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Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion Readme File

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%elcome to Microsoft& Age of Empires& II: The Conquerors Expansion' This file contains information to help you install The Conquerors Expansion. It also includes latebreaking information not included in the manual or in-game Help.

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A# Installing The Conquerors Expansion +# *tarting The Conquerors Expansion C# ,etting -elp .# %hat/s on the C. E# Manual Corrections F# .irect0 Trou1leshooting ,# ,amepla2 Trou1leshooting -# 3ideo Trou1leshooting I# C.4R(M .ri$e Trou1leshooting J# Audio Trou1leshooting 5# 6erformance Trou1leshooting 7# Multipla2er Trou1leshooting M# Map Editor Trou1leshooting )# The Conquerors Expansion Information

A# Installing The Conquerors Expansion
To install The Conquerors Expansion, you must be using icrosoft !indo"s & #$ or later %this includes icrosoft !indo"s illennium Edition& or icrosoft !indo"s 'T & (.) "ith *er+ice ,ack $ or later %this includes icrosoft !indo"s -)))&. %.or information about ho" to get *er+ice ,ack $, go to http:88999#microsoft#com89indo9s8do9nloads8&. To install The Conquerors Expansion /. Turn on your computer and start icrosoft !indo"s #$ or later or icrosoft !indo"s 'T (.) "ith *er+ice ,ack $ or later. -. ,lace The Conquerors Expansion C0 in the disc holder %if required&, and insert it into your C0-12 dri+e. 3. If 4uto,lay is enabled, click Install, and then follo" the instructions that appear on the screen. -orIf 4uto,lay is disabled, double-click the M2 Computer icon on your desktop, double-click the icon for your C0-12 dri+e, and then double-click the A(C*etup#exe icon. !hen the *etup screen appears, click Install, and then follo" the instructions that appear on the screen.

+# *tarting The Conquerors Expansion
5ou must ha+e The Conquerors Expansion C0 in your C0-12 dri+e to play. *' : 7aming

5ou cannot launch or 6oin a Conquerors Expansion multiplayer game from the

To displa2 in4game -elp • .uide . 4ll players 5ou can connect only to multiplayer games created "ith the same 4ge of Empires +ersion you are using. point to 6rograms.oodies folder. dri+e. the in-game Help. *. right-click the icon for your C0-12 dri+e. There is also a sample 4I script in the 7oodies folder on the C0. .ause your pointer o+er any button or interface item in the game and Help text automatically appears on the screen. if you are playing The Conquerors Expansion. 5ou can skip the opening cinematics by clicking the mouse or pressing E'TE1.ocs folder • Cps1#doc 4 Computer 6la2er *trateg2 +uilder . The Conquerors C0 contains some additional information that you may find interesting or useful. point to Age of Empires II 4 The Conquerors Expansion.ames. click (pen. only Conquerors games appear in the multiplayer list. To install Ado1e Acro1at Reader • 0ouble-click the M2 Computer icon on your desktop. insert it into your C012 dri+e.. . right-click the icon for your C0-12 dri+e. . or E*C.& The game manual and the technology trees for all /< ci+ili=ations are a+ailable in .lace The Conquerors Expansion C0 in the disc holder %if required&. %To turn off in-game Help.8one lobby if you do not ha+e The Conquerors Expansion C0 in the C0-12 must ha+e a C0 inserted at launch time. C# . and in the TechTree.pdf format in the 0ocs folder on the C0.or ad+anced players "ho "ant to learn ho" to "rite scripts to customi=e the artificial intelligence %4I& that controls the beha+ior of computer players. To access the information on the C.# %hat/s on the C. click the *tart button.pdf file in the 0ocs folder on The Conquerors Expansion C0. and then click The Conquerors. 7ames created "ith 4ge of Empires. and then double-click either the . To start The Conquerors Expansion • . point to Microsoft .or example.ocs or .41. .4CE. • 0ouble-click the M2 Computer icon on your desktop. click the -elp button near the mini-map in the lo"er-right corner of the screen.etting -elp 5ou can find information about The Conquerors Expansion in the game manual. 5ou can +ie" and print the files using 4dobe 4crobat 1eader. or 4ge of Empires II9 The 4ge of :ings do not appear in the list. 4ge of Empires9 The 1ise of 1ome Expansion. and then click Install Ado1e Acro1at Reader.

