When I was in grade school I got an assignment to build a model castle. Naturally, I turned to David Macaulay’s book “Castle”, which I expect many Stronghold fans to be familiar with. I’ve put his design to the test in this scenario. Actually, I’m going by memory and a blueprint I found on the web because I can’t find my old copy of the book. I’ve also taken some liberties, such as using square towers instead of round towers in order to maintain visual continuity, and embellishing the city.
In terms of the game design, I’ve dispensed with having to clear out the animals since this would have been done by now. Also, I tire of games where everything is thrown at you - plagues, fires, rabbits, etc. so you won’t find that here. Instead, the difficulty is preparing for a large battle, 4 battles really, with little time and resources. Balancing this is difficult, since I know what’s coming. So if I’ve made it too easy PLEASE let me know. I’ll definitely update the scenario if its too easy, but the problem is too few people leave comments.
The challenge of landscape design for me is to incorporate resources that must be there, iron, stone, pitch, and wood in a believable natural way. Too many maps have large uniform fields of iron or stone, which doesn’t make any sense to me. Also, too few people try to make a hydrologically or geologically believable map. That’s what I try to do here, especially with the peninsular river mouth. You’ll notice that much of the map is sea. Again, this is an effort to make a realistic place rather than simply take up space.
The balance of power has shifted against the King. Once loyal lords have banded together to dethrone Him. Supply routes will be crucial in this war, meaning the enemy must control overseas shipping lanes. To do this, the grand castle nicknamed “The Great Watcher”, which stands high on an outcropping overlooking the sea and standing vigil over the waves must fall. Unfortunately for you, although The Great Watcher is superbly defensible, it is not prepared for an all-out assault. With trade routes cut, you can only purchase food - no weapons or raw materials. Your unenviable task is to scramble for supplies, raise whatever army you can, and survive. If The Great Watcher falls, loss of the Kingdom is only a matter of time.