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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

This FAQ was put together primarily by Daidalos. Thanks!
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Index over the sections on this page:

General

What is Age of Wonders II?

Age of Wonders II™ is the sequel to the Award-Winning Age of Wonders®. Delivering an invigorating mix of Empire Building, Role-playing, and Warfare, Age of Wonders II offers the ultimate in fantasy turn-based strategy.

What are the system requirements?

Processor: 100% PC Compatible
Operating System: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
CPU: Pentium® II 300 MHz processor or equivalent
RAM: 64MB RAM (minimum)
CD-ROM: 8X Speed
Hard Drive Space: 500MB
Graphics: DirectX 8.0 compatible 4MB video card
Sound Card: DirectX 8.0 compatible sound card
Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft® compatible

Is there a demo?

Yes! You'll find the information you need, and links to places where you can download it, on our Demo Page.

Is there a patch?

Yes! You'll find the information you need, and links to places where you can download the latest patch, on our Patch Page.

Where can AoW2 be bought?

You can buy AoW2 and at the same time support HeavenGames by purchasing the game through any of these links: Compuexpert, Amazon.com or Amazon.com UK.

How do I take screen shots?

Hit the "Print Screen" button. A bitmap of your whole screen is now saved to your clipboard. If you want a shot of only the active window, hold down the "Alt" key when you hit the "Print Screen" button.
Open a graphic program like MS Paint, Image Composer, Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, etc. and hit "PASTE." Remember that it's a bitmap image (xxx.bmp), which is a HUGE file!
Convert the file (or choose to "Save As") to JPEG (xxx.jpg) format, which compresses the image size but retains (most of) the quality. A 1.4MB bitmap image can be compressed to a 50k JPEG image this way.

Gameplay

How to use teleportation gates?

The game automatically finds the shortest path you can take, so if you click somewhere, it will automatically use the teleporter if that is the quickest path. However, you can only teleport from a city that has a teleporter to another city that has at least a basic tower.

How to pick up production resources?

The same way you pick up anything else, by moving a party on top of them. You can't do so until you have a town. You will then be given the option of selecting which of the two structures offered is to be built immediately. You have no furthur choice in this, and you cannot save them to be used later.

Do I have to "Produce Merchendice"?

No. When a town is on "Idle" status, it's actually Producing Merchandise as a default. The gold income is not shown correctly in the status bar for an idle city, but if you save/restore and compare, you can see at the beginning of the next turn that the total gold is in fact the same whether the city was left on "Idle" or explicitly set on "Produce Merchandise." As in AoW1, the Produce Merchandise is only useful to add into the queue if you want to delay the production of something else from starting right away.

What does the "Magical Mount" ability do?

Magical Mount makes a mounted unit immune to Control Animal.

What's the difference between Flying and Floating?

Floating units can go anywhere Flying units can go on the global map. Neither one of course can pass through Earth or Rock. Floaters however cannot pass over/through walls in TC as Flyers do, and they can be attacked by ground based units. That makes Floating a significantly less powerful ability than Flying.

Is there an option to see enemy moves?

Yes. In classic mode at any rate. Turn on the "Observe" option [Hot key "O" on the keyboard]. Does not work in simultaneous turn mode (of course) nor does it work in Hot-Seat MP games even for CPU controlled positions.

Can I destroy Wizard Towers in tactical combat?

No, but after you capture the city you can raze it or sell the tower. IMHO, it is better to sell the tower first then raze the city (if you have the time to do so) since once rebuilt, it will have that tower again (plus, the extra cash is nice).

Does the mastery spell convert all nodes in your domain, or all nodes on the map?

It will convert all nodes on the map, including those owned by another player and/or occupied by player or independent troops, transfer your flag to them, and establish your domain around them. In the case of occupied nodes however, control immediately reverts to that of the occupying force. The domain remains yours but the node itself may not.

What does changing the "difficulty level" do?

It changes the aggressiveness of the AI, and also reduces the number of extra gold/mana/xp points the enemy gets each turn.

