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Desert lords

Author File Description
Lord Michael I
File Details
Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Number of Players: 4
Balance: Unbalanced
Difficulty: Normal
You are sitting on your improvised throne, inside your newly built stone keep, in a newly found land, rich in resources, trees, and some grassland, it is a lonely desert, so you were sent by your king to conquer the land and add it to his kingdom. A river streaming down the lands enriches the lands and gives it fertility. It’s an oasis. You are thinking how to settle, build some farms, maypoles, everything to make the view prettier than it is already.

While you are thinking on how to expand your newly found territory, a peasant enters running to your keep, tired and panting, he
takes some seconds to take some air, and hardly says:
-M’ lord, m’ lord! , I… I… was taking a walk, you know, to loosen a bit…and then… then…I saw this caravan… I got closer to see the banner…and…they are…enemies, m’ lord, enemies!
-Thank you for your news, John, go and take some rest, and say to the others that they can not go beyond the river, it would be dangerous-You say to the peasant.
A little time later, another peasant comes streaming into your keep, while you are thinking on how to deal the problem.
-M’ lord! I found two more caravans arriving and settling in these zones!
-But, how did you see them if I ordered that nobody could go beyond the river?
-I didn’t go further from the river, m’ lord. I went to the northern lands of the river, and I saw them, they are allied, but, not our allies.
Astound by the news, you say:
-Thank you for your news, go and take some extra food from the granary, and remember, do not go beyond the river.
-Thank you m’ lord, but, how are we going to get out of this, my liege?
-I don’t know, tom.

After the peasant leaves, you start to think on how to deal the problems, maybe, diplomatically? If you go and talk to them, you can get to an agreement and divide the lands. But, there were clear orders by your king, he wanted the whole territory. So, you decide to send your king a letter.
My liege, I have arrived to claim your new territory, but, three enemy lords, two allied, have arrived today, also to claim these lands, I request your advice on how to deal this problem.

A day later your king responds with this letter:
These enemy lords were not expected, thus, I order you not to deal diplomatically with them, I do not expect only a part of these resource-rich lands, since, if all is in my possession, we can have a greater economical power. I give you permission to use military forces to take out the other lords, have luck on your task.

You start pondering on how to take your enemies out, you think:
Two are allied! , how am I supposed to eliminate them if I don’t even have an armoury built? And, if the other one allies to them too, disposed to get rid of me?
On night you can not sleep, thinking the enemies are already at his keep, and trying to kill him, you are afraid, you think hardly on how to take this task.

It is your job to take out the enemies, by war, and claim this rich territory to your king. Good luck.

This is the first map I "Seriously" make, so, comments are welcome.
If you want to play as the story tells, the two northern lords are allied, the south-eastern one is playing alone, as you are playing alone.
Good gaming.
I updated the map, minor adjusments.
-Added some scrubs, and mixed different types of soils to give a better appearance to the map.
-Added some desert shrubs and cactus.
I have updated the map again, this update includes:
-Moved the north-eastern keep a bit to allow a the AI's with large castles to run the castle correctly.
-Added a bit more plants to give a better appearance to the map.
The keep in the south-west part of the map is made for you to be there, don't expect AI's with big castles running correctly there.
-Added a readme file.
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AuthorComments & Reviews   ( All | Comments Only | Reviews Only )
h1_longbowman Playability: 5
Fantastic that u've updated the file..great..Ai's especially the Wolf and saladin even Frederick can biuld freely.. personlly i enjoy playing maps against the Wolf and Saladin. Thier castles are well fortified and they give u a real hard challenge. Good job

Balance: 4
nicely done....stone iron on small hills. A single stone mine can fetch alotta stone in such conditions, where u can simply add more ox tethers. And since the mines are wide open at the centre, they are vulnerable to slaves. again Saladin can become a nuisance here....

Creativity: 5
i love desert maps......and the map has a river flowing thru it....Nile Part2. refreshing. my men love it. :)

Map Design: 5
again the map was pretty good. i've noticed that u've placed the top right keep a little lower and added a little greenery there. nice.

Story/Instructions: 5
Dont take it personally...but i didn't read the story...i dont like to read stories. the story was pretty long and looked interesting (lol)... so a 5.

Additional Comments:
nice map....i enjoyed it...make more!!

[Edited on 07/14/06 @ 03:52 PM]

Lord Michael I
File Author
"again the map was pretty good. i've noticed that u've placed the top right keep a little lower and added a little greenery there. nice."
Yeah, I put only touch of tose usless scrubs to get a more realistic scenery.
Thanks for your kind comments!!
I may make more, but when I have some time...
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