If Good King Frederick had a weakness it was his passion for hunting. The King would visit his hunting lodge with his gentlemen at the slightest excuse. Here he could relax the formalities of court life and forget the burden of government for a few precious moments. He was often cautioned to take soldiers and guardsmen for protection. He always refused fearing that guardsmen would end the informality he so desired. Count Rodrigo, the kings nephew, next in line for the throne, fearing the King would marry and thus cut him out of the sucession determined to ambush the King and take the throne. King Fredrick survived the ambush but was trapped. Roderigo and his men were blocking the only way out. The King and his companions fell back on the hunting lodge and prepared for battle, knowing it was victory or death.
Small maps are difficult because if you do much landscaping there isn't room for castles. This one works for AI's if you do the following. While not perfectly balanced it should work fairly well for online play. The player should take the lower keep and use Saladin, Richard or The Pig as opponents. Some of the other AI's may be viable, but will not completely finish their castles. This is an easy and quick game. Just trying to make a decent small map not as easy as large maps.
I really enjoyed playing this map especially because both players were on different sides of a river and there were only two players. This made my game enjoyable. I did not find anything wrong with this map.
The balance was good but not good enough. It was just too easy. Try reducing the resources available to the human player. Maybe then things will be ok.
There wasnt much new in this map but since this is a skirmish map I think there is not much that can be done to get good creativity so a 4.5. I liked the creativity of the waterfalls and the river and the marshes though.
Map Design: 4.5
The map design was great but the map was too small. It would be great if it was made into a 200x200 map. Still I liked the terrain and you have made good use of the editor. I also liked the river
I liked the story. It sets a good mood. It was very small though .Other than that it had no problems.
Keep up the good work of making fun skirmish maps. I seriously think you need playtesters and so i will volunteer just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org