Defend the Spot Contest 2016


Welcome to the fourth Defend the Spot Scenario Design Competition (DtS competition). Held two years back to back in 2007 and 2008 and then again in 2013, it has been three years since it was held. We hope for many excellent entries. This type of competition is not very difficult, so it is an excellent way for newer designers to show off their creativity. Don't hesitate to join!

So, what is a "Defend the Spot" scenario? Simple. The basic premise that you have to hold out for a while in a limited area against superior forces. The most common type of DtS scenario is a defense of a fortified castle or city against hordes of invaders, but a DtS can be the defense of anything - a forest village, a newly-found treasure, a hill during a surprise attack, the king's ship in the middle of the sea - the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

For good examples of DtS scenarios, check out these scenarios:

Battle of Eilean Donnain - by Lildbehr (winner of the 2013 DtS Competition)
Assault on Killgary - by White Champion (winner of the 2008 DtS Competition)
Defend the Island 4 - by Lord Basse (winner of the 2007 DtS Competition)
Blood of the Bear - by Mashek
The Dogs of War - by Night Conqueror


  • Only one entry per forummer. No teams.

  • There are no restrictions on styles - you can have fixed force, build and destroy, even role playing defend the spot games. Your scenario cannot be wholly a cutscene, however.

  • You may not enter a file that has been previously submitted to the Blacksmith.

  • The game must be a single player game. No multiplayer.

  • The Forgotten and African Kingdoms expansions to the HD Edition are allowed, as is the use of the UserPatch.

  • Any game modifications are allowed. Trigger Studio, data mods, graphics mods, language file edits, and other file modifications are allowed.
  • Deadline:

    All entries must be submitted to the Blacksmith by 11:59 forum time (CST), March 28, 2016. Submit in campaign (.cpx) format.

    Please do not add the prefix "DTS16" to the title of your entries. Instead, please post the tracking number (5-digit file number) of your entry in this thread when you have submitted it.

    Refer to the Scenario Design FAQ if you have questions regarding the uploading of files.


    Traditionally this contest has been a community-led contest. While the staff is hosting it this year, we are encouraging community members to be the judges. If you are interested on being a judge, sign up in the thread.


    1. HockeySam18
    2. Jan dc

    The maps will be judged out of 50 points in the following categories:

    Playability: 15
    Creativity and Story/Instructions: 15
    Map Design: 10
    Balance: 10


    1st Mash - Defence at Lorgan's Watch: 49 + 49 = 98/100
    2nd Al_Kharn the Great Dragon's Head, Serpent's Tail: 46 + 48 = 94/100
    3rd DelCrosB - The Last Temple Stands: 43 + 42.5 = 85.5/100
    4th Darth Sarek - The Three Little Pigs: 45 + 34 = 79/100
    5th MrMew - Cancer of the Mind: 42 + 33 = 75/100
    6th Lildbehr - Battle of Laki Castle: 38 + 33 = 71/100
    7th King Steffen - Battle of Keryna: 34 + 33 = 67/100
    8th cartoon_paperboy - Statements - The Game: 38 + 23.5 = 61.5/100
    9th D4Ra4Aracks111 - The Siege of Luandre: 30 + 15 = 45/100
    10th Muhammad Mirza - The Holy Road: 24 + 15 = 39/100
    11th GranCalabaza - Kizhi Pogost: 16 + 12 = 28/100
    12th HellKnight61 - Robin Hood: 19 + 8 = 27/100

    Congratulations to the winners and all of the contestants on a strong effort!