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Battle of Sellwood Bridge

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Map Size: 200x200 (Small)
Difficulty: Hard
Battle of Sellwood Bridge

I wanted to make a bridge map.

In the early medieval period it was the lords job to keep his peasants taxed, but he was also in turn taxed by his own lord. Usually the king or emperor of the land took a flat 20% of a lesser noble rulers income. Because taxes were never completely paid in cold hard gold coin, the lesser lords would sometimes send labor, cattle, crops, or other soft goods as part or all of the payment each tax period. Sometimes the king or emperor demanded extra payment in times of celebration, war, famine, ect. You are one of the lesser lords of the kingdom. Because of your lower title (Baron), you are required to pay the king an annual duty. This year he wants extra of course!

"We are in the middle of a war zone, my liege.", said the captain of the guard. He peered over the bay to the hills on the other side. Large fires were burning on the far side, and the sky was black with smoke. Indeed there was fighting over the hills, the fires were probably the next town burning. The war was now amongst them, and raiding bands attacked day or night. Sometimes they are organized armies who try to occupy the bridge, sometimes its only a small group of attackers that will just harass and then depart. All need to be repelled! Because not only are you in charge of protecting the bridge (its in your barony), but also the king wants 30 extra hops (win requirement) paid. Because of the war, you are given to fighting more than growing, but the king wants his special brew and no one will question a direct order from the king. So, you must grow these extra hops on the far side of the bridge by the hills. This area is also where the battles for the bridge are taking place. Hairy Primate (hops grower) has summed it up nicely, "You cant hide from all the arrows, sire." Protect the farms, hold the bridge, and stay alive are the simple but challenging goals here.

Rate this map. Keep in mind the bridge work. It still functions if you delete a chunk out of the center. The enemy can still move through the bridge (they have to destroy the whole thing to do it however). Running across the top of it is the easiest and quickest. The baron's home w/ working village is on the other side. Check out the earthen ramparts with wood "spikes" on the tops. Have fun with it. Normal is challenging to a good player. Comments welcome.


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Skaarj looks and sounds interesting from the mini-map and your description. I will rate it as soon as I have reinstalled stronghold 1! :)
File Author
Great, I put alot of time in this one. Enjoy!

Map Design5.0
Playability: 4
Fairly fun to play. Runs well. However it might be better to give the player more tasks then just modify weapons production, train troops, place killing pits, and replace hops farms. Though the great scenery adds to the playability in my opinion.

Balance: 5
Well balanced. On easy its easy, on hard its hard, etc. This has obviously been playtested (or just well done!) :). Nice work!

Creativity: 5
Very nice idea, I love these sort of maps where its not just a massive seige with the player defending or attacking en masse, with little time or need to take in much of the map itself. Good work!

Map Design: 5
I loved the blended and realistic scenery. This map is a perfect example of the map design tips in the mapmaking 101 article you wrote titled "Simple vs Complex." I actually spent about 15-20 minutes just taking in and marvelling in the beautiful realism and naturalistic appeal of the map, when i noticed a defeated banner displayed on my screen! haha :). The bridge is not the only fantastic feature of this map! The map contains so many minor details that contribute to the whole naturalistic appeal. Fantastic!

Story/Instructions: 5
Perfect lead in to the map. The story set the theme for the map perfectly, which is exactly what its supposed to do. Thus, a perfect score for this section :).

Additional Comments:
A highly recommended download! Not only is it fun to play, but it is also a great map to analyse and learn from for making your own maps. This map is designed on a proffesional level. Lollard yet again shows us that maps dont have to be jam packed with random flashy features (which can often detract from maps btw) in order to be brilliant. Lollards "Simple vs Complex" article in mapmaking 101 gives a better outline of this then I can explain here, and its coming from an experienced map maker :) a good companion read for this map, or any other of Lollard's maps. Thanks for the great map, I really enjoyed it :).

File Author
Thanks for the great review and article plug. The design of the bridge featured on the map is based on the actual Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon (where I was born).

Sir Steele noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! why is it stronghold??? why cant it be crusader???? nooooo! no!!!!!!!!!!!!!
File Author
You are going to have to shell out the 10 clams to buy stronghold 1 in the jewel case, available at most software stores.

Captain Diablo o noes! NoT Tn DoLar!!1

Just kidding. Lollard I will gladly give a review for your first SH1 map!
File Author
If people want to keep a score record on here of the personal bests, please post in comment form. Trying for the Hard or Very Hard bonus is worth it.


[Edited on 11/03/05 @ 04:46 AM]

Sir Steele World has gone CCRAZY I, I, I...I dont even have 10 dollar! (jk i just dont wanna but it)
File Author
I have found you will see more downloads and feedback with stronghold 1 maps. Since the original game (SH1) is very popular, easily available, and was released first you tend to find more people who want to download and play stronghold 1 maps. Stronghold 1 also has wood construction (walls, gatehouses, and towers) which I like. Its easier to be historically accurate with stronghold 1, because wood was used more often than stone during this time. Also Crusader is meant to design the skirmish type battles and forts of the Crusades, rather than the early castles of the medieval period of English history (which I study). Both games have their own followers, and I was completely a Crusader player for a long time. I think everyone should go out and buy a version of each.


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