Josh and Greg put their friendship to the test by tackling the quests that require a co-op partner in this week’s episode. While battling the unwavering onslaught of warriors attacking their base, they talk about what it takes to be a good co-op partner, how new players can make friends while leveling up their civs, and how to use your best friend as a meat shield.
Basic Game Plan
- Communicate early with your co-op partner
- Establish gold trade caravan routes early
- Have one civ build counter units to what your scouts see
- The other creates units that complements and supports their partner’s army
- Lay waste to the enemy and shore up each other’s weaknesses
How does co-op work in AOEO?
- Button in the bottom-left of Quest menu, if have someone in party, it will be auto-clicked, otherwise click it to look for partner
- You almost never HAVE to co-op, but it’s almost always beneficial
Why do you want to co-op?
- No penalty to XP or chests earned
- Beat quests faster
- Make a friend
- See new versions of the same quests
Steps to being the best co-op partner of all time
1. Find someone who needs help
- It could be a friend online
- Look in LFG channel
- If you own premium content, try asking for a co-op partner — let them know that you’ll host so they can play the quest for free
- Great way to try quest packs before you buy them (e.g. Greg buys the northern invasion pack and josh buys Norse)
2. Communicate at start of the mission
- Ask them what their strategy will be and if they want you to focus on any units in particular
- Do both players know how the mission works and what the objective is?
- Talk about what units you want to build and when you want to attack
- Ask your partner how you can support their strategy, if they want to rush, offer to rush with them or stay home and defend their town
- It’s good to be courteous and follow their lead, but don’t let them do anything too stupid
- Look in LFG channel
- If they tell you they want to send villagers to rush the castle at 2 minutes in, help them realize that would be a very bad idea.
3. Expect things to go wrong
- No plan is perfect and there’s no doubt that something will go wrong. Don’t freak out
- Adjust your strategy and suggest ways for your co-op partner to adjust as well
4. Be aware of your teammate’s objectives
- Sometimes the host player is the only one that can capture an objective or move a special unit
- In that case, the co-op partner’s job is just to be the meat shield
- If you don’t have the quest, make sure to ask what they’re trying to do.
The DO’s and DON’Ts of co-op
|Watch for idle villagers in your ally’s town. If you see some, wait 30 seconds to give your teammate time to notice them. If not, kindly let them know.||Yell at your partner for not having as strong of an economy as you or demand resources from them because you didn’t plan ahead.|
|Create a caravan trade route ASAP with clear, unobstructed lanes between marketplaces and Town Centers.||Be selfish when building your Town Centers. Place one far from you ally’s market so they get more gold when trading with you.|
|Build units to support your ally’s army, not just your own.||Fight over who gets to make all the coolest-looking units.|
|Grab all the bonus chests you can find, even if it means sacrificing a lot of your units.||Don’t freak out when your ally grabs all the bonus chests. You both get chests whenever one is looted.|
Greg is an entertainer extraordinaire, gondolier and PC Gamer contributor. Josh is a game designer at SOE and former editor for PC Gamer and the Official World of Warcraft Magazine.