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posted 01-12-09 08:19 PM CT (US)         

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 Scenario Design & Modding forum. For all non-AoK/AoC questions or threads, please go to the Town's Crier, Age of Kings Heaven's community forum. For any questions regarding the site, or to give feedback on the site, please visit our Website Feedback forum.

If you're new to the forum (or to Age of Kings/its expansion), there are a couple things we'd like you to keep in mind before posting your question(s):

  1. Continue reading this FAQ. There's a decent chance your question may be answered.
  2. Check out our General FAQ on the main site. The answer to your question might be there.
  3. Search the Age of Kings Heaven University. There are numerous strategy articles, and various other articles to be found there.
  4. Search through Qazitory's AoK Strategy Articles Collection. There's lots to be found in this thread, so read carefully!
  5. Search the forum, either by thread author or subject. You can find the search function at the bottom of the forum.
  6. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Table of Contents

Forum Rules & Etiquitte
What are the forum rules, and where can I find them?
The rules for all Heavengames forums are found in the Code of Conduct, which you were supposed to read when you registered at a Heavengames site. Give it another read before posting.
What happens if I break the forum rules?
If you fail to comply with the rules (ie, "break" them), necessary steps will be taken, beginning with a warning for the first offense, and escalating each time an offense occurs, eventually resulting in a ban. Any punishments handed out are based solely on the moderators discretion. If you have questions about a moderator's decision, email them.

***NOTE: Any discussion of (or linking to) illegal downloading of Age of Kings or its expansion, as well as discussions of or links to no-CD cracks, key generators, trainers, and other piracy-related topics are strictly forbidden, and may result in an immediate and permanent ban from Heavengames forums.***What languages are permitted on this forum?

The official language of all HeavenGames forums is English. This is because the moderators may not understand foreign languages, and so cannot moderate them without considerable difficulty. If English is not your first language, that's fine. Just do your best, and we'll do our best to understand your question(s), and assist you in finding answers.I see some people using abbreviations; what do they mean?

Flush, grush, smush, ETK, Elbow, ECat, Klew, drush, UU. Confused? Check out our Abbreviations page, where you'll find most of the abbreviations used on the forums. If you've got suggestions, fire away! (And incidentally, the abbreviations I used at the start of this answer are just whatever ones came to mind; they' don't actually mean anything when strung together like that. )What about swearing/cursing?

Cursing and swearing is frowned upon, and if done often enough (or in an offensive manner), it will be dealt with appropriately. Bypassing the swear filter (ie, replacing one or more letters with an asterisk (*) or similar symbol, but still allowing the reader to determine the word in question) is against the Code of Conduct, and will be dealt with accordingly.I see people using smilies, and other text effects. How do I do that?

The answer to these questions can be found in the Forum FAQ. I'd recommend reading it before posting, although it's not mandatory. It also includes a handy guide to BBCode, which is what's used for the various text effects.What do the different colors in someone's name mean?

The four different colors represents a staff member, with the exception of blue names. Blue names denote a game developer. The other colors and their respective ranks are:
Seraph - Anyone with a name in this color is a webmaster at a Heavengames site. Age of Kings Heaven's co-webmasters are Aro and CrystalCrown.
Angel - This rank and colour denotes someone who has been a staff member for a while, and has more access to site content than cherubs.
Cherub - the lowest staff position, a cherub is usually only responsible for a few areas of the site.Who are the moderators of the General & Strategy Discussion forum?

Currently, the moderators are Steve, Aro and myself (sly guy). For a complete list of Age of Kings Heaven's staff, pleave visit the staff list.

General game Questions
Where do I get the latest patches?

You can find the 2.0a Patch for Age of Kings (no Conquerors) at Microsoft's website (clicking [ Protocol 'url=http' in URL is not supported ] will start the download automatically).
For The Conquerors, the latest official patch is 1.0c (download will start automatically).Where can I find guides and strategies?

Look in the University's Strategy articles. If what you're looking for isn't there, try searching through Qazitory's AoK Strategy Articles Collection.What's the best unit? Best civ?
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.
I'm new to the game, and I want to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each of the civs. Is there some sort of summary?
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 Flush if you plan on playing Random Map games, or TOAO_Dave's DeathMatch Game Overview if 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.
I've downloaded a custom file from the Blacksmith, but I don't know where to put it. Help?
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
.rms -> 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
How can I play Age of Kings against other people?
Our Playing Online FAQ explains 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.

Mac Questions
Thanks to n8mac.

Where can I find the latest patch?
Take a look at 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.

Here's a link to the AoE2 Mac thread for more info.

If there's anything you want added to the FAQ, post in this thread and I'll add it if it's important enough.

Special thanks to Gordon, Aro and Dark Side of Day, who all hosted previous versions of this FAQ.

- ک

Ladies and Gentlemen, wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

This message has been brought to you by procrastination and the letters K and V.

[This message has been edited by HockeySam18 (edited 07-06-2015 @ 01:13 PM).]

posted 11-29-10 05:55 AM CT (US)     26 / 32       
Yeah, it still lists CC as a seraph.

Althought sly's progress through HG ranks was meteoric.
posted 11-29-10 02:16 PM CT (US)     27 / 32       
Eh, I think I lost the html file I made for this, so until I get some time on my hands (not until christmas break at the earliest), it's not going to be updated.

- ک

Ladies and Gentlemen, wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

This message has been brought to you by procrastination and the letters K and V.
posted 04-19-11 11:44 PM CT (US)     28 / 32       
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this or not but here goes. I have checked every where and I can't find a simple boom build order for BF maps. Could some one direct me to a build order or tell me one. I'm sorry if this is a noob question but I've only been playing only for about as long as I've been a memeber here so I guess I'm a newbie to online playing. Any help apreciated.

Man, Dann, you sure did wipe the... flor... with him on that one! BAM! OOO! ~ Aro
posted 04-25-11 09:29 PM CT (US)     29 / 32       
Some useless bit of information that I just found. Something like this would only benefit players who play RMs so I'm posting it here.

Destroying a town center does not decrease the population cap.

[My Dropped RPG Project | Keltos - RPG] [My Finished Games | MGC09 - Where Am I + MGC11 - All For The Horse + Puzzle Racing] [My Current Project | Defense of The Towers]
A RPG Scenario You Should Play | Tsubasa's Tale | Another RPG Scenario You Should Play | IceQuest
posted 04-03-13 10:20 AM CT (US)     30 / 32       
I've been playing Age of Kings: The Conquerors 1.0 mainly because I hate the way Bombard Towers are so poor against rams in the newer versions. However, AoC, ToME, AoFE, and even Userpatch 1.2 only support 1.0c or later, so I was just wondering if there's a patch or mod that can change the amount of damage Bombard Towers do to Battering Rams, or if not, would it be easy to do?
posted 04-03-13 04:06 PM CT (US)     31 / 32       
That would be a question for the modding boards, not the strategy boards.

Most people prefer the new BBT damage. They were considered grossly overpowered in 1.0, due to the fact that only trebuchets and cannons can take them out; and not all civilizations get cannons.
posted 04-03-13 04:32 PM CT (US)     32 / 32       
Sorry. Thought it would go under the general discussion, but I guess you're right.
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