Not another Helms Deep! We could not resist - but it is well worth a go. Take a little look below to see more about the map.
Background: The Fellowship has been broken and Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas have arrived in the court of Edoras. They bear the news of the Uruk-hai army heading into the Rohan. After some persuasion the whole of Edoras is evacuated for the immense mountain fortress of Helms Deep. From there Gandalf goes for help while Aragorn, Theodin, Gimli and Legolas man the defence of Helms Deep with the aid of Elrond's Elves and the Rohirren army. Will you be able hold off the immense horde heading your way?
'Gimli stood leaning against the breastwork upon the wall. Legolas sat above the parapet fingering his bow, and peering out into the gloom. "This is more to my liking,"said the dwarf, stamping on the stones."Ever my heart rises as we draw near the mountains. There is good rock here. This country has tough bones. I felt them in my feet as we came up from the dike. Give me a year and a hundred of my kin I would make this place that armies would break upon like water'
The scene is set - the walls coated in soldiers. Before sundown the Elves from the house of Elrond made thier arrival in aid of our defence. The women and children are locked away in the tunnels behind the Hornberg. All is ready for the horde approaching...
'Brazen trumpets sounded. The enemy surged forward, some against the Deeping wall, some against the causeway and the ramp that led up to the Hornberg-gates. Then at last the answer came, a storm of arrows met them, and a hail of stones, they wavered, broke and fled back; and charged again and again.' The battle of Helms Deep is underway and their numbers not faltering - will you be able to hold them off? 'The orcs yelled and jeered."Come down! Come down!" They cried."If you wish to speak to us come down! Bring down your king! We are the fighting Uruk-hai. We will fetch him from his hole if he does not come. Bring out your skulking king!"
1)This map is not built directly in accordance with neither with book or film but more of a mixture of the two and our own ideas. eg we do have elfen archers(in green) in Helms Deep which is in the film but not the book.
2)We chose the Pig as he seemed to fit as best as an orc leader.
3)What you see is not what you get - their army is continually backed up by invasions for two years.
4)The AI will be quite slow untill they break through the deeping wall. Then thier attacks will increase and once the final wall is broken. After that every remaining enemy will form a huge killing line to your keep. You will have no chance!
5)Use spearmen to your best advantage, especially when to block off gatehouses.
6)Experienced players will attempt to move archers around the fortress which is well worth it.
7)We have decided to include the following characters in the keep:
Aragorn - Sworsdmen
Gimli - Maceman
Legolas - Green archer
Theoden - Lord
In the keep there are also 10 spearmen who act as Theoden's bodyguards.
8)Check out the wooden gatehouses used as tunnels at the back.
9)Remember this map is built as a huge siege for maximum playability - enjoy!
10) This map is really made for more experienced players on normal and even more so on hard! But it does give a satisfying victory on easy. Try on normal though - it will be close!