This thread is dedicated to the posting of your favorite AoE3 war stories! These stories can range from your best-played game to the match where your blundering opponent lost his entire army to your heavy cannons!
Apparently only me and you play AoE3 at all. At least from the ginormous multitude of posts in the forum.
So, What's up? I suck at AoE3. I usually end up either being the first to lose online matches or having to get rescued by my teammates several times until they abandon me and I have to hold out on my own. I would like to rush, but I can never get enough resources fast enough to build an army early enough. Even if I pump out settlers constantly and upgrade my economy form the market and/or shipments, I still cannot ever get enough resources to get a decent raiding force.
AoE3 was a disappointment for long-term fans of the series, really. I tend to stick to Galactic Battlegrounds if I play any AoE game at all these days. Conquerors just wore thin, and Rise of Rome has no online community left. =/
I don't know how, and I don't know why, but this is totally Sheep's fault.
AoE3 really was NOT a disappointment for me. I understand why some of you are a bit "bored" of Age of Empires 3. It was not an epic or groundbreaking game in either gameplay or concept. It was groundbreaking in RTS graphics, and it was also one of the few RTS's that exclusively explored the gunpowder age (1500-1850). The developers were hoping that AoE3's unique time period (Very few games focus exclusively on the 1500's-1800's. Most either stick with swords or machine guns or the entire human history.). Unfortunately, that didn't happen. AoE3's gameplay mechanics turned out to be a replica of the previous games with the age-old counter system. But like I said, AoE3 was not a disappointment for me. I would say that it was my favorite game ever, though by a smaller margin than I had expected. The beautiful graphics and balanced, strategic gameplay is just irresistible. Ionizer, I'll help you out a bit. You probably already know the basics: never cease making settlers, colonial age heavy infantry/ light infantry rush, ship resource crates in colonial to help fuel rush, and raid the enemy if you can. Your difficulty seems to come from the classic case of "too little, too late." There are numerous ways to remedy this. First, settlers should only be gathering food in the discovery age. However, do NOT ship 300 food in the discovery age as a shipment. Instead, ship 3 settlers. Your economy grows exponentially, so you can imagine how much impact 3 settlers would be in the early game when you might only have 10-12 settlers. Send 2 settlers out into the middle of the map BEFORE you get to the colonial age. These settlers will build your barracks. Try to time it so that the settlers get to their destination just as you reach age 2. Then crank out units, preferably musketeers/ pikemen and light infantry such as crossbowmen. At this point your settlers should be carefully distributed among the resources you need to keep up unit production. At least 50% should be dedicated to food (DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT sacrifice settler production for military units, not even for a single instant!) for new settlers and infantry. If you're making archers/pikemen, go 50% food, 40% wood, and 10% coin. Supplement this, of course, with resource crates. You should also ship units. Your rush should be ready in eight minutes, max. I know it's unfair how the online players are so competitive, but it is mathematically possible to be ready with 10 pikemen and 15 crossbowmen in seven minutes (even less if your opponent plays the Ottomans or another rush-oriented civ). If you've followed my advice you will be ready by eight minutes. Then attack! If your enemy has an equal or larger army, immediately retreat. Double the size of your army for defense, then advance to the fortress age. However, if your opponent has a smaller army than you, assault their town. Take out, in order of importance: 1. Groups of soldiers (5+ soldiers) 2. Settlers 3. Pockets of soldiers (1-4 soldiers) 4. Barracks 5. Houses/Town Center Usually, after their barracks is down you have gained a huge advantage and will probably win. Good luck!
IVE GOT A GOOD WAR STORY! i was playing as india i was preparing for a masssive assault. i had about 190 troops all ready to attack the enemy. i was just bout to set off when suddely i realised the enemy has already come to me. i held out well, and defeated their army, but when the reinforcements came in i couldnt manage to stop them. they build a fort in the middle of my town, somehow. i had no buildings left, and so the 1 settler i had left i sent to the opposite corner fo the map. i stated clearing trees and made lots of moutain castles and barracks, then i made about 5 houses and then loads of siege elephants, using up the rest of my resources. when the enemy found out where i was, i took out all their artillery, but the infantry came and stated stabbing my elephants and soon it was only the settler again. i used her to run into the enemy's base and instantly get hit by about 500 bullets and 20 cannon balls. It was a very fun match :rofl: