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The Outpost

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This is your first assignment Djadao. Pharaoh Khufu has faith in you, this Pharaoh is wise, he would not have sent you, if he did not believe you would make it. The region is peaceful, Egypt is peaceful, trade is flourishing. Grab this opportunity with both hands and bring this mission to a success.

The scouts of the Pharaoh picked a perfect spot for your outpost. It's close to an oasis, close to the sea, it has rich floodplains and still it's conveniently close to the needed resources. Pharaoh has heard rumours, rumours about upcomming revolts. The peace of Egypt must not be disturbed and if it is, Egypt must be prepared. Send the Pharaoh 40 kopeshes, so he can equip his army. Send the Pharaoh 50 jugs of Turquoise, so his supply will be sufficient even when war does break out. To raise Pharaoh´s prestige, send 3 Large statues for his magnificient tomb.

Pharaoh Khufu wants you to be prepared for everything. To protect this valuable outpost, build a small fort north of it. Supply it with soldiers, weapons and food. The glory of Egypt is known throughout the world and with fame, comes jealousy. You must be prepared, Pharaoh must be prepared, Egypt must be prepared because the peace we love so much, will not last forever.

Many thanks to squeaker_al for testing!
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Map Design5.0
Playability: 4
Initially it was great fun with varied requirements and a need to get a lot of prestige early for the number of educated workers needed. The turquoise and large statues were fine as were the battles abroad.

However, the khopeshes held everything up. Maybe I should have started them sooner, but until I built a mini city near the copper & tin mines I was waiting years and years with, if I was lucky, 1 being produced a year. It did give me time to build 5 or 6 pyramids though.

I've rated it 4 as it was partly my fault it took so long.

Balance: 4
Balance was OK. I played it on hard difficulty and had to think about my priorities all the way through.

It was very hard to get much prestige early on for all the overseers & other educated workers needed. There are very few opportunities to erect a stele and I would have liked more, especially early on.

Creativity: 3
Difficulit to know how creative it is when it's the first download so have given it the average.

Map Design: 5
The map is beautifully designed - the mountain ridges and passes with mines and quarries; the dry water-course; generally functional yet still nice-looking.

Story/Instructions: 4
Sufficient and interesting. Made me want to play the map.

Additional Comments:
I was surprised that limestone/fine limestone didn't need a barge landing ... it seemed strange arriving on a donkey.

Congrats on having the first download - and such a playable one.

[Edited on 12/09/04 @ 01:28 PM]

Map Design5.0
It took me all day (16 hours real time) to finish this scenario. Usually I don't play non-stop, but I really wanted to stay with this one. I would have liked it to last longer. I've kept it going as a sandbox, but I get bored if there are no goals to meet...

Playability: 5

The scenario worked with no problems. It was a challenge to figure out what had to be done or did not need to be worried about and where to put who... I do plan to play it again really soon, tomorrow if I have time.

Balance: 4

I played it on Normal Difficulty and found it to be challenging without being impossible. I didn't ever have to start over but did have a few rough years. I'd like to try 'Hard' next.

Creativity: 3

I would have given it a 5 on this except that I've played some other user created scenarios that used more of the design tools (ones that even the official game never used). I also would have liked to see more of a military challenge. And I did finish it in only 16 hours. Most others I've played have taken me weeks or months to finish. I would like to see it fleshed out a bit.

Map Design: 5

Love the map! After some initial irritation at not having full control I found the camera angles to be perfect and better than I've ever seen before. This is the first scenario that had me wanting to watch my children close up as they went about their daily tasks - the scenery really is that good. I even ignored the chance to build more farmers or more educated workers several times because I wanted to travel with someone. The terrain on the highlands is spectacular! At one point I actually heard myself warn an overseer not to fall off the cliff!

Great scenario EmperorJay!
Ashen it wont work for me,I put it in the right folder, idk whats wrong. do you need the patch for it to work?
Dean McCullough Same problem here... I'm assuming you do need the patch for it to work.

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