Posted on 09/10/06 @ 02:02 PM (updated 09/16/06
When two hands meet:
The most powerful messages can come from the simple decision to shake hands. When two hands meet, we pass on something of ourselves. It's the easiest of gestures; an entwining of thumbs and fingers as our hand glides into another. But the simple handshake has a potency few of us stop to consider. It's power first came home to you on an autumn day. Under the direct command of your king, you have established a distant settlement, an outpost to station a few army fighting in the highlands against the arabains in the south.For constant supplies from the east, you have promised a neighbouring kingdom a fair trade and sanctuary in exchange for food essentials. Over the course of time, the neighbour becomes a ally strongly supporting the outpost by constructing small lookout towers south. For a neutral in a war, Lord Danvell shows substantial interest but only to reveal his true intensions.
March 11, an early morning: news of the last lookout towers that have just finished arrives to you when the south gates open. "The men are here!" A week long march to Granolla. It's a night's rest for the them before they head south to Nie Cias, a stronghold which is under a concerntration of arabian invasions. Most of it's fortifications have been brought down. It's not long before they start to attack Granolla.
Lookout post 1 : It's late evening. A total of eight archers and some pikemen guard the tower. Archer Jake Pelt just finishes his meal when he hears a thud. "Hear that?" he calls out to his friend in the rear. After a few seconds or so there's a crack and something hit's the tower hard. Wedging himself to a corner "Siege weapons!"
The following night, a troop of more than five hundred arabians invade Granolla. Yes it survives the invasion. But it is a farcry from victory as you find out that it was Lord Danvell's men who attacked the lookout towers. An ally who betrayed the trust of the alliance for riches. Most of what's destroyed is rebiult. But there will be more invasions to come. Defend Granolla.
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This is one of the most beautiful and best maps ever submitted.
My only knock is that invasions can only come from the south, which means that defenses only have to be placed to the south. More signposts increase the difficulty and the fun.
I thought the scenario was a cake walk. The invasions are too far apart, and easily
The city is pretty unbelievable.
Map Design: 5
The map is excellent.
The story is great. It just doesn't match the scenario very well.
Keep 'em coming.
Okay, I don't have much time, so I'll be quick. First of all I want to say this one was just a real adventure for the crusader in me! This is a perfect model how has one crusader invasion has to be done!
Very amusing! The enemy waves were several and strong enough to break my walls. The finall ones managed to get in my castle, but I didn't gave up and leaded my army to not so glorious victory with only the lord and few more men alive. Excellent, muhahaha :D
Perfectly balanced armies, enough to make you sweat.
Tough everything could be seen from the minimap, the castle's shape was outstanding and I also saw a lot of tricks and prety well shaped neighborhoods!
Map Design: 5
Oh, it;s deserves 6! The castle design is more than great, the tricks made it look awesome as well! The terrain design was at high level, too and surely this invasion contans a lot of eyecandy elements in it :)
Well, you have one fine story, even interesting. There is HTML encoding on your page, what more to say :) 5!
This one was surely one of my mightiest adventures ever experienced in Crusader! It kept me sweating about 10 minutes and, using my skills and tactics I managed to beat it. Map with perfect design, balance and fighting spirit! What are you waiting for, download this masterpiece, people!