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therealmckay  posted on Mar 27, 2008 1:36:38 PM - Report post

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A new trainer won't be coming and even if it did, it'd be hard for CH to get everyone the right version.

A lot of people are posting for 1.11 versions. That's the latest patch that FilePLanet has.

I just bought the game and it is patched to the 1.12 version.

Other people have the 1.2 version.

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There is a file in the game directory called proto.xml (Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data) that you can edit with a text editor.

In the file it has stats for each unit in the game.

I only edited it so that no units cost me population (hence I have unlimited units.)

Here are the steps if you wish to do the same:

(1) Back up your proto.xml file by copying it to another directory. I just pasted it to my desktop.

(2) Right click the proto.xml file in your game directory and click the properties option. Uncheck the Read-Only option and click apply.

(3) Open the file (the one in the game directory) in a text editor like Notepad or Wordpad.

(4) Do a search for < PopulationCount>. Typically each unit will have a tag in their stats section that looks like this:

< PopulationCount>1< /PopulationCount>

!!!!NOTE!!!! The PopulationCount tags will not have a space between the < and the PopulationCount. I had to put the space in there so it would show up in the post.

This tag reflects that when the unit is constructed it will cost 1 population. Go through each of these tags and change the number to a 0.

Another easier way is to copy the text from the text file into Microsoft Word or another word processor and use the find and replace method. It took me about 2 minutes to replace all the values.

Note:
The PopulationCount values go all the way up to 8 on some units so be sure if you use the find and replace method, make sure you go all the way up to 8.

If you do end up using the word processor method, be sure to remember to paste your changes back into the xml file.

(5) Once your changes are complete, save the proto.xml file and again right click it and selection the Properties option again. Check the Read-Only option and click apply.

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As far as I know these changes work in Single Player only (Skirmish and Campaign.) I would assume they will not work in multi-player.

There are other properties listed in the proto.xml file, such as resource cost for each unit, etc. Presumably changing these other values could also alter build time for units as well as resource cost.

This is far from a trainer, but it's the best method I've come up with and so far it's working great. Editing these properties and combining it with the cheat codes for the game, might just suffice.

If you have any problems, questions, suggestions, or information regarding editing files post here or send me a private message. I'll respond as promptly as I can.

 
Hopton  posted on Dec 17, 2008 12:57:10 PM - Report post


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thanks the other guides confused me but yours was reallly easy to understand and now can i have millions of units (litterelly) thankyou therealmckay
 
therealmckay  posted on Dec 17, 2008 5:37:11 PM - Report post

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Any time! Glad someone found some use for it!
 
Damonarch  posted on Feb 19, 2009 11:53:05 PM - Report post

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hey mate,
well i know what exactly i get from this, can i suggest dat if u zip the files u have already modded with a note pad file to replace which files wud be grt.
 
nighthawk968  posted on Aug 22, 2009 7:58:46 PM - Report post

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I did that, but I used Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. It let me find the tag then replace the contents.

i will post my copy

 
therealmckay  posted on Aug 22, 2009 9:17:18 PM - Report post

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I no longer have this game installed, but I'm glad to see it is working for other people.
 
stealth2920  posted on Dec 12, 2009 9:04:06 AM - Report post

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When you use trainers or your edit, does this apply to the computer team also? I noticed in the demo that when I used a cheat, the computer team did also. Thanks for your effort
 
therealmckay  posted on Dec 12, 2009 10:10:55 AM - Report post

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I'm pretty sure when you edit the files it does work for the computer as well.

Not sure about using a trainer or cheats though.

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