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Microsoft Age of Mythology: The Titans

Readme File (Revised for the Age of Mythology: Gold Edition)


July 2004
2004, Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Welcome to Microsoft Age of Mythology: The Titans expansion!
This file contains information specific to Age of Mythology: The Titans expansion.It also includes
late-breaking information not included in the manual or in-game Help.

CONTENTS
A. Installing Age of Mythology: The Titans
B. Starting Age of Mythology: The Titans
C. Getting Help
D. What's on the CD
E. New Features in Age of Mythology: The Titans
F. Shortcut Keys
G. DirectX Troubleshooting
H. Gameplay Troubleshooting
I. Editor Troubleshooting
J. Video Troubleshooting
K. CD-ROM Drive Troubleshooting
L. Audio Troubleshooting
M. Performance Troubleshooting
N. Multiplayer Troubleshooting
O. Age of Mythology: The Titans Information

A. Installing Age of Mythology: The Titans


For assistance with top setup issues, visit <http://support.microsoft.com/?pr=gmssetup>.
Note: Installing Age of Mythology: Gold Edition will install both the original Age of Mythology and
the expansion pack Age of Mythology: The Titans. Playing Age of Mythology: Gold Edition is
equivalent to playing Age of Mythology: The Titans version 1.03. All of the content from the
original Age of Mythology is accessible through Age of Mythology: Gold Edition. However, if you
would like to play the original Age of Mythology only, see the readme.rtf for instructions.
To install Age of Mythology: The Titans, you must be using Microsoft Windows 98, Windows
Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, or Windows XP. If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows
XP, you must have administrator privileges in order to install Age of Mythology: The Titans.
To install Age of Mythology: The Titans
1. Insert the Age of Mythology: Gold Edition, Install Disc (Disc 1) into the CD-ROM drive.
2. If AutoPlay is enabled, the installation menu will appear. Click Install, and then follow the
onscreen prompts.
or
If AutoPlay is disabled, on the Start menu, click My Computer. In the My Computer window,
double-click the CD-ROM drive icon, and then double-click Aomsetup.exe. On the Setup
screen, click Install, and then follow the onscreen prompts.

B. Starting Age of Mythology: The Titans

You must have the Age of Mythology: Gold Edition, Titans Play Disc (Disc 2) CD in your CD-ROM
drive to play.
To start Age of Mythology: The Titans
1. Insert the Age of Mythology: Gold Edition, Titans Play Disc (Disc 2) into the CD-ROM drive.
2. On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Games, point to Age of
Mythology Gold, and then click Age of Mythology Gold.
You can skip the opening cinematics by clicking the mouse or pressing ENTER, SPACEBAR, or
ESC.

C. Getting Help
You can find information about Age of Mythology: The Titans in the game manual, the in-game
Help, and in the PDF files in the Docs folder on the Age of Mythology: Gold Edition, Install Disc,
(Disc 1) CD.
Visit the Games Support Center Web site (http://support.microsoft.com/games) to view top
support issues, product-specific content, and other related resources for playing games.
Additionally, to help you troubleshoot issues associated with game setup, performance,
multiplayer networking, sound, video, or your game controller, visit one of the Troubleshooting
Resource Centers available on the site.
To view the PDF files, you must have Adobe Reader installed (see below).
To display in-game Help

Pause your pointer over any button or interface item in the game to view rollover help text.
You can also right-click on any unit portrait or improvement icon in the game to view detailed
Help.

The game manuals and civilization chart are available in PDF format in the Docs folder on the
CD. You can view and print the files using Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later.
To install Adobe Reader
1. Insert the Age of Mythology: Gold Edition, Install Disc (Disc 1) CD into the CD-ROM drive
2. On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Games, point to Age of
Mythology Gold, point to Age of Mythology Gold Docs, and then click Install Adobe Acrobat
Reader.
Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, and Reader are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Adobe Systems in the United States and/or other countries.

D. What's on the CD
The Age of Mythology: Gold Edition, Install Disc (Disc 1) CD contains some additional
information that you may find interesting or useful.
To access the information on the CD

On the Start menu, click My Computer. In the My Computer window, click the CD-ROM drive
icon, double-click Files2, and then double-click on the appropriate folder.

Docs folder

AOMGold_Manual_OEM_EN.pdfThe standard manual, which you can view or print using


Adobe Reader. To install Adobe Reader, see Getting Help.

AOMGold_InGamePDF_EN.pdfAdditional Age of Mythology topics not covered in the


standard manual such as mythological improvements and buildings.

AOMGold_QRC_Egyptian_EN.pdf (Egyptian civilization chart)Lets you view or print the


civilization chart for the Egyptian civilizations in the game using Adobe Reader.

AOMGold_QRC_Greek_EN.pdf (Greek civilization chart)Lets you view or print the


civilization chart for the Greek civilizations in the game using Adobe Reader.

AOMGold_QRC_Norse_EN.pdf (Norse civilization chart)Lets you view or print the


civilization chart for the Norse civilizations in the game using Adobe Reader.

AOMGold_QRC_Titans_EN.pdf (Atlantean civilization chart)Lets you view or print the


civilization chart for the Atlantean civilizations in the game using Adobe Reader.

Redist folder

Ar60enu.exe (Adobe Reader) Once installed, this program allows you to view or print the
PDF files in the Docs folder. For installation instructions, see Getting Help.