uide . 2nagers. Aocdemo#scx 4 Conquerors Expansion . 6age =: The .atrol command has been changed so that units on patrol do not attack during the first se+eral seconds of the patrol.or installation instructions.doc in the 0ocs folder.or ad+anced players "ho "ant to learn ho" to "rite scripts to customi=e the terrain of random maps.4n online +ersion of the manual.emo *cenario .com soft"are so you can connect to multiplayer games from the *': 7aming 8one. Machine folder 4 . see 7etting Help earlier in this 1eadme file. Ar< =eng#exe 4 Ado1e Acro1at Reader . Manual#pdf 4 Conquerors Expansion Manual . see 7etting Help earlier in this 1eadme file. To +ie" or print the tech trees.• Rmsg#doc 4 Random Map *cripting . E# Manual Corrections anual corrections and clarifications are as follo"s9 6ages < > =: . copy 4ocdemo.per&. "hich you can +ie" or print using 4dobe 4crobat 1eader.4dobe 4crobat 1eader lets you +ie" or print the anual. and *iege 2nagers fire faster because the speed of the tra6ectory increased.To play the scenario.scx to the *cenarios folder "here The Conquerors Expansion is installed.irect0 Trou1leshooting . There are also sample random map scripts in the 7oodies folder on the C0. To learn ho" to "rite custom 4I scripts..one folder 4 >ets you install the 8one.ro+ides configuration information about your computer for easy troubleshooting if you require product support.ombard Cannons. not because they fire more often. ap.>ets you +ie" or print the tech trees for all /< ci+ili=ations in the game %only the tech trees for the fi+e ne" ci+ili=ations are in the manual&. To install 4dobe 4crobat 1eader. Rmscript folder 4 Contains samples of t"o different random map scripts %Hallo"ed.rms and Trade1ts. To learn ho" to "rite scripts to customi=e the terrain of random maps. • • . *cenario folder 4 Contains the fan-designed scenario that "on the 4ge of Empires II scenario design contest. Ms.pdf files in the 0ocs folder. Techtree#pdf 4 Conquerors Expansion Tech Trees .doc in the 0ocs folder on the C0. angonels.pdf and Techtree. you must install 4dobe 4crobat 1eader as explained in 7etting Help earlier in this 1eadme file.rms&. see 1msg. . *ee the instructions in this folder to find out "hat you need to do to play the scenario. 6age ?: If you play a 0efend the !onder game using a 1eal !orld game "ith "alls. you do not begin the F# .ai and *ample4I. see Cpsb.oodies folder • • • • • • • Aiscript folder 4 Contains samples of the t"o files required to customi=e the artificial intelligence of computer players %*ample4I.

gax.If you run out of hard disk space "hile recording a game. the recording stops but the game continues uninterrupted./ or later must be installed on your computer before you can play The Conquerors Expansion. you may "ant to rename the file on the computer to "hich you are mo+ing files so you do not o+er"rite the existing .5ou can mo+e the files for your Conquerors Expansion games to another computer.layer. Recording games . and screen corruption as you select different ob6ects on the game screen. the game may crash.nfx file as explained belo".layer.nfx file to a computer that already contains a . contact the +ideo card manufacturer for the latest dri+ers %http:88999#nine#com8&. >.5ou cannot name a sa+ed game using certain operating system terms. Then transfer all of the scenarios in that campaign and the .T/. mo+e . . Rage 6ro . If this occurs.5ou may experience brief pauses or decreased game performance. • . To transfer your scenarios. see the 1eadme file on the 4ge of Empires II9 The 4ge of :ings C0. you may experience screen corruption of the main menu and 'e" .# . If this occurs. go to http:88support#microsoft#com8support8directx8 for the latest troubleshooting information.nfx file. ATI A.cpx files from the Campaign folder "here The Conquerors Expansion is installed to the same location on another computer. such as C2 /. If you experience problems "ith 0irect?.layer dialog box. mo+e the A.layer.nfx from the folder "here The Conquerors Expansion is installed to the same location on another computer. 4ge-. If you experience sound or +ideo problems using 0irect?. if you are inserting a chapter marker into a recorded game and you run out of hard disk space. Mo$ing campaigns and scenarios to a different computer . To transfer your player name and progress through the campaigns.gax file extension . contact 4TI for the latest +ideo dri+ers.for example. or do"nload the *3 Bision <@< reference dri+ers for the card at http:88999#sA#com8.layer. 5ou should also check "ith your +ideo or sound card manufacturer for the latest 0irect?compatible dri+ers. Ho"e+er. or do"nload them at http:88999#ati#com8.scx files from the *cenario folder "here The Conquerors Expansion is installed to the same location on another computer. etc.If you are running !indo"s #$.amepla2 Trou1leshooting • • *a$ing games .layer. If you are mo+ing the . If you ha+e correctly installed 4ge of Empires II9 The 4ge of :ings.nfx and lose the campaign information it contains. you should already ha+e 0irect? installed. • -# 3ideo Trou1leshooting • @F0 Motion =AB . screen corruption during gameplay "hen scrolling from left to right and from right to left. Conquerors Expansion files ha+e a . To transfer your campaigns. mo+e the A.0irect?& @.

