General and Strategy Discussions: Frequently Asked Quesions
First off, welcome to Age of Kings Heaven's General and Strategy Discussions forum! This forum is a place where you may post about anything that's related to Age of Empires II: Age of Kings, or its expansion, Aoge of Conquerors, with a focus on the strategies used by players of all skill levels. For all Scenario Design, Modification or Scripting Questions, please read our
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AoK Strategy Articles Collection. There's lots to be found in this thread, so read carefully! Search the forum, either by thread author or subject. You can find the search function at the bottom of the forum. Post away. Do your best to make the post readable; this is a forum, not a chat room. You can take the time to think things through before posting them. More on this in a moment.
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You can find the 2.0a Patch for Age of Kings (no Conquerors) at
For The Conquerors, the latest official patch is
Look in the
Civen the right circumstances, each civilisation can shine, but it may fare very poorly in others. Likewise, many units are only used in certain situations, so there really isn't a "best" unit or civ.
Civilisations of the Ages by TheShadowDawn is a basic guide to the strenghts and weaknesses of each civ. Before you start playing online, make sure you read Steve's article on the Flushif you plan on playing Random Map games, or TOAO_Dave's DeathMatch Game Overviewif you're planning on playing DM.
Another method of learning how the game is played is to watch some recorded games (often referred to as"recs") by top-level players. You can find recorded games on the
Blacksmith, or try searching on clan websites, and so on. Please note that you must have the same version (patch) installed that was in use when the game was recorded, or else you cannot view the game.
Here is where each of the files need to go to work properly:
.scn / .scx ->
C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Age of Empires II/Scenario
.cpn / .cpx ->
C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Age of Empires II/Campaign
C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Age of Empires II/Random
.ai / .per ->
C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Age of Empires II/AI
Saved Games ->
C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Age of Empires II/Savegame
Please note that you cannot play custom files made using the Conquerors with Age of Kings, so if you don't have the expansion already, I suggest you buy it.
I've seen news items about varous forum parties, and whatnot, but I don't know what time that is in my time zone. Help? AoKH's forums run on Eastern Standard Time (EST). You can find a time converter here.
Playing Online FAQexplains the process Here's a summary: forward the appropriate ports on your router (if applicable), and then register/login to one of the main clients. I've read the FAQ, but I still can't join games. Why not? If it's a firewall issue, try disabling it. My router asks for a username and password to forward ports. What is it? Default usernames and passwords for most router models can be found here.
If you've got any other questions about troubleshooting, just post on the forums (after doing a search, of course), and someone should be able to help you find the answer.
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Destineer Studios. What if I want the latest patch for Mac OS 8.6 - 10.2? Head on over to Version Tracker and take a look around. Can I play against PC users? Software incompatibilities makes it impossible to play against PC users. Where can I play with Mac users online? Currently, GameRAnger is the only multiplayer client that allows Macs to play against each other.
Also note: The Windows version had an original called 'Age of Empires II The Age of Kings', and an expansion called 'The Conquerors'. When the Mac version was ported the two titles were combined and called 'Age of Empires II Gold'. The Windows patches won't work on the Mac.
If there's anything you want added to the FAQ, post in this thread and I'll add it if it's important enough.
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