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The steamengine

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Map Size: 300x300 (Medium)
Difficulty: Normal
Made with version: 1.1
Fransesco Il Florentino
(Born:June 15th,Rome,Italy, 1056 - Died 25th March,Constantinople,Byzantine Empire,1122)

Fransesco Il Florentino invented the first steam engine in 1096 in his manor in the hills of Nicea, Anatolia. Crusaders and Arabian lords offered riches to gain the technology of Fransesco but the Byzantine Empire quickly overbid them, offering him gold and other riches and the tile he has always been dreaming of ''Head Engineer of the Royal Byzantine Army''

Only a week after the Byzantine empires offer, the steam engine pipes broke down.

The siege of Nicea was over and the city lied in ruins. The crusaders were on there way to Fransescos piece of land in the mountains and the Arabians too to take the technology by force.

Fransesco realized he needs iron and stone... fast.

He quickly found some peasants and equipped them with weapons of his personal armory.

-You will see crusader and arabians troops alike.
-Do not expect that iron and stone are easy to find, they are hidden accross te river or deep into the mountains.
-Due to the siege of nicea, beer and flour is unable to be purchased at the market as the city is in the hands of the crusaders.
-Guard the fords well!
-As Fransescos piece of land is not really big, you will have to be creative in ways of building, perhaps a fortress across the river is an idea?
-You will need an ale coverage of 25% to keep your people happy.

Move the into your maps folder in your Crusader folder

About me:

This is my first attempt to a map and I hope its something good. Please review and perhaps download it :D

This is the first map in the Steam Engine Trilogy. Ill be releasing a skirmish and a siege map when I have time.

Please review and comment!

Thanks in advance,

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peter2008 Hello Novastar,

welcome to the site and many thanks for this mission.

Found it entertaining and enjoyable because you created many details carefully. Above all the great mixture of the invasions. Restriction of leather jerkins and maces. The tiles of earth in the western grassland, blocking farms. Not least the hilly backcountry with its numerous hollow-ways.

Are you content if I tell you that in the beginning I was afraid not to survive? The troops were so few to repel some lions floodings and the initial invasions - the Lord had to lend both hands with fighting. Once I sold stone(!) to quickly buy metal armour.
After the wheat chain had been installed, things became relaxing. Built strong outposts as defences, the city walls step by step (finished not until 1112). The later invasions appeared weak compared to the huge forces that awaited them. (Maybe not too many contemporaries understood the worth of the invention?)

Nicaea is famous also for an early church council, which inspired me to hire monks as ground defences instead of pikes to save the iron bars.

Perhaps you could disable stones trading at the market. The ending of invasions does not mean a time limit, so no player will loose.

Have fun resuming the trilogy.

[Edited on 01/29/09 @ 09:46 PM]

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