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15 - Lions Mane

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Stratego Mission 15 - Lion's Mane

Start conditions:
One opponent, Lionheart, Richard

Particularities:
Numerous herds of lions,
No iron resources,
The opponent (4000 gold) has a financial advantage over you (2000 gold)

In this scenario stone will be your most important trade ware, very useful for all your military and civilian projects. Therefore, it’s on you, to erect a well-functioning production-line of 3 or 4 quarries and 6-8 ox tethers.

First, slow down game speed (20-25).
Start eliminating those “annoying” lions before erecting any lines of production.

Then begin to invest your initial gold getting stones to build up a pair of square towers, connected by walls and stairs, on the north-western border of the oasis (as fast as possible). On top of the southern tower, place a mangonel. The northern tower should be manned by a ballista (it is quite clear that you need engineers for it).
Order all your initial archers up the towers. Order your mangonel aiming (curtain fire!) at the opponent main gatehouse of Richard’s castle.
Now, Richard Lionheart, will permanently try to solve this problem by his advancing catapults, but he will fail because of your efficient groups of archers assisted by your ballista and your knights destroying them.

Richard Lionheart gives the impression of being intensively occupied with your military actions, so that he will “forget” to concentrate on his defence…

…from now on, you will be able to care about your armament.

For a stable and constant food supply (plus popularity!) you need at least 2 apple orchards, 2 dairy farms, 2 wheat farms, 1 hops farm, 1 mill, several bakeries, 1 brewery, 1 or two inns and 2 churches.

Additionally build up a weapons’ machinery, producing crossbowmen and industriously selling stones to finance further military activities.

Send a small troop of about 15-20 men (archers and knights) towards the northern natural ramp, disturbing the enemy’s catapult and stone production. Attention! Stay out of reach of the hostile towers!
Your main army has to be composed by about 40 Arabian horse archers respectively 40 crossbowmen, several engineers and 15-20 swordsmen or pike men. Go west with your Arabian horse archers, who have to eliminate all garrisons on top of the hostile towers. If it‘s done, you should go for your crossbowmen taking under fire Richard’s castle on the inside. Use catapults or trebuchets and one ram breaching the walls and agitate your swordsmen against “His Highness”, Richard Lionheart, whose end will come…

Good Luck!
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