about AOE ROR. (http://www.kali.net/default.asp) I installed their program and a message said that they emailed me a code "0 minutes ago" to register to make my program work... but I haven't gotten it yet, and it's been awhile. I used a different email and tried again and still haven't gotten anything.

AGSM
The AGSM website works and mentions AOE1 but not ROR (http://www.agsm.net/games.php). The review on the other thread said: "This is a freeware platform to play I found 2 months ago, I don't really know how it works but it looks interesting." I installed it. It has a box saying LAN and INET. But it's not like a normal game server. The program must be a way to connect to other people whose information you already know to play via LAN.

SXPORT - https://puffinsoft.com/
The review said: "This is an old platform but useful for people who still uses it." When I ran the Program, it has a box for Start Port, and one for End Port. But that is it. There are no servers.

Hamachi
Hamachi's website works, but it is $49/year, looks a bit confusing and I don't notice AOE being listed prominently on it (https://www.vpn.net).

Garena.com
It doesn't have AOE listed among its PC Games. I installed it, but couldn't find a way to play AOE on it. It looks like Garena had a makeover and focuses on a more limited number of games.

EmpiresLegacy.com is down.

https://www.tunngle.net is down.

http://www.aoezone.info/ is down.

http://ww1.ewarzone.com/ is down.

http://www.gamepark.eu/en/ is down

Xfire (https://slotsbang.com/news/what-happened-to-xfire/) is down.

[This message has been edited by rakovsky (edited 09-20-2021 @ 10:57 AM).]

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posted 09-23-20 12:12 PM ET (US)     1 / 9  
IIRC Garena used to be the place where chinese and vietnamese players played aoe1. Seems weird that they removed it, as they used to have thousands of players active.

With Definitive Edition we also have Microsofts Store and Steam. I only use these nowadays. Used to play a lot on GameRanger back in 2007 to 2012 maybe?
posted 11-01-20 01:25 AM ET (US)     2 / 9  
There seems to be a problem on Gameranger where if 1 Player has lag, then they can play with all 8 slots full of humans, but with only 2 AIs at most.

I played with 4 other players and 1 had a lag problem and told me this. Having 3 AIs on that map crashed it with lag, and the lagging person told me that this was also his experience playing with 1 other Humans and 3 AIs.

On the same day, I played with another Human in a 3 v 3 map with 4 AIs. I don't know what his connection strength was, but the game crashed 12 minutes in and 2 of the 4 AIs didn't make more than 4 villagers and were stuck.

However, in the day's beginning I played with a friend whom I know has a good connection like I do and we beat 4 AIs on the "Ctesiphon" Co-op scenario that is a remake from the Pax ROmana Campaign.
posted 12-14-20 00:18 AM ET (US)     3 / 9  
For Gameranger, How do I allow "late joiners"? The box for it is greyed out when I try to host and that goes for other players who host also. The problem is that sometimes a player could get accidentally ejected from a game. Plus, in custom scenarios sometimes players need to leave and rejoin.
posted 12-15-20 01:22 PM ET (US)     4 / 9  
Yeah AoE does not support late joining (how would that possibly work, joiners overtaking an AI civ?), the box is there as a part of the interface, it is greyed out because the specific game doesn't allow for it.

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posted 09-12-21 10:09 PM ET (US)     5 / 9  
You can try Gametv Plus
https://plus.gtv.vn/

It have big community and have ranking system which match players with same level.
Ranking look like this, so you will match with players have same ELO as you.


Clear frustrate when match with an opponent much stronger than you, and play in big AOE I community.

[This message has been edited by Bichho (edited 09-12-2021 @ 10:25 PM).]

posted 09-17-21 10:03 AM ET (US)     6 / 9  
Bichho,
Thanks for sharing.
Does it have English?
posted 09-20-21 01:37 AM ET (US)     7 / 9  
I see it support 3 languages Vietnamese, Chinese, English. But I can't change language, so I think it will have in future, maybe in 2-3 months.
posted 09-20-21 10:58 AM ET (US)     8 / 9  
I added Gametv to the first opening thread list, Bichho.
posted 09-21-21 08:17 AM ET (US)     9 / 9  
Stickied. Unstickied the older posts with places to play multiplayer, this one is much more up to date. Thank you rakovsky!
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