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Topic Subject: Blacksmith Feature: Shattered Empire (04.26.21)
posted 04-26-21 04:27 AM CT (US)   

For the first time in eight years, and only the second time in history, the Blacksmith feature today is going to focus on a random map script. Random map scripts are fairly common pieces of work, you’ll find thousands of custom maps in the blacksmith, but to make one stand out among the rest, an author has to not only be an impressive script writer, but an artist. That’s what today’s author is above all - an artist.

For today’s Blacksmith Feature we’ll be looking at a classic, one of my all-time favourite custom random maps – Shattered Empire by Mark Stoker. If that name sounds familiar to you, Mark Stoker is the designer of some of AOKH’s most popular campaigns. Tamerlane, Prince of Destruction, Nyctophobia and Ottoman Onslaught, just to name a few. As well as being a popular designer of single-player scenarios, Stoker as dabbled in random map scripting and Shattered Empire is his crowning glory.

Shattered Empire showcases an empire shattered by civil war. Based in part on the classic Fortress map, each player starts with a walled city, completed with all of the military buildings, towers and some residential houses. Add in some additional starting villagers and you’ve got an action pack game with plenty of space for rushes and early sieges. Beyond the intense gameplay that this map presents players, the highlight of the particular script in its beautiful visual appeal. In his single-player scenarios Mark Stoker showed off his artistry and he has managed to convert that beauty into a script for this map. Never before have I see such a detailed and gorgeous looking random map, with a beautiful blend of terrains and eye-candy.

Whether you’re a player who likes intense action pack gameplay or you just like to admire the beauty of a map designers craft then this is definitely the random map for you. So go ahead and download it now!
posted 04-26-21 03:30 PM CT (US)     1 / 8  
Nice! I was not aware this existed. The RM looks really good!
posted 04-26-21 04:08 PM CT (US)     2 / 8  
An oldie but a personal favourite of mine. Do check it out as it’s awesome.
posted 04-28-21 11:25 AM CT (US)     3 / 8  
I would have downloaded this but it's for DE which I unfortunately do not have. I'm planning to get it soon.. whenever I get it downloaded, I will download this one too....
posted 04-28-21 01:56 PM CT (US)     4 / 8  
Where does it say it’s for DE? This is not for DE. It was released almost 20 years ago so way before DE was ever a things. This is for the 1.0c Conqueror edition so you’ll be able to play it on that version or the HD edition.

[This message has been edited by Possidon (edited 04-28-2021 @ 01:56 PM).]

posted 04-28-21 11:08 PM CT (US)     5 / 8  
Okay then downloading now.
posted 04-29-21 04:39 AM CT (US)     6 / 8  
Oh yeah I remember Mark Stoker he made a bunch of AoE1 campaigns.

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posted 04-30-21 05:26 AM CT (US)     7 / 8  
This is not for DE.
Works perfectly fine in DE though!
posted 05-02-21 02:50 PM CT (US)     8 / 8  
oooh, I'll take a look

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