This is a pretty nice little free build. There are lots of options for where to build your city, and you have to make some decisions about how to use the limited oasis space. The map design allows a lot of creativity in choosing how your fortifications are built, which is fun. So is choosing how your buildings are placed among the cliffs. There are enough resources to accomplish what you want.
Well, it's a free build. It's not really hard in any way, but it does give you a little bit to think about in terms of how your economy is built.
I like that the map is on a coastline, also there are a variety of viable keep locations which can provide for a number of interesting castles.
Map Design: 4.5
The map is quite well-made. The coastline is pleasant-looking. The small oasis which is on a plateau and the two dry creek beds found in the mesa at the edge of the map are also highlights. The farmland looks nice. The areas which were painted with sand dunes look okay, I've never been a big fan of the appearance of large areas of sand dune though, and that's the only thing I can really find fault with. Everything else is nicely done.
Well, there isn't one. I can imagine one fairly easily, but I can't give you a score higher than this without a story. I'd be interested to know how the builder of the castle came to this place.
This is a pretty little free build! It is good for making compact castles surrounded by scattered buildings.