This is my first map I've ever really made so a lot of help would be appreciated. That means review! :p
Duc Puce, the Rat as he is also called, has fallen on hard times. The Pig, his unrelenting neighbor, has finally decided to try and take the lands of the Rat. The Rat fought to the best of his mediocre battle strategies but failed, miserably. He was stripped of his title of Lord and his lands were pillaged and destroyed.
Now he has come to your lands, searching for a way to get his life back one step at a time. He has found an outer colony of your kingdom and while you are off the continent on other foreign affairs, he strikes. The invasion he sends is a long one and you cannot make it back over that period due to poor judgement made by the government, which has put you in limbo. You send messages to a young general, who was left in charge of your military. He has mobilized a small defense there, but more recruiting is required.
Can you and your military survive the onslaught of the Rat? Or will you crumble at the vastness of his army and resources, which come from an unidentifed source? You are the judge, jury, and executor of that descision. Go now, and free your lands!
*I hope you like this :)*
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I've always liked downloading and playing "first-time" maps, and this was no exception. Even if there are some flaws to them, (I don't claim mine are perfect....) they always turn out to be an enjoyable experience.
Like I said, this map was fun. It wasn't perfect, but few are on the first try.
This was not the worst, but not the best it could be. The initial attacks by the Rat were almost mediocre, even on Very Hard. The last couple were more challenging, but still beatable. Some quick fixes would be enlarging the attck force, or cutting down on the starting troops, supplies, gold, etc. Others would be to keeping the invasions the same size, but strengthing them. You'd be suprised how much of a difference a trebuchet or two can make, or even 10 to 15 pike or swordsmen. Huge difference, more of a challenge = Higher replay value.
I can't tell you how many "The Rat's final whatever", or the "Rat's Revenge" maps I have seen..........this did not do much to stand out, it was somewhat average.
Map Design: 2
This, again, wasn't the worst, but not the best. You did put in hills and a river, and other terrain changes, but there was a lot of open grass, and all the iron and stone clumped together was a litte much. It wasn't as realistic as it could be. At the top of the map, there was some stuff, but not much. Try adding more hills, waterfalls, mountains, a larger forest. And the thing about forests: often you'll see just trees. Well, that's not realistic. Inside a forest are other things, clearings with a pond, bushes, rock formations, hills, sometimes even a mountain in the center. It's not just a flat area with a few trees. This may sound hard at first to do, but if you keep working at it, I promise you'll get better at doing it. Remeber, no one is perfect the first time they try something. Mapmaking is no exception. You have to keep working at it.
You had one, and I liked the idea of the Pig beating the crap out of the Rat :)!......happy.......but it could have been a little more detailed, maybe......It may be just me, I'm kind of anal about having a story. Don't worry about it too much.
Additional Comments: For a first try, this was a very good map, and I would definetly play it more than once. Keep working at your mapmaking skills though, and don't give up because of a few easily fixable things. I look forward to future maps that you'll submit.
Regards - LK
[Edited on 11/02/06 @ 12:19 PM]