How can I escape away from battle when someone attacks me?

You can`t escape from battle when being attacked. Only the attacker can flee from the battle.

How to build the level 4 unit?

You need to build the Champions Guild, Sanctuary and Masters Guild.

Can I rename cities?

You can only rename new cities (which are built by the pioneer unit) once.

What is "Tower Guard" and how do I build it?

Tower Guard is a building that shoots magic bolts from the wizard tower at attackers at the start of every combat round (the first five combat rounds). To build the Tower Guard, you need at least Wizard Tower I in that city.

Where can I find gameplay strategy articles, tips, tricks etc.?

The can be found here - Library - Strategy

Single-Player Campaign

How to get into the secret treasure area in Water 3?

Rebuild the tower and send a unit or units into the new tower. That will activate the teleporter.

How do I stop the AI from kicking my ass in the first scenario?

Set the difficulty level to "easy" or "beginner".

Multiplayer

How to play Hotseat games?

There's not a specific menu option for it, as it's covered under the "Scenario" >> "Single" option on the main menu. Single in this case meaning Single Computer as opposed to a network, rather then Single Player. The only restriction is that you must be in "Classic Turns" mode. Once you have selected a scenario, you are presented with that option on the Wizard Selection screen. Once you do that and you can (for most scenarios) set more then one Wizard to "Human" and the game will cycle through their turns on the same computer.

How to play PBEM games?

Play By E-Mail Guide.

Are there any special rules for Play By E-mail AoW2H Wizards ladder games?

Yes, there are some special rules.

How to play Online games?

Online Multiplayer Guide.

Scenario Editing

What do the different AI settings in the Unit Properties window mean?

AUTO - The unit stack is affected by what is set in the Independent AI settings on the map settings tab.

Off - all units garrison
Easy or Normal - units garrison, scout, or patrol (random)
Aggressive - units garrison, scout, patrol, raiders, berserkers (random)

More of this in AI Behavior Settings and How They Affect The Game.

PATROL - Army stack stays in range as it moves around the area taking structures. However, this army stack may be hired.

GUARD - Army stack sits on hex until killed. The party cannot be hired.

GUARD AREA - A stack in guard will attack any stack that comes into range of the hex it is standing on. After destroying the intruder, it would return to its original hex.

SCOUT - The army stack may move out of range and attack cities and armies. They may also capture mines and other structures. This setting is ideal if one wants the enemy AI to explore. They may be hired by the player if the race alignment is favorable.

REFUGE - The army stack sits on the hex until a player comes along and hires it. The stack joins the player's side for free if hired.

RAID - The stack goes out of Range. It will attack armies and raze structures belonging to the opposition when it has a good chance of winning the fight. The stack cannot be hired. Be wary that a powerful raiding party can go around razing everything to the ground.

BESERK - Goes out of Range. Attacks no matter what the odds.

*Range is the movement ability of the stack in one turn plus visual range.

For more details on how to set up AI properties for unit stacks, please refer to the Army Properties page.

What do I do if I want to customize my Wizards?

You can access the Wizard's Properties windows to customize your Wizard the way you want by going to: Options --> Map Settings --> Click on 'Players' Tab --> Click on "Customize" button.

Is there a random map generator?

There is no random map feature in AoW II. There will be in AoW SM.

How do I set up event triggers?

The basics of setting up events is covered in great detail and clarity in the Events Scripts sub-section of our AoW2H Scenario Design section.

Cherub Talon-Thorn's guides are indispensible and a must-read for anyone who wishes to learn how to built their own event scripts.

Basic Map Events - How to make an event trigger.

Events Guide

Triggers Guide and How Triggers Work.

Conditions Guide

If there are specific type of events you wish to create, you can also look through our Event Scripts Database, which contains detailed formation on how to create specific types of event triggers.

Can I import my own portraits for heroes/items/units?

There is currently no way for you to import your own portraits to replace or add to the ones already in existance in the game.

Where can I download more Scenarios ?

Check out the Scenario Downloads section.

Technical

How do change my cursor/colors.

