Posted on 01/19/23 @ 03:11 AM
The year is 46 BCE, there may be a new calendar, but Dictator Julius Caesar, is an aging man.
Caesar has declared a series of military veterans colonies be established in the recently conquered lands of the Helvetia (modern day Switzerland).
You have been selected for the privilege of establishing one such colony for military veterans.
This particular colony is to be called Pennelucos, and will be positioned where the mountain pass from the Alps descends into a plateau at the south-eastern edge of the great lake Lacus Lemanus (modern day lake Geneva).
Although the region as a whole is ill suited to richer crops, the riverside does provide some land suitable for farming.
Alternatively, the river and lake are both blessed with bountiful fish.
Connecting the northern region of Transalpine Gaul and Italia, the road through this region should see much trade in coming years.
Trade to which the colony is expected to contribute. The surrounding mountains are rich in timber, iron and marble; resources which are perpetually in demand.
Expect to provide supply of both fine arms and marble, frequently, and in good measure.
Some conflict with whatever remnants of the local barbarian tribes remain hidden away in the mountain's uppermost reaches when the colony is first set up is to be expected.
However, it is to the north that the more significant and long term threats are anticipated.
The colony is expected to contribute to the empire's northern defense against, and eventual push into, Germania, until it too is brought under our rule.
May Mars smile upon you.
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Posted on 01/20/23 @ 05:33 AM
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What a map. I liked this one a LOT! First of all, it plays in my home country :D There are various other reasons:
- The eco together with the very tight time limit provided a real challenge (at least for me:)). There is just enoguh export available so that you can make progress.
- You can’t just stay with tent labour forever and wait out the attacks. You need to get up a big block to SI quickly, so that you can tax them and let your prosperity grow early. If you over pop and can’t tax at a constantly high level, your doomed.
- There is a lot of space so that you can deal with the attacks by moving your units around. I like those fights a lot more than just towering them down at a corner.
- I liked the additional challenge of not having plaza, statues and the forum. Luckily you can get a couple of triumphal arches for your patricians. The grand temples helped here too. No forum always means, that you have to plan where you want to get your first big SI taxing block.
- Some import is needed to even get up to SI. I think to have clay not locally available, is always a nice problem to deal with.
Map Design: 5
Who doesn’t like the coast of lake Geneva :)
Thanks a lot for this map Blobber. I really enjoyed this one! I think with a little pre knowledge of the first 2-3 attack spots, this is a map that can also be played/solved on stream?
Thank you, Mathieu.
Posted on 01/21/23 @ 03:06 AM
The hope was that the hint about "conflict with whatever remnants of the local barbarian tribes remain hidden away in the mountain's uppermost reaches when the colony is first set up" and that the in map natives are in the east, would let the player know to expect them from the east. As long as you don't build right next to the edge points I think it should be beatable on stream. I did, but then again I had some practise testing it a couple of times before to work out the speed the attacks can grow and for the requests, as well as how tight to set the 'months till defeat' date, to be, hopefully, challenging, but not unreasonable.