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An arabic oil baron

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Prefect Marty
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Climate: Desert
Difficulty: Hard
Population goal: 8000
Caesar Augustus asks for a new city on the African shore. It shall be named Caesarea for the glory of Gaius Julius Caesar. And you, former procurator for Gaul, where he had proven himself worthy, are to govern this big province. However, a local nomadic tribe, the Samnites, have an intersection of trade routes nearby, so expect some armed resistance. Rise your army big and mobile, since they are present anywhere you put your feet. You'll also want to have some reserves - you certainly do not want to see one of your trading partners fall under the swords of your enemies, do you? Trade will be crucial, because there is no source of clay and the land is not fertile enough for vines. But olives from northern Africa are the finest, so I will want you to send me some amphorae of olive oil. Good luck to you, procurator!
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Prefect Marty
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I did not mention goals. so they are 70 for culture, 85 prosperity, 80 peace and favor requirement is 90
Senseisan Easy to fullfit in 19_20 years .
Beginning a bit hot ( trade is not the strength of Cesarea , and thanks for the natives ! ), running 100% as soon as a stable patrician conpound gives sufficient taxes income .
( I don't disturb my forts with the invaders , towers doing the job ...)

A good scenario for average players , well balanced ( for my taste ! )
PS Don't try to feed more than 9K ...

Eswen Sigh, I can only dream to be able to play it soon, as I'm overloaded with studying and working now ... :S
It looks interestingly, though.
Map Design4.0
Playability: 3
I probably wouldn't revisit this scenario, although it was interesting to play it. Not that it's a bad map, just I accomplished my target, and I don't think I would have played it very differently if I do decide to redo my city.

Balance: 4
It is not an easy scenario, but I wouldn't expect otherwise, as it is rated as "hard". Few price changes and Rome wages going up balanced it a little bit on the economic side. On the military side I appreciate that invasions were spread enough and near key positions. The culture rating is always a bit clumsy to fulfill ... I don't like to use culture parks, but this is just a preference more than a fault on the designer part.

Creativity: 3
I wouldn't say it's original, but it's not a sack of someone else's idea also. So a fair rating of "average" I think is appropriate.

Map Design: 4
Nice looking, and it's obvious quite a lot of time went into designing an appealing terrain. I like the mountains between the main and one of the secondary food sources, it required a little bit of care when planning my city.

Story/Instructions: 3
Short and instructive, there was almost no story, but gives the player clear expectations and requirements.

Additional Comments:
I finished with 71 culture and 100 prosperity in 30 years. The delay was my bad, I had a big devolution of houses near the end, it seems market ladies didn't think furniture is important enough. Anyway, overall it's a good scenario with some problems to solve, and I think any player of average skill would enjoy it.
Prefect Marty
File Author
I greatly appreciate your review, 257 downloads and still, only you and Senseisan have written any feedback. I will do my best to improve my scenario designing skills, maybe you´re right with the low replayability downside.
PS: If you like my map´s physical apperance, I strongly suggest you to take a look at my newest creation, I´ve played and cuddled with it for almost 4 hours!
Eswen I will certainly try out the forest maze, but I wanted to try your Sarmizegetusa also. Anyway I'll play as soon as I have some time.

PS. I'm also trying to test my newest creation ... unsuccessfully. Two failed attempts now ... once I was broke, the next time I was destroyed by a bunch of barbarians. I fear I overdid it this time ... :)
Prefect Marty
File Author
Hi Eswen
That´s what playtesting is for. Never too late
to add some 500 Dn or weaken some invasions.

[Edited on 04/19/11 @ 12:23 PM]

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