I hesitated putting this here initially as I wasn’t sure it was beatable, but after a couple of attempts I finally was able to finish it. It’s extremely challenging and it’s one of those scenarios you’re either gonna love or hate.
To say anymore might spoil the experience for those willing to slog through this one.
Pontius Pilatus designed this and here’s his intro:
A starting city has been built with little over 800 inhabitants living in grand casae. Six legions have been set up for you, barracks and military academy are working. You can't build them again (disabled, thanks Dragon2), so guard them against attacks. There is a working dock on the northern coast, two trade routes are already opened.
So where is the catch? Water is not easy to get at, so there will be some difficulty achieving the prosperity rate. Study the map carefully and find a way to get water to your planned building site.
The province has only wheat and clay so you must trade for the other commodities and on an enormous map transport will take time, so build with maximum efficiency. Caesar's requests are cumbersome, expect the worst.
Enemies come from the east, Egyptians with camel riders. Local raiders come from the south and west, don't underestimate their speed.
After 20 years things will turn nasty, so if you didn't make it by then consider yourself doomed.