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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 for example, or are surrounded by forest (but with the resources within of course). Of course, all the players would need to agree to your set up and respect ...


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According to the developers, the game's multiplayer mode will not be compatible with the original: I have the original Age of Empires 2. Can I play multiplayer matches with my friends who have the new HD version? Age of Empires 2: HD Edition uses a different multiplayer service than the original version, so cross-platform matchmaking is not possible. You ...


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There are differences between the two games, but they are mainly graphical or Steam-related. As stated on Wikipedia: The HD Edition includes both the original game and the expansion The Conquerors, as well as updated graphics for high-resolution displays. It also supports user-generated content through the Steam Workshop and multiplayer games provided ...


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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 expert nor are they allowed to amass an army which could walk across the map as soon as the time is up and wipe out the expert unfairly Expert not allowed to ...


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Buying it on Steam isn't a bad idea. There's a good community that sprang up around it, and you'll get Steam multiplayer along with some slightly better graphics. They also actively update AOE2:HD based on requests from players with things you won't get from the CD. If you want to run what you have without a CD, I would recommend downloading the ...


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In most places it is legal to make copies of software for personal use so long as only one copy is run at one time. I am not a lawyer and this isn't legal advice, but I believe this is true in the United States, Canada, and Europe so long as the CD doesn't have any copy protection. Therefore, for personal use, in such places you can legally make a binary ...


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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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Age of Empires II : Conquerors has been re-released as Age of Empires 2 HD on Steam. It includes all the usual Steam-based matchmaking features and runs on Win 7, 8 and 10. You're going to find a larger player pool if you don't mind paying for it again.


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Turn off all tech. Problem solved :P Exactly what the guy above said about using spearmen+skirmishers, but add in a handful of onagers to do splash damage to the whole bunch of them (needs careful micro not to damage your own troops) Play Saracen against him (if you know he'll do it) Here's why Saracen: Unique is a pimped up camel (Mameluke) - bonus vs ...


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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 resources, terrain, and events. In a team game, you can try to balance the teams. In a one-on-one game, you can add AI players. For a small skill difference, the ...


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Here is a link to a site I found using my Google Fu - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/walbanger/Pages/AoCUnitStatsNoneCable.htm It lists the LOS of all units in the game and is updated till the 1.0c patch. UPDATE - Values from the Link (as of 1-17-2014) (I've included the compiled values from your link in your answer to make it link independent -- ScottS.) ...


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The first number is you personal score at that moment. The second number is the average score of the team you are in at that moment. If you are not in a team then these numbers will be the same, which makes it quite pointless to show it twice in my opinion. This only works for teams that where made before the game starts. If you and your new ally for ...


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I would recommend locating the age2.exe file, right clicking on it and going to properties. Under the compatibility tab, set it to Windows XP Service pack 3 and see if that resolves the issue. Running as administrator I've found to sometimes help as well. If that doesn't work, Age of Empire 2 HD is available on Steam, which is fully compatible with Windows ...


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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 in the public beta of the 2.4 patch, but it has been quickly lowered to 60. There is no real explanation for that, but main suspicions is about path finding ...


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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 says "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\EMPIRES2.EXE" or wherever it is that you've installed. After the quotation mark, leave a space and type "...


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Simple, Pikeman and Skirmishers. Skirmishers will beat any type of archers as long as you have them fully upgraded. Pikeman easily takes out any kind of calvary. Control both unit at the same time. If he sends Paly's first, then put your pikemen at the front. It'll be most beneficial if you can blend both your pikemen and skirmishers together, that way your ...


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What I usually did in those cases was using siege onagers and the attack in an area command to destroy their monastery (note that I had enforced teams so this aggression went unnoticed). If your civilization doesn't have those, I believe other siege weapons can do it.


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You can access multiplayer on the main menu. EDIT: Just read that they shut down servers in 2006. You could try services like GameRanger or get the HD version on Steam (multiplayer via steam) Source: Wikipedia (see "Multiplayer")


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Doh! I found the answer to my own question. When creating a custom scenario there is a checkbox under 'Options' named "Full tech tree", it was enabled... So, regardless of what I choose in the game options the full tech tree was enabled. Now I'm not even able to build houses :).


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There are a number of things to consider when looking at ageing up. What type of strategy are you playing? Are you going for a rush (feudal/knight rush) or more of a long-game type strategy? Can your economy sustain the growth from advancing to a new age? What is your opponent doing? If you're going to play a rush-style game, you need to advance quicker. ...


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Back in the days when I played it with friends in my LAN I made an image from the CD and mounted it with daemon tools. Worked fine.


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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 has it's own servers to play the game.


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Some games I play on the PC offer "Custom Cursor" settings, which for some reason always hides my mouse. I have to go into options and turn it off. It's a pain, because the cursor is invisible, and you have to watch for buttons to change slightly most of the time.


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I had some similar trouble with the game. I found this article(thread) quite helpful. Open notepad and copy/paste the part below. If you have Age of Empires II: taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe EMPIRES2.EXE Start explorer.exe If you have Age of Empires II with expansion: taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe age2_x1.exe Start explorer.exe Save as Windows7 fix.bat ...


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It sounds like you want to make a trigger that declares victory for a certain player. To do this, you need to go to the "Triggers" section in the map editor. Here you can set lots of triggers which are mainly used for scenarios. Each trigger has one or more conditions and one or more effects. For the effects to actually happen, all of the conditions must be ...


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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 up the computers to use it. The setup required for it was picky, and I mean on Windows XP -- back when you could still easily install it! (EDIT: "easily" ...


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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 administrative rights for the network tool AOE II uses and fire wall blockage for which you just have to say 'Allow' and be done with it. Make sure everybody has version ...


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