Posted on 04/06/04 @ 12:00 AM (updated 04/24/04
Volcano Castle (updated)
well, this my first update of this map because of some critical notes by Lord Ako and I hope that it’ll be improved after having changed a few details concerning the story and playability.
This actual map, representing a colourful mixture of historical and geographical facts and especially of the author’s fantasy, will be a kind of hard, if you fail proceeding step by step.
Historical and geographical background:
Inspired by the “wild poverty” and the mysterious ancient landscapes of Wales I put the story back into the old times between 1147 and 1192, when King Richard of Lionheart, escorted by a large army of loyal men, was far away from home crusading in the Holy Land. Ever since England wasn’t under King’s control anymore and the argueing aristocracy was split up and involved into several intrigues.
Now, you, the honoured Lord of Rhondda, are commissioned by King Richard to take care of immediate weapon supplies of 25 maces. Besides the King also would like to equip his personal lifeguards with further new 12 armours. You are ordered as well to put together a cargo of 20 barrels of beer, increasing morale for fight as they always say. King Richard will show you his gratitude by supporting your defense with many archers that you urgently need against your two unfriendly neighbours, the Earl of the Dee (the Wolf) and the Lord of the Glance (the Snake). These two unfaithful”fellows” only are obsessed by gold and just interested in destroying your economic development. The main intention however is to control the resource of iron ore and pitch, because economy control means “power” over all.
Your castle, built up on the ruins of an ancient monastery, is placed in the centre of an almost extinct volcano, a type of flat volcanos, that usually are filled with water forming a lake. But this example is still alive…
On the crater’s bottom there is a plenty of mineral pitch, boiling and steaming waterholes. As you surely know volcanic soil normaly is very fertile, but not in this case: Concerning the volcanic activities you’ll only be able to build hops and wheat farms on a few suitable areas around your castle. On the other hand the surrounding hinterland is rather poor, so that no agriculture is possible. Nevertheless hunters can find a handsome number of wild animals grazing on the wide grasslands, where trees are rare. The County of the Glance, your direct neighbour, isn’t far away and the enemy has built up a small sentry,camouflaged as a village and sent out his spies, disguised as hunters. This inconvenient opponent must be eliminated as fast as you can…
First slow down game speed to check out your “status quo”.
The basic problem is to avoid a rapid decreasing popularity depending on upcoming lack of food. Use existing iron ore and pitch in a skilful and solid way. Of course religion and ale consumption will make increase your popularity again. Change your blacksmith’s weapon production by the right time to train several knights for an effective defense. As well the hostile hunters are unpleasant, too. Kill them all. Release the wild animals, fenced in by the Snake to get more preys for your own hunters. And don’t forget to press the “Zzz”-Button if necessary, helpful to reach different goals earlier.
Another accidental events will occure, but don’t worry…
The second problem in this story:
You can’t train archers by yourself, also missing fletchers and tanners. Your starting military force isn’t yet strong enough for a durable resistance against your opponents. But sometimes several outlaws will come to your aid as soon as you fulfil different objectives:
Killing the enemies’Lord
Including production of 25 Maces
Producing 25 Ale
Producing 12 Armours
Be prepared of the upcoming invasions, especially the Wolf will approach with some siege equipment (catapults or trebuchets).
If you enjoyed it or had any problems with this map, please review.
Thanks and happy gaming!
(The single conditions for victory are fixed in the map itself)