5ou may not be able to +ie" the opening +ideo using the retail dri+ers for this card %although you may be able to hear the sound&. If this occurs.iamond *tealth A. contact atrox for the latest +ideo dri+ers. or do"nload them at http:88999#diamondmm#com8. add the command line parameter )ostartup in your Conquerors Expansion shortcut.5ou may experience screen corruption "hen playing "ith an ingame resolution of /)-( x D@< or "hen using 4>TCT4. contact Creati+e >abs for the latest +ideo dri+ers. 5ou can find information about ho" to do this on the 0iamond !eb site. -ercules Terminator +east . If this occurs.ro Turbo -? +ideo cards may only allo" you to use a @() x (<) screen resolution. B .5ou may experience stability problems "hen starting the game. If this occurs.1age . Matrox M. to enter or lea+e the game. 5ou may not be able to +ie" the game in /)-( x D@< resolution. Matrox Millennium II 6o9er. you may need to update your +ideo bios. in this resolution.• ATI Rage 6ro Tur1o 20 . Creati$e 7a1s . see Command >ine . or do"nload them at http:88999#diamondmm#com8. Intergraph Intense A. contact 4TI for the latest +ideo dri+ers. or do"nload them at http:88999#matrox#com8. the bottom game screen border may be corrupt and pink in color. 4lso. Contact Hercules for the latest +ideo dri+ers.5ou may experience a black screen "hen starting the game %you may still hear game sounds and be able to click buttons&. If this occurs. or do"nload them at http:88999#ati#com8. or do"nload them at http:88999#hercules#com8. press the E*C key to bypass the opening +ideos and display the main menu. contact Intergraph for the latest +ideo dri+ers. the in-game custom mouse pointer may not be +isible.laster Exxtreme +ideo adapters may cause screen corruption "hen you change the in-game screen resolution or press 4>TCT4. you may experience screen corruption and your computer may lock up if you restore a game using 4>TCT4.0uring gameplay.Intergraph Intense 30 /)) +ideo adapters cause the game to crash during the opening +ideo.iamond Monster Fusion .erformance Troubleshooting later in this 1eadme file.or information about adding parameters to the command line. . . or do"nload them at http:88999#hercules#com8. . If this occurs. . If this occurs.arameters under . If this occurs. B .If your in-game screen resolution is set to /)-( x D@<. contact 0iamond for the latest +ideo dri+ers.esD . or do"nload them at http:88999#intergraph#com8. or do"nload them at http:88999#matrox#com8.Creati+e >abs 7raphics . • • • • • • • • • ..A Millennium . Intergraph Intense A. .raphics +laster Exxtreme .5our computer may lock up "hen you change the ingame screen resolution to /)-( x D@<. -ercules *tingra2 B2C8A. If this occurs. contact 0iamond for the latest +ideo dri+ers. or do"nload them at http:88999#creati$e#com8.or the latest dri+ers to function properly. 2 . If this occurs. The minimum Conquerors Expansion in-game resolution is <)) x @)). contact Hercules for the latest +ideo dri+ers. contact atrox for the latest +ideo dri+ers. If this occurs.

