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Battle of Thermopylae

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Difficulty: Moderate
The history of the battle of Thermopylae, lead king Leonidas of Sparta to defend Greece from the attacks of king Xerxes of Persia.
This is my first scenario, I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed making it!

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Richard Ames
Map Design4.0
Playability: 2

Battle of Thermopylae is a small FF scenario depicting the battle between the invading Persians under Xerxes being held back by the Spartans. It is a short and simple scenario, but I enjoyed it. The gameplay and objective did limit the scenario a little.

Balance: 2

I was able to win on my first go, with my starting troops. Tactics are involved in the fighting, since the enemy can easily lure you out into the open and maul you if you lose your patience. Perhaps making the loss condition that your commander must not die would help here. Keep in mind though that I’m fairly experienced at FF scenarios, so it won’t necessarily be easy for all downloaders.

Creativity: 2

The scenario was interesting how you don’t aim to beat the whole army, in fact you are on the losing side, fighting only to delay the Persians. The gameplay was quite linear though, and a needs a little more diversity. The map design shows some individual style.

Map Design: 4

The map looks nice from the first screen, and stays that way throughout. Good use of tight paths to restrict the enemy numbers, and some hidden secrets as well.

Look to use a bit more terrain brush trees, and mix them skillfully with the Gaia ones. The terrain brush is good for getting a nice shape to forests, before jazzing it up a bit with some Gaia trees. The snow could be improved a bit as well, with a thicker covering to hide the horse shape. A realism thing you could improve is the water paths. This is very good map design for a first scenario.

Story: 4

Finally we come to the strongest area. The story was good, portraying this historical event well, and with a generous history section which I enjoyed reading. It seems an odd coincidence that I was reading about Greek history only today. The bitmap, like the map design, is a good effort for a beginner.

Overall: 2.8

This scenario is a strong first effort. Flesh out the gameplay with a bit more diversity and your future designs will score strongly.

[Edited on 01/24/06 @ 02:54 PM]

Map Design2.6
Playability: 3.3
The Battle of Thermopylae depicts the battle between the invading Persians under Xerxes being held back by the Spartans. A short simple scenario, but enjoyable none the less. I liked having to search out and eliminate the enemy without being drawn into a full-scale battle.
Balance: 2.8
Unlike another reviewer I was not able to win on my first try as I was drawn in to battle with my starting troops and destroyed right off the bat. I liked having a different way to travel so on my third try I split my forces and accomplished my task.
Creativity: 3
I also liked how you didn’t have to defeat the whole Persian forces to win and that after you achieved your goal you did not have to sacrifice yourself to win. The secret was well hidden and found if looked for. I used this once and only as sacrifice to get around my enemy. Good paths to follow with minimal interference from the Persians. I found one issue and that was the use of axe men and simple archers. Other than that a good scenario.
Map Design: 2.6
The bitmap is a good effort for a beginner. The map looks nice but is plain for my tastes. As I said I liked the tightness of the paths to restrict the enemy numbers. The snow was really not needed but since it was there more coverage to disguise the horse shape. As stated it is very good map design for a first scenario and with practice it will improve I am sure.
Story/Instructions: 4
Not much to add here with this new found interest in Sparta because of a certain movie I intend to check all campaigns and scenarios along these lines. What I can say is this is the meat and the strongest area. The story portrays this historical event well, and with a generous history section, which was very good, and I enjoyed reading.

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