This mod changes the layout of the main menu to faster get access to what you want.
What I have done:
-placed the menu centred on the bottom of the screen.
-moved these buttons from thair submenues for easy access:
-removed Singelplayer and Multiplayer Submenues.
-split Help and Tools menu
-moved Learn To Play to Help menu.
This mod works for all game versions.
aoe3 - Original Game
twc - The WarCheifs
tad - The Asian Dynasties
Choose your version of the mod and then:
Put "faster_main_menu.ddt" into the "art" folder in the installation directory.
Put "uipregamenew.xml.xmb" into the "data" folder in the installation directory.
The installation directory is usualy "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III".
Note: Using the wrong version of the "uipregamenew.xml.xmb" may make your game and/or computer crash.
Remove both files from the folders.
Some Minor Errors:
When the Campaign Menu is open you cannot click on Custom Scenario.
When the Credits Menu is open you cannot click on Tools Menu or Exit.
This is fixed when you close that menu.
I could not make the main buttons have the "Close" text, but they will still function allright.
The buttons with new names won't be translated, to fix this I have to edit the strings file.
This is often used by other mods so I won't do that for compatibility issues.
If you have any questions or suggestions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org