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Lord of the Rings: Assault of the Black Gate

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Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Difficulty: Hard

Long ago, two towers were built on either side of the Morannon pass by the great men of Gondor. For many years, these towers guarded this pass, keeping the Dark Lord Sauron from entering his realm, Mordor. But the strength of Gondor failed, and these towers were abandoned, left to crumble and decay.

Then Sauron, seeing his opportunity, took these towers, towers that had been constructed by his enemy to keep him out. He built a great gate across the pass. The Black Gate, the Haunted Pass, Cirith Gorgor. The towers were repaired, and strengthened, and evil eyes looked from towers that were built to keep them out. The Teeth of Mordor they were called, and no one could pass them without feeling their bite.

Then Sauron, confident in his defenses, returned to his fortress, Barad-Dur. He plotted, and he grew in power, until he could assault the great races of Rohan and Gondor. His strike came hard, and it came fast. Rohan was able to retreat to Helm's Deep, where they repelled Sauron's army. Gondor, however, lost their capital city, Osgiliath, after years of fighting.

Sauron kmew it wa time for Gondor to fall. He concentrated his attack on Gondor's fortress, Minas Tirth, sending legions orcs against the White City. Gondor called for aid, and Rohan, despite their loss of troops after Helm's Deep, sent six thousand mounted troops to the White City.

In the fields of Pelenor, Sauron, Gondor, and Rohan soldiers battled, but again, Sauron was defeated. Gondor realized that their only hope of survival was to assault the Black Gate and the Teeth of Mordor. All of the remaining soldiers were sent of to the Black Gate in a final battle that would decide the future of Men...

1. Defend your lord, aragon from the three waves of macemen (orcs)
2. Assault Mordor and kill all in your path

This map is VERY hard. In the file you will find tips how to beat it, as well as sound files that replace some of your Crusader sound files, and instructions on how to use them. Do NOT use the files without making a backup of the original files or without understanding the full process of replacing them. I would lkie to thank Drowzee1872 fr his playtesting support as well as Duc de Noisiel for his support.

Panoramic of Black Gate Easter Egg! Gotca! K4pod = super cool!
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Map Design5.0
Playability: 4
The playability was good,bt the fire throwers seem less useful.It just randomly throws fire which doesnt hit any of the enemy if the enemy moves at a certain distance.It is a bit difficult at a point where your ranged troopes cant hit some of the arabic archers on the walls and you can only kill them with melee troops

Balance: 4
The balance was ok but it was more prone to the invaders instead of your army,at some points of the game it affects the victory.

Creativity: 5
Very creative,especially the part with the walls,which you lowered them and added stairs to them.Oh and also the sound clips which you cut out from the original movies.They really gave me a laugh!Good work!

Map Design: 5
The map design is splendid,i especially like the part where you made small routes in the mountains to make it look like caves and also the walls which was made into opened gates.

Story/Instructions: 5
The story was nice and has some suspens. The instructions and tips are there and did prove alot of help.

Additional Comments:
Its a good map,hope you could make more maps in the future

[Edited on 11/06/06 @ 02:24 AM]

Map Design4.0
An episode from The Lord of the Rings.Quite impressive sound files. The map size was only over 1.8mb. Here's my review.

playability: 3.5
The game started out impressively.I started off by giving shortcuts to the troops and by protecting the few archers and crossbowmen.But seriously the timer doesn't seem to work at all. Maybe i need to patch files.Since there wasn't any timer conditions it took a casual fight to finish off the enemy troops. impressive the way the lord(myself) appeared trapped between the rocky dunes. The first wave of macemen troops seemed to go atfer the lord so i dispatched 50 horsemen to protect the lord along with 50 other pikemen at aggressive stance.Finally after a few attacks the remaining troops amounted to

174 pikemen
50 horsemen (full health)
154 knights (somewhat severe)
27 crossbowmen &
53 archers

Balance: 4
This map is set hard. But like i said since the timer didn't work,i didn't feel a rush to attack quickly.So i took all the time.FInished the map in 18 minutes.ALthough there were many troops provided, rushing them all to attack at once through the gates would only be sheer suicide.There were some archer re-inforcements (actually quite alot of'em),comming to the sighpost up north 40 at a time. See a good thing about the map was that u provided some hidden paths to reach the towers. I gathered my archers 200 of'em.I took the cowards approch.Hitting the enemy from behind the rocky dunes one at a time.When most archers were dealt with,i stormed in with the rest of the troops.

Creativity: 4.5
I can't say that this sorta map hasn't been done b'fore. But it's a part of the series.I'm impressed with the customized sound files u've provided.Mount doom looked good. I noticed only at the final stages that the fire-throwers were actually my men. Balls of fire everywhere.The map was finished with quite a lot of troops left.Good work.

Map Design: 4
Fine work. seemed natural. But u could work on the details better. i have to say the gates were a little awkward..U seemed to have provided a trail to the lord(using marsh).A large map needs lot of work to acquire a natural like terrain. So a 4 for your hard work.

Story/Instructions: 4
I love lord of the Rings but i can't say that i know every detail about it.The story u've provided ( to my understanding). is ok...Army led by Aragon-The Battle of the Morannon or Battle of the Black Gate ..of course it's one of the last battles in the story..I'll double check on it.

Additional Comments:
Good work K4pod. The map still needs work.This is my review from a downloader point of view and not as a designer(i'm not too good at making invasion maps


[Edited on 11/06/06 @ 03:44 PM]

Map Design4.5
Playability: 4
Pretty nice, but a bit slow towards the end. You should have some battle music in the download, that would be nice (though I did not deduct points for the lack of).

Balance: 4
It's good, but can be slow and tedious if you shoot the archers from within the caves. I waited around five minutes to just kill the archers on the north-west tower. None of my archers were hit. You might want to make it harder to shoot them from the caves, or let the black archers shoot back to a limited extent. I finished with over 400 soldiers left due to this ability of hiding my archers.

Creativity: 4.5
Mount Doom was a nice feature, though the fire throwers should have belonged to player 3. I loved the caves.

Map Design: 4.5
Caves are nice, and the Black Gates were good. The "gate" part (where it is opened up) seemed out of proportion, however.

Story/Instructions: 5
Kudos to Mr. Tolkien.

Additional Comments:
Music downloads were nice, too bad I have no idea how to put them into the game. :-(

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