E. New Features in Age of Mythology: The Titans

Limited User AccessAge of Mythology: The Titans now supports Limited User Access
and as a result some file locations have changed.
o Scenarios, saved games, screenshots, and recorded games are now saved to the
"My Documents\My Games\Age of Mythology\..." subfolders.
o When creating your own custom AI files, they should go in the "AI2" subfolder,
instead of the "AI" folder. Similarly, random maps should go in the "RM2" folder, and
new victory condition scripts should go in the "trigger2" folder.

General
o Strategic MinimapUse the TAB key while playing to bring up an expanded-size
"strategic" version of the mini map. The strategic mini map can be dismissed by
pressing TAB again, the ESC key, or clicking the Close button.
o New Single Player Random Map PersonalitiesThese new scripts allow users to
select the AI type to play against.
StandardA normal, well-balanced opponent. He'll usually start attacking in
the Classical Age, but will only send one or two waves before going to Heroic
Age. He rarely walls, but will usually upgrade his towers and often builds a
few extra towers. He maintains a good balance between military pressure
and economic growth.
RandomRandomly selects one of the six other personalities.
AttackerStarts attacking very early in Classical Age, and keeps the

pressure on. He sacrifices economic growth in favor of applying more military


pressure early. He tends to keep attacking in Classical Age longer than the
other personalities, going for speed and army size over quality. He never
"wastes" effort on defense, walls and towers are not his style. If he doesn't
win in Classical Age, he will eventually advance to Heroic Age and start
expanding his economy. If you survive his early rushes through defense, you
can use a superior economy to crush him in the later Ages.
ConquerorOn reaching Classical Age, the Conqueror will start making a
fairly large army. Unlike the Attacker, though, he will usually wait until Heroic
Age before launching a crushing series of attacks. Like the Attacker, he rarely
invests in walls or towers, making him somewhat vulnerable to a strong rush.
BuilderThe Builder is a pure economic boomer. In Classical Age, he skips
most defenses, builds only the smallest token army for defense, and focuses
on expanding his economy non-stop. He'll reach Heroic Age fairly early, with
a huge economy... but almost no army. Once Heroic Age starts, he begins
making an army in a hurry, and will usually attack five to ten minutes into
Heroic Age. He is deadly if untouched, but very vulnerable to a rush.
ProtectorThe Protector wants to protect his entire section of the map. He
will often wall in, and when he does, he encloses a huge area. If he towers
up, he'll defer most tower building until Heroic Age, and then space them
widely to cover a large expanse of territory. He makes a modest Classical
Age army, but will not attack until Heroic Age. He reserves enough resources
to expand his economy, so he's a little bit slower than the Conqueror in
creating his armies and reaching Heroic Age. He can be vulnerable to a very
early rush or to a boom followed by a siege-heavy attack.
DefenderThe Defender focuses first and foremost on defending his
immediate area. He will usually wall up the core of his town quickly, and he
towers heavily and densely in the Classical Age. While he is building his
defenses, he will also attempt to launch some attacks as resources permit.
He will be late to reach Heroic Age, but will have a thoroughly defended town
by the time he gets there. The Defender is vulnerable to a boom, if you are
prepared for his Classical Age attacks.

Multiplayer
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Connectivity: Titans features new connectivity code that aims to make network
configuration as simple and transparent as possible. Included in this is support for
UPnP-enabled gateways, Windows ICS, and improved support for all types of
routers, firewalls, and other network gateways. Support now includes multiple
simultaneous users behind most internet gateway (NAT) devices, with automatic
detection/configuration of the network settings when logging on to ESO.
Quick Setup: Matchmaking has been made many times faster in the Titans
expansion pack. New features include:
New ?v? matchmaking type, which will place you in the fastest-starting
game of any type available (1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 2 or 3 vs. 3).
2vAI matchmaking type which will find you a partner for a 2-player
cooperative game against the AI.
Map selection is random to expedite search times and level the playing field.
The quick setup screen now displays your persona, an informative area
that shows you quick stats about your player.
Matchmaking now displays real-time status updates during a search.
Games list: Titans includes a new games list with sorting and filtering capabilities.
The games list is scrollable and can contain 100 entries on a single page. By clicking
the Filter by Current Chat Channel button on the game list, you will only see games
for players in the same chat channel as you.

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Stats: Stats for mismatched game logs (where one of the players was cheating) are
now logged to the server .ES tracks player accounts when cheating is detected and
appropriate action will be taken.
Chat: The chat interface has been improved and now displays the population for the
chat channels in the channel list (updates every 2 minutes). The user list in a given
chat channel has also been updated and now displays information (favorite civ,
rating, etc.) for the users in the channel.
Friends: The Titans ESO interface includes a new Friends tab. This tab lists your
friends and displays the private whispers you have sent or received. You can use the
chat input box to send whispers automatically to whichever friend you have selected.

