The Holy Roman Emperor has requested you build a castle over looking the sea and trident river valley to defend against the marauding Magyars to the east, Bohemian rebels to the south, and occassional Vikings raids from the north.
This is my first map ive submitted here so let me know what you think. sorry i dont have a screen.
Very fun map that I found myself playing for quite a long time!
This map has all the resources available to build quite extensively. The two biggest challenges were the distance of the trees from where I placed the keep, and the bears. I almost lost the lord towards the beginning, something I never thought would happen in a free build! As it was, I let him kill a few bears, then battle two at once, and go around the rest of the game with just the tiniest bit of yellow 'life indicator'. And I couldn't get a military force straightaway to help him, as I first needed stone for a barracks, and needed the available wood for other things... all of which made for a challenging, very playable game.
Playability & Balance: 5
As noted above, the map included all resource types, nicely spread out over the map. The map itself was varied and quite interesting to look at and play with, if a bit rough around some of the edges.
Map Design: 4
Short story, setting up a scenario/goal of building a castle.