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Castle Blackstone

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File Details
Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Difficulty: Normal
This is one of the rescued scenarios from Stronghold Central. The original readme is as follows:

Title: Catle Blackstone
Version: 1.4
Release Date: 04/11/01
Filename: Castle
File Size: 589 Kb.
Author(s): Sir Wulfrick.
Email Address:
Where to get this map: Er, wherever you DL'd this zip.
Other levels by author: None yet.
Additional Credits to: The dev team for an AWSOME game!!!

Play Information
Game: Stronghold.
Map Name: Fortress Blackstone
Siege: Yes
Invasion: No
Freebuild: No
Economy: No
Known bugs: None really. One of the tar pits doesn't quite work
as planned, but I want to move on to other designs.
Best Score: ~ 500 Castle Points, when you know how it works.

Editor(s) used: Stronghold "Siege This" editor.
Base: None. Built from new.
Construction Time: 1 day for basic design, 3 days tweaking.

1) Copy the map file to the C:\Games\Stronghold\Maps directory.
2) Start Stronghold, select military - siege, and away ye go!

This isn't based on any castle that I know of, but the ideas
for the design came from the crusader castle of Marquab, which
is now in Syria. Blackstone isn't quite as awsomely impressive
as Marquab, but it's quite nice. What I'd really like to do is
use the map editor to re-create the mighty Crac des Chevallier
(also in Syria), but for that I'd need a 400*400 size and also
free reign with the terrain tile placement, as in other mission
types (dev team, are you there?). Now that's a castle on which
you could break whole armies, nay, entire HORDES!

If you have any comments, ideas, or constructive criticism,
please drop me a line at the abocve address!

More maps coming soon!

Boring but Necessary Copyright / Permissions
Stronghold is copyright to Firefly Studios and Take 2
interactive. This file and the "Castle" file
remain intellectual property of the above named author, i.e.
me. You are not allowed to make any sort of allterations etc.
to it without agreement from me.


The best method I've found for storming this castle is NOT to
use massed archers, since they get burned alive in vast numbers,
and even if you keep most of them in reserve, they still get worn
down very quickly by the crossbowmen on the towers and the
secondary tar pits. My best method so far is to use a few cheap
numbnuts to set off the tar, then deploy lots of tunnellers under
cover of portable shields, backed up by Knights and heavy siege
engine fire. Don't bother targeting the Lord with siege
equipment, the heavy armour round the keep makes this more or
less impossible. Save the archers to deal with the crossbowmen,
then finally send in the Knights to destroy the gatehous of the
inner curtain wall, then storm the keep!

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