Advanced Editing Features


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Animation Viewer: ALT+A will bring up an animation viewing dialog. Use this dialog to
view the various animations that a unit has in more detail. Please note that overriding
animations with this dialog will not be saved out in a scenario. Use the Set Animation
trigger effect to override animations in an actual playable scenario. The animation
viewer can also be accessed through the Cinematics menu in the editor.
Camera Controls: Pressing ALT+SHIFT+C in the editor will disable the usual locked
camera controls. Once you have unlocked the camera, you can zoom in and out
beyond the normal limits. In addition, you can use PAGE UP / PAGE DOWN to move
the camera height, and the A - Z keys to pitch the camera up and down. CTRL+UP
ARROW and CTRL+DOWN ARROW will also pitch the camera. While you cannot
use these alternative camera views in gameplay proper, you can use this to capture a
wider range of camera positions when making cinematics, or just to get a better view
of your scenario.
Aligning Units: The Align Selection option, under the Objects menu in the editor, will
snap the selected objects position to the grid. This is of particular note when placing
unclaimed Settlements by hand, because only properly aligned Settlements can be
used by the computer player AI for building new Town Centers.
Scaling Units: K and SHIFT+K can be used in the editor to scale objects up and
down. This can give you some unique and interesting effects. Note however that
objects with attachments (like soldiers with swords) will not scale their attachment
positions properly, so use with care.
AI Debugging: In order to engage the AI debugger, you must first put "+aiDebug
+showAIEchoes +logAIErrors" on the command line when running Titans. When
playing a scenario with AI players, you can press ALT+SHIFT+D to open the AI
debugger. The AI debugger is a complex tool with many options that are beyond the
scope of documentation here, but should be familiar to anyone who is familiar with
source level code debuggers. With those options on the command line, when playing
a game with AI players, some extra hotkeys will open AI diagnostic windows. ALT+W
will open an AI info dialog for a specific unit, and CTRL+ALT+W will open an info
dialog that will continually change based on the currently selected unit. CTRL+ALT+I
will open a menu to view the "brain" of the AI (its, plans, goals, and the like). ALT+Q
will toggle the AI output window.
Setting AI Players: In order to use the new AI scripts and personalities in your own
scenarios, when choosing an AI script via the AI button in Scenario > Player Data,
use any of the following scripts:
aomxailoaderaggboom.xs (Conqueror personality)
aomxailoaderbalanced.xs (Standard personality)
aomxailoaderboom.xs (Builder personality)
aomxailoaderdefboom.xs (Protector personality)
aomxailoaderdefrush.xs (Defender personality)
aomxailoaderecorush.xs (Unused personality, quick jump to heroic age)
aomxailoaderrush.xs (Attacker personality)
aomxailoader.xs (Random personality)

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Trigger Copy: Trigger effects, trigger conditions, and entire triggers can now be
copied. Press the Copy button in the trigger editing UI panel.
Variations: When in the editor, CTRL+ALT+V can be used to toggle between
variations of units. For example, this can be used to change between types of trees
or switch villagers between male and female versions. Cinematic objects from the
single-player campaign often represent completely different objects with different
variations. This is the same as right-clicking when placing down a unit in the editor.
Condition Logic: When viewing the conditions of a trigger, you can now select OR
and NOT from the trigger editing UI panel. If OR is selected it will cause the trigger to
fire when any individual condition is true. If NOT is selected it will cause the trigger
condition logic to be negated. Here is a quick table showing the logical states of a
trigger, assuming it has two conditions, A and B.
Nothing selected: A && B ; both A and B must be true for the condition to fire
OR selected: A || B ; either A or B must be true for the condition to fire
NOT selected: ! (A && B) ; if either A or B is false, the condition will fire
OR, NOT selected: ! (A || B ) ; A and B must both be false for the condition to
fire
Using God Powers: When invoking God Powers in a scenario from player zero, you
are no longer required to grant that God Power first.

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ConditionUnit on Lush: This condition will activate when Gaia Lush is underneath
the selected unit.
ConditionUnit Is Garrisoned In: This condition is used to check when a specific unit
has been garrisoned into another unit of an appropriate type. For example setting this
on a relic and setting the Container Type to Temple will ensure that it only fires when
the relic is contained in a Temple, not when a Hero picks it up.
ConditionChat Contains: This condition will activate when a string matching the
trigger's string appears in the player's chat area. Note that it can be fooled by
Spoofed Chats. Use in conjunction with the Clear Chat History trigger effect if you
want to use this on a looping trigger.
ConditionStat Value: This condition allows you to activate based on a number of
different gameplay statistics. These are generally the same sort of statistics as
appear in the postgame screens. Use the Echo Stat Value trigger effect to get a
sense of how these values fluctuate.
ConditionGod Power Active: This condition will activate when the specified God
Power is currently "going off," and only during the duration of that God Power. Be
aware that some God Powers are active for a different amount of time than their UI
countdown.
ConditionGod Power Used: This condition will activate once the specified God
Power has been used.
ConditionQuest Var Check: This condition will activate when a Quest Var (a sort of
temporary variable) meets the desired values. These Quest Vars are typically set with
the Quest Var Set, Quest Var Modify, and Quest Var Randomize trigger effects. Quest
Vars which have not been yet set all have a value of zero.
ConditionQuest Var Compare: Like Quest Var Check, but is used to compare one
Quest Var to another directly.
EffectDamage Unit Percent: This effect will damage a unit based on the chosen %
of its maximum hitpoints. So 100% is always guaranteed to kill a unit. You can do
negative damage to a unit to heal it.
EffectDamage Unit: This is like Damage Unit Percent but does an absolute value of
HP adjustment.

