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Defence of the East

Author File Description
Sulis
File Details
Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Difficulty: Easy
Minimap:
Following the failure to ahcieve their goals and the resounding failure of the second crusade, the Crusaders were forced to take a defensive stance. It was clear that their castles were to become essential for their survival. The crusaders built castles almost as soon as they arrived in the East, but their military importance seemed to be paramount here with the growing threat of Muslim attacks.

The time has arrived for a new castle to be built close to the borders of Tripoli and Antioch. The area is perfect for building; flat land and an abundance of raw materials as well as vast areas of fertile soils will surely allow a huge castle to be built.

Author's notes

-There are no restrictions, all buildings and units are available
-The map is not based on any specific landscape or castle, however the brief introduction is the basis for this Castle Builder

Happy building!
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Ty Crusader
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Cool map i like it alot. you can make a great fortress and defend it. only problem though, that you always run out of oasis space. im suggesting that you put more in, especialy around the bare spot next to the lake. but otherwise, its awesome

[Edited on 04/08/06 @ 11:39 PM]

The Dragonheart The mini map looks cool. I'll download and hopefully give a good rating...
The Dragonheart
Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design4.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
Playability was great. I positioned my keep to the left of the map and then got attacked by lions at the start. It was funny because I was wondering where all of my iron workers went.

Balance: 5
Balance was really good, especially because the signposts were placed at three perfect points. I called three invasions and they came in from all angles. But my city was well defended.

Creativity: 5
Creativity...too much for words.

Map Design: 4
Unfortunately, I couldn't give a five for the map design. Because, up the top of the waterfalls, the landscape was plain. The only thing up the top was that thin line of iron...dodgy. The rest of the map was so natural. I loved the lake in the middle. There was plenty of oasis and the idea of the stone being so far away was cool.

Story/Instructions: 5
Good. I think a bit more should have been added but it was enough.

Additional Comments:
I think this map is definitely worth downloading. It is a great castle builder.
Lord Draco III
Rating
4.6
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design4.0
Story/Instructions4.0
Playability: 5
Very playable. I positioned my keep near the top right, but when I built out too far the lions attacked. Fortuanately I hade enough men.

Balance: 4
I liked it. Most of the resources were together in one spot. But I would've liked to have at least enough iron for 1 mine closer to my keep.

Creativity: 5
Very creative. I like the plot.

Map Design: 4
Breathtaking. Again, the iron could've been closer to the keep, but it was overall beautiful.

Story/Instructions: 4
Great, but you could've put a little more.

Additional Comments:
Like DragonHeart said, it is definately worth downloading.
DragonSpawn well he can't put it near the keep because he doesnt know where the heck your keep will be
GrumpyGills I must say, 'tis one of the only freebuild maps I play on Stronghold Crusader.
Zadow
Rating
4.1
Breakdown
Playability4.5
Balance4.0
Creativity4.0
Map Design4.0
Story/Instructions4.0
Playability: 4.5
For a castle builder, the map has alittle of everything to play with here. Varying on where you choose to play your keep gives you quicker access to other goods. Their was plenty of space aswell to build up a soild Stronghold.

Balance: 4
Everything was placed where it should have and was well balanced. Only where the iron was located I couldn't reach abit of the iron placed on the map.

Creativity: 4
This map was very, interesting to say. You made good useages of the tools to create this piece or work. Your water design was very realistic.

Map Design: 4
What can I say, the name and map fit eachother, the design fits perfectly into a denfesive. Good useage of the fertile land to make it seem very realistic. Although their is room for some improvement well done on this one.

Story/Instructions: 4
As for story, it was fair length and told us what we needed to be told. The plot gose well with the map.

Additional Comments:
This was a very lax map to play around with, I am glad to say I will be sure to hold onto this one.

[Edited on 12/14/08 @ 01:49 PM]

lord dredde One of my favourites

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Rating
4.6
Breakdown
Playability4.9
Balance4.8
Creativity4.8
Map Design4.3
Story/Instructions4.5
Statistics
Downloads:13,837
Favorites: [Who?]1
Size:572.68 KB
Added:11/03/02