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Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness - Scotland

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Map Size: 200x200 (Small)
Difficulty: Hard
I did a backpacking tour of Scotland in the early 90s. While at Loch Ness, I camped for 4 days on the shore in a cheap tent (with no mosquito lamps) and watched for the monster. One night the tent's ceiling was covered in a thick layer of mosquitos and (unknowingly) I used a cigarette lighter to burn one mosquito in anger. BIG MISTAKE, all the mosquitoes burst into flame and tent burned down. I left Loch Ness without discovering the monster and with a complaining girlfriend (her makeup burned up in the fire). This map is of Castle Urquhart (strategically built on the shore of Loch Ness)located there.

The Great Stag Hunt at Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness - Scotland

You are a Scotish lord who has inherited Castle Urquhart on the shores of Loch Ness in the year 1000. The local herd of Great Stag (deer) are in the area, and you intend to hunt two of these great beasts and hold a banquet (18 meat win requirement). A neighboring lord (who is in financial straits) has requested 12 Maces and 5 Suits of Leather Armor (win requirement) to equip his own beleaguered soldiers. You agree to share your weapon stock with your ally. Normally this would be an simple matter, but a hooligan named Sir Toad has moved into the area around your iron mine. He delivered an ultimatum, give up and leave Urquhart Castle. That is unacceptable. Kill Sir Toad, hold the banquet, and manufacture the weapons and armor. Look for the Loch Ness Monster, and other eyecandy features too!

A little background:

Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress and its history from the 13th to 17th centuries was particularly bloody. Following Edward I's invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots. struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots.

The picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle are situated 2 miles from Drumnadrochit on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness. After a chequered history, the building was blown up in 1692 to prevent it becoming a Jacobite stronghold. The castle was purchased by a Mr Chewett in the 1930s and in 2003 was gifted by his widow to The National Trust for Scotland.

When the Romans first came to northern Scotland in the first century A.D., they found the Highlands occupied by fierce, tattoo-covered tribes they called the Picts, or painted people. From the carved, standing stones still found in the region around Loch Ness, it is clear the Picts were fascinated by animals, and careful to render them with great fidelity. All the animals depicted on the Pictish stones are lifelike and easily recognizable—all but one. The exception is a strange beast with an elongated beak or muzzle, a head locket or spout, and flippers instead of feet. Described by some scholars as a swimming elephant, the Pictish beast is the earliest known evidence for an idea that has held sway in the Scottish Highlands for at least 1,500 years—that Loch Ness is home to a mysterious aquatic animal.

The earliest written reference linking such creatures to Loch Ness is in the biography of Saint Columba, the man credited with introducing Christianity to Scotland. In A.D. 565, according to this account, Columba was on his way to visit a Pictish king when he stopped along the shore of Loch Ness. Seeing a large beast about to attack a man who was swimming in the lake, Columba raised his hand, invoking the name of God and commanding the monster to "go back with all speed." The beast complied, and the swimmer was saved.

Caution for the record: I incorporate little puzzles in my maps. Sometimes the solutions are obvious, sometimes it takes a little experiementing to solve them. If you have questions, please post them here. As always, constructive comments and positive feedback are welcomed.


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Map Design4.5
You PRODIGY !!!.. :). thanx for this mistery invasion. Very very pleasure...
Map Design5.0
Playability: 5
Perfect in playability, this map offers a challenging and task filled play. Theres always something that needs tending too, so the player is never left bored. Great work!

Balance: 4
Good work with the starting troops and invasions, this was obviously play tested well. My only problem with the balance (and this might be just me) is that the invasions seem to end a bit too early, around the 6th game year of gameplay. Although events still occur after this, so ill only subtract half a point here. Well done!

Creativity: 5
This map is highly creative, as all Lollard's maps are, and theres always that great little puzzle, as in most of Lollards maps. I love the terrain and especially the scrubland. I couldnt find nessie yet, but I will keep looking! :D Good job!

Map Design: 5
The map is highly thought out, and well designed, lots of effort and skill are required to make the map look this good. So it easily gets a perfect score from me! :D fantastic!

Story/Instructions: 5
Another great story to lead you into the game from Lollard. I really enjoyed reading it, and it added to the map, as it is meant to. Perfect! :)

Additional Comments:
A really REALLY addictive map. Loved playing it, and I recommend it for download to anyone who wants to play a map worthy of a pro. Good work on the map Lollard, sorry I didnt rate earlier, I was busy with study for exams :P

(Ps. Could you please re-download my Atlantis map, and rate it? I would appreciate your feedback, as it is more helpful then most. Also, if you do, please check my last comment as that should help you win :)thx, skaarj)
Lord Michael I
Map Design4.0
Playability: 4.5
This is a really cool map!!, it's a bit hard but that puts some spice to the game

Balance: 4.5
The mission is a bit hard, but I like it that way. You start with a mere 400 something gold and little food, soon you are in chaos.

Creativity: 5
That castle is well made and that engineer in that wall was very funny! :)

Map Design: 4
There are no bugs and the map runs properly, it's a great map.

Story/Instructions: 5
The instructions, and story are there, well done.

Additional Comments:
This is a great invasion, one of the only I have played more than one time

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