This is my 5th time playing online via Gameranger Aoe 2. Well I play Age Of Empires 2 since I was 7 but I play since 5 days online. I want to say that is a HUGE DIFERENCE between offline and online gameplay. Online I'm such a noob. So guys please tell me if I played well, how can I plpay better, and some tactics on Black Forests maps. Critics are welcome.
I will point out some obvious improvements to make although note i am not a BF type of guy
1.Dont research Loom first. Its important to get villagers produced first, then research loom just before eating boars. It really slows you down alot
2. you should tell sheep to enter the TC square by hand, gathering on the edges is inefficent
3.too many lumberjacks. 4 or 5 early is good but after that focus on food for awile.
4.Boars! These guys have 780 food combined, for free! If you lack the micro skills to lure boars yet, atleast send your sheep vills out, build a mill and eat them that way. you cant pass up 780 free food. this is why you need more on sheep earlier, to gang up on boars
5.the map settings say explored, so you should see those deer to the north and eat em. its worth the wood to build a mill near them
6.gold should always be mined before stone(unless you have a real reason)
7. if you take my advice here and put many vills on food, be sure to have about 8 guys on wood when you research fuedal(send some to build a new lumbercamp after finishing boars)
8.lumbercamps. dont be afraid to spend 100 wood on two or even three lumbercamps. it actually makes wood gather alot faster in the long run to spread your vills out in this way.
9.you arrived in castle and laid down multiple TCs, thats good. after finishing castle age research you should research wheelbarrow for a farming boost, its a huge improvement. also keep making even more TCs, 6+ is not too many
10.if you make farms away from TCs they are very ineffient. its good you made a TC for the farms south of your original TC. building mills along the edge of vast farmland is also a good idea
Anyway i had better stop talking now, but if you implement all this you will have a much more powerful economy speed