Turns out I needed to enable “Extended Tooltips” in settings for these mods to work
This did not fix my main problem.
I tried editing “key-value-strings-utf8.txt” on HD. Same result, the game doesn’t load.
I tried yesterday on a friends laptop with DE, there it worked without issues.
I’m quite nooby. I try to follow Ozhara’s old guide https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?l=dutch&id=190070326
It took me some time to find the mods folder, since it is on my C drive while DE is on on D.
“C:\Users\name\Games\Age of Empires 2 DE\mods”
I managed to create a local mod, it appears in the in-game mod list.
However it does not actually override the altered tooltips ingame.
I simply copied “key-value-strings-utf8.txt” and removed “…” of certain strings.
Perhaps my folder structure is not correct. I’m not sure where my mistake lies.