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M@Hadrian's Wall

Author File Description
Matei
File Details
Version: The Conquerors
Style: Build and Destroy

Hadrian's Wall


By Matei of Woad Creations



Story


Your land has known the sounds, smells, sights, and pains of warfare for ages. The forests are full of paths through which warriors have trodden, the vilagers live in fear, and wolves and outlaws pray on innocents. Now, at last, you have gathered all your allies together. The allied tribes forget their quarrels to face the common enemy, another group of allied tribes. You pick up your spears and prepare for war. Between you and your foes stands only one thing - the Wall. This long barrier of rock has stood there for centuries, and continues to do so. It divides the countryside into two parts - ally land and enemy land. It is impassible, except for the several small gates. Nobody knows how it got there, and it is probably the work of giants or gods. But some speak of a time when the whole land was ruled by men from the south, who fought in metal armour, wore during peacetime snow-white togas, and dwelt in palaces of marble. Apparently one day, one of these men, a general named Hadrian, decided to put down the Wall and divide the land into two halves: the prosperous South and the barbaric North. The ruins of these southern people still dot the countryside. Alas, if there ever was prosperity, it is now gone, and both sides are equally barbaric. Even the wall has crumbled, yet it still poses an obstacle through which no battering ram can break. It is your ally and your enemy - your greatest defence and your greatest obstacle in the battle that is to come. Yet perhaps, if you manage to win this battle and destroy your enemies, your civilization can reach the glory of Hadrian and his people again!

Map Features


- Land map with sparse forests through which units can easily walk.
- Each team starts on one side of the Wall. This structure, which has crumbled a bit now but is still impassible and indestructible, divides the map into one side for each team. It is shown in a dark yellow-green on the minimap.
- There are four seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring), each with its own stunningly beautiful terrain and eyecandy: realistic mixed forests, Roman ruins, and beautiful terrain blending!
- Resources are about normal, with the extra stone and gold near the wall from remains of Roman towns and structures. The type of food you get varies randomly each game however (for example, there are no berries in winter).
- In addition to wolves, you may face outlaws (represented by grey archers); these are weaker than wolves but have range and tend to be in groups. Villagers can kill them pretty easily if they are not double-teamed, and they are weak vs scouts.
- In regicide you get only a king and a keep in addition to starting units, to allow earlier victories.
- You can start with extra units, which change the gameplay a bit from the boring old standard (for example, you can have two woad raiders for earlier rushes, a battering ram to stop FLUSHes, extra vils and houses, a monk, etc).
- Fun, unique gameplay!

Gameplay


Gameplay is quite different from a normal RM because of the wall. The gates in the wall are very important to hold. They can allow access to enemy resources and buildings, as well as insure your own defence. Early rushes are a bit like Black Forest in that you have to sneak through the gates before they're palisaded, but they are harder to do since a whole team shares one side of the wall; the extra starting units can help though. Later in the game, the wall is also important for the gold and stone arount it. Archers and siege units are often used to shoot accross it, while the gates are sites of constant battles. Once you get into enemy land, it's hard for them to defend, because the forests are sparse so you can raid from any direction. This means that you must be on the lookout for forward bases, or else.
The computer AI plays well on this map.

Final Words


This map was made by Matei of Woad Creations, and playtested by Shiva, D00D, Antichrist, and many other Woad members. If you liked this map, please review it or let us know by putting a player comment. To all you RMS people, note that this script was done using a new (and better in my opinion) technique for multiple map locations.
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AuthorComments & Reviews   ( All | Comments Only | Reviews Only )
maximus_l I liked this map, all around good quality. The wall makes for quite a defensive and long game, but challenging too.
Only suggestion would be to add a little water, just to add to the already nice design
isakmalm Nice map!!! I like the bonus unit, and the idea whit the wall is great! Its to much forest around your camp, so it may be problems to expand, but its still a very fun map. Not very good for DeathMatch games, because of the small building area... Good job!
Matei
Official Reviewer
File Author
Glad you like it!

The reason for the reduced build space is to make this map more wild, barbarous and dark-age-ish. Note that forests can get chopped pretty easily though because of the empty space in them so you can expand later. The idea with Hadrian's Wall was to make a Black-Forest like map for experts/inters, not just new players. A few enemy vils on your side of the wall can set up a military base and do major damage to you unless you're careful, and the many paths in forests make them unsuitable for defense. Overall, depending on whether early rushes were possible or not, the game can either be short and intense or long and marked by major struggles at the gates. It may even happen that each team takes control of one gate, thus allowing for raids in enemy territory.
Antichrist This will be a classic...absolute a classic...
Geoffrey There are a few minor problems with this map:

1. It appears that there are very few straggler trees placed on the map initially. I looked around to see where my second straggler villager had gone to for wood, and finally found him chopping forest wood at the edge of the map.

2. In some seasons there is too much turkey food placed, and not enough standing around where you have to mill near it - I collected nearly 30 turkeys on a 1v1 against the AI - just on my side alone - in explored mapping mode. I normally play Giant maps because I like to have space for things.

3. The archers (OUTLW Gaia units) on the map do absolutely nothing for RM play against the AI. They just stand there, don't shoot, move, or so much as fire an arrow at anything. If it's not possible to activate them for RM play, perhaps substitute a different Gaia unit type or have the script generator not place them at all. My Mayan Eagle warrior scout had great fun knocking them over - one hit and they were dead.

4. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but I noticed a few of the gold and stone deposits against the rock dividing wall appeared to have been blocked off by tree groups that were generated around them. It'd certainly be some fun trying to mine them while avoiding enemy arrows, though.

5. The sparseness of the tree clumps is good but certainly presents a challenge for the less experienced players in finding a suitable spot for a lumber camp. Maybe seeding a few extra random stragglers around the map would help here.

This is an otherwise excellent map, and has plenty of visual eye candy - I think I'm going to enjoy playing this map a lot!! ;-)

Cheers ...

Geoffrey Hyde
RF_Gandalf
Official Reviewer
Rating
4.3
Breakdown
Theme5.0
Visual Appeal3.0
Playability5.0
Hadrian's Wall is a very interesting map, making use of 'rocks' placed on the map in a line between teams to simulate a broken down wall. There are small gaps in the wall, so the map plays a lot like the Highlands map but with no naval units possible and no fishing. This map is quite fun to play, and should be tried by everyone wanting a different map and game.

THEME: ( 5 ) The author makes it quite evident, when I look at the script, theat he knows how to script rms very well. He uses a special type of coding that few other authors have learned to place his randomized terrains and objects, and has no errors in his use of them. The map is quite playable and unique (I have seen only a few other maps use 'rocks' as walls, and none exactly as this one has). He has included 4 different 'seasons' for some variation in the appearance of the map. And he has done a nice writeup to give the feel for the map. I had some problems with certain objects and terrains used, but will count those in apparance below.

VISUAL APPEARANCE: ( 3 ) This is the one area that I take exception with the author's work. There some very nice touches here. such as the winter theme starting out with some dying wolves across the map (they might be decomposed before you see them, though - try on all visible to get a view of them). However since the author has described this very vividly as northern Britain, I find it disconcerting to have bamboo in the forests and turkeys roaming the fields. I find it odd to have patches of desert sand in the summer theme (I think) while northern Britain is likely to have sand only on the beach. Wild horses are not native to Britain and there has never historically been herds to round up there. I did not like the plethora of randomly placed signposts scattered about the map on some seasonal patterns, as many as 3 in one screen at a time (how many signposts to Londinium or Bath did the Romans put up, anyway?). I guess what I am trying to say is that it is nonsense to place articles randomly across a map just for the sake of placing something, for the sake of 'scenery'. I know the author comes from a scenario design background, and in scenarios it is possible to precisely place items for effect, but some of these things look a bit out of place here. Also in regard to appearance, in one of the patterns with snow there are bright green plants sticking up all over, unrealistic looking, and there are snow covered pines mixed with green pines in a way that looks unrealistic. I hope that I am not sounding too critical, because this map has a lot of good points, but I want to be clear as to why I found fault with this part of the map script. The fact that the author used 4 random terrain patterns alone makes this better than most scripts. I also liked the different feel for the forest - multiple tiny scattered clumps.

GAMEPLAY: ( 5 ) This is a 'weak' 5, but the good points outweighed the bad here. My biggest complaint in the gameplay aspect is that the author changed the relic placement without advertising it, which can upset plans for a relic victory if a player has no clue that instead of the standard 5 relics there is one relic per player. I personally do not like maps with the random selection of extra buildings and/or units like this one, but in this case they did not negatively affect gameplay much. I really think that putting Castle Age units like Woad Raiders or Battering Rams in a Dark Age start can be a little unbalanced. However, the map plays vey well and is a fun variant. The random selection of food and mineral resources can be fun, as it is balanced and equal for all players. Playing with this forest pattern is tricky, as lumbering operations should be relocated frequently to maximize productivity of lumberjacks, but I enjoy such a challange. There are some "OUTLW" units placed on the map - weak archer units that were not included in the scenario editor but left in for us to discover, I believe. These have a faulty AI and only attack villagers, not military units.

This map should not be played on a size too small for the number of players, as the wall, forests and ruins scattered about the map limit buildable area. The AI does OK on this map, but I never saw the AI try to wall off at the wall gaps as a human instinctively would.

A couple of more notes - the wall gaps or 'gates' vary in size with the number of players - easier to wall off with 1-4 players than 8. This map worked well for a 4 player FFA and an 8 player-4 team setup also, with the wall placing correctly in each case between teams.

The author states in his conclusion that he used a 'new' method of scripting for multiple map locations, or as I prefer to call it, terrain patterns. However, this map was released in October of 2001, and vauxhall and I had developed this method of map scripting in early 2001 (first example of using this in scripting was MFO@Nottingham), using it in many of the MFO maps for varied terrain and unit patterns. Look at MFO@Central Sea for a good, simple example.

Anyway, this is a fine map and should be tried by all!
canceling Great work! Best map I have ever played on!
C J There is only one word for this random map, Superb. The mini-map alone is brilliant.5-5
Morbius Good map very nice for a relaxed play good idea with the OUTLW UNITS one question how do you get BETA units in a random map scrypt


MOrBiuS
Galloglas Good map,i like it much,that huge rock wall separates the map and makes like a natural limit between teams.
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Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Theme5.0
Visual Appeal4.3
Playability5.0
Statistics
Downloads:14,963
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Size:2.60 KB
Added:10/26/01
Updated:10/27/01