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Herakleopolis

Author File Description
speysider
File Details
Difficulty: Very easy
Population goal: 1000
Culture goal: 15
Monument goal: 59
Kingdom goal: 100
Minimap:
.MAP and .txt files included. DO NOT EDIT ANY OF THESE DOCUMENTS!!!!!!! Otherwise, the mission won't work!
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okism Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Keep'em coming. I thought no one was maikng maps anymore.
speysider
File Author
A few updates have been done to .map file and .txt file. Will post next week.

Note: Make sure that you do not open a trade route with Abu (Elephantine) on the updated .map file, unless your troops couldn't dispatch the enemy at Mersa Gawasis.
speysider
File Author
does anyone know how to make a minimap of your city?
speysider
File Author
URGENT MESSAGE: anyone who has downloaded the recent version of Herakleopolis must delete the save game file and start again by re-downloading the updated file from the site from Monday next week, because I made a mistake by not allowing Mersa Gawasis to trade or buy anything!!!!!!!
speysider
File Author
An update has been made, so you can re-download this file
joshofet
Rating
2.8
Breakdown
Playability2.0
Balance2.0
Creativity4.0
Map Design3.0
Story/Instructions3.0
One big warning, I played the scenario in Cleopatra and it turns out it is not playable beyond difficulty level Easy there. With only musicians and jugglers, the highest level housing at difficulty hard is common residence, and spacious residence at normal making the mission unplayable at those levels. Of course the player has the option to complete all other criteria at any level, and change to easy just to obtain the required housing quality. Prosperity is no problem.

Another generic comment, there is too much information to be dealt with up front, there is too much direction, leaving less freedom for the player, and there are too many surprises. Save often if you want to prevent having to go back a long while. There are some strange features, be prepared for surprises, don't expect the ordinary.

Second warning: there may be some spoilers ahead, but then again, the designer gave away quite a few himself ...

I normally don't write a review before I finish the whole scenario, but this one is just becoming too tedious. That seems strange for a very eventful map, but the events a repititious. maybe I will finish the map later and adjust the review if necessary.

Playability: 2
Apart form points mentioned above I mention:
- In the first part of the scenario, 20 years according to the briefing text, there is no way to build on the monuments, while prices for limestone keep rising ...
- attack comes by water, you cannot build warships, disembarkment point is random ...
- important trade goods, limestone and sandstone, don't become available until much later
- some requests are impossible, sandstone when it is not yet available for trade
- Some reactions are disproportional, when I am late (1 month) in supplying requested figs for Byblos, not even part of the empire, I get invaded by Pharaoh. Fortunately, at easy difficulty, the army sent is disproportionally small ;).

Balance: 2
Maybe the overall scenario does have more balance, the first part, the one I played, was all about fighting, pretty easy fighting, but a lot of it. Trade volumes are very large, but there is no need for them in such a small city.

Creativity: 4
I am sure Speysider did his best on this map, I know, I helped him at some stage, but I'm afraid he has been too ambitious. A simpler map would have been more enjoyable, but I couldn't talk him out of it. He sure put in a lot of ideas, pity he didn't spread them over more maps.

Map Design: 3
It's a nice map. Farmland is sparse but sufficient for a small city. As for the heavy fighting, there are a few excellent choke points, giving players who do not (really) want to fight a perfect way out, but again, be aware of surprises ...

Story/Instructions: 3
As I said, there are too many instructions, the story is good. B e sure to read the instructions, the first bedouin attack comes too quickly and is too strong, building a strong army should be your first priority. Don't worry about the kingdom rating, just focus on surviving, which at easy isn't that difficult.

Additional Comments: I am no fan of military scenario's. There are plenty around, and there are plenty games mucg more suited for fighting than Pharaoh. Still there is an audience I guess. If you like a long scenario with much fighting, and don't mind a few strange surprises, this may be your game.

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Rating
2.8
Breakdown
Playability2.0
Balance2.0
Creativity4.0
Map Design3.0
Story/Instructions3.0
Statistics
Downloads:2,092
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Size:79.19 KB
Added:06/28/08
Updated:08/14/08