Map: The Great Escape
can you survive without resources surrounded by six hostile forces? can you outproduce seven opponents when you have every possible disadvantage? Intended to give a big challenge to a human (blue) playing 1v7 against AI. It makes no sense otherwise. HINTS: follow the dry riverbed to the sea. make a port, settle the islands. you have no coal, so you'll need charcoal burners. the enemies have more resources than you, so you should be fast in killing them. standing stones in the starting valley indicate resources. Play this map only if you are really good, or suicidal.
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this map is intended for competitive game of a human player (blue) against 7 computers. it makes no sense otherwise.
there are many balanced maps, but only few intended to give a hard time to a human in single player mode. those few (anchor and turtle mountain are the only ones i know) rely on close start and limited space to make your life difficult, but once you can establish an economy, they become easy. I wanted a map that would still be difficult even in the late game. So I gave the human every possible disadvantage. Need to abandon the starting land and relocate elsewhere? Making sure (by forcing you to abandon your starting land) that you will start establishing your economy hours after your opponents? Check. No coal mines? Check. Land divided in various islands, to force you to deal with the idiosyncrasies of boat transport? Check. Rugged land to limit building space? Check. Limited mineral resources? Check.
Furthermore, I wanted the game to still be difficult after you kill the first AI player, so I gave the first enemies you encounter limited resources, and more resources to those that come later. So if you take too much time to kill, you won't be able to conquer any new ores, and you won't be able to make new soldiers to kill the other players. Of course, you could always use exhausted mines for a 5% chance of production; and since the computer does not do it, you will eventually overtake it. But that's easy and does not morally count as "winning the map".
In the end, this is probably the hardest map uploaded to date (but it is winnable, I playtested it). Play this map only if you are
1) very good, AND looking for a challenge, or
2) a masochist
|Author:||King of nowhere|
|Dimensions:||256 x 256|
|Upload:||by king_of_nowhere at 2015-07-15, 11:49|
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