. uninstall the reference dri+ers and contact your +ideo card manufacturer for the latest dri+er "ritten specifically for your card.*ome +ideo adapters may cause black areas on the game screen. 0isabling all non-+ital applications before running The Conquerors Expansion "ill increase stability. screen corruption "hen you press 4>TCT4. contact the +ideo card manufacturer for the latest dri+ers./ dri+er sets for this sound card. or do"nload them at http:88999#Adfx#com8.) and -. If this occurs. contact your +ideo card manufacturer for the latest dri+ers. If this occurs. 3oodoo A . This problem may occur on some systems "ith the Creati+e *. 7a1s reference dri$ers . *T+ 3elocit2 << . you may also "ant to lo"er the 47. .or information about adding parameters to the command line.4 black screen may appear at the conclusion of the opening +ideo. *ierra *creaming A. aperture si=e to half of your total system 14 . 4 good rule of thumb is to set your 47.>i+eG sound card "ith the Creati+e >i+e!ire -. try a lo"er screen resolution.5our computer may lock up "hen you exit the game. *creen flicDering . or do"nload them at http:88999#sierra#com8. performance. . *creen corruption .5ou may experience screen corruption "hen your in-game screen resolution is set to /-<) x /)-(. aperture si=e in the bios. 1estart the game. If this doesnFt "ork. If this occurs. see Command >ine .erformance Troubleshooting later in this 1eadme file. to enterElea+e the game. If your +ideo card is 47. If this occurs.• 6ermedia 2 Chipset41ased $ideo card 9ith latest A. press E*C or click the mouse button. If this occurs.If you are running !indo"s -))).erformance Troubleshooting later in this 1eadme file.arameters under . exit the game using 4>TC. Mouse pointer . your mouse pointer may blink during gameplay. 5ou may also "ant to add the command line parameter )ostartup to The Conquerors shortcut. ERendition 3erite B F . or do"nload the reference dri+ers from http:88999#n$idia#comE. *ierra *creaming A. and in the 2ptions screen set your in-game resolution to a lo"er resolution. contact the +ideo card manufacturer for the latest dri+ers. or other screen problems "hile playing the game.arameters under . and +isual quality.5ou may experience blue screens or instability "hen launching The 4ge of :ings or The Conquerors Expansion. and may cause problems "ith certain applications. • • • • • • • • • . you can add the Mfill parameter to the command line in The Conquerors shortcut. If this occurs. or do"nload them at http:88999#st1#com8..(. . contact your +ideo card manufacturer for the latest dri+ers.If you experience problems such as a black screen after starting the game. black areas on the game screen. +lacD screen after $ideo . any reference dri+ers are not supported.or information about adding parameters to the command line. If this occurs.*ome +ideo adapters may cause the mouse pointer to disappear if you change the in-game screen resolution or reenter the game by pressing 4>TCT4. contact *ierra for the latest +ideo dri+ers.5ou may experience screen corruption "hen playing The Conquerors Expansion using this configuration. If this occurs. see Command >ine .Certain second-party applications may cause a brief flickering of the Conquerors Expansion +ideo palette. +lacD screen areas .

6lextor . Acer C. contact 5amaha for a firm"are upgrade.lextor anager -))).!hen launching a multiplayer game from the 8one. and then run the game again. If you notice screen corruption "hen s"itching to a high in-game resolution. insertion .irect0 . install protected-mode dri+ers. "hich includes a I'o 1ead *lo"do"nI option that may pre+ent the dri+e from slo"ing to -? speed. *an2o CR. Iamaha <<BG*0 . . Memorex 222< . Error requesting C. dri+es may not • • • • Acer <<0 .H??E 20 .5ou may experience problems "ith this dri+e. There are no kno"n solutions.4R(M .4G2<a .RG<BG* . *ome C0-12 be compatible "ith this technology.lextor for an upgraded +ersion of . this may be due to the limitation of certain monitors or some older. restart The Conquerors Expansion. make sure it is configured as a master. The dri+e may take up to 3 minutes to load from the C0. Hse 4>TC.If you experience problems "ith this dri+e.5ou may experience problems "ith this dri+e during installation. and then use the (ptions screen to s"itch to a lo"er ingame resolution. connect to the 0irect? !eb site for the latest troubleshooting information. you may try e6ecting the C0.If you experience problems "ith this dri+e. This is a limitation of some older +ideo cards and "ill not affect game performance or stability. as explained in 0irect? Troubleshooting earlier in this 1eadme file. do not load the game multiple times in one session. contact . you may recei+e an error message asking you to insert the C0 although the C0 is already in the dri+e.If you experience problems "ith this dri+e "hen using read-mode dri+ers.• Monitors and lo9er4end $ideo cards . lo"er-end +ideo cards that do not support higher resolutions.5ou may experience problems "ith these dri+es.ri$e Trou1leshooting The Conquerors Expansion uses *afedisc encryption technology.If you experience problems "ith these dri+es. *on2 C. exit and relaunch from the 8one. • I# C. Iamaha 22BGE and C. There are no kno"n solutions.( to exit the game. • • • • • J# Audio Trou1leshooting .42=G6 . 4lso.5ou may see brief screen corruption or flashing "hen s"itching screens in the game.If you experience problems "ith this dri+e.If you experience +ideo problems using 0irect?. If this occurs.