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EffectDamage Units in Area: This is like the above Damage Unit triggers, but
applies to all units in an area, as represented by a reference unit and a radius. It can
be modified to affect only a specific type of unit.
EffectChange Units in Area: This effect will cause all the matching type units in an
area to transform into the selected alternative unit. It can be used to switch players at
the same time.
EffectChange Name: This effect will override the name of the selected unit. It does
not affect other units of that same type.
EffectMove From Area: This effect will cause all the units in the selected area to
move to a chosen destination It can be filtered on type (to move, say, all Priests only).
EffectForbid And Disable Unit: This effect is the missing converse of the existing
Unforbid and Enable unit trigger, and does a similar effect to manually choosing a
Forbidden unit in the editor.
EffectSet Civilization Name: This effect will override the major god name of a
player. It does not affect any actual gameplay.
EffectGrant GP at Position: This effect can be used to give a GP in a specific "slot"
in the UI. Note that there cannot ever be empty GP slots, so if you try to grant in slot
3 while slot 2 is still empty, it will fill the first empty slot.
EffectSend Chat to Player: This is just like the Send Chat effect, but only goes to a
specific player.
EffectSend Spoofed Chat to Player: This is just like the Send Spoofed Chat effect,
but only goes to a specific player.
EffectClear Chat History: This effect will erase all the chat lines. It is mainly used in
conjunction with the Chat Contains condition, but can also be used to clean up after
complex chat sequences.
EffectEcho Stat Value: This effect allows you to monitor the stat values used in the
Stat Value condition.
EffectDisable GP Blocking: This effect an be used to disable gameplay systems
that would otherwise block God Powers from going off.
EffectShow Image: This effect will pop up a dialog with the chosen piece of
artwork, and a subtitle.
EffectChoice Dialog: This effect will pop up a dialog that gives the player the choice
of two options. The specified triggers will fire based on the player's selection.
EffectModify Protounit: This effect will let you make global modifications to all units
of a given type, for a specific player.
EffectOverlay Text: This effect will let you create floating text onscreen. It is best
suited for use in cinematics.
EffectQuest Var Set: This effect lets you set a named Quest Var to a specific
numeric value.
EffectQuest Var Copy: This effect will copy the value of one Quest Var into another.
EffectQuest Var Modify: This effect will perform basic arithmetic operations on a
Quest Var.
EffectQuest Var Modify 2: This effect will perform basic arithmetic operations on a
Quest Var, using another Quest Var as a parameter.
EffectQuest Var Randomize: This effect will allow you to set a Quest Var to a
randomly chosen value. The range specified is inclusive, so choosing from 1 to 10
will include both 1 and 10 as valid possible values. Selecting the Round checkbox will
cause only integer values to be chosen.
EffectQuest Var Echo: This effect will simply chat the current value of a Quest Var,
and is useful for debugging complex Quest Var sequences.
EffectGaia Lush: This effect can be used on a pre-placed Gaia building to cause it
to project Lush terrain as if it were built normally by a Gaia player.

F. New Shortcut Keys

The following shortcut keys have been added to Age of Mythology: The Titans. All other keys
follow the same convention used in Age of Mythology.

Building

Construction

Quick Select

Counter Barracks
Economic Guild
Military Barracks
Mirror Tower
Palace

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G
B
K
V

CTRL+S
CTRL+G
CTRL+B
CTRL+K
CTRL+V

The following shortcuts can be used to create Atlantean units when the appropriate buildings are
selected. For example, to create a Citizen, select your Town Center and then press V.

Building

Create Unit(s)

Dock
Counter Barracks
Military Barracks
Palace
Temple

N - Nereid, M Man O War, V - Servant


B Chieroballista, K - Katapeltes, T Turma
A Arcus, C Contarius, M Murmillo
D - Destroyer, F - Fanatic, S Fire Siphon
A - Automaton, B - Behemoth, C - Caladrius, G Heka Gigantes,
L Lampades, O Oracle, P Promethean, R Argus, S
Satyr, T Stymphalian Bird

G. DirectX Troubleshooting
DirectX 9.0b or later must be installed on your computer before you can play Age of Mythology:
The Titans. If you do not have DirectX 9.0b installed on your computer and you chose not to
install DirectX 9.0b when you installed Age of Mythology: The Titans, you will not be able to play.
You will receive the error message "A required .dll file, Dplayx.dll, was not found." If this occurs,
install DirectX 9.0b by downloading the software from Microsoft Windows Update
(<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>).
If Age of Mythology: The Titans installed DirectX 9.0b but could not update your video drivers to
be compatible with DirectX 9.0b, when you restart your computer you will receive the message
"Age of Mythology: The Titans Expansion could not initialize DirectX. Make sure that DirectX 9.0b
or higher is installed and contact your hardware manufacturer for a video driver update." To fix
this problem, either get updated video drivers from Windows Update
(<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>), your video adapter manufacturer, or install DirectX in
safe mode, which will replace the video drivers.
If you experience sound or video problems using DirectX, go to
<http://support.microsoft.com/support/directx/> for the latest troubleshooting information.
You should also check with your video or soundcard manufacturer for the latest DirectXcompatible drivers.

H. Gameplay Troubleshooting

Postgame StatsStats can be inflated or inaccurate if users continue clicking on the build
button when there are already 15 units in the queue. The amount of resources required to
build that unit is added back to the players resources resulting in inaccurate postgame stats.
It is recommended that these stats by themselves not be used to determine if another player
may be cheating.

Loading Scenarios and Multiplayer Save GamesThese browser windows allow the user
to navigate to subdirectories but will fail to load any files from these locations. Ensure that
these files are located or moved to the correct directories before loading them in the game.

