I know that I cannot be the only one with Multiplayer connectivity issues...
Let me give ya the rundown on my setup at home. I'm behind a NIC > Buffalo Router Air station which funtions as a router betweem my NIC for my comp and my Xbox 360. That then goes to a switch which then goes into a netopia router. So I have a router connected to a router.
The proper ports are forwarded to BOTH the Buffalo and the Netopia for this game:
here's pics for proof/checking
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo324/chipkimble/chipsnetopiathingy.jpg <--- netopia port forward page
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo324/chipkimble/chipsbuffalothingy.jpg <--- buffalo port foward page
So then I do a port check from ShieldsUP for port 6100. It says the port is closed. I am honest to God baffled, because dammit, it's not closed.
To further compound my frustration not once since I bought the game have I been able to play multiplayer. I get 3 possible errors:
1) Connecting to Players. Please wait...
During the time I have waited I could have started and finished a grand campaign in Empires: Total War. I've never gotten past that window (this happens 1% of the time)
2)Attempt to Join Game Failed
I get this one 98% of the time
3) *Long pause after clicking join* Attempt to Join Game Failed
The other 1%
So, obviously there's people playing and having fun so it must be a problem on my end.
I have no firewall (daring I know. But that's a lie I have windows firewall but it's turned way the hell off) my connection is pretty solid anywhere: speed test puts me at over 5.8kb/s a state away. Why can I not play a multiplayer game?