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Week #24 - Stronghold Crusader

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Your challenge is: Play the map "Endless Invasion" - and see how long you can hold out! The user who survives the longest will win!

 

 

Please save as close to the end as possible, and upload your saved game in your .zip file here

 

Note: Your entry must be attached to this topic by Midnight on Saturday to be counted in this challenge (18/6/16 23:59). If no entry is attached (via .zip) then your entry will not be counted! The results will be revealed on Sunday.

 

Good luck everyone!


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Well, I have not answered here, but I intend to give it a try.

 

As I understand it, this it not about actually winning this mission, but about holding out as long as possible.

Of course, if you can win it, you will be the absolute champion. :)

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Glad to hear that, the mission is indeed interesting.

 

You are correct, as far as I got it, the mission would never be won, I guess it doesn't have any winning condition, or it has one which can't be accomplished. I wasn't looking into that.

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Let's say I would be able to survive for as long as I want. :P

 

But I suggest to Chris that if nobody else manages to do it like this, to give me and the second one to share the prize for this week. I gave everything to make this result. Let's say that I "went to the dark side". :) I was using tactics which I avoid to use in skirmish or multiplayer games.

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Well, I made it until June 1187 - without the use of "black magic". :)

 

It is are really fun map to play. Easy at first, but then, when your money runs out, the panicking struggle starts.

EaglePrince, if you managed to find a way to somehow survive it indefinitely, I can only applaud you.

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I certainly didn't use anything which hasn't been mentioned here at some moment, but I will tell tomorrow what was it. One thing - from the first moment I knew that I will have to use portable shields, which I avoid to use even in multiplayer games. In my first attempt (after looking around and thinking what are my options) I managed to survive until 1198 I think. And yes, it becomes the most difficult in the moment when you run out of bread. I will tell tomorrow what was the other thing I was doing. The map maker could have easily prevent me from doing what I did though. But one hint, I acted like my government. :)

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Now I took a look into your castle. From what I saw I assume you also had issues with their assassins. In my case too those assassins were acting just like they knew what they were doing - unlike in most of skirmish games I play against Nizar. Those assassins were targeting either one of my towers to take down my archers, either the gatehouse to open it for other troops. That is why after several attacks I decided to use those boiling oil. Flame throwers are usually fine for the task as well, but since they acted so well, they didn't do the job well done as engineers with boiling oil would.

 

Lord Chris, the scenario is awesome!

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Yes, it was the assassins, that broke my back in the end. They reached the towers and killed off my archers. From then on it was beyond recovery.

 

I did use the oilpot on one occasion successfully against a bunch of 10 swordsmen trying to knock down my gate. They got roasted in their armour and I was surprised how effective this trick was. Maybe I am a bit "spoiled" by Crusader 2, where the oilpot is rather useless.

 

Anyhow, Lord Chris, this scenario is indeed awesome.

It would be cool to have more missions of this kind :)

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Yes, fire in general is way more effective in Stronghold 1 and Crusader 1 than in any other Stronghold game. That makes sieges way more interesting in my opinion, I don't understand that new logic of Firefly... Yes, knights are more expensive, and they should be more resilient than other troops, but not against fire, their heavy armors shouldn't make them almost fireproof.

 

So yes, for such reasons I prefer fighting in Stronghold 1 and Crusader 1 more then in any other Stronghold game, and fighting in Stronghold 1 is especially interesting because of slower economy. In both games you can get yourself easily in a bad position, but in Stronghold 1 you need to be even more careful. :)

 

And yes, I agree, more missions such as this one would be great! I liked it way more than "produce as much as you can", or "kill as much as you can", etc... But I don't say those aren't interesting, those are interesting too!

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Well, it seems you both really enjoyed it, great to hear! @Charles of Tours made the scenario, and I'm sure he'll be thrilled to know how much you enjoyed it. :)

 

Unfortunately, both of your games do not load on my PC, 's loads a black screen & [user]eagleprince]'s crashes my game just a second or two after loading it. Could you both post screenshots of your victory defeat screens instead for me?


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Defeat screens ..... well, I have plenty of those to offer. :P

 

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Note that, while it was June when the attacking army entered the keep, it had become July when my lord acually died.

He was truely holding out as long as he could with his last breath.

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You both did remarkably well considering just how difficult this mission was!

 

 

Congratulations to @EaglePrince, for surviving the longest and winning the challenge!


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