Hello, my trusted governor.
Rome has established itself on the island of Britannia. Roman culture as well as Roman might is spreading there, but I see a need for a grand capital and base of shipping. This shall be your task, to build the Roman city of Londinium. We have had smaller bases and cities in the area before, but since none of these fits my plans for Britannia, you will start fresh on a tract of land that I have chosen.
Build a large and prosperous city and I shall reward you. You might find the geography to be a bit of a challenge to work around, but you will be able to obtain everything you need to build a flourishing city.
Oh, and I foresee a need for large amounts of marble. To build lavish buildings in other cities in Britannia and in other northern areas of the empire I will require marble, and I am putting you in charge of delivering it to me. Be ready to deliver when I call.
Though any sort of military threat is far from Londinium, you must still build auxiliary forces, ready to be called upon to support my legions should the need arise.
Go forth, governor, and give Britannia a taste of Roman wealth.
Hint: You can fit a total of three marble quarries on the map. So you don’t have to spend 10 minutes looking for the possible spots, I will tell you that they are in the area of the two wolf packs on the map.
Also note that you will have to build a bridge to connect the road to and from Rome.
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This scenario is about logistics. The geography, as mentioned in the instruction, is such that commodities must be transported over large distances in order to develop your housing to the level as needed for the prosperity rating, which makes this map rather difficult. With only a modest amount of planning I did not succeed in meeting the prosperity rating at my first try. It is a nice puzzle, definitely solvable, but think before you begin. I played at hard.
Hesitated whether I should not give a 5 here. There is not much action in this map, so it becomes a bit dull in getting all the 12.000 people in.
Nothing on the military side, focus is on the logistic puzzle mainly. There are a few surprises I won't reveal, but they add little, for me that is.
Nice that such a relatively empty map can still pose an interesting challenge, and one of a type that is not common in the download section.
Map Design: 3
The empty kind of map does have its downside here. With not too much effort it could have had a more "natural" look. Some natives and a badly designed city to start with would have made it more attractive
Good story with clear instructions. In rereading I found some pointers I had missed, very much to my detriment, though it did not interfere with the result. An explanation of the strange geography would have been nice.
Additional Comments: A fun map to play, even if I didn't succeed at my first try. Maybe that is in fact a compliment to the designer. Novice players may find it difficult to finish, but if you know how to calculate prosperity, you can do this. A 3.6 rating in my book is pretty good, hope we see more from this designer. If I can be of assistance in making that happen, don't hesitate to ask.
It is fun! The 12k population is no biggie! I easily put in 15k people there
The only reason you don't have 5 here is lack of military activity. The map is fun. Insert iron and/or weapon import, and start the invasions.
Nicely thought, I like it
Map Design: 4
Put in some variety. I understand why you haven't put trees on the lower side... but do something, it is way too empty.
They are more the OK
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The marble thingie was superb! I loved every moment of it, you should've kept goin' the requests, with larger and larger amount.
Ah, and the pottery! You got me there. I was counting on that for export, hahahaha....
Like I mentioned above, put in some military activity for more fun.
The lack of trees makes too empty the map, you should think of something to replace them (maybe some elevations, a river, sheep, maybe wolves...)
Requirements are just fine, I managed easily to fit in 15k population, with room at least for 2k more.
So, after some military and improvement on the look I'll gladly give you a full 5.