The map was made for the BTOOIC mapmaking contest. The assignment was to make a small map to play tournaments on. Balance was key!
The shadowMagic version adds even more.. some new heroes and races, of course, and also more places to explore.
Goldrush Mountains is a symmetrical map with a wizard in every corner that plays in desert-land. The natural resources of the land are scarce and as you know, few crops can grow on desolate desert.
Gold is precious...
In the middle of a large desert, however, lies a mountain range with plenty of gold!! More than you could ever dream of. If only you could rule these mountains, you would be very powerfull.. Unfortunately, there are more that think that way.
A lot is fixed but that is also the challenge of the map. The map is desert themed and I gave all Wizards Tigrans as a start race for that reason. The sphere is 'Fire' and everyone starts with 'Conqueror'. The undead and Archon races are removed for balancing reasons (A lot of the cities are 'random' and Undead and Archons may give early morale problems that can be too unbalancing).
The frostlings will not be present on a desert map either, of course..
With 9 new Tigran heroes the sand will soon be covered with red again!
Have as much fun playing this map as I had making it! :)
Tip 1: Don't get too 'fevered' on the gold to forget your home defense.
Tip 2: Don't rush in too fast! There may be dangerous guardians ready and waiting.