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Stronghold Warlords Release Date

Posted on 19th Aug 2020

Just wanted to let you guys know that today Firefly have released a statement on the release of Stronghold Warlords. This won't change the deadline for our competition at all, at least for the moment.

Win a Free Copy of Stronghold Warlords Upon Release!

Posted on 10th Jul 2020

Stronghold Nation Summer Contest 2020

The admin team are delighted to announce our latest competition for 2020, working in partnership with Firefly Studios to provide a free Steam code for Stronghold Warlords, upon release, for the winner of our competition. Welcome, Lords and Ladies, to the Stronghold Nation Summer Contest 2020!


  • 1st place: Free copy of Stronghold Warlords upon release and the Stronghold Kingdoms Starter Pack
  • 2nd place: Free copy of Stronghold Crusader 2 Ultimate Edition and the Stronghold kingdoms Starter Pack
  • 3rd place: Free copy of Space Colony

How it all works

Most Competitions lay out strict ground rules stating what you can and can't do. This one is different. To celebrate the history of the iconic Stronghold series and its newest upcoming release, we have decided to allow entries from any Stronghold game: Stronghold 1, Stronghold Crusader, Stronghold 2, Stronghold Legends, Stronghold 3, Stronghold Crusader Extreme, Stronghold Crusader 2. You can also use any map scenario type from any of the games above.

To enter the competition, your submission must fall into at least one of three categories below, but you can enter more than one category or even all three if you would like to, providing they are all part of the same entry. For each category you enter, you are automatically assigned one bonus point, simply for entering the category. You can only enter the contest once, and only the first entry will be counted if there are multiple entries.

Your submission must be your own work, and it cannot be a file already hosted on our downloads section. It also cannot be an existing file (i.e. it must be created from scratch now & specifically for the competition).

Category A (Easy)

Create an entirely custom scenario/campaign using any scenario type available through whichever game editor you are using. The custom scenario can be of any difficulty level, contain any number of missions, estates, buildings, advanced tricks or tips, modifications, or any other relevant setting. Fire up your imagination as you create your very own Stronghold realm!

Category B (Medium)

Create a historically accurate representation of a geographical region, country or landscape of the far-east, a Castle/invasion from the far-east, a historical battle from the far-east or any other relevant real historical idea from the far-east. Simply create this in the map editor of whichever game you're choosing to enter. You can easily integrate this idea with Category A to enter two categories.

Category C (Hard)

Create a custom modification for the Stronghold game you're using (abiding by the terms of use of the game and site terms and conditions, specifically the part on software modifications). For your modification, make sure to modify the game to be more like the far-east. You might choose to modify a building to go alongside a custom map, or re-skin a unit, create a custom crest, AI Castle, sound files, or more! You might even choose to re-skin the entire game, but this is something for very advanced users :classic_wink: 

If you're entering either category B or C, you may wish to take a look at our series of articles on Medieval Asia by @Crusader1307 so that you can get a better feel for the real historical accuracy of the time period:

Submitting your Entry

To submit your entry, there are two steps involved. Both of these steps must be completed before entries close at 11 PM on Sunday, 6th September 2020 in order for your entry to be valid. You can submit your entry at any time between tomorrow (11th July 2020) and the closing date on the 6th September 2020.

  • Step 1: Upload your file (or files if you would prefer to separate your map, modifications, etc) to the Stronghold Nation downloads section, here. Please note that you must be logged in to use the submission link.
  • Step 2: Email contests [at] strongholdnation [dot] co [dot] uk and provide a URL link to your file(s) hosted on our downloads section, or their respective submission numbers if they are not yet approved- make sure you combine all of this information into a single email. You will receive an automatic response the first time you email this address. You will not receive a second response.

Please clearly state in the email that this is your entry to the competition, and let us know which categories you would like your submission to be considered for.

Scoring and Grading

For each category your entry is valid for, you will receive 1 automatic bonus point simply by entering the category. Each submission will be graded from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), and any bonus points are added to your score (with obviously a maximum of 8 points when the bonus points are considered). The users with the highest three scores will win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, or if there are multiple users with the same score, a random prize draw will determine the order of the winners.

I will be the Competition Administrator and Judge for this competition. The results will be announced as soon as possible after the closing date.

Feel free to ask any questions about the contest in this topic, or, you can also PM me or email me directly on lordchris [at] strongholdnation [dot] co [dot] uk at any time if you'd like to discuss your questions in a safe space. I can advise you what is/isn't within the rules, but I can't tell you what you should do or make a decision for you. That's a decision for you to make :classic_smile:

For a much more detailed breakdown of what is/isn't allowed in your entry, example submissions, detailed guidance and for the exact criteria you will be graded on, take a look at the attached Competition Guidelines PDF attached to this post.

Finally, please note that by entering the competition, you are agreeing to the site's Competition terms and conditions, please read them carefully.

Good luck everyone, & see you on the battlefield! :classic_smile:

Competition Guidelines.pdf