I have always been a single player Total War player ever since the pre-release of the Shogun TW demo in 2000, through M2 and BC. A week ago I got into contact with a friend who bought M2, and having had several conversations on Total War, I proposed starting a few online matches for practice and fun.
This is when I clicked on the Multiplayer button for the very first time - and faced two options, LAN and online, but online is allowed only via the services of Gamespy.
So both of us take time off to start Gamespy accounts - in six minutes, good and done. Then we try to enter our account information and log in - 1. I get a frozen screen when I hit the enter button, unable to Alt-Tab, Ctrl-Alt-Delete or Alt-F4 so I have to force shut down my computer and turn it back on. My friend on the other hand got 2. "wrong CD key" message, so after another twenty minutes of searching online I find a helpful thread - where we have to reenter our CD key making sure everything is capitalized.
As for me, I lost my original program box somewhere (so that's that for now). My friend reentered his CD key, but he still got the error message.
At that, I did a search on the TW Forums and got complaints about problems on the behalf of Gamespy. At the same time I go into the Multiplayer section of the BC forums and see lots of players happily having access to Multiplayer. Can I get any tips or help for this area?