You have to type your key in with hyphens and everything too. Theres an option in the multiplayer menu that says "Change CD Key" type it in there. I got gold edition and it never gave me an option to use the key in the installation. So, like I said just do it in the game menu.
nobody plays on normal version so i cant join unless i get BI and if i host 1 no 1 joins me so i'm stuck.
is it worth buyin BI if i get it cheap
Did you even read my post? People do play the original online! I usually don't have much trouble finding a game. Make sure you have version 1.5 of Rome Total War. You can check by going to the "options" menu and looking in the corner.
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