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How can we assign handicaps in our Age of Empires 2 HD games?

To my knowledge the only 'handicap' you could set up for the better players is to create your own custom map and assign player location carefully. Less skilled players could have more resources nearby ...
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How can we assign handicaps in our Age of Empires 2 HD games?

One idea for handicaps could be as simple as having one or more honor system rules such as: Expert cannot touch their game for the first 5, 10, or 15 minutes During this time noobs cannot rush the ...
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How do "proxy" buildings even make sense in RTS games such as SC2 and AoE2?

TLDR: For a proxy build, you need to accept a drawback in resources at home for an advancement in military at the enemy. If you'd simply start going with your worker once you can build your military ...
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How can we assign handicaps in our Age of Empires 2 HD games?

What I’ve done a few times is teaming the weak player with one or more AIs. Combining the number of AIs and the difficulty, you have ways of balancing just how much of a handicap you intend to give.
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How can we assign handicaps in our Age of Empires 2 HD games?

In a diplo game, there tends to be a natural balancing, as players will gang up on stronger players. If you're creating a custom game, there's a wide variety of handicaps you can give, such as ...
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Can you move more units at once in Age of Empires II HD than in the original version?

In the original game, you can only move up to 40 units. In the HD version of the game, this number has indeed been updated. You can select and move up to 60 units at the same time. It used to be 200 ...
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How can we assign handicaps in our Age of Empires 2 HD games?

I realise that my question is now the top result whenever anyone searches for "age of empires II DE handicap". This question was originally about the HD version, but an upcoming AoEII: DE ...
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My mouse doesn't show up during gameplay

I found the answer here, posted by carlar On your windows desktop, right click on the shortcut for age of empires 2. Go to Properties. Select the Shortcut tab Beside "Target" there's a field that ...
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Is it still possible to play AOE2: The Age of Kings over a LAN?

I played the old version of AOE II with expansion for a long time over lan, including Windows 10. The only problems I ever had starting the game (ranging from Windows XP to Windows 10) was ...
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Is it still possible to play AOE2: The Age of Kings over a LAN?

If you mean the old Windows 9x game, then... kind-of.... It uses an older style of LAN networking that is not used these days (I think it is IPX), and you would have difficulty installing and setting ...
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Can the original Age of Empires II be played online with the HD version on Steam?

Old question but it seems no one has mentioned Voobly. Voobly is social gaming network, see more here Voobly AOE2 can be installed if you have either the HD Steam version or the original CD. Voobly ...
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How can we assign handicaps in our Age of Empires 2 HD games?

I used to run a handicapped clan competition back in the day. Each player was assigned a skill value between 3-7, with the most skilled players having the highest number. When teams were due to play,...
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How to order your troops to guard a particular place?

You will need to turn on advance commands -> Top right corner of the minimap.
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Age of Empires 2- multiplayer game economy score too high. suspicious to cheating

I don't think he's cheating. The first reason is that Allow Cheats was not checked. The second is that a high economy score does not seem like sufficient grounds with which to accuse someone of ...
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Can the original "Age of Empires 2" be played in two-player mode, so I can play against a friend (and a few computer-driven societies)?

According to the website, Age of Empires II: Age of Kings supports multiplayer through both wireless and LAN. There is a place in the main menu called Lobbies, and from there you can either create a ...
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How do conversions with multiple monks selected work?

I had to look this up because I was curious about this myself. From the fan wiki on Age of Empires about Conversion (https://ageofempires.fandom.com/wiki/Conversion): From The Conquerors onwards, AI ...
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How to specifically send either a chat message to all players or only allies?

You can use the "trumpet" icon at the top of the screen to open the chat dialog. There you can use the check marks to select the players your message shall be shown to. See the icon pointed out by ...
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How can we get a LAN Party going for Age of Empires 2 - Kings, or Conquerors?

SOLUTION 1: LAN party creation explained based on my deep experience and knowledge. STEP 1: DO NOT use Internet TCP/IP! Instead Use Local (LAN) TCP/IP as demonstrated in the image below. STEP 2:...
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Do I need a VPN to play AOE2 on the same LAN?

Age of Empires 2 HD unfortunately doesn't really have a LAN setup. The best thing you can do, is create a password-protected lobby and have the machines connect to that. If you don't have HD and ...
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Unable to see created game in AoE2 in Windows 7

Well, I finally cracked it. For anyone having this issue, the problem is that Windows 7 does not support natively the IPX protocol anymore. So to overcome this, you can download this app : http://www....
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A detail picture or table showing what the symbols mean in the display in Age of Empires 2

Like what does the 12+4 mean in the knife symbol, and how is it different from 16? It is the same damage. 12+4 is simply added together and the total output is 16. The number right to the + is ...
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Age of Empires II automatically switches to desktop

I ran into this issue myself a while back except that my desktop got nasty colors in the process. So it's a compatibility issue rather than anything else. You can either fix it by installing ...
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How can we assign handicaps in our Age of Empires 2 HD games?

Unfortunately I can't comment, so I will make another answer. A custom map might be a good decision for you, but generally its a lot of work and you need to rebalance it every time the skill of the ...
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Does the Emperor achievement counter reset when you save and load the game?

As this ("finally unlocked the Emperor achievement in a 3 hour game") and this (first comment: "I've done it on a +2:30h hour game") thread suggest - and no allegations against the OP's for being ...
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My mouse doesn't show up during gameplay

Thanks for all the comments, I found the same problem and the only workaround was to use normalmouse. Nevertheless, GameRanger won't run it with this attribute. Looking at the registry that setting is:...
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How do I know if I should flush?

This is a rather broad question, since it depends on the map and on the situation. In general, if your feudal aggression can take out villagers or win you the water, you usually end up ahead. I'm ...
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Age of Empires II - Music and dialog sound OK but no sound effect

not certain if this is right or not, but have you checked your audio settings? If not the case, try reinstalling the game. It's not much but its something to go on. Also, are you on HD or base game? ...
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Age of Empires 2 Direct Draw Compatibility issue

I know that this question is old however no actual answer to the core problem. So there is a way to patch "Direct draw error" or what is known as "could not initialize graphics system" with AoE2Tools. ...
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Is there any way to play AOE2 without a CD legally?

Try to install the DLC mod: The forgotten Empires. Its installer can also launch the game, and it works fine without the disk and also as the main launcher for the game. You can get it from here: ...
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