Posted on 05/23/06 @ 02:16 AM (updated 05/27/06
Wain was a mercenary. He found that there was a good living in selling yourself out, long ago. He was talented in strategy and warfare, and although you wouldn't usually hand your army to a mercenary, he grew a good reputation.
He and his wandering brigade had recently found themselves in a peaceful time, not the best thing for them. As their food cache got lower and lower they marched around the country looking for small jobs wherever they could find it. It was like this when they were walking through a forest glade and a mounted man crashed into the glade, nearly trampling an archer.
After an apology the mounted man looked over Wain's men and said he was recruiting men in the region to help fight off what he described as "An arrogant, monstrous fool who think's he's better then everyone!" and after declaming who and what you were, the man, who had not told his name yet, asked you to go north-west to hill-fort where some people might have need of them.
Three days later
They had run out of food on the second day and on the third had found themselves in a knee-deep bog full of midges. After all these setbacks they finally reached the fort where a group of lesser nobles were discussing plans. After a few minutes of questioning and finding out who they were the Lords agreed to tell them the story.
The Fronds were always a thoughtfull and prepared house and were nothing if not ambitious. Despite this they never hardly left their own borders and maintained peaceful negotiations. This went on until recently, when the late Duc came to power after his parents mysterious deaths. Their bodies were not yet cold before he moved in, made everybody's lives miserable, and formed an army. Of late the army had become to much for the neighboring lords to manage, two had fell already, now their heads decorate wooden spikes and the rest also felt a bit threatened. Gathering up the men in the area, they had united against the Duc so at the moment they were at a draw. This could not last however, and the Lords planned to show the Duc a lesson...
Your part of the plan was to sneak behind enemy lines and capture the Duc's family castle. The pig is away on a raid on the nearby countrysides so he had left a governer and a small garrison to defend what he believes a small target for attack. The Haely motte and bailey lies in a kind, fertile and hilly region covered in trees and small, rocky pools. At this attempt on his castle, he will likely try to get it back. There are also rumors of another general...
A fortnight later.
The small army had been bolstered by recruits and siege weapons donated by the lords. They had crossed hill and marsh to reach the Duc's lands. Making camp across the river from the motte Wain addressed his troops.
"Now it begins..."
A little update: I forgot to put author notes so...
Author's notes: This is a 300x300 cede ecovasion. I didn't playtest as extensively as I could have but it shouldn't have any major problems. The signpost is supposed to be that close in an effort to stop you from using the wood from the forest to build a wall 6 tiles deep all around. There is room for one pitch rig on that small marsh. Some buildings can't be rebuilt: mill, Inn, church. These don't matter except for the mill because it will make it impossible to fill bread goal. Hope you all have fun playing. I tried to make a soft and hilly forest and if the trees take over just make more wood cutters...or...burn them all with pitch! I don't know how far the fires would spread so be careful.
Above all, rate it. Oh and have fun, that would be good too.
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Not sure if I should give a 4 or a 5. And that's both to playability and balance. I'll give a 5 to playability. Because it's a more stronger point than balance actually. The cede was alot more fun to play because you weren't so sure you'd win this time... An attacking army and a fire at the same time! And I managed to survive it through!
Better balance now. Overall, you're at the edge of survival all the time.
Nothing new. The only creative thing here is possibly the castle deisign. Not so bad though, it's not easy to find any new with these small maps. But they are more fun to play than big cities.
Map Design: 5
Either a 4 or a 5. But come on, it's a forest. Can't look so much better can it? Looks as natural as it can.
As lollard said, a good, well written story.
A small sized map. Has major flaws actually... but you can still see the beauty of the map behind the...um... signpost. Fix that and it'll get a much higher scoring.
[Edited on 05/28/06 @ 05:49 AM]
Very Playable Kept Playing It Trying to Find Different Ways to Complete it. The First Bit Where you had to invade was far too easy. I Always Had My ram Left In The Way after.
Easy In the Beggining, Invading Was Tooo Easy. But Keeping the Community up And Running Is quite Hard, Ran Out Of Wood Early.
Love The Idea! The Motte and Baily Is Awesome.
I Do Think thier should Be More Enemy Troops So It Would Be Harder.
Map Design: 5
The Castle Is Very Good Design, I Cant Seem to Make A Motte And Bailey With Added Moat And Hill. The Landscape Around It Is Very Good Aswell.
OMG! Awesome Story! LOVED IT!
Maybe if You Add More Troops TO Them And Less to us It Would Be Alot Harder!