I have to admit I was a little dissappointed when I played this map. The description said it was hard so I was hoping for a real challange. However, no matter which four AIs I allied against me, I won easily. Very easily, in fact.
Since I had so much iron near my keep I was rolling in gold in no time and never bothered with quarrying stone, gathering oil, or even building ANY stone structures of any type. (In other words, no towers or walls whatsoever.)
There is also a small design flaw. The AI's keeps are placed much to closely together. As a result, their castle walls will interlock and prevent one or more of them from gathering resources and building an army. That also makes the map too easy to beat.
Posted on 11/27/07 @ 06:30 AM
Really? AIs like richard or frederick will cram the entrance to the valley and make it unreachable.