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Building an Empire

Author File Description
bobT aka Bob Taylor
File Details
Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Difficulty: Normal
Made with version: 1.1
Minimap:
This Economic mission will keep you busy and thinking for a while. The castle itself has been built and sadly your masons have moved on to new challenges. Any damages that the mighty walls of this castle receives will be there for the entire episode. Take heed my friends and be warned, not all things are well in this young Kingdom.

This secenario has been tested at all skill levels and presents challenges to any level of play. It is not an extremely hard scenario and should provide you with somne entertaining hours of fun.

bobT
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Sulis
Rating
4.6
Breakdown
Playability4.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions4.0
Playability: Almost perfect with no real problems (apart from the occasional bandit raid going AWOL somewhere). This map is big and the castle is one of the largest I have had to play with. At first I was worried that with everything more spaced out that I was used to I would struggle to keep it all flowing along (i.e. food to granary, movement of troops around the castle, flour to bakeries, etc) but once you get to a certain level of population and production really starts to kick in, things are fine and the castle runs itself more or less. However, it's the getting there that makes this map enjoyable.

Balance: This is quite a challenge and I reached my limit playing normal level with a population of 130. I had a quick look at very hard and for this the gold required goes through the roof, but more importantly the population moves up the the mid/high 200's! However, there are only a few events to cause you concern, which is good, because this map really does rely on juggling of resources in order to win. A couple of invasions may cause you to tear your hair out and I recommend that you do not neglect your defences. Once these are over, you can concentrate on the economic goals. Very hard, but very well done.

Creativity: This is a brilliant way to forget about the castle building side and concentrate on what some would call 'number crunching', or something similar at least. There have been a few maps I have played where you concentrate your skills on defence (Lines of Defence, reviewed recently) and this is an economic version. Very good practice, and another good map where you have to think carefully about what to build. Nice to see a limited market place, I feel this adds a degree of realism.

Map Design: Okay, so the castle is already built. But it is stunning in design, a real working stronghold that has more than enough room to house all your peasants as they go about their chores. It looks very realistic in parts when viewed from above, with the separate 'rooms' providing visually what we usually see when visiting castles (side point: I would love to see Great Halls, separate roofed rooms, sleeping chambers, etc that were the norm in some later Norman castles in the map editor). Some of the stair and wall work was very good, I love the idea of getting from one wall level to another by stairs that almost seem hidden. Again, smacks of reality, which I like to see. The map itself was very well done; rolling countryside, bit of sea, all created well and pretty much seamless. Maps this well designed are hard to come by.

Story/Instructions: Well presented, nice detail and easy to read. Always pleased to see a picture when previewing a map prior to download. To be honest, I was considering giving it 3 rather than 4, but the whole map carries this side well enough.

This is a challenge that I think everybody who likes to build, rather than destroy, will thoroughly enjoy. Don't be put off by the pre-built castle, this is a great map with a good storyline and some tough economic goals. The whole map comes together well. Definitely recommended.
Lord Braun
Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance4.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Really enjoyed this map. The story and instructions really add to the enjoyment. I really had difficulty initially getting my economy going, but eventually worked things out. The large already in place castle is massive attractive and really makes this map interesting to play even when the invasions are gone. Well done sire!
Dianna125
Rating
3.4
Breakdown
Playability4.0
Balance3.0
Creativity3.0
Map Design4.0
Story/Instructions3.0
I loved the pre-built castle. It was really pretty and allowed me to defend my castle fairly well. While there were a significant amount of events occuring, it got a bit boring towards the end. But all in all, it was a fun map to play!
Ice_Lord
Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance4.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
You are good but if it only were without the walls and the other stuff only a empty map where i can choose my own place to selttle down but any way well done.

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Rating
4.4
Breakdown
Playability4.5
Balance4.0
Creativity4.5
Map Design4.8
Story/Instructions4.3
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Size:743.50 KB
Added:02/23/02