Before I start I just want to say that this map totally OWNS. I haven't had so much fun against AI for a long long time. Even though I started with a castle the entire map was perfectly balanced and I just had an awesome time. I played against the 7 Saladins. Of course I had a quicker start and had the resourses near the stockpile but still the Arabic Lord is a strong opponenet and I needed all the help I can get. And actually there is nothing else about the playability and balance it was an amazing map perfectly coordinated and it was just the bomb. Unfortunately I cannot say the same about the oder parts. This sort of map is widely known throughout the site (castle in the middle) it's a cool idea but not very original. Other than that the map lacked a story or cool features :( The map design was well made unfortunately looked a bit fake and some of the oasis were unrealistic. I recomend placing more rocks shrubs etc. And definately more mountains because you actually get a completely flat terrain (A bit unreal don't you think) Well mate there wasn't any story actually it's not a 1 because you didn't leave it just as that :D. The score from the story is one of the easiest way to control the score. Don't let it spoil grat maps like that.
I can't wait for the next one.