How to Play a Multiplayer game of Age of Empires 3

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Got the computer whipped? Looking for a new challenge? Why not try multiplayer? Age of Empires 3 offers 2 options for multiplayer battles: local area network (LAN) or over ES online. Both allow you to play with your friends, but ES offers a much wider audience while LAN games offer local convenience. Ready to try your hand at defeating another human player?

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Connection
  • Age of Empires 3
  • Select your connection type. Again, both LAN and online play are available. Select LAN only if you and at least 1 other person with Age of Empires 3 are connected to a LAN. Otherwise, select ES Online.

  • Download any available updates. The game will do this automatically. Be patient, it may take a while depending on your connection speed.

  • Create an account if you don't already have one. This is free and only takes a minute.

  • Customize! You can create a Home City for yourself, as well as change your avatar (the picture displayed with your name) and your preferences. Make sure everything is to your liking before you start.

  • Jump in! You can either host a game or create one. Depending on your map preferences, you may want to create one that you like or experiment with a few skirmishes in single player before you come here. Knowledge of the area will give you a big boost in multiplayer battles!

  • Check the game name before you join. Many games include stipulations in their names that you should pay attention to. "No rush" means that the host does not want a short game filled with peasant attacks. Any game with the word "noob" means "newbie," and usually refers to a game intended for new players.

  • Be a good sport! It is advisable to type "gg" or "good game" into the chat bar and send it to the other players at the end of a match. This tells other people that you harbor no ill will for the outcome of a game, whether it was a crushing defeat or resounding victory for you. People do keep blacklists, and consistently poor sportsmanship may leave you high and dry.

  • Click the X in the upper right hand corner when you are ready to log off.

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