Age of Empires 2: The Conquerors over Hamachi
Woah! It’s been a while since I did this last, so I might be a little rusty.
AoE2: The Conquerors was one of the best strategy games ever released. And even though it’s been close to 10 years since it first hit the shelves, it still remains a classic. So you can imagine my disappointment when one fine day, a few days back, I clicked the zone.com button to play Conquerors online via the MSN gaming zone, and I found that they’d stopped hosting it!
Chapter 1: The hunt for a substitute!
Well then, we couldn’t have that. So I began looking for something that would allow me to play Conquerors via the Internet. After a few google queries, I found Hamachi! Logmein’s VPN service.
Chapter 2:Downloading and Installing Hamachi!
The installation process is painless. A few clicks and you’re done. Hamachi loads up, and you’re assigned a permanent IP address.
The next thing you need to do is create a network, which involves choosing a name (one that has not already been taken, this is by far the hardest thing to do), and setting a password for that network. Others can join your network if they have Hamachi and know the name and password of your network.
You should now have a network setup.
NOTE: For Windows XP users: Go to Start –> Control Panel –> Network Connections. Click on Advanced on the Menu bar, then Advanced Settings. You will see a Connections box, and Hamachi will be at the bottom. Bring it all the way up.
If you use Windows Vista: Go to Start –> Control Panel –> Network and Sharing Center –> Manage Network Connections. Press Alt for the hidden menu bar to show up, and then click Advanced –> Advanced Settings, and change the priority.
Chapter 3: Launching Conquerors!
Launch Conquerors. Host a game via Internet/TCP IP. Check your IP address after you create a game, and the hamachi IP should show up.
Other players on your hamachi network can join the game by clicking on Show Games and entering your IP address.