You can change these and may other options from the "aow2Setup.exe" file.

What ports need to be opened to play AoW2 Online games behind a firewall?

Windows XP's internal firewall does not require any ports to be opened. Other Firewalls need ports 6073 and 2302. Note that AoW2 may not work reliably on a shared Internet connection.

How can I increase the frame rate?

Close all the other applications/programs. Make sure, that you have the latest drivers.

AoW2 fails to install, and/or fails to run when reading my CD-drive.

Disable all background tasks before running the installer or game. Some programs will interfere with the CD drive. Zip Magic appears to be VERY BAD about this.

Why does the game run so "choppy"?

This is likely a hardware/driver issue. You could try any of the following:

  • Make sure DirectX8.1 or later is installed. See Microsoft's DirectX Home Page.
  • Make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card. You can search for new drivers at DriverGuide.com or your video card manufacurers site. Directions for uninstalling your drivers can be found at rage3d.com or guru3d.com.
  • Using aow2setup.exe, you can:
    • Turn off Direct3D (Hardware rendering)
    • Turn off Resolution Switching
    • Switch to Windowed Mode

Why do the AI turns take so long in multiplayer?

Turn timers are for human players only. They are not intended to affect the AI.

The AI executes on each person's system. It has very little effect on network bandwidth.

If units are moving, then you're waiting on animations, and neither the AI or your bandwidth are slowing things down. To speed things up, you might try changing the movement speed, or moving the map away from where units are moving. Either will speed up movement animation.

Alternatively, you could play with fewer AI players, or on a smaller map.

General problems running the game

You might check for new video drivers, turn off Resolution Switching, turn off Direct3D, turn off Direct Sound, changing the screen resolution, and/or change your Windows Display to 16-bit color, and/or try playing the game in Windowed mode to see if any of those help...

When I play, the interface graphics become corrupt.

If you have antialiasing enabled in your video settings, turn it off.

When I start up the AOW2 editor and load a landscape, then go to the lower right hand side boxes to choose things, all the graphics go wierd and dissappear, only to flicker when I hover on them. Why?

Restart the machine. I think this problem only appears immediately after the installation of the game.

I have a perfect gaming system. Lots of other games run perfectly, but AoW2 doesn't. This can't be a hardware/driver issue!

What other games do is largely irrelevant. If that meant something, then every game would either run perfectly or poorly on all systems, which of course is not the case. Every game's code can access the hardware slightly differently, and can still be doing things properly. Drivers having small glitches that affect only some programs, is exactly the reason why we see so many revisions.

If you're still having trouble running the game properly, please try the solutions offered. If nothing works, then start a new thread or respond to the proper one to get further help.

Sound problems!

Update your drivers, and/or try turning off DirectSound.

Music keeps playing after I quit.

AoW2 can take a long time to shut down if your system is low on resources. Given enough time, it should shut down properly. If you are impatient, killing the task shouldn't cause any problems, but Windows will just take AoW2's place in releasing those resources...

Where to send save games when reporting a bug?

Send it to arno (at) triumphstudios.com or josh (at) triumphstudios.com (triumfeed (at) triumphstudios.com is no longer available). Also, when the problem happens, close the game, and check aow2log.txt to see if any errors are reported.

"Insert Correct CD" on patching to 1.2?!

Problem: I just purchased AoW2, and upon installing it I immediately installed and DL'd patch 1.2. I told it to install using the "Default" language setting, and now it says I need to insert the correct CD when I try to run it. This doesn't happen on the base install.

Answer from Josh: I've looked into the issue, and it appears that a new batch of AoW2 CD's have been produced, which are incompatible with the old patch. A newer patch that corrects the issue should be available in the near future (a few days, I hope).

Miscellaneous

Where can I find the complete hotkeys list?

The complete list of hotkeys is here - Library - Hotkeys.

How can I toggle the "Hex Grid" on/off in game?

Use the hotkey Ctrl+H.

How does the Adjacent Hex Rule work?

Adjacent Hex Rule Info.

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