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The Nativity Set

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Version: The Conquerors 1.0c
Style: Other
The Nativity Set

I always enjoyed setting up and playing with the nativity set at Christmas time when I was a child. Much of my enthusiasm for games and scenario design stems from those childhood events, and Christmas time memories.

I wanted to do something special with this unique tiny map that is a treasured gift, given to me by Ingo Van Thiel. Only as we neared the holiday I was experiencing computer problems. I was working on a fun and funny Christmas scenario using the 'Christmas Mod' found at the AOKH Blacksmith but all was lost in a computer crash (unrelated to using the fantastic Modpack). Wishing to do something special for my friends at Age Of Kings Heaven and the scenario design community, I was hard pressed for a good premise for a AoK gift. I hope all will enjoy the premise; The Nativity Set even though it was a rushed design.

The mystery about the birth of Jesus is one of faith, and is innocuous outside of that context. This infant, however, the first born of a Jewish artisan named Joseph and his wife Miriam (Mary), was to prove to be no ordinary child, for he was destined to play a unique part in history. He would be drawn to the dreams and visions of his people, and so clothe his life that he would give rise to a faith which identified him among many Jews as the Messiah, among many Gentiles as the Divine Savior of the world, and among many others as a remarkable man for his life and place in history. Within a century of his birth stories relating the circumstances of his nativity appropriate to the dignity in which he was held, began circulating among his following. These stories, simply and beautifully told, still have a strong emotional appeal. They bring us back again to that sacred place of childhood's imagination where there is no barrier to the commerce between heaven and earth.

The Nativity story of Jesus is a Christian belief, and I have created the scenario with the utmost respect for that fact. Still, I'm hoping that AoK enthusiasts of all faiths will enjoy it from a historical perspective. The paragraphed phrases in the scenario are from the Bible (Luke and Matthew), and other historical sources. Please accept my Christmas gift to AoK scenario design enthusiasts.

General Instructions

.cpx to Campaign folder
.AI and .per to AI folder
.mp3 and .wav to Sound/Scenario folder

Turn game music volume to off before playing.

Play on the Normal speed setting.

Peace on Earth - Merry Christmas!

The Nativity Set by Anastasia - Tsunami Studios 2003 ©

Special Thanks to Ingo Van Thiel.

Microscopic Map by CenturionZ_1 and Ingo Van Thiel 2003 ©
- This map is a lot smaller than any other map. It only has 50x50 tiles. This is a template given by CenturionZ_1 (AoE), and recreated by Ingo Van Thiel for Age of Kings II - The Conquerors. The small map can only be used with 2 Player setting in the scenario editor, among other cautions for use.

Advanced Immobile Units AI by Zanzard Lothar - Tsunami Studios 2002 ©

Tanneur99 for his excellent Review and pointing out the Playability issue with the 800x600 resolution.

Staff and Visiting Members of HG AOKH and The Crew at Tsunami Studios.

Please feel free to write me with any questions or concerns regarding this scenario:
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lukebrincat hi... i realy appreciate your scenario. i love the fact that it is about our religion. But i am sorry to say that it is boring. but a very nice thought of yours. i know that is is difficult to make a game on such a serious matter but i really loved it. thanks. im new to this site and i really love it....

from Malta.
well who ever is reading this im planing on a scenario called 'The City' so eyes open (well i need publicity...LOL!!!)
AxE_MaN Good scenario!!
All the people who didnt like it I can see why they didnt, but AOE isnt all about armies and invading countries(although most is!) I think this is a great change!!
Well done
(love the music by the way!)
ThUnDeR77 I don't understand these people.

Ana - this was great. It really was a very enjoyable cutscene, and I don't see what's wrong with these people...just because it's not Ulio doesn't mean it's not good.

[Edited on 06/09/05 @ 07:27 PM]

SnicketFan I really appreciate it that you made a Biblical scenario! But there is not that much playablity. Like, you could have had the Magi have a longer journey with twists and turns. Other than that, it is a very well made scenario!!!!! Keep it up!
GeNeRaL_AnZaC i still have no idea how this is still number 1
I dont like it at all
SacredSleep A change of pace could really do some good. I honestly say I enjoyed this one even though there isn't that much to do. I'm looking forward to see Bible-based mods of AOE2.
Official Reviewer
I am downloading this now. I really want to see what it is like.

By the way people, a scenario is not about the action, but the story. I hope people aren't disliking the scenario because there was no battle action.
Styrophome Boring? I guess I can see where some people could find it boring, but you don't need to spill oceans of blood to create a masterpiece. This certainly lives up to be a better cutscene than many others that I've seen.
Froggle bum Nice, its not so totally bad, i did find it boring but it really does get you into the Spirit dont ya think?
Dantares IV Supurb cutscene. I really liked it.
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