I read the sticky post in this forum, it gave instructions to add an exception to the Windows firewall, which I already knew how to do and had tried.
But as I said, I turned the firewall off.
I'm thinking the problem isn't related to firewalls or network connections.
I don't know what the game setup screen is supposed to look like, but I have extensive experience in RTS MP gaming and I just don't think it's right.
WHen I host a game the setup screen opens and I choose a map, on the far right side ALL the player slots say "OPEN". I can set them to AI or close them, I can set faction and I can choose teams for ALL of them.
Shouldn't one of the player slots have my name listed?
I reinstalled the game to see if it was a bad install, but the issue is still there.
Here are a couple of screenshots of my game setup as host. Is this the way it's supposed to be?