This is the The Asian Dynasties mapset for Age of Empires 3 with enabled observer mode for teams of 2v2 and 3v3.
You can now play team games on TAD and have friends observe the game on any Asian Dynasties map.
(If they have a good computer, one observer can stream and all observers can comment the game live. This can be very useful in tournaments, if every player has a good connection and computer.)
-->Put the files in the user RM3 folder, where custom maps are placed
-->The maps can be easily identified in the Custom maps dropdown menu, as each map has a space before its name
In 2v2 games, the observers must always occupy player slots from P5 up to P8, while in 3v3 games the observers must always occupy player slots from P7 up to P8.
1. In random teams games assign the observer(s) a team, or else the computer may distribute players in teams with an unequal number of players (such as 2v3 or 3v4) and resign the extra player(s), who might have been randomly distributed in the smaller team, and so the team distribution can result in unbalanced matches (1v3 or 2v4 with a resigned observer in the smaller team).
However, you don't have to set the teams before the game for the observer mode to work correctly. Just make sure in 2v2 games players 1-4 go random and the rest is assigned a team (when there's only one observer) or are split (when there are more observers), and in 3v3 players 1-6 go random and the rest is assigned a team (for one observer) or are split (for more observers).
When you have one observer, assign them team 1 and everyone else can go random.
When you have two, just split them in team 1 and 2. For four observers, split them in team 1 and 2 (first two in team 1 and last two in team 2).
When you have three observers (in 2v2), assign the first two observers team 1 and the third team 2.
2. If teams are decided and set before the game starts, the observers don't have to be assigned any team anymore. They will be equally distributed by the computer.
Note about the choice of maps for this set:
Some maps which are rarely played or are all-water maps (such as Ceylon, Caribbean and Honshu) haven't been included in this set, since it's very unlikely they will be used for observer games. A few maps which have been added by later patches (such as Dakota Badlands) haven't been included in this set either, but others (such as Ozarks) have been included. Please note that the maps in this set feature the fanpatch 1.2, balanced version of the original ES maps (that means no river on Andes in any spawn, for example). The Great Plains 2v2 and 3v3 observer maps include the resource balance solutions used in the New AS Great Plains version. Credit goes to their makers.