This map trick utility is a short explination of how to create aritllery cannons, and create the illusion of a building being blown open (specifically a barracks)and artillery.
Credits: MCrnigoj-He has no idea that I was making this utility. His Campaign "Tannenburg 1410" inspired my artilary cannons.
UTILITY: This utility intends to show the player 2 trigger-generated tricks that can be used in a campaign or a scenario. One is an artillery trick which shows an enhanced cannon fire. The other is a trick that shows a way to destroy barracks and turn them into ruins. Both can be pretty useful for a scenario designer if he does not know them. 5
INGENUITY: I have never seen the Blown-Open Barracks trick used before, and was very interested in it. The author also installed a little battle scene, which was appropriate with the destruction of the barracks.
The artillery trick is an exact copy of the artillery in Tannenbuerg 1410, with the exception of the scorch on the ground that the cannons in Tannenbuerg 1410 leave after their shot. The scorch actually makes it look more realistic, so the idea is not that original and has been done in a better way.
If the author COMBINED the 2 tricks to create a better and an original trick the score would have been higher. 4
QUALITY: The artillery trick is well made and is shown effectively, but it goes by too fast without any time to cling to the player's memory.
The blown open barracks trick is professionally portrayed in a battle scene and has a fit feel. The only comment is that it again, goes by too quick; I would suggest the use of several barracks, or a way to replay without restarting the scenario. 4-
INSTRUCTIONS: The first trick started playing right after the beginning of the scenario, so I had no time to read the instructions that popped up. After the first trick was over, new instructions popped up right over the first ones; it would be better to display each set of instructions in a different portion of the screen.
The objective box had a clear description of the Blown-Open Barracks trick, but the author did not provide detailed instructions for the second trick. 4-