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Fortress Europa

Author File Description
caius75
File Details
Ruleset: AoW: SM - Unofficial Patch 1.4
Map Size: XL
Levels: 3
Single Player?: Yes
Co-Op vs. AI?: Yes
PBEM/Hotseat?: Yes
Multiplayer Online?: Yes
# of Wizards: 8
# of players: 8
Skill Level: Advanced
Password Protected: No
Journey to an alternate universe where heroes of fact and fiction journey across time and space to do battle. Command vast armies as they clash across the continent of Europe. Challenge god-like beings such as Odin and Zeus - defeat them and their powers are yours to control!

Map Features:
-Over 150 custom heroes each with their own personal missions and/or special abilities
-Over 50 additional quests triggerable in game
-Loads of custom items, from the Holy Grail to the Necronomicon
-34 Custom Wizard pics

Disclaimer: Although the ESRB has not deigned to give this scenario a rating, it would undoubtedly be an "M". Therefore, if you cannot normally play an "M" rated game, you should not download this scenario.

This scenario uses Smitty's Custom Wizards mod pack, available here:
http://aow2.heavengames.com/downloads/showfile.php?fileid=819
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PiCloudnine
Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance4.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
This is by far the funnest map I have ever played!! I really had no idea what I was in for when I started it yesterday, but I have played nonstop ever since... I have tried out all the different starting wizards (playing at least until turn 60) and have yet to get the same heroes. The author is not kidding when he says over 150 heroes--and each have their own personal quest!!! I could play for a year and still not play the same game. Very, very cool.

Balance: 4
Having such a different experience each time I played, made it hard to rate this category. There were a couple times I died early on, but when replaying I was able to not make the same mistakes. That said, maybe the balance should get a 5 because it's just hard sometimes (nothing wrong with a good challenge!). I would hate it if it was too easy anyways. One time (out of the 12 or so times I started) the AI defeated another computer controlled character on turn 13 and I was tempted to restart thinking that would negatively affect balance later on. I think I'll have to play it a LOT more to really get a feel on the right rating here. I really like how the game continues to increase in difficulty as my heroes and wizard get stronger. It honestly is exciting from start to finish! Oh wait, did I say finish? I'm still playing....

Creativity: 5
If I could give a ten here I would. Completely original, this map really made me laugh when I was playing hotseat with friends. We had Mad Max battling Henry V outside Arrakis for rights to challenge the SandWorm when the Alien and Don Corleone rounded the corner and nailed us both. Simply hilarious, man. Big tip of the hat.

Map Design: 5
Absolutely nothing wrong here. No bugs found yet, no inaccessible areas (unless you aren't the intended hero for that quest of course), some very beautiful areas, and great teleport placement all contributed to this rating. At first the mafia (i.e. the Dark Elves) gave me problems because they can pop up to infiltrate most major cities, but isn't that appropriate?? I really like how accurate the city placement is to a real Mediterranean map, and yet all fantasy/sci-fi/fictional areas completey fit right in.

Story/Instructions: 5
Again, fantastic. This map gives the player a lot of freedom which is how I like to play. I'm not required to follow the author's plot. If you do, though, it's worth it. DEFINITELY read your signs as you go. The hero quests are vague enough to be a good puzzle, but I eventually figured out everybody I ever recruited. The questing is more fun than actually winning the game;) Some heroes' tasks are easier than others, but the tough ones give better rewards. Not a strong story, but that's because the game is so different every time you play based on the heroes you get. The detail to everything (the instuctions, signs, quests etc.) is incredible. The AI completed its quests too, which impressed me. I haven't noticed any typos and the cleverly worded (or just plain funny) events are great.

Additional Comments:
Awesome map, completely recommend this to everyone! Oh, except for the young 'uns of course... Pay attention to the "M" rating the author gives. I'll keep my eyes open for your next map Caius75!!!
Joe_Black666
Rating
2.8
Breakdown
Playability3.0
Balance3.0
Creativity2.0
Map Design3.0
Story/Instructions3.0
Playability: 3
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Balance: 3
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Creativity: 2
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Map Design: 3
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Story/Instructions: 3
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Additional Comments:
Funny map but not really innovative only for heroes (hitler, reagan...) not my cup of tea
no good story
Not a bad map but not an excellent map
IMO a fantasy world will be better than a real world.
But with a buzz in the mouth, this map is prety good yeah !
v1b3z
Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design4.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
Bizzare is good. i cant stop playing this map. Is at present the only map i play. Is very very tricky. So far i hadnt lost to the a.i when playing this game. This map changed that.

Balance: 5
Seems balanced, just tougth.

Creativity: 5
Must be the most creative map i have played. the heroes are brilliant and often make me smile. I have never played a fantasy game that has had me on the enterprise attempting to prevent a breach of starflight regulations...
has to be played to be belived.

Map Design: 5
Many varied and oftentimes bizzare locations for a fantasy game add to the interest. Is an acid dream of europe.

Story/Instructions: 5
Each hero has there own story and quest. And each wizard has there own overall goal. With 150 heroes the story is different evry time you play.

Additional Comments:
I love this map. Its sick at times but in a fun way. I would thoroughly reccomend it to anyone. Not for kids though. Great art however! If you make more maps dude im gonna play them. Great stuff! I dread to think how long it took.

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Rating
4.1
Breakdown
Playability4.3
Balance4.0
Creativity4.0
Map Design4.0
Story/Instructions4.3
Statistics
Downloads:2,270
Favorites: [Who?]0
Size:6.63 MB
Added:06/10/07
Updated:06/12/07