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Downloads Home » Single Player Scenarios » PTC08 - Footprints in the Snow

PTC08 - Footprints in the Snow

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Lord Basse
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Version: The Conquerors
Style: Other



Possibly the smallest of the entries for the contest, originally based on a 50x50 units big map, this managed to grab the fourth place in the contest, just 2 points behind 3rd place - Scud's The Mountain Township.

In this short scenario you take to role as Joel, trying to find a perfect spot for his "date-sort-of" with the love of his life, Charlotte. Walk around, early in the morning, through the town of Laxitania and its surroundings until you have the perfect spot.



Also, if you find the hidden easter egg, report back here ;)
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OtmShankIiI Yeah right, I found the "easter egg"... I liked the map, it's a great work you made; It has a nice story, terrain is not messy and pretty original to use New World civs ;)

[Edited on 09/21/08 @ 06:16 PM]

Cilibinarii Just as small as mine, just submitted it :) It indeed is a quite nice map, its a pity you werent one of the winners :(
Lord Basse
Official Reviewer
File Author
Thanks guys :)

@Shank; referring to the unedited comment, I like it odd :P
OtmShankIiI Lulz :\
SilverMan I really liked the scenario... But how do I enter next year at PTC?

[Edited on 10/13/08 @ 04:38 PM]

Lord Basse
Official Reviewer
File Author
Thanks!

Keep the reading the news on the main page. Once you see one about the next PTC, click the link to the forum, post in the PTC thread and say "I'm in" or something like it. Simple as that :)
SilverMan Tks Basse .. i liked the story
TheLaughingMule I enjoyed playing this scenario. Thank you for making it.
Lord Basse
Official Reviewer
File Author
@ Silverman; you're welcome.

@ Mule; thanks for downloading ;)
Andanu Trisatya
Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability4.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
"Footprints in the Snow" was Lord Basse's entry for the latest Pretty Town contest. It didn't came out as a winner, but it's still a marvellous piece of work nonetheless. It portrays the story of Joel, a timid teenager who lives in Laxitania, a small town that was somehow deserted by its original population, and has been inhabited by a group of nomadic immigrants ever since. He has a crush on his good friend, Charlotte, and yearns to hopelessly confess his love. First thing first, he ought to find a spot within Laxitania which can provide a good setting for his date and of course, his love confession. This is where the player's role comes in.

PLAYABILITY: 4+
While I feel that the map was leaning more to the flawless side, the playability suffered a tad. The map was too small to enjoy, the story was too abrupt, and there were too few things going on. When I was expecting and hoping for more, the scenario ended. However, this is tolerable because the map itself was proposed for a contest where players only need to observe the scenery among other things. The author could have featured something more, though it's not entirely necessary. Another thing worthy of note is that I often got lost in finding out which spot to visit next, especially when I had explored the whole map from the beginning. I reckon it'd be better implemented if the view changes every time a new place is shown, instead of just revealing that section.

BALANCE: 5
The scenario was never intended to involve any single fighting, hence there is no explainable reason to deduct a score here, in compliance to the review guidelines.

CREATIVITY: 5
In my judgment, this is the most significant part in which the scenario sparkles with greatness. There are many symbols of creativity to be found here. A great and unique theme; an unusual approach as how to depict a "pretty town" instead of just having the player walk between areas uneventfully; astonishing map design; realistic and lovable characters; atmospheric music track that blends spotlessly with the map; just name it.

MAP DESIGN: 5
The town is set on a winter terrain, which is obviously where snowy lands cover the most part. Precisely, snow tile alone is not sufficient, and the author managed to take it to a desirable level of visual, while still retaining the bleak, dreary feeling of winter. The size of the map was fairly small, which was quite dissapointing since I expected a bigger spectacle, but there's plenty of environment to choose from, ranging from a snowy town with Mayan architecture, outskirt woods, waterfall, to a dead farmland with a scarecrow. Everything was conceived perfectly, not too much nor too bland, although I feel the farmland could've looked better with more variance to the dead farm tiles -- it looked a bit lackluster and too linear for a snow-covered farmland.

STORY/INSTRUCTIONS: 5
It has been a palpable fact that the author harbors an exceptional skill in writing and telling a story, and this scenario is a good proof of it. The story, albeit rather in the fashion a cookie-cutter teenage drama flick, was outstandingly well-written. The author has clearly shown that a scenario is not all about inventive tricks and/or captivating gameplay. Story always play an imperative part, which is unfortunately, often neglected by most designer. I had a good time upon reading the background narrative, and could connect as the story progresses. The instructions was adequate for it's not crucially needed for such scenario, and the bitmap added a nice touch.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
This map brought a fresh air among the other contest entries with its somewhat unique approach. It was a nice touch because I got tired of walking in a huge town in the absence of good reason. "Footprints in the Snow" is a good example of how the mixture of story and map design alone could increase a scenario's aesthetic level. I had an interesting pastime upon playing it, if only for a few minutes. However, it remained one of my most favorite entries for the Pretty Town Contest. Download this sweet little map, it's something you wouldn't want to miss.
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Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability4.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Statistics
Downloads:761
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Size:1.10 MB
Added:09/16/08