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Motte and Bailey - Seige-o-rama!

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Ice Aura
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Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Difficulty: Impossible
Greetings Lords and Ladies!

This is my second map! I have great castle-building experience but lousey with landscaping, so don't be too hard on me. =)

Recently while out on a hunting trip, your father discovered an ancient castle deep
within an abandoned forest. The castle itself was a work of art, with walls so high and towers so intimidating that even the bravest of soilders would consider running away!

The castle was a Motte and Bailey, and a big one at that!

Tell me M'lord... Are you brave enough to seige this castle? Or can you hold off the menacing hordes defending this sacred monument!

Please note: The In-game objectives description is based on when you're defending the castle.

So what is a Motte and Bailey you ask?

The Motte and Bailey was a castle design constructed during the 11th and 12th century AD.

How do you build one?

The Motte was a raised area of land that was artifically, or naturally made. A tall hill that they would place a keep on. The land for the Motte was donated by a large moat that would be dug right around the base of the hill, created two defences for the price of one! The final step of construction was to attach large wooden beams to the sides of the motte, securing their position.

Baileys were used as courtyards placed at the bottom of the hill, which generally supplied land to the peasents and workers, which the Lord controlled. The bailey was usually surrounded by only a wooden wall, and a thin moat, as the Lord obviously gave himself the best protection.

I Hope that you enjoy my castle, Lords and Ladies! Please report any bugs, glitches or suggestions to me via this topic.

Your Stronghold awaits you!

- Aura.
AuthorComments & Reviews   ( All | Comments Only | Reviews Only )
artofmath I want to know why you made a supposedly wooden castle out of stone. :P

Your landscaping looks fine for a beginner, but the shape of it still feels artificial, from the minimap.
Lord Karpathea Bouncing off of what artofmath said, Motte and Bailey's were wood castles, not stone. And I know you said "don't be hard on me for the terrain," but that is one of the things rated here on this site. Don't say "don't judge me on this", and expect no one to say anything.
Ice Aura
File Author
I was just joking, since i'm a beginner. I knew people would like to make comments.

Also i wasn't trying to make a historically accurate motte and bailey.
I made it out of stone on purpose, i wanted to created a deadly castle, which resembled a motte and bailey, since they're my favourite kind of castle.

[Edited on 10/31/07 @ 09:54 PM]

Lord Karpathea Then make a Motte and Bailey if it's your favorite. A properly made one can be just as deadly as a stone castle. Windsor castle was wooden, and stood for several years, surviving two seiges.
Ice Aura
File Author
I'm not trying to make it historically accurate, and i'm only a beginner... you guys are experts and know every perk in the game.

P.S. Could someone please right a review? :)

[Edited on 11/02/07 @ 11:30 AM]

Danilh Well,you should check mapmaking 101.
It is a very good manual and most of us aren't "experts".
Put more stones , mountains and stuff to make that open green field look more natural.
artofmath As long as you don't make it look like the moon. ;)
DragonSpawn looks nothing like a motte and bailey

for one, Motte means "moat", which this has not
Sulis For clarification: 'motte' does not mean moat, it means a 'mound'. The Bailey refers to an area of enclosed land.

Furthermore, you can, and did, have stone keeps and walls in a motte and bailey style, with many early castles being replaced by a more durable material than that of wood. A change of material does not change the castle type from motte and bailey to some other form.

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