This map gets going rather slow with a extremely low starting population. The castle isnt extrodinarily large, and you dont really need any of the back towers to hold off the invaders. This allows for room to make improvements in the castle, knocking down alot of walls was a strategy of mine. I ignorantly slept my wells and water pots to get the economy on track quicker, and then forgot to work them after. Then a fire broke out, and then it was too late to activate my fire department. I ended up deleting alot of the buildings in a last ditch effort to fight the fire. It works when you arent being attacked at the same time, which is exactly what happened in this map. Fortunately the game doesnt burn your stockpile of wood in the middle of the fire! I quickly built a replacement granary and used up a stockpile of wood to get the economy going again. You do have starting spearmen in the keep to decommision if you want to get the economy jump started in the beginning.
The attacks (too many to keep count of) seem to be rather threatening in the beginning, and are only repelled if you get several large groups of archers on the front gatehouses and towers. The enemy stronghold shoots anything that really leaves your castle front gate, so you better get comfortable inside your cramped castle. Nice balance of defenders.
I thought this map was a real good one because it uses a creative idea that no one ever really uses anymore, to have all buildings and troops available! Nice new and fresh idea.
Map Design: 4.5
The map alot to offer, here are some examples:
There is a ghost, even though you dont have any chapels.
A burning man runs into the castle at one point, even though we didnt use oil at that time.
The level of incoming invasion attacks make launching an attack rather difficult unless you move your troops in a end around attack (using the side of the map strategy).
Having a fire run through your castle with your fire department asleep isnt a fun experience. Prevent this at all costs.
The attacking laddermen jam up in the signpost area and do not attack. This could be fixed, but without them its kinda easy
If added I will change this rating only. I wanted to get a rating on this because it's a really good and short battle. People should download this and play it, with my recommendation (thumbs up).
Good short map with lots of detailed landscape and animal use. A must play.