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The Stand

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Map Size: 300x300 (Medium)
Difficulty: Hard
It is 1181 anno domini. Six months ago, you have been asked to join the war for a greater cause, to command the troops your father has provided for the crown. Gladly you have followed your king into a holy war, far into the lands of the east. You were eager to earn some honour and glory in huge battles, commanding your father s army, and to be sung by the bards back home. But whilst your comrades have already been sent to countless battles and sieges, you, as the only son of the Earl of Devonshire, have been used more or less as an errand boy, being responsible for the troops in the papers, not on the battlefields.
Somehow you can t help the feeling that this has to do something with your father having a word with his dear friend, the king...
So you are not pleased to be sent as a messenger to a small outpost, back in the lands already taken by the crown, far away from the battlefield.
A report from this small outpost in the middle of nowhere is past due, no messenger has been seen. You have been given command over a small bunch of soldiers to restore order and remind the keeper of his duties. Something at last.
After a boring four days travel, you reach the castle. But as the walls come in sight you feel a cold shiver running down your spine - something is wrong here, definitively wrong.

As you come closer, you see the outpost in ruins, taken down by some mighty force but no one seems to be around. No corpses or wounded are found, only bloodstained walls and somehow it looks like the keep has been taken by a ghost army. Your men grow anxious and whish to leave, but you have a certain suspicion.
Finally, among the debris you find proof for what you assumed: An Arabian arrow.
This is most alarmingly. It seems like an Arabian army has gathered in the crusaders back to ambush them from behind! This has to be reported immediately.
Just as you prepare to march out, one of the scouts raises alarm.
It seems your arrival has not remained unnoticed. You realise that you are the one to hold the keep this time as a last line and to throw back the ambush for the king s sake.
Whatever may come,
this is your stand.


this is my first Invasion map.
It took me a few hours to playtest and balance it but still it is very hard to play.
Comments are welcome.


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Lord Gandor's anno domino not anno domini. Just pointing it out...
File Author
eer.. thanks but this spelling is correct ;-)

"Anno domini": Genitive
(Latin: In the year of the lord)

But since English is not my motherlanguage you might encounter other mistakes (for which I apologize) :-)

[Edited on 05/30/06 @ 07:44 PM]

Lord Karpathea He's right Gandor, anno domini is correct.

[Edited on 05/30/06 @ 10:11 PM]

File Author
I just noticed that the last changes I made have made the map a little bit too easy for the expierienced player.

This version fits the occasional player and is not too hard to accomplish.

I will try to fix this and provide a more challenging version!


[Edited on 05/31/06 @ 05:32 PM]

Stratego Hi Runetek,

congratulations on your first well-done map; it's an enjoyable well-playable and challenging map ... those increasing invasions force you to build up a very strong defensive army ...

My review will follow shortly!
Stratego As Lollard said, a bit too long towards the end, and tends to be a little boring as well.

[Edited on 06/05/06 @ 04:53 PM]

The Chameloeon well done this rocks i had a try and i kicked ass this should be recommended
File Author
Thank you guys for the reviews !!
It´s always nice to get some feedback.
I will try to keep your improving suggestions in mind.
As I said earlier, I had scripted events in a former version as well as fewer resources and a stronger attacking force but felt it could be a little bit too difficult (especially after the third attack)
so I made a few changes and made it too easy in the end.
I will submit another, harder version, perhaps not so long as this one (about 30 Years ?)
It might take me a few days because I want to try to balance it thouroughly.


[Edited on 06/05/06 @ 06:42 PM]

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