Your keep is on southeast of the map and crucial resources like iron,stone and oil are far from you so you must base your economy on wood and food.On west from your keep is a river and you can take it for your advantage.
-2 signposts (southwest and north)
-invasions in period of 3 years
-couple of bears far on northwest could be a problem for hunters
-plague is coming after every invasion so balance your popularity.
No castle to start makes this replayable, but the ability to use chokepoints take away from it a little bit. Invasion could be a little closer together.
Without moats this map would be harder. For me moats made this simple blocking chokepoints.
No story, and it is just starting landscape with build your own castle invasion. No real eyecandy or ingenuity.
Map Design: 5
Landscape is very nice and realistic looking. The rivers cut well into the landscape and look like they have been around a while. Rocks and boulders highlight waterfalls and areas with fords for a natural touch.
No story and the few instructions give away events that could have made it harder if they were not known about.
Additional Comments: Btw I played on normal, did not try any other settings if that matters.