File TransfersMultiplayer save games and custom scenarios must be in the default
subdirectory \savegames to be successfully transferred to other players.

Random Map GamesA corrupted map or accidentally deleting all the maps may cause the
game to crash. Uninstall and reinstall the game to correct this problem.

Record Game PlaybackClicking on the resource panel while a record game is playing will
cause it to pause. To continue playing the record game, you must either click the Previous
Bookmark button or use the in-game menu to load the record game again.

Computer Players in Multiplayer GamesIt is not recommended to enable computer


players as opponents in a multiplayer game over the Internet as it may slow the game. If you
would like to add computer players to a multiplayer game, make sure the player with the
fastest computer and fastest connection hosts the game. Performance-wise, one computer
player is roughly equivalent to two human players.

Multiplayer ScenariosAge of Mythology: The Titans does not support the use of triggers
for user-created scenarios in multiplayer. Triggers may cause out-of-sync errors or other
unknown problems. Exiting the game and restarting Age of Mythology will fix any instability
caused by this situation.

Uninstalling Age of Mythology and/or TitansEither application can be uninstalled before


the other without causing problems. However, if Age of Mythology is uninstalled before Titans
and then reinstalled, the Titans application will not run properly until it is reinstalled.

I. Editor Troubleshooting

Quest Var Set EffectInvalid values in the value parameter of the effect 'quest var set' will
cause all trigger effects, including other triggers effects, to not work. Known invalid values
are - and . (examples: 123.45.90, 123-456).

Multiplayer Custom ScenarioIf a human plays a position with a valid CPAI attached to it
in a multiplayer custom scenario, the host will receive many warning dialogs. These dialogs
will be activated repeatedly and pause the game rendering it unplayable. The solution is to
avoid this creating situation.

Single-Player Custom ScenariosIf a valid CPAI is assigned to the player position that a
human is playing, the AI will give orders while that player is also giving orders resulting in a
very frustrating experience. The solution is to avoid creating this situation.

GeneralIf a scenario can not find the victory conditions file then ALL Triggers will refuse to
work. This functionality is found in the scenario data tool, where the victory condition is
selected and a file name entered. If that file is not found, then all triggers in that scenario will
not work. The solution is to clear the Use Victory Conditions box and save the scenario or
create the file.

J. Video Troubleshooting

For assistance with top video issues, visit <http://support.microsoft.com/?pr=gmsvideo>.

Latest DriversMany graphic issues can be resolved by ensuring that you have the latest
drivers from your video card manufacturer or by checking Windows Update
(<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>) for the latest drivers. Users of motherboards with
non-Intel chipsets should upgrade to the latest miniport drivers available from their
motherboard manufacturer.

Unsupported Video CardsA list of unsupported video cards can be found at


<http://support.microsoft.com/?id=331147>.

3DFX Voodoo 5 5500 in Win 2000This video card does not display the Implode God
Power correctly and may cause the game to crash to the desktop. There is no solution to fix
this issue.

3Dlabs Permedia3 Create! This video card has the following display problems:
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The Implode sphere is completely black instead of shiny gray as intended. There is no
solution for this issue.
Units shadows do not display properly. There is no solution for this issue.

All-In-Wonder 128 ProThis video card has the following display problems:
- The Implode God Power does not display correctly and may cause the game to crash.
Installing the latest manufacturer driver (#4.13.1.8139) will fix this problem.

ATI Radeon 7000Age of Mythology: The Titans may lock up after a few seconds of starting
a game. If this occurs, ensure that you have the latest drivers from your video card
manufacturer or check Windows Update (<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>) for the
latest drivers.

ATI Rage Fury MaxxFor users running Windows Millennium Edition, pressing
ALT+ENTER may cause the mouse pointer to disappear or flash. There is no solution for this
issue.

Diamond Stealth III S540This video card does not display the Implode God Power
properly using retail and latest drivers. There is no solution for this issue.

Diamond Viper V770 (nVidia TnT2)This video card does not display the Bronze God
Power special effect. Installing nVidia reference driver# 4.14.10.4403 will fix this problem.

Intel 82810/82815 Graphics ControllersThese chipsets have problems displaying


transparencies on certain game objects. There is no solution for this issue.

Intel(R) 82830M Graphics ControllerThis video card does not display the Implode God
Power properly using retail and latest drivers. There is no solution for this issue.

PowerVR KYRO II 32MB/64MBThis video card does not display the Implode God Power
properly using either retail or latest drivers. There is no solution for this issue.

Matrox Millennium G-550This video card has the following display problems:

The Implode God Power sphere does not appear shiny gray as intended using retail
and latest drivers. There is no solution for this issue.
The Titan unit is completely black when the user places the cursor over it. This
occurs on retail and latest drivers. There is no solution for this issue.

Matrox ParheliaThis video card has display issues between the waves and shore. There is
no solution for this issue.

Mobility M9Mouse pointer disappears after clicking on the Vortex, Deconstruction, or


Tornado God Powers in resolution 1024x768x16 and 640x480x32 using the retail and latest
manufacturer drivers. There is no solution for this issue.

Radeon 8500 DDRThis video card will change the color of specific units (Titan units,
Behemoth) when the cursor is placed over them. Updating to the latest manufacturer driver
(#4.14.1.3844) fixes this issue.

