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The Four Brothers (revised)

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In a remote part of the kingdom is a desolate place, where four deserted hills rise above a river valley. Nearby living peasants avoid the area.The old people tell the story of the four hills. They call them : The Four Brothers, since there used to live, long ago, the happy families of four brothers, each in their own, simple keep. There was some trading (they were famous for their well forged swords) and the lush meadows along the river gave them plenty of food.
Until that black day, when four knights, the Rat, the Pig, the Snake and the Wolf decided ,that there was something to celebrate together, something they seldom did. Perhaps it was the Rat’s birthday, or the capture of a beautiful castle after a long siege. Nobody knows anymore. But that day their four armies attacked the castles of the brothers. The villains had made a bet, who would have the first castle destroyed and all inhabitants killed. It is said, that The Wolf won, but the other places were in ruins as well, in a short time. Nobody survived.
Since that black day the valley is abandoned.
Be brave and try to build your own castle on one of the hills. Lure the peasants with food and money. The valley is still fertile, the iron to make swords is still there.
Make this a happy valley again.

This is a Freebuild with 2 signposts. With F1 you can trigger all kinds of events.

Update on 5-2-04.
Due to the large number of trees and scrubs all trees died within the first two years. So I had to erase many of them, alas. My excuses to all, who downloaded the previous version.
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Bismuth The interesting and creative story that introduces “The Four Brothers” was what attracted me to this scenario. I downloaded it and spent a fun evening playing with my son and daughter watching over my shoulders coaching and encouraging me: “Build a wall around the keep!” “Watch out for the bear!” “No Dad, the stones are back there!” and from my daughter, frequently: “Make horses Dad!” etc. Story - 4

LadyJane has created a fine and realistic looking map which goes along well with the story. Four hills and four sets of ruins sit amidst rivers, cliffs and fertile fields. The water and beach are well done. Terrain also properly rounded and natural looking with good use of rocks and plants. I also liked the ruins. I wonder if the author actually built four settlements and then destroyed them or just created the ruined appearance. Map – 3.5, Creativity - 4

Wolves, bears and the little surprise with the trees are the early challenges in this map but soon you are peacefully developing your growing settlement. We didn’t reach any particular stopping point except bedtime. Given enough time, we could easily have built a dream castle. Playability - 5

This is the first freebuild map I have reviewed and I am not quite sure how to handle “balance”. I will say 3 until I can sort out a better way of judging this.

We did not use the F1 feature to test our settlement with events or invasions.

Thank you LadyJane for providing a fun evening for us. I hope we will see many more of your creations on SHH!
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Thank you, Bismuth, for your review. The “little surprise with the trees”, in fact the dying of all trees within the first two years, was due to the number of trees and scrubs. The maximum of these seems to be 2000 and I had the maximum! So I had to update the map. Better less trees, than dead trees.

Map Design4.0
An altogether splendid map! Everything fit together perfectly: the poignant story, the castle ruins, the terrific balance of resource placement & accessibility, & the number and location of wolves and bears to keep the archers running around! Wonderful job - thanks!
Lord Holdsworth What A Cool Map Geese wow]

Lord Holdsworth
Map Design5.0
My Other Review was A Bit smallish don't you think well here i come to explain it all. i really love a good freebuild map and the four brothers really fits all my needs. there is an excellent story line to it i tried following the story line but found it hard as i had to move onto another hill so my stockpile was quite far away from the blacksmith's work shops i thougt i would sell them at market but i found it was a bad choice because i kept being attcked by wolves and had no troops to attack back with but over all i found it a fantastic map.

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