or example. If you use a command line parameter to set the screen resolution. . To add parameters to the Age of Empires II registr2 for multipla2er games using the M*) . type the name of the parameter after the existing command line text.arameters must be separated by a spaceL capitali=ation is not important. the command line "ill read I>obby 'o*tartup 'oTerrain*ound. or /-<) x /)-(.*kips all cinematic sequences before the game starts. -.exeI 'ostartup 'oterrainsound. Click the *tart button.irect0 . 'ote that the interface screens before the game "ill al"ays be displayed in <)) x @)) mode. The command line parameters include9 • • )o*tartup . and then click (5. and then click (ptions&. click the Menu button. -. 5ou can also set the screen resolution by clicking the Menu button during gameplay and then clicking (ptions. setting the detail of graphics to >o". connect to the 0irect? !eb site for the latest troubleshooting information. /)-( x D@<. . . In the 3alue data box. and then click Run. 0ouble-click -De2KlocalKmachine8*oft9are8Microsoft8. To add parameters to the command line in The Conquerors shortcut /.• .irect6la28Applications8Age of Empires II 4 The Conquerors Expansion8Command7ine.or example. click 6roperties. if you add the parameters )o*tartup and )oTerrain*ound. and then click *hortcut. 5# 6erformance Trou1leshooting There are se+eral "ays to impro+e the gameFs performance. the game "ill run faster if you use the least demanding game settings. and B2C sets the screen resolution to /-<) x /)-(. . . C sets the screen resolution to <)) x @)). 0o not remo+e the "ord IlobbyI from the command line. or if you are playing a game. if you add the parameters )o*tartup and )oTerrain*ound. the game al"ays starts at that resolution.or example. 5ou can also set some of these +ariables by adding parameters to the command line. C " B 2<" B2C . 3.I . B 2< sets the screen resolution to /)-( x D@<. or resol+e problems "ith certain hard"are configurations. .rogram . such as setting the screen resolution to <)) x @)). click (ptions. Type Regedit.or example. 1ight-click The Conquerors shortcut.aming Jone /. customi=e startup.If you experience audio problems using 0irect?. e+en if you use (ptions to choose another resolution. as explained in 0irect? Troubleshooting earlier in this 1eadme file. ost of these impro+ements can be made from "ithin the game %on the main menu. setting the game speed to *lo". type the name of the parameter after the existing command line text.ilesJ icrosoft 7amesJ4ge of Empires IIJ4ge-Kx/J4ge-Kx/. Command 7ine 6arameters 5ou can add parameters to The Conquerors Expansion command line to impro+e performance. the command line "ill read IC9J. and setting the difficulty le+el to Easy.arameters must be separated by a spaceL capitali=ation is not important. (. In the Target box.*ets the screen resolution to <)) x @)).

