i dont know if this is an option or not. but i remember AoEII, where we had the option to let 2 computers runing 1 race at the same time.. was wondering if thats an option.
if some of us playing it like a dual account ^^
sometimes when i am too bussy fighting i forget to do other stuff and have have my partners building up the resources or what not... i took care of all military actions ^^ hehe
just a thought =)