Recently my friends and I bought a copy of Age of Empires III: Complete Collection for $0.10.  That’s right: 10 cents!  (Thanks SlickDeals!)

But we ran into problems trying to connect to each other.  We each could log onto the EOS network and join other people’s games.  But for some reason we could not join each other’s games (either us hosting or third party hosting).  The LAN mode did not work at all.

Hamachi to the rescue!

“LogMeIn Hamachi² is a hosted VPN service that securely connects devices and networks, extending LAN-like network connectivity to mobile users, distributed teams and business applications. You can easily create secure virtual networks on demand, across public and private networks.”

Hamachi was simple to set up.  The downloading time was actually the lengthiest part (which was not that long).  We downloaded the software.  I set up our network, and gave my friends the name and password.  And within minutes we were playing the game in LAN mode.  w00t!

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