This one was designed by Caesar Clifford and has an interesting premise: setting you up in the middle of nowhere with no money to start with. You’ll need eagle eyes to locate the limited resources on the map. (side note: I didn’t realize an item was actually available until after a request was made by Caesar).
There´s a discussion thread in the forums with more info on the scenario. The saved file here is version 4 which is the final version according to the forum thread.
The Story (by the original author)
Well, I didn't want to see your face again but I can't throw you to the lions yet!!!. So I will banish you to the far reaches of the Empire. In fact it is so far away that no one in Rome has been that far yet. You will develop a small town out the back of beyond. In fact it is nowhere. I know you have a great love of trees but my scouts assure me there are no trees in this particular part of the desert. Also very little water is available. The nearest trade routes available to you are so far away that they will probably charge you double for everything you want to trade. But that is your problem not mine. As well when you start building here you will have a lot of attacks from the local tribesmen. They will resent your presence as we have left them alone until now. I however am willing to place you in danger, this time. Don't however expect the finer parts of the Roman Empire to go with you. The actors and such like will not make the journey to help you out.
The only way you can get back into my good books is to complete this mission. Send me the things I ask you for and try not to get into debt much. And guess what, I am not going to give you any money to start with. You have wasted the last Denarii of mine. So earn your way out and enjoy the sand. Hopefully, you will not arrive back here before I pass to a better place. The doctor gives me 12 years or so. The reason I say this is because my successor, whom you know well, hates your guts more than I do. I want you to struggle under him as well for a while. He will probably double your trade prices again and ask for much more than I will. Now go before I change my mind and send you to the lions.
Master crafted scenario that will test your skills to the limit.
Good balance throughout the whole scenario. You are constantly under invasion threats and trying to make the most of those precious Denarii.
Price changes, requests, invasions and other surprises come at the right pace, constantly pushing you.
Map Design: 4
Not the most interesting but as the description says, it's a barren wasteland. It does give a little bit of leeway in terms of designing your city. It does fullfill its purpose and allows for different defense tactics. Lots of teasers where you just miss one tile to place that structure you want.
You are considered the lowest scum, only worthy of living in the scorching sun without water. Every challenge will be thrown at you but you must handle it.
I constantly felt lost and scared - an absolute pleasure :) Managed to pull it off but the final city is by no means sustainable; it can't pay for itself.
Tips: Carefully decide when it's time to feed people. I don't believe you can reach the goals without importing food and taxes can't pay for it. Place towers close to high ground behind the invasion routes where they will stay protected. You may be able to wait it out and handle all invasions before building your city proper but beware, they keep coming for quite a long time. I kept a stockpile of about 200 furniture to sell in emergencies and for the final push when I started importing both fruit and wheat.