Castaways - The Explorers
Posted on 06/21/04 @ 12:00 AM (updated 06/30/04
Castaways - The Explorers
It has been 10 long and hard years since our ship,the 'Tempest' was hit by a storm, smashed upon the rocks and gently slipped silently beneath the waves,and the survivors and I were stranded in this unknown land, not knowing where we were or how we would ever be rescued.
Our small settlement, since that time, has grown and given us all a good way of life, but alas, we all yearn to be returned to our homeland, to be united with our familes and friends.
After the death of poor Lord Calthorne, from the Devil-sent plague, it had been my misfortune to be elected the Overlord of our small settlement, a task I did not wish, but had cast upon me by the trust of my people.
In the early years of our settlement, we fought both the elements and the native tribesmen, and we struggled to survive, but with time, we became accustomed to the seasons weather and we eventually befriended the local tribes.
From them, we learned that this land is called 'Carre-Neehyma', a name that means 'The Garden of God', we also learned that they were harshly treated by the Spanish, whom they called, 'The Bright Chested Men', and fearing that we were of the same like, they were at first aggressive towards us, fearing for their very lives, but with time and patience we have both learned to live at peace with each other.
Many of them have settled among us, and some of my crew have took the local native girls as their wifes, this union of souls has been richly blessed by both sides and as such has made our existance more bearable.
We have taught them our Christian ways and beliefs, and have shown them how to grow wheat and make bread, we have also introduced them to our ale, which they call 'Yi-Tah-Na', which means 'Fall-Down Water', in return they have given us many of their herbs and spices, fruits and plants, and shown us how to cultivate them.
We have also learned why the Spanish were here, and why they abandoned the settlement. Our friends told us that the soldiers made them dig deep into the hills and bring out the glowing stones, they were forced to work night and day and many of them lost their lives.
This went on for many months until less and less of the Spanish came to the mine, the few that did stand guard had strange red spots on their face and arms, and soon these few no longer returned, finally when the natives had built up enough courage to enter the Spanish Camp, they found all of the men there dead, their bodies covered in the strange red spots.
From their account, it would appear that the Spanish had suffered from a plague of smallpox and that they had all succumbed to the said dreaded pox.
Over the years we have explored small areas of this land, and from the tales of our friends we have learned much.
Now that our colony is of such a size, we now feel the need to establish a new settlement further inland.
I have decided to lead a small number of settlers and natives to establish a supply camp, from where we will be able to explore further inland, we have supplies and are well armed.
We will be following the old Spanish road that leads inland to the site of the deep ravine, near where their mines are sited, a journey of some three days.
The land there has a bountiful supply of deer, and is fertile enough to grow crops.
We know that this land suffers from the fever, and we will need to provide herbs and potions for our men.
We will give our trust to God and prey for success.
Captain Thomas Goodwill
This game, I have rated as Hard, a true reflection would be Very Hard, which may only appeal to experienced players.
Please note: 30th June 2004 - Extra Help File added to download.
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Hi Sir Prise,
Notice: This is no review!
Before I'd rate this fantastic map, are you sure that it's playable? I looked into the editor and didn't find any access to the other border of the river(no ford!). You are able to dig moats, but you can't reach the central small round island in the midst of the river, from where you could reach all the other points... I searched again and again, but never found one, maybe I'm blind?
whereabouts in the forum is this map discussed please? i am having a real struggle working out how to bridge the river!
Absolutely great map!
Winning is not easy at all, but not impossible of course. I guess that is one of the few missions those are worth playing again and again.
I'd rather gave 7 for balance: you'll have to use a lot your wit to reach all the resouses. And be sure athor spent many hours to make that perfect balance. I consider "Castaways - The Explorers" the best balanced mission of Stronghold.
I liked the ruined bridge, i've never seen such a great idea in other missions.
Map Design: 5
Now, having made several maps, I can see how much time it took to create such a smart and beautiful map, I'd had to restart game about 7 times, and that was still interesting!
Thanks a lot, it was a real pleasure!
[Edited on 08/17/06 @ 02:22 PM]
I'm getting confused ! where do i put the files ? when I run the game and open the custom scenario , the game closes . pls help !
I am not sure what is the cause of your difficulty. But you will probably get more help if you post your question in the Stronghold Game help forum:
Hope this helps :)
Hey, nice and pretty map you've made! Everyone must download it!!!
AWESOME MAP! Great change from the standard style of play. Extremely challenging too. I just finished it after about 3 hours straight! Good work!