You are at the begining of a long journey. First of all you should besiege the castle. You have a lot of laddermen and one good battering ram. But be careful your scouts have reported there are some traps near the castle. If you cede the castle you should build some walls around your important buildings and you should start making some metal armours and swords. You need this equipment because of your next destination. You can´t defeat Arabian lords and European rivals without swordsmen and knights… Don´t forget your time there is limited. Armies of European rivals are big and strong. Try to collect everything as fast as possible.
I have made this map because I want to make map without end in specific year. In this map you should collect armours and swords as fast as possible but nowhere is written when you should have everything completed. It´s true that you cannot protect your castle forever but if you want to try it you can do it.
I hope this map will be funny and not so easy for you. I have tried it many times and I was changing a count of troops all the time. I think that now it is hard but not impossible.
I come from the Czech Republic so I am so sorry of my english :-)
What a busy map. Nothing is for free, you have to work alot = lead your troops around and superwise your workers. Hard: No wood to buy, neither bows or xbows. Nasty: no direct remedy for plagues (lower taxes, of course). Large invasion strike the castle repeatedly. You seldom have little breaks ro send troops out to re-dig the moat. Steadily you train some more troops. Slowly you have to expand a scure territory - just to bring in the iron needed to produce the weapons requested.
A tip: during the "good times", train laddermen which you can disband to get workers quickly after the plagues - or even worse events.
Welcome ...? Wished I'd never gone to that desert. But proud I made it. ;)