Saint Brigid's Falls: The Chapel is the first of a series of five linked scenarios following the history and growth of the hamlet of Saint Brigid's Falls. In this first chapter, you will be asked to build a chapel next to the well created when Saint Brigid prayed here for water and a tavern to keep the pilgrims happy.
NOTE: Even though these games are labelled as Invasion maps, they concentrate at least as much, if not more on the Economic challenges.
- There are wild animals around, both on two and on four legs.
- Working with speed can be useful.
This is where this scenario shines. It manages to keep you on your toes by throwing a little bit of everything your way. Your space for both farms and other structures is limited, but you have to raise a fair-sized economy to meet the objectives (not to mention defend yourself). Wildlife will attempt to interfere with your plans, and fires (thankfully not overzealous ones) may also cause you to stumble. I managed to run myself out of food a few times, it was fun figuring out how to get back up and running as quickly as possible. The defensive posture is not overly complex but owing to the availability of stone gatehouses and towers without stone walls or stairs, enclosing your town is simple but fun. As with most scenarios that have economic goals, once the events had settled down the game became slightly less interesting, although the continuing small invasions necessitated the growth of my enclosures off the starting plateau. Seeing these blossom and a town grow up around the hill was a pleasure. The one other negative point aside from the ending does not affect the gameplay very much, but there are structures you can build that you can't use, such as blacksmiths and tanner's shops. An unwary player may build these before realizing they were a waste of resources.
I won this on my first attempt on very hard. Despite that, it took me some time to complete the scenario as the invasions and events caused me several delays, and the enemy did manage to reach the lord twice early in the scenario before I finally managed to keep them out for good.
This is a bit more than your standard keep-the-bad-guys-out scenario. It has a combination of elements that make it different - the available fortifications, story, starting position, limited trade options, economic goals, and the use of small invasions coupled with events that flow with the scenario in order to provide a challenge to the player. The flow matches quite well to what I perceive to be the expected progress of the player - for instance when invasions cease to be the main focus, bad events begin to increase.
Map Design: 3.5
The map design seems to have relied heavily on the hill and mountain tools, preset heights, and patches of brown rocks. The small rivers are nicely done however, and the hills frame the farmland in a pleasing way. Otherwise more time might have been spent refining the terrain shape, for instance many of the cliffs are blocky.
The story fits the map well. It's to the point and also enjoyable.
This is a fun map, I would recommend giving it a try. As a side note, if you encounter any slowdowns or unexplained pathing abnormalities (aside from the fact that soldiers need to be on a wood tower before they can get into connected stone towers), try destroying wood towers that are used to get soldiers into stone towers, they may be the cause. At one point it actually caused all my workers to be unable to deposit goods in the stockpile somehow.