Microsoft's Gaming Zone
Currently the second most popular place to play War2 online.
The Zone is a free service provided by Microsoft where you can play a variety of games. Almost an opposite of Battle.net, the Zone works with older versions of Warcraft 2 only! If you are just looking to play a couple games with your friends, and don't want to waste any money, the Zone is probably where you want to go.
-My best guess is that War2BNE version WILL work on the zone some time in the future.
Warcraft 2 on the Zone.
The War2 game rooms
You're finally in!
Unlike playing on Battle Net, the more latency bars you have, the better it is. If this gets confusing for you, then just remember that green is good. You always want to have the color green in the bars beside your name, whether it be Battle Net, or the Gaming Zone.
When you finally join a game,and everyone's all ready to go, the game has to be 'launched'. This causes you to get kicked out to a dos prompt.
You will be presented with a 'c:\>' prompt now. Use the cd (change directory) command to change the directory to where you will find War2 on your computer.
For example: "c:\>cd games\warcraft2".
A pkt setting of 3 or 4 is the assumed standard for all games played.
What does this mean?
If you are going to be the host of the game, then you have to type in "war2 pkt:4". If you do not type this in, then the default of pkt:8 will be used, and the game delay will be definately intolerable. Make sure that if you launched the game, that you type in 'war2 pkt:4' or 'war2 pkt:3' from the dos prompt. If you are unsure about any of this, then don't host a game until you feel more comfortable with it.
I don't know how to use dos...I can't find my War2 directory?
If you don't tell the computer where to install something, then the default is the directory program files. If you are unsure of where War2 is located on your computer, this is probably where it is. From the dos prompt you will see 'c:\>' . From here, type in 'cd progra~1'. The prompt should now show 'c:\program files>' . Now type 'cd warcra~1' to change the directory to where War2 is located. The prompt will now read 'c:\program files\warcraft 2>. Type in 'war2 pkt:4' and the game will be launched. If that doesn't work, look through windows explorer until you find the proper directory. Use the 'cd' dos command to change to the directory where War2 is located. Then type in 'war2 pkt:4' to launch the game.