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Chapter 1: Foothold

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Lord Karpathea
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Map Size: 300x300 (Medium)
Difficulty: Hard
Made with version: 1.2
Forty years, it's been. Forty long years since the Great War. It's strange how at times, history becomes legend, but that is precisely what the Great War has become; a fireside story for children. You can remember sitting on your grandfather's knee by the fire late at night, as he told stories of far-off places, dragons, knights with the strength of twenty men, the legendary elvish city of Ancalon, and of course, the Great War. Your grandfather always got a strange gleam in his eyes as he recanted tales of barbarian hordes streaming down from the mountains. They had swept aside all resistence, even taking the capital city of Eldain. A small group of the Royal Guard made one last stand at the small town of Bridgepoint, and fought the horde to a standstill. Then, they began pushing back. It took five years and nearly four thousand lives, but they finally drove the barbarians back to the Blackspire mountains. The very estate you live in, Foothold, was said to be built to guard the north pass from further invasion. A smile comes to your face as you think of the old stories. Now come of age, Foothold is yours, just as it was your father's, and before him your grandfather's. You wonder if the old stories and legends are true. But no, they're stories, and simply that. Little do you know that one of these "stories" gathers in the north once more, and once more it readies itself to march on the land...

Well, I'm Lord Karpathea, and I haven't submitted a map in a very long time because of college. But hey, to those of you who remember me...then hi, I'm back. If you don't know me, then it's nice to meet you. Anyway, this map is the first in a campaign I hope to be submitting. The general idea is you have to gather and store supplies while holding off several rather large invasions. You have an extremely limited economy to work with.

Requirements on Normal:
- No invasions left
- 15 bows
- 15 spears
- 400 bread
- 10 iron

Easy = Possible, but victory may feel lacking.

Normal = Average difficulty, but steady nerves will get you through.

Hard = Your enemies are numerous and deadly, and victory, if it comes at all, will be at high cost.

Very Hard = Yeah....right. World peace is more likely than you surviving.

Well, good luck.
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Map Design4.0
Hello everyone, it's my first review here and I will try to make my statement clear as much as I can.

[b]Lord Karpathea's[/b] Chapter 1: Foothold

[b]Playability: 5[/b]
This map was very enjoyable, I had great fun playing it. A few different economical goals and pretty strong invasions of Pig's troops made me really anxious about my future - "Will they destroy my farms?","Will I manage to make these spears on time?" etc. The timing of invasions and the way they were spreading around the fort were also very nicely done.

[b]Balance: 5[/b]
All was perfectly balanced. It is possible to beat this map on very hard difficulty level, but it can be also a challenge on normal for some players. The limited build space and economy exact that you must make quick and wise decisions if you want to survive.

[b]Creativity: 4[/b]
Map itself isn't very creative, but it takes all the best schemes from others and creates pretty interesting landscape with small, but majestic fort in the centre. Also the dynamic start of the map is worth of mentioning - it's done very well and sets up an anxious mood for the rest of fight.

[b]Map Design: 4[/b]
Map design is really good, but it lacks of some eyecandies. Also area around river and the river itself were pretty lifeless (i suggest to use more curves, different rock types etc.). On the other hand, the castle was very well designed and mountains locked flawless. Also the forest area was done very well.

[b]Story/Instructions: 4.5[/b]
Story is't too important for me. It is short but good, and this is enough for me to give it 4,5.

[b]Additional Comments:[/b]
To sum it up, Foothold is a great start for the campaign. I'm waiting impatiently for the next chapter of series.

Sorry for my language mistakes, I'm from Poland. ;p

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