All the other boards for the original AoE and the Rise of Rome expansion appear to be dead.
What kind of playing style do you use to play the original game?
I found Age of Kings easy enough but when it came to the first one I find it quite difficult. Should I adopt the kind of strategy of which you'd use for playing Command and Conquer games? --- It's about these pirates. Pirates with patches over their eyes, shiny gold teeth and... green birds on their shoulders - Bart Simpson
you need to scout a little more in the first one. Always make sure that your army is of sufficient size that your can beat the enemy army should they attack
If you're doing a 1v1, upgrades are super duper important. The most important upgrade you can get are the +2 armor upgrades right off the bat in the tool age, as they allow you to kill enemy workers with extreme ease.
That's all I can give you off the top of my head. --- (insert funny signature here)