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42 - Hope Valley

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Kester Mission 42 - Hope Valley

Mission 42 is pretty straightforward. You are allied with Saladin The Wise against three Lionhearts: Richard I, Richard II, and Richard III. You begin with 2000 gold, and the computer lords start with 8000 gold.

In the beginning place three woodcutters, a marketplace, one wheat field, one dairy farm, one apple farm, two iron mines, a barracks and an armory. The mill and bakeries can wait until after the first enemy is destroyed.

There's no need to build towers or walls in this mission. Three archers atop the keep are sufficient for defensive purposes. Your first inclination will be to attack Richard III, the grey lord, whose keep is to the north, which would give you control of half the map. Forget that idea! Richard I (in yellow) will constantly plague you and your ally with archers, horsemen and trebuchets, so attack him first. Your ally Saladin will already be engaged in battle against him, so it becomes a simple matter of marching to his aid with 20 macemen. Start the attack about April of year 0, and Richard I won't have his castle walls up yet. In my game he died in December of year 0.

Now you can build a mercenary post, hops farm, brewery, inn, bakeries, and mill. Use the money acquired from the defeat of Richard I to start weapon production: swords, armor, maces, and leather armor. Put up an engineer's guild and buy two trebuchets. Set the trebuchets against Richard III, launching cows to thin his ranks, as well as rocks to destroy his buildings. This is mostly to keep his forces at bay while you build your army. When your army reaches about 40 troops (any combination of macemen, swordsmen and Arabian swordsmen, but heavier towards the swordsmen), march against Richard III. Also, his troops spend a lot of time outside his walls by the oasis. Occasionally they'll get up and head north (for no apparent reason), leaving the castle largely defenseless... wait until they are thus preoccupied then attack. Richard III died in October of year 3.

Now is when the fun begins! Place additional iron mines to the north of your keep, and use the gold revenue to buy Arabian swordsmen. I built my army up to a strength of about 120, equal numbers macemen, swordsmen and Arabian swordsmen, plus half a dozen assassins. The macemen aren't very useful against Richard II, however they are very useful at taking down the gates if and when the assassins fail to do so. Order Saladin to attack Richard II a few game months before you join him. He'll agree, and Richard II's numbers will drop before you reach him. An army of 120 was really overkill, but I was enjoying my sudden wealth from the iron mines, and continually added troops as I watched Saladin attack Richard II.

During the final assault on Richard II, his castle will burn. Wait it out, rather than surrendering your troops to the flames (as I did a few times). Send just half a dozen macemen to his gates, holding back the rest of your army until the fire has depleted and the gates are down. Richard II was killed in June of year 9, and I still had 80+ troops at the end. I think I could have easily attacked sooner, but I was waiting in large part for his numbers to decrease first, as for much of the game he has the largest army.

A shorter mission than most, especially at this stage of the Crusader Trail. Enjoy!

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ibballin Lord Dusthole,

Ignore Kester. Saladin will occupy Richard I for you, focus on attacking Richard III. Personally Richard II was the most trouble, but only because he lasted the longest.
helloearthlings Its Easy! as soon as the game starts i slowed it down too 20 and built 2 stockpiles, a granary, marketplace, mercenary outpost, barracks, 2 armouries and 1 engineer guild... Do that quickly then recruit 12 engineers and make 4 trechebauts right outside the lionheart nearest to you. Build a semi-circle around the trechebauts of low wall. Recruit 15 archers (not arabian) 4 arabian swordsman and as many slaves as you can, keep stone and fire on lionheart with trechebauts, you should keep him at bay and nearly take him out. If he does not have much troops left send some archers in front of his peasent respawn place and the lord will come out to kill them. You should have your lord and 4 arabian swordsman at ready to attack the enemy lord, if you sucseed get money, stone ect of saladin to sell so you can get around 10 arabian swordsman in total, by then you should be able to take on the yellow lionheart. After that make sure you always have over 10 food make 2 hovels and buy about 300 wood, build that amount of wood worth in iron mines and start getting iron. Unless you get attacked from blue you should be safe, you can take out blue however you want but what i would do is build 30 trechebauts and rain stones on him. Have fun!
prikolas5 how make gold fast ??
ThreeTowers @Ryan

I tried your tactic just a few minutes ago, I were surprised because when I builded my tower Lionheart himself came out of his fortress, I quickly made some arabian swordsmen and they dispatched him, thanks for the tip, although it hadn't the result you desired ;)
Lord Blobby I can't get the posted walkthrough to work at all. Richard III annihilates me with pike/swordsmen and a mangonel. He has too much money and too many troops to start with.

So I learnt from him!

I beat him by placing 2 square towers with mangonel and 20 archers in the towers. I aimed the mangonel at his keep and it did enough collateral damage to his troops and surrounds that it kept him under control. However, he was getting too much income from his iron mines in the north. So I dispatched another 5 bowmen to sit in the top NW corner, which took care of his miners...

During all this I set up the economy with farms etc then when Richard III was weak enough sent in 20 macemen. I then proceeded to install about 25 iron mines in the north which gave me a pretty solid income to take out the others.
shadeninja1 This mission was SO EASY! Once it starts, set game speed to 20. Build two or three houses, place your granary, and build a mercenary outpost. Send as many assasins as you can to Lionheart III (Grey). Once you kill him, you will get gold (I got about 1500) that you can use to buy more assassins and send with what's left of your first assassin group to the Yellow Lionheart. Once he is dead, tell Saladin to attack the last Lionheart, recruit more assassins and send them along with what's left of your attacking assassins to kill the last enemy. When I did this, the blue Lionheart still hadn't finished his walls by the time I killed him. Done July 1869.
jossiejojo This is one of three missions I struggled with first time round, because of attacking pikemen, knights and catapaults. But I won it in the end simply by building a strong economy using oil (tar) and bread (wheat) and using the money to buy crossbow men which I put on the keep. Didn't try building any towers straight away or mining too much iron.
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