|AoK Punk Team
RofDF Teaser was originally intended to be a trick scenario in which all known RPG elements and scenario editing tricks would be put together, In process of making that scenario a little bit of story had been added (17 pages of action script, heh), and in some point It became RofDF teaser. Here`s some RPF elements and tricks you will see inside this map:
||Age of Kings 1.0
-Speak with every human character on the map, just click on him/her to start talking
-All dialogs are cycling
-Click on any building to use it
-Use market to buy food
-Need to have food for yourself and also for guys following you
-Up to 8 man can follow you at the same time, All of them CPU controlled
-Garrison inside any tower or castle to speak with the master of that tower/castle
-Use CPU controlled Baclsmith to upgrade your armor
-You can click on every house to speak with the tenant.
-You can hire mercenaries from houses(You`ll have to feed them)
-Multiple solutions for every problem
-Get, Drop item ability
-Chop trees and sell them on the market to get some food
Scenario Tricks used:
-Changing color flags, buildings (original idea by Yogurt)
-Neutral boats (boat given to you then you board it and they taken form you after you exit the boat)
-Water Gates Trick (original idea by Park or/and DSC)
-Damaged walls and Buildings tricks
-Animal fight tricks
-Build in mini game(AoK PUNK massacre)
-Creating Buildings and Bridges (original trick by Rasher)
-Click = Talk RPG trick(original idea by Dl - aka Magnus)
Some info about this map (designers stuff):
-575 triggers used(That`s right, half of thousand triggers)
-Use of all known RPG elements
-Use of all known triggers tricks
-Very detailed terrain
-8 pages of dialog’s scripts(506 lines)
-1 sound track, 1 background sounds composition, other mp3s
-2 Ai scripts used
-Modifications of lungage.dll(full version)
-Replacing one of ES campaigns (full version)
Featured included in full installation.
-Non stop Brave Heart Music
-Non stop sound of ‘nature and human activity’
-replace of Joan of Ark campaign file
-2 full sound slideshows, before and after the map
-renaming Joan of Ark to RofDF and mission 1 of Joan of Ark to RofDM (RofDF teaser)
Full and Small version (5,2 mb Zip)
-Unzip RofDM(full).zip to your AoK folder. (Zip will add sounds and Ai, and IT WILL REPLACE YOU JOAN OF ARK CAMPAING AND YOUR LAUNGAGE.DLL FILE.)
- If you wanna to uninstall RofDM you`ll have to back up your laungege.dll file and Cam 1 to Cam 8 in your campaigns folder.
-Don`t forget to set your AoK Music to none (Full Version only)
-To start playing the map, run Joan of Ark campaign, mission 1.
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Sometimes some of the best scenarios never get reviewed. This is an example of one. The story is great, replacing one of ES's campaigns, and adding a slideshow at the beginning, and the RPG-type feel was one of the best. The only thing that lacks in this scenario are:
1. Map Design. Most of the map is total forest, which I think was not good. In the hints there was something about a deer celebration place, a Year 2000 celebration place, and something else, but I extracted this scenario and looked at the triggers, and guess what? There was noting about a deer celebration place or a Y2000 celebration.
2. Balance. Sometimes you get trapped into the towers, and you starve to death. This sometimes happens in $cott tower.
There is also something else, the stupid change view thing (which some people didn't realize) is a Marco-Polo anti cheat trigger, so you couldn't call this a bug. This will sometimes cause a crash. Tip: when you start playing the scenario, press F11 and it will display the game time. When this reaches 900, it will change view. (900 game seconds = 15 minutes)
All you have to do to improve this is to make a warning at the beggining of the scenario to scroll to the lower right part of the screen whenever 15 game minutes loom closer...
Other than that, this scenario just rocks!
RofDM is a teaser for RofDF, the campaign Ex-T, Park, Mark and $cott are working for, while you are playing RofDM. The word is well chosen for this campaign. It is a teaser in many senses this word has to offer. At first glance it means a promotion for the campaign to come. In this case it means also a teaser in the sense of being difficult to solve, a tormentor, a pest. The campaign is teasing in the sense of roguish, playful and funny.