Radeon VEThis video card has display issues between the waves and shore. There is no
solution for this issue.

STB Velocity 4400Using the latest reference driver (#4.10.1.131) this video card still
exhibits the following problems:
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The Implode God Power does not display correctly. Installing nVidia reference driver#
4.14.10.4403 will fix this problem.
The Titan unit is completely black when user places the pointer over it. This occurs
on retail and latest drivers, and there is no solution for this issue.

Hardware AccelerationAge of Mythology: The Titans requires that graphics acceleration


are fully enabled. For more information, see Troubleshooting Display Problems.rtf located in
the Docs subfolder in the installed AoM folder.

Windows 98 or Windows Millennium EditionCertain video cards experience mouse


pointer problems (offset hotspot) when pressing ALT+TAB (switching to another application)
or ALT+ENTER (alternating between windowed-mode), or when changing the in-game color
depth. Exiting and restarting Age of Mythology: The Titans will fix the ALT+TAB problem,
while returning to full screen fixes the ALT+ENTER problem. The third scenario is fixed by
ensuring the desktop color depth is the same as the game color depth or vice-versa.

Menu Sorting IssuesSome lower-end video cards experience z-sorting problems with a
few of the pre-game menu screens. Changing your in-game resolution to 32 bit may fix the
problem. Also, ensure that you have the latest drivers from your video card manufacturer or
check Windows Update (<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>) for the latest drivers.

Screen CorruptionIncludes problems such as a black screen after starting the game,
black areas on the game screen, screen corruption when you press ALT+TAB to enter/leave
the game, or other screen problems while playing the game. Ensure that you have the latest
drivers from your video card manufacturer or check Windows Update
(<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>) for the latest drivers.

Screen FlickeringOther applications may cause a brief flickering of the Age of Mythology:
The Titans display. Disabling all non-vital applications before running Age of Mythology: The
Titans will increase stability, performance, and visual quality. This problem may occur on
some systems with the Creative SBLive! soundcard with the Creative LiveWire 2.0 and 2.1

driver sets for this soundcard.

Mouse PointerSome video adapters may cause the mouse pointer to disappear if you
change the in-game screen resolution or reenter the game by pressing ALT+TAB. If this
occurs, ensure that you have the latest drivers from your video card manufacturer or check
Windows Update (<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>) for the latest drivers.

Monitors and Lower-End Video CardsYou may see brief screen corruption or flashing
when switching screens in the game. This is a limitation of some older video cards and will
not affect game performance or stability. If you notice screen corruption when switching to a
high in-game resolution, this may be due to the limitation of certain monitors or some older,
lower-end video cards that do not support higher resolutions. Press ALT+F4 to exit the game,
restart the game using the Age of Mythology Safe Video shortcut under Diagnostics, and then
use the Options screen to switch to a lower in-game resolution. Ensure that you have the
latest drivers from your video card manufacturer or check Windows Update
(<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>) for the latest drivers.

DirectXIf you experience video problems using DirectX, connect to the DirectX Web site for
the latest troubleshooting information at <http://support.microsoft.com/support/directx>.

K. CD-ROM Drive Troubleshooting


Age of Mythology: The Titans uses SafeDisc encryption technology. Some CD-ROM drives may
not be compatible with this technology.

Matshita UJDA710 DVD/CD-RWThis drive (common in many new laptops) sets a flag
whenever a gold disc is used but does not reset, causing SafeDisc to reject a valid CD. Cold
booting the computer will reset this flag.

Sanyo CRD-256P, Firmware 1.01The drive enters a not ready state after several
executions of a protected game. Ejecting the CD restores it. This is unlikely to be seen,
unless the game is reloaded several times in one session.

Sony CDU77E 2X, Firmware 1.0eThe early 1.0 firmware versions of this drive fail with
SafeDisc if configured as a slave on the IDE bus. The drive will work if reconfigured as a
master.

Acer CD-624aThis drive fails when used with read mode drivers. Installing protected mode
drivers resolves the problem.

Memorex CD-RW2224 24X, Firmware 2.27You may experience problems with these
drives. There are no known solutions.

Yamaha 2216E, 4416SX, CDR641S-VKIf you experience problems with these drives,
check the firmware upgrade available from the Yamaha Web site
<http://www.yamaha.com/service.htm>.

Cybermedia 204 Pan International 204You may experience problems with these drives.
There are no known solutions.

Liteon 4265You may experience problems with this drive appearing to hang and not

authenticate. There are no known solutions.

L. Audio Troubleshooting
For assistance with top sound issues, visit <http://support.microsoft.com/?pr=gmssound>.

DirectXIf you experience audio problems using DirectX, connect to the DirectX Web site
for the latest troubleshooting information, as explained in DirectX Troubleshooting. If this
occurs, ensure that you have the latest drivers from your sound card manufacturer or check
Windows Update (<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>) for the latest drivers.

Age of Mythology: The Titans does not support the following sound card:
ESS Canyon 3D2 soundcard with Yamaha driversThis card may crash the system when
the game is launched.

Sound Skipping or StutteringOften this problem can be fixed by installing the latest
sound drivers for your soundcard and/or adjusting the hardware acceleration settings in the
control panel. Setting hardware acceleration to a lower setting usually resolves these issues
(and a few others), but sacrifices some performance.

