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Edoras by WarLord Designs

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WarLord_Designs
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Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Difficulty: Normal
Minimap:
The golden sun that once glowed over the foothills of Rohan struggle to break through the darkened sky, the land once abundant in life now cringes at sight of its own people as though they leaked some hideous poison, some foul deed irreversible in its void. The stones and the rock faces harbour no moss or shrubs and the light that once warmed its cold surface, echoes still death on the faces of the people of Rohan. The trees that had grown at the waters edge many a king ago stand still and bent, their dead bark skins shield any love or warmth as they slowly perish in the cold grey light that filters through the thick clouds. The fog that lifts from the land carries the foul curses of lost souls; evil once again rises from the darkness of Mordor. Like a foul poison the dark lord’s will and influence slips unnoticed through the land taking advantage of lesser people, lesser men. The land that had been so still is again siring evils unknown, incomparable. With each and every passing day Rohan is beset by its own people and a new danger is beginning to mount on the city walls or Edoras and the Golden Hall of Theoden, king of Rohan. The Nomads of Eastfold gather under a new flag, yet it carries no white stallion or noble steed. Wildsmen grow closer with each passing day rallied under darkened war banners bearing the white hand, Mordor’s grip has tightened on this middle earth and the wizard Saruman has allied himself with the dark lord Sauron, forging the union of the two towers. The days now grow seemingly longer and the city towers are never without warrior, with each rising sun more villagers flee to the safety or Edoras’s walls, the light that was abundant has almost ceased and the clouds grow increasingly dark overhead. Theoden, our king had sent out scouts days earlier and yet our eyes have seen nothing, our ears heard nothing. The days are getting increasingly cold and the frost clings tighter to the shrubs underfoot. The flowers of white lace that once covered the tombs of our past lords have all but gone, and when you stand in their presence souls seem to cower in the shadows, afraid of what warmth the sun offers to us.

The full storylin can be vewed within the zipfile,

Have Fun.

WL_D. Alexus and Arthus.
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AuthorComments & Reviews   ( All | Comments Only | Reviews Only )
Duc Combrage Looks Great On Minimap!

Downloaded and Playing Will Review Soon!
Dragons Rider I think this was one of the first maps I ever downloaded. Just because i was overcome with astonishment at the map and wondering how anyone could make such a thing hasnt convinced me enough to say I think there are better maps out. Enough blabbering, on with my review.
Dragons Rider
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Im giving it a straight 5. Why? I still think of this map when someone mentions Stronghold

Playability: 5
What can I say? This map was sooo much fun. Also, as mentioned in othe reviews, its done as a wooden fort.:D

Balance: 5
I love a map were its a final stand in or around the keep. This is one of them.

Creativity: 5
Edoras is not a common map, and any map with sounds is one that has been very creative.

Map Design: 5
I adore the rugged mountain terrain surrounding the Edoras and the city's eyecandy was very good

Story/Instructions: 5
U had plenty of info and thats good for me

Additional Comments:
Why hasnt Firefly recruited you 2 to make maps?????
The Dragonheart Ohhhhh, I wish this was a crusader map because I don't own the first stronghold. Looks great on the minimap.
Sulis
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
This review is long overdue, as the map has been on my hard drive for months now. Yet ever since I downloaded this absolute masterpiece of scenario design from Warlord_Designs, i've been smitten! It's been played more often than any map I can think of from my maps folder. And here's why...

Edoras is a HUGE invasion map based on a pre-built settlement (I use the term very loosely so as not to offend any die-hard LoTR fans). There is very little micro-management required (the fact that a population of 150+ can be so self-sustaining throughout the life of this map is a real bonus) and your time is spent recruiting troops, fighting off massive invasion forces and desperately trying to repair the breaches in your defences. Combined with the additional sound files to add to the atmosphere, playability is impressive and virtually flawless. This is made even more incredible as large-scale invasion maps can, and do, go horribly wrong. Edoras is smooth, free-flowing and unbelievably addictive to play time and time again. Many different approaches can be taken with this map as it's certainly not a 'sit-back-and-see' scenario. You really do need to actively manoeuvre your units around the map as breaches in your outer walls will happen.

With hardly a moment to rest and recouperate, action is constant. There was a real sense of foreboding as I desperately tried to replace fallen troops in readiness for the final invasions. I knew I would suffer heavy losses. I didn't think I would survive. The atmosphere leading up to battles is really there! This is an incredible map with bags of replayability. Faultless.

Balance: 5
Leading on from the comments made above, the invasions are nothing short of spectacular. Massive in size, varied yet relevant troop combinations are undeniably effective. Watch the eastern side of the map darken as the final invading forces take their place in readiness for the final assault! The first few attempts of this map left me really struggling, falling to the massive onslaught of pikemen. With your troops consisting of knights (the riders, naturally) and a very healthy production of bows in full swing, generating your own troops isn't difficult, but faced with the invasions I was often left wondering if I was going to survive at all! The balance between the size of invasions and your own abilities to generate troops is spot on, though very difficult and requires hard work. In other words, exactly what balance should be in a map such as this!

Creativity: 5
The recreation of Edoras within the confines of the Stronghold editor here is gob-smacking! As a package (creativeness on the part of the designers, the map design and accompanying story, instructions and additional information), there is nothing to fault and plenty of praise due to Warlord_Designs. As a large invasion map without the additional information, the creative aspect of such a difficult scenario deserves due respect. The scenario as a whole drips with lovely touches, such as the alternative style of story and the additional sound files.

Map Design: 5
Where to start?! The landscape surrounding Edoras is beautifully done, with a harsh feel to it in places (not a negative comment, harsh landscapes are good!) and beautiful flatter areas (it's so good to see flat landscape that isn't based on lowest height modelling). In my opinion, nobody can recreate intricate landscapes like Warlord_Designs can! The use of himalaya is wonderfully blended in with the preset heights and looks completely natural. Without the buildings, this would be a wonderful freebuild map! However, the real gem here is the fantastically detailed, expertly modelled and genuine living, breathing settlement. It's a joy to see such attention to detail! The defences were expertly done, the little building structures gave life to the settlement.. all in all, a pleasure to look at, with the added bonus of being perfectly functioning, every building having a distinct purpose to the scenario.

Story/Instructions: 5
Warlord_Designs know how to package a map with a pertinent and highly relevant story/instructions set. The story article is a really nice touch, something different from the majority of maps and the inclusion of the pictures and artwork was, for me, essential. The sound files, as stated above, support the scenario superbly. Everything you need is within the zip file. Kudos to you both for such well put together download!

Additional Comments:
One of the finest invasion maps available at this site, if not the best. Already downloaded in healthy numbers, this map deserves one more review in recognition of a piece of quality design.

An essential download for Stronghold!
WarLord_Designs
File Author
wow! thanks so much Sulis that made my day :D
JuBuOrangie Isnt Edoras a cirle not an oval? I just watched the movie and thats what I thought I saw.
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Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability4.9
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
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Size:15.61 MB
Added:02/07/06
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