For AoK Punk Team their campaign is a banter and they are kidding and they tease you. This scenario has 7655K, it replaces your Joan of Arc campaign and if you want to uninstall RofDM you have to back up your language .dll file and cam 1 to 8. This is what you read and here it begins, before you even play. Just d/l, play and if you want to play Joan of Arc again, delete cam 1-4 and 8 in your campaign file, uninstall and then reinstall AoK and you play your beloved Joan, it takes less than 5 minutes.
You are the "confused player", who runs errands for the AoK Punk Team. After being introduced as a "lame player", Ex-T sends you out to visit Park, Mark and $cott in their towers.
PLAYABILITY: The scenario is entertaining, it is unique and interesting, because I never played a scenario like this before or after. You need to save your game often. Your two body-guards kill you, if you run out of food and you get stuck in the wood exploring the map or chopping wood. After the monk joins me, I am stuck in $cott's tower and I thought about the question: "Are all players as dumb as you?" and restarted from the beginning. After having found the boat and the relic, I went to Ex-T's castle with 450 food. Later I got stuck in front of the monks, Butthead commenting: ”Good one Beavis” and there is this view changing, in order that you do not Polo. Whenever you get stuck somewhere, keep in mind, that this is part of the game. Remember, that you are playing a teaser.
At the end the sentences of the drunk monk and the player, as well as the notation “castle destroyed” are repeating, while monks, wolves and more of your units are produced. Fortunately the cheat “I r winner” still worked.
The experience described above goes back quite some time and I replayed some days before posting this review. As I became an expert over the last eighteen months regarding RofDM, I had less food and took the shortest way, means tower, boat, tower, tower, relic, castle, cigarettes, tower, cigarettes, tower, monastery, they got the relic. Quote DeKonte 12/21/99: “ Hey David, There is only 1 bug, that relic. I had my keybord broken yesturday so I coudn`t fix it. New version of the map whihc have this bug fixed already uploaded to the Aok PUNK team website.” Now this is bad, because RofDM was submitted to the Blacksmith four days after that and the bug was not fixed. I do not know when the monks get cartography. From above we know that they do not have it, before you enter the castle. The bug still exists, when you do not enter $cott’s tower, like … boat, tower, relic, castle… and there it is gone. 3+
-The trigger for cartography should be placed at the monastery, when the monks explain the deal. I regret the rating for this category, but two bugs and too many reloads do not add to the overall fun.
BALANCE: In the beginning you do not have enemies, but the difficulty in avoiding being stuck and many reloads very well replace enemies. The balance is too hard in that part of the scenario, as described above. On the contrary in the AoK PUNK massacre both sides get unlimited units, but you win easy your final objective. 3
-To balance, the monk should get as many units as your player or the producing of a certain unit should stop when one of your military buildings is destroyed.
CREATIVITY: The creativity is awesome and the strongest part of this campaign. Many triggers, the first colour changing item, the first watergate, the first scenario with cheat controls, the first appearing of castle, towers, walls and gates out of ruins. Last not least the massacre, which also was a première in a scenario. 5+
-Congratulations, this was being far ahead in the beginning of AoK and you influenced generations of designers with your work. Undoubted worth more than 5, the best creativity seen so far.
MAP DESIGN: The map design is well above average, with a good use of eye-candy. Ex-T comments: “…it takes me 2 times less time to make a map than to write a e-mail…” I don’t believe that. 5-
-Even for the standards of that time, here were efforts missing.
STORY/INSTRUCTIONS: The story is apart from what I described in my introduction, all what happened around this scenario at its time. The topics in the forum about RofDM and RofDF, the demo of the last, the teasing even in the forum and you got instructions to help the designers. Unfortunately spelling errors do not allow a higher rating. 4
Overall: I recommend to download this campaign.
In general I think that swearing and course language should not be part of an AoK scenario or campaign. In this case it is acceptable, as it was meant to tease.