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Devil's Lair

Author File Description
Pat Dark Knight
File Details
Map Size: 300x300 (Medium)
Number of Players: 4
Balance: Balanced
Difficulty: Normal
Minimap:
Legend has it that numerous ghostly figures have haunting, in partnership with the devil, to carry his plans to conquer these vast lands, which are presently owned by you and three other Lords. For some years now, this legend has been considered false, to the relief of the people, for the lands called the 'lost pits' (a large stable dip in the land, where lots of minerals and rock can be found), were never occupied by these ghostly figures.

But overnight, following a strangely cold evening, loud sounds and disturbances were heard and reported all around the pit, as well as young children starting to go missing and disapearing, never to be found again. Your people call this 'the work of the devil' , and they've decided to never set foot in these pits ever again, now called the 'devil's Lair'.

These Land were peacefully seperated in four, equal for every Lord. The task given to you and your three trustworthy Lords, is to destroy all of the devil's men, to be able to stop his attempts to conquer these lands. But once this task is completed, beware of the Devil's curse which will give you greed to take control of all the minerals and ressources for you, and you only. This will probably affect all four Lords, which will make them all turn on everyone else...

Good Gaming,
Pat Dark Knight
Dark Knight

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lollard97367
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
Map plays perfect and with no playiblity issues at all. Excellent testing Pat.

Balance: 5
I gave this a 5 because the map has finely tuned resources. "Finely tuned" meaning that Pat took his time placing the resources in a way to make it a challenge. In your Keep corner area you get some iron and farms, and have to be greedy to get the middle where the stone is. Keeping your iron going and farms is what will get you through slave attacks that burn up your conquests in the middle. Wood is never really a problem, but getting food is. So clear land early and build farms where you can. The enemy is close enough to threaten your farms with his. But not too close as to make it claustrophobic. Best balance I have seen from Pat since Rain Forest.

Creativity: 5
Ill give you an example of some creative work on this:

"..curses by the devil will make you smell greed, and want the mine to yourself which will turn you against your allies."

Map Design: 5
The map is a work of art and plays normally. You have a real challenge playing against three comps on this one. Give them a little extra gold and you are in for a long hard game (I played this a looooong time, and loved it!). The map is designed to force you to be defensive. Keep a wall (and better yet a tower) manned with archers if you want to survive the rush.

Story/Instructions: 4.5
The story about the ghosts shows imagination and hard work. But it really doesnt have anything to do with the actual map or playing it. Thats ok (I embellish story too), because the rest of the story keeps you going and gets you in the mood for a long and strategic game on a realistic looking map. I gave it a 5 to get you a perfect (the map is a 5 dude!), but this would be a 4.5 if that was possible.

Additional Comments:
Look for my "Big Texas Tea Party" map soon in the Stronghold Crusader: Invasions section. You can be like Bush! Keep up the good work Pat (the original dark knight)!

[Edited on 07/26/05 @ 12:49 AM]

Kester
Rating
4.6
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity4.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions4.0
Playability: 5
A very playable, nicely balanced map!

Balance: 5
I agree with Sir Lurchalot - competing for the resources in the middle was fun, and started the action very early in the game.

Creativity: 4; Map Design: 5
Not an eye candy map, but one with a realistic looking terrain. Skirmish maps can look very unnatural due to the desire to make them balanced, but the landscape in this one is very nicely done, especially the scattering of the stone and iron.

Story/Instructions: 4
Nice story, and the download includes a text file as well as the story on the download page.

Additional Comments:
Definitely recommended for download and play. Nice job!
paves
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
It was VERY fun and challenging.. this is definately a map to play over and over again and set new goals for yourself.. This map gout me VERY angry but i just loved to much to stop playing.

Balance: 5
As long as yuh know where to look every person has their fair share of resources. Where you placed them, was very agrrivating but only added to the score by simply making the match better

Creativity: 5
i will admit, the monkey in the middle idea is old but god this is SO DANG FUN!!!!! plus it has a sort of twist and.. god i love this map.

Map Design: 5
see above

Story/Instructions: 5
ORIGIONKAL STORY THAT I FELL IN LOVE WITH AND KINDA SPOOKED ME!!!!! BEST PART OF MAP

Additional Comments:
i dont know why i just loved this map so much.. i suppose im being a bit nice.. okay so i didnt luv it THAT much but it was purtty fun.

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Rating
4.9
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity4.7
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions4.7
Statistics
Downloads:6,874
Favorites: [Who?]0
Size:393.19 KB
Added:07/21/05
Updated:07/23/05