M. Performance Troubleshooting
For assistance with top performance issues, visit <http://support.microsoft.com/?pr=gmsperf>.
There are several ways to improve the game's performance. For example, the game will run
faster if you use the least demanding game settings. These include:
Setting the screen resolution to 800x600 or 640x480
Setting the detail of graphics to Low
Turning music off
Most of these improvements can be made from within the game (on the Main menu, click
Options, or if you are playing a game, click the Menu button, and then click Options).
We also recommend:
Close as many other applications running on your system as possible in order to free memory
and processing
De-fragment your hard disk (for instructions, see Troubleshooting Crashing Issues.rtf located
in the Docs subfolder of the installed AoM folder)
Activate DMA (on appropriate hard disks)
Reboot your system before starting Age of Mythology
Turn your virus scanner settings down while playing Age of Mythology
Lastly, ensure that you have the latest drivers from your video and sound card manufacturer or
check Windows Update (<http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>) for the latest drivers. Users of
motherboards with non-Intel chipsets should upgrade to the latest miniport drivers available from
their motherboard manufacturer.

N. Multiplayer Troubleshooting
For assistance with top network issues, visit <http://support.microsoft.com/?pr=gmsnetw>.
The Age of Mythology multiplayer system is designed to automatically detect and configure itself

for your network setup as transparently as possible. In most cases, no additional configuration will
be required on your part other than simply logging on to ESO. If you have trouble logging on or
connecting to other users, please see the troubleshooting items below, and please check out the
FAQ located at <http://www.eso.com>.

Routers, NATs, Gateways, ICS, and FirewallsAge of Mythology: The Titans includes
native support for a wide range of Internet Gateway hardware devices including most NAT,
router, and ICS configurations. In most cases it is recommended that you leave your network
setup/device in its default configuration which will give Titans the best chance of autodetecting and configuring itself on your network.
If you experience an error (UDP port error) logging on to ESO or have trouble connecting to
other players while in the game, here is the information which can be used to manually set up
your network configuration (if you are uncertain about making these changes, please check
with your network administrator):
When using ESO, Titans uses UDP port 2300, by default, for all in-game communications
between players. This port can be overridden by using the hostPort=xxxx option on the
shortcut, where xxxx is the port you wish Titans to usei.e., hostPort=2301 (note: the
quotes should not be included in the shortcut).
When using DirectIP (please see the DirectIP section below), Titans will additionally use
UDP port 2299 to find and enumerate games.
In the case where manual configuration of your gateway device (NAT, router, etc.) is
required, mapping these ports to the game clients machine may help. Also, enabling the
DMZ option on your router may improve connectivity if you are experiencing trouble.

FirewallsFirewalls may get in the way of multiplayer connectivity in Titans. If you are
running behind a firewall and experience connectivity problems, temporarily disable the
firewall before going online.

Internet Explorer 5.0 or LaterTo play Age of Mythology: The Titans multiplayer online, you
must first install Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or later. Internet Explorer may be
downloaded for free at <http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com>. Installing Internet Explorer will
not displace your primary browser.

PerformanceThe following guidelines are recommended for a good multiplayer


experience:
12 PlayersGreater or equal to a P4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Cable/DSL, LAN
8 PlayersGreater or equal to a P4 1.7 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Cable/DSL, LAN
6 PlayersGreater or equal to a P3 1.0 GHz, 256 - 512 MB RAM, Cable/DSL, LAN
4 PlayersGreater or equal to a P3 733 MHz, 128 - 256 MB RAM, 56 KB modem
2 PlayersGreater or equal to a P2 450 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 56 KB modem
Recommended specifications:
733 MHz (or better) processor
256 MB RAM
32 MB 3D graphics card w/ hardware Transform and Lighting
512 MB swap file

Home Networks, Dial-Up Connections, and Multiple Network AdaptorsIf you have a
network card and you dial in to the Internet via modem, you may have trouble launching
multiplayer games. Titans does not officially support multiple network adaptors. If you have

multiple network adaptors setup in your network configuration and are experiencing trouble
logging on or connecting to other users, please try disabling the adaptors that Titans will use
by removing it from your network setup or else switch the order in which the adaptors are
installed in your machine. This can also affect Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition
users who are dialing up using a modem, if they are also connected to a LAN or other
network connection. The modem counts as an additional network adaptor, and so the existing
LAN connection should be disabled before dialing out.

Conflicting ApplicationsSome applications like virus scanners, Zone Alarm, Kazaa and
other file sharing problems, certain Instant Messaging clients, and some firewalls may cause
connectivity problems when trying to play multiplayer games. Ensure that you close these
programs before launching Titans.

Lost or No Connection to the InternetOn Windows 98, the game may appear to freeze
when trying to go online without a connection to the Internet because the system message
dialog box will display behind the game. You will need to ALT+TAB out of the game, close the
dialog box and then connect to the internet before trying to play an online game.

Direct IPIn order to play a DirectIP game, you must have a direct connection to the Internet
that allows inbound UDP traffic on port 2299. If you are running behind a NAT, gateway, ICS
or firewall device, please try opening/mapping UDP port 2299. If you are uncertain about
making these changes, check with your network administrator.

Direct IP Games behind Internet Gateway DevicesBy default, Age of Mythology will not
attempt to automatically configure your internet connection if you select LAN/DirectIP. If you
are trying to set up a DirectIP game behind an internet gateway device, and you wish to
enable this automatic configuration, please add +directIPConnectivity (minus the quotes) to
the Age of Mythology shortcut. The game will then attempt to configure itself automatically by
making a brief connection with the ESO servers on startup, and searching for any UPnP
devices that are active on the local network. (Note: This does not apply to ESO, only
DirectIP/LAN.)