miniport dri+er.EI.Turns off detection of the icrosoft *trategic Commander game controller. . the game may hang. except those played in cinematics. contact your 2E dealer. or motherboard manufacturer to acquire and install the appropriate 47. If problems persist. )ormalMouse .ifferent modem speeds . If this occurs. hard"are manufacturer.lay. -ome net9orDs and dial4up connections . use the same modem speed as your opponent. Connection t2pe .4utomatically sa+es a multiplayer game e+ery fe" minutes.• • • • • • • • Autompsa$e . 4ge of Empires9 The 1ise of 1ome Expansion. or 4ge of Empires II9 The 4ge of :ings are not listed. Connection for 0irect. only Conquerors Expansion games appear in the multiplayer list. If this occurs.If t"o players ha+e different modem speeds.or example. )oTerrain*ound .or best performance.. they "ill be unable to play "ith each other. hard"are manufacturer. . +est performance . 6erformance pro1lems 9ith 3IA chipset41ased mother1oards If you experience blue screens or instability "ith 4ge of Empires II9 The Conquerors Expansion on a system "ith a BI4 chipset-based motherboard.. %*elect the >ocal %>4'& TC.EI. *a+ed games are located in the *a+egameE ulti folder. )o*ound .Turns off all terrain sounds.Turns off all music.EI. 7ames created "ith 4ge of Empires. Connection for 0irect. )(*C .4l"ays select Internet TC. if you are using The Conquerors Expansion.If you ha+e a net"ork card and you dial in to the • • • • .ixes hori=ontal line problems and black screen areas that may occur "ith some +ideo adapter configurations. This "ill fix all kno"n issues.laster 4!E configurations. or motherboard manufacturer for further assistance. connect to the Internet before starting an Internet multiplayer game.lay "hen starting a multiplayer game o+er the Internet.Turns off all sounds.In a multiplayer game. 7# Multipla2er Trou1leshooting • Age of Empires $ersions .1eplaces the custom mouse pointer "ith a standard mouse pointer.ixes lock-up problems that may occur "ith some *ound. Mfill .& If you choose >4' and you are playing on the Internet. all players must be using the same +ersion of 4ge of Empires. contact your 2E dealer. restart The Conquerors Expansion and select Internet TC. Ms2nc . Connection if you are playing on a pri+ate or home net"ork. )oMusic ..

C>2C:.If other players are not able to connect to a game you ha+e created by typing the I. Type %inipcfg. address that appears "hen you click the I6 button on the Multipla2er . Multipla2er performance . • • M# Map Editor Trou1leshooting • • *cenario names . etc. If you "ould like to add computer players to a multiplayer game. • Computer 6la2ers in multipla2er games . clear space on your hard disk.T/. 6alette pro1lems . address because the game "ill not recogni=e you.Internet +ia modem. you and the host may be dropped from the game if your I*. unplug the net"ork cable from your net"ork card before connecting to the Internet. The correct I. 3.ame screen.1'.or more information about 4ge of Empires II9 The Conquerors Expansion. addresses. . If this occurs. you may ha+e multiple I. you may ha+e trouble launching multiplayer games.If your +ersion of a random map does not match the hostFs. and then click Run. address is displayed in the I6 Address box. such as 4H?. Click the *tart button. you "ill recei+e a message that you must quit the game.5ou may experience problems "hen creating your o"n background art for campaigns in the ap Editor. restart the game. addresses by running !inipcfg. C2 /. )# The Conquerors Expansion Information • .If you are disconnected from your I*. • • • .ame screen. 'H>.If you experience performance problems during a multiplayer game. If this occurs. and then re6oin the game. To run %inipcfg /. If this occurs. 5ou must also delete the partially do"nloaded scenario from the *cenario folder "here you installed The Conquerors Expansion or the game "ill crash after you reconnect. try playing at a lo"er screen resolution or ha+e the host set the game speed to *lo9 in the Multipla2er . and then click (5. Multiple I6 addresses .isconnection from I*6 . +isit our !eb site . C2'. make sure the player "ith the fastest computer and fastest connection hosts the game.5ou cannot name a scenario using certain reser+ed terms. do not use the first or last /) colors in the color palette.If you 6oin a multiplayer game but do not ha+e enough hard disk space to do"nload the scenario. Random map $ersions . >. 5ou can display all of your I. -ard disD space .It is not recommended that computer players play in a multiplayer game o+er the Internet as it may slo" the game. *elect 666 Adapter. you must go to the 1andom folder "here you installed The Conquerors Expansion and rename the map so the host can transfer the correct +ersion. assigns a ne" I. -. and quickly reconnect.

check out the http:88999#. *' 7aming 8one at . If youFd like to play against opponents o+er the Internet.• at http:88999#microsoft#com8games8conquerors8.one#com8.