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Retreat to the Mountains

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Map Size: 300x300 (Medium)
Difficulty: Hard
Made with version: 1.1
This map want to represent something that often happened in history: people persecuted for their faith and ethnicity fled to mountains and try to start a new life. This story is inspired by real historicall facts.

" My name is Grigori Valazkian, a noble man of the Armenian people, served in the mighty ranks of the Cataphractoi, in the army of the Romaioi. This is the story of my family, and it all started in the year of our Lord 637, as a few years before, the Muslim armies came out of the desert and overrun the Holy Lands and Mesopotamia after defeating the Romaioi at Yarmuk and the House of Sassan at Qadesya. This man where people who came out of the book of Apocalipse itself !! They seemed to be unstopable, and made continuous inroads into Anatolia, extracting "jyzia" from our Christian people. But not everybody wanted to pay taxes in orther to survive the "jihad". My father, prince Karamian, an old Armenian noble, decided to take his people and go into the Anatolian Mountains to live a free life. But it was not a easy way he choose...

In the mountains, people where poor. Poor at money, poor at soul. Some where Armenians, who where somewhat loyal, but Greeks and Kurds where threcheraus. They would rather have lived under the Arabs yoke in the valleys...

Here, ther was no land to be cultivated. My father and his people lived from hunting. There was rock, but no castles. There was iron, but no soldiers, other than some Greeks and Persian who, cut off their surrendering garrisons, joined my father to find a purpose in their life. My father had nothing more than armyes of slingers and torch-yielding peasants....

And it was more than the enemy... hungry lions often came down from deep caves and eat our people... but they hunted not the children, neither the woman, but the hunters. Like it was some honour in these beasts... anyway, more honour than in many men i met here in Constantinopole !

Eventualy, the Arabs learned of my father... and then, the Caliph started to send its raiding partyes into the mountains... It was not easy. What could our peasants make against hardened soldiers ? Many of us died...

Now i am old, i shall leave you here, my friend. There is a good old tavern off the road to Saint Sophia, you can serve some good Greek wine and forget these sad stories !"

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TwoDie You have pass this one by your self?? :/
Bartimaeus M This map looks good, will download and play when I can. But TwoDie is it really that hard?
TwoDie Yes... Now i have problem. When Arabian horse archers coming every 4 months, they have killed all my archers :/ i have slingers still near one signpost, about 100. but if i will retreat and will try to kill archers... so then game is over. I had watch whats waits me next... Not imposible :/ but i think, i have to retry...

ZalmoxeDacicus you really not tested it! or maybe you played it about 15min and you tired of it... when is normal. then come every month army of 15 Arabian horse archers with 75 or 55 slaves (fire kamikadzes :D ) about 15 years that way (not forgot 35 Arabian H. Archers every 4 months)... plius are some attacks with army's of Arabian swordmans and macemans... Not imposible to kill them all... they have killed my lord but i havent lose... :) waiting for normal version of this map! FAST!!! :D

[Edited on 01/07/09 @ 01:28 PM]

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The issue is to make a stable economy, as much as possible, and gather alot of wood. Whith the wood, you build killing pits in certain points of the map to kill the enemy heavy troops when they will arrive. Do not put near signpost, put further away on the valley, and also on the narrow points in the mountains. You will need to raise great armyes to defend, alot of slingers especially. You see, terrain is alot. Defend the two strongpoints you have : the towers with archers, and the barracks. These two must not fall.

Anyway, it is hard, you play it 10 times and you loose 9 times, too hard indeed, i make today update version, will give possibility make swordsman and archers recruitable and also player will receive more reinforcements, maybe less enemy invasions.

TwoDie so you have passed it? or not? :D i know that with out traps its not imposible to win but when there is 1000 of slaves and 200 Arabian H. Arch. i dont think that you will win with slingers...
peter2008 The story and scene are very original. Indeed a very poor life in the mountainous exile. The landscape is great, took me some attempts to get familiar with.
Altering some things decisively I could make it well beyond the first invasion three times. Cheeky that hovels are disabled.
One thing has not been found and solved while play testing: If an invasion is meant to come from the western sign post, it is split into two halves, one arriving as usual but the other coming from b e h i n d, from north of the keep. Concrete, the horse archers do right and the Arabian swords overwhelm the keep area. It's annoying to loose the Lord twice this way. Another treachery of the Greeks to show the Turks a back door?

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