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The Black Riders

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Version: Age of Kings 1.0
Style: Build and Destroy
Number of scenarios: 5
Warning: This Campaign is not good maked and I'ts not for beginners! Specialy for the last 3 scenarios you have to be proffesional player to play them! You are Lancelot who fights against Black Riders and their leader Subotai! The power of France help you in this bloody battle!
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quamp3 It says that it's 5 scenarios, but when I downloaded it, only three showed up. (I downloaded it twice just to make sure.) I managed to get through all three with no problems.
Overall the scenarios are not great, but not bad either.
Map Design1.0
Playability: 2
This campaign is not a very fun one. The first scenario begins with a very long straight path through a forest, with various Gaia units along the way, the only purpose of which seems to be to waste the player's time. In the second scenario, the enemy never attacks you, and never gets any stronger than its starting army, so the scenario is almost impossible to lose. The third scenario can be won with a single trebuchet. In the fourth scenario, Subotai announces his intention to fight, but when I played it he proceeded to run away. If you're playing in Vanilla AoK, where heroes aren't immune to conversion, you can convert him with your monks and delete him. The fifth scenario actually contains a fairly challenging battle, though an error in the triggering means Lancelot's death doesn't automatically end the game.

Balance: 2
I steamrolled over the enemy in most of the scenarios. The battle in the first was slightly challenging, and the battle in the final scenario would have been very challenging had I actually been required to win it, instead of just having to touch a flag inside my ally's city.

Creativity: 1
Scenarios are either plain old build and destroy or plain old fixed force. Objectives range from "destroy this thing" to "destroy these things". There are few signs of the designer having applied any real creative thought.

Map Design: 1
Grass 1 abound, along with numerous straight edges and square forests. The first and fourth scenarios consist of straight paths of Grass 1 through forests! The cities in the third and fifth scenarios look sort of okay, but could be a lot better, and all there is outside of them is Grass 1 and forest. The second scenario probably has the best-looking landscape, but it is still ugly compared to a random map.

Story/Instructions: 2
The story told by this campaign isn't terribly compelling. It's a disjointed sequence of events in which Lancelot goes places to kill black riders or destroy their buildings. The instructions are mostly okay in the sense that they do instruct the player on what to do in the scenarios. The grammar and spelling are horribly mangled, but I suspect English is not the designer's native language.

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