Multiple IP AddressesIf other players are not able to connect to a game you have created
by typing the IP address that appears when you click the IP button on the Multiplayer Game
screen, you may have multiple IP addresses. You can display all of your IP addresses by
running Winipcfg (Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition) or Ipconfig (Windows 2000,
Windows XP). If you are uncertain about making these changes, check with your network
administrator.
To run Winipcfg
1. From the Start menu, click Run.
2. Type Winipcfg and then click OK.
3. Select PPP Adapter. The correct IP address is displayed in the IP Address box.
To run Ipconfig
1. From the Start menu, click Run.
2. Type cmd and then click OK.
3. At the command prompt, type ipconfig and then press ENTER. The correct IP address
will be displayed.

Disconnection from ISPIf you are disconnected from your ISP and quickly reconnect, you
and the host may be dropped from the game if your ISP assigns a new IP address because

the game will not recognize you. If this occurs, restart the game.

Hard Disk SpaceIf you join a multiplayer game but do not have enough hard disk space to
download the scenario, you will receive a message that you must quit the game, clear space
on your hard disk, and then rejoin the game.

External ApplicationsSome applications like virus scanners, Zone Alarm, and some
firewalls may have conflicts or warnings when running or updating Titans. Often times these
warnings or dialog boxes pop up behind Titans and appear to be locked-up. You may
ALT+TAB out of Titans to close the warning and continue, or disable these programs before
running AoM. You may also select Play in Window in the Options menu if you have problems
using ALT+TAB.

Windows ME ICSClients/hosts connected to an ME ICS server may have trouble logging


in or connecting to games because Windows ME ICS does not support UPnP. Try connecting
directly to the internet; or, if that is not an option, try mapping the UDP ports in the range of
2299-2310 to whichever machine is running Titans from behind the ICS system.

Friends List Connection LossOn Windows Millennium Edition or Windows 98, ESO can
occasionally lose connection to the friends server, usually right after a game ends. You can
detect this case by viewing the status of your friendsif they all show incorrectly as Offline,
then you may have lost your connection. This disconnection will also show up when trying to
join into an advanced setup game as a dialog box that pops up saying "Connecting..." with no
countdownor the fact that no other players are able to join into your advanced setup game
if you are a host. If you experience this error, exit the app and restart to reconnect to ESO
and the friends server.

ProxySome ISPs automatically force the use of a Proxy which may cause Titans to lock up
when connecting to ESO. Configuring your Internet settings for a dedicated proxy server may
fix this problem. If you are uncertain about making these changes, check with your network
administrator.

RouterEnsure you are running the latest firmware driver version on your NAT/router. Visit
the router vendor's website for firmware download instructions.

UPnPIf you are running behind a UPnP-enabled Internet Gateway Device (router, firewall,
ICS, etc.) Age of Mythology: The Titans will attempt to communicate with this device to open
a UDP port for game communications. Although we have tested this functionality across a
wide range of devices, you may experience incompatibility with your gateway which keeps
you from logging on to ESO. If you are unable to log on to ESO or you have trouble
connecting to other users, first try restarting the game to see if it clears up the problem, and if
not, add +disableUPnP to the Age of Mythology shortcut.

D-Link RouterThese routers are known to experience connectivity problems when using
the DMZ setup option. This causes problems if one of the computers behind the router is
placed on the DMZ. To work around this problem, make sure the machines playing Titans are
not placed on the DMZ.

Linksys BEFSR41This NAT device supports UPnP (to enable it requires going into the
NAT setup page, going to the Password tab, and enabling UPnP support), but at the time of
Age of Mythology: The Titans release, the most recent firmware for this device still
experienced problematic support for UPnP in the case of simultaneous use by multiple
machines behind the same gateway. If you are using a Linksys BEFSR41 and you have
trouble logging on to ESO or connecting to other games, please try first quitting and restarting

the game in case someone else on your local network tried logging in at the same time
(which has been known to cause problems on this device.) If restarting the game doesn't
clear up the problem, you may want to try adding +disableUPnP to the Age of Mythology
shortcut and/or disabling UPnP support in the NAT setup itself.

Multiple Internet Gateway DevicesAge of Mythology does not officially support running a
game behind more than one Internet gateway device (between the game and the Internet.) If
you are running the game behind multiple gateways connected concurrently to each other
(chained), reconfigure your machine to connect to only a single gateway device if possible.

Limited User AccessTo log on to ESO, Age of Mythology requires you to be logged on to
the operating system as a user with normal users group access. If you are logged on as
Guest or an account with only guest access to the OS, you will receive a UDP port error
when trying to connect to ESO because the game is unable to bind to any ports because of
restricted access.

Setting Up and Disabling Internet Connection Sharing


For Windows XP, see <http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306126>.
For Windows 2000, see <http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307311>.
For Windows Millennium Edition and Windows 98, see <http://support.microsoft.com/?
kbid=230112>.

O. Age of Mythology Information

For more information about Age of Mythology, visit our Web site at
<http://www.ensemblestudios.com/>.

Microsoft, Age of Mythology, DirectX, Ensemble Studios, the Microsoft Game Studios logo, Windows, and
Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries.