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Stronghold 2 and Stronghold Legends Multiplayer Problems

If you are experiencing issues with Multiplayer games not working.  There is a workaround for this problem.  

Set your exe file to Windows XP SP3 Compatibility mode and setup a multiplayer game via GameRanger as per normal -

You can do this by locating the exe file (default locations listed below) and following the additional instructions. 

 C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold 2

 C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Legends

2. Right click and select Properties.
3. Click on the Compatibility tab.
4. Tick 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:'
5. Select 'Windows XP (Service Pack 3)'
6. Click on OK.
7. Run GameRanger and either Host or Join a game.

The GameSpy service utilised to play Multiplayer games has shut down and therefore will stop multiplayer from working. 

We have been in discussions with GameRanger, who have been looking into making multiplayer work via their system. 


In order to play Stronghold 2 online you and friends you wish to play with, will need to download their software from this site :


Various software, such as an anti virus program could cause issues with multiplayer. Microsoft have create a helpful guide for their own games, click here for help.


For more help, visit Stronghold Knights who are friendly fan site they created this handy multiplayer guide, click here.


This problem may be caused by having a number of ALT codes in your name. If you reduce the number of ALT codes in your name to around seven codes, you shouldn't have any further problems.


One possible solution is the interface has become frozen. Going out of the lobby by pressing the back button and returning may help. However, if none of the buttons are working then try task switching Stronghold 2 and returning to it and this may make Stronghold 2 recover.