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RF_Gandalf Thanksgiving
A random map script for AOE3
by RF_Gandalf

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Over the river and through the woods, to the enemy village we go!

Thanksgiving is an all-new random map for Single-player or Multiplayer use. This map represents a 'New England' fall or winter (randomly chosen) with lots of turkeys for the harvest, with a few deer, plenty of forest and silver, and fish in the river separating the teams. The map is larger than most of the original, standard ES maps. As in the Amazon map, there is no land connection between the two sides.

The design of this map is to make a more fair, improved 'river' map than the 'Amazonia' map from ES. The starting positions are better randomized, but each side has a trade route and equal number of Native villages (which will be either all Iroquois or all Cherokee). There will be one native village per player. Although for maps with 2 players per team there are 2 Trade Posts per side, if there are more than 4 players total there will be 3 Trade Posts per side.

The food resources on each map vary slightly. There are always 3 'flocks' of turkeys per player - the numbers vary randomly. There are a fair amount of deer but they are scattered in smaller groups than you normally see on other maps. The fall pattern has some berries at the start area, but not the winter pattern. There are fish but no whales in the river.

In my testing this map produces fair, balanced maps for 2 team play for even teams - it will not always place players or starting resources fairly if the teams have unequal numbers. Effective play involves scouting the various resources, Native types, and of course, the enemy, as well as taking control of the water.

NOTE - This map does not support FFA play.

To play this map, the two files (Thanksgiving.xs and Thanksgiving.xml) must be placed in the folder: My Documents\My Games\Age of Empires 3\RM. Please do not place them in the game's install folder - that will not work. When you start up a skirmish game in Single-player or Multiplayer, use the small blue 'Custom Map' button, which allows you to then select one the random maps in that My Games folder from the drop-down window.

Note that the .xml file is updated to give the map description at startup.

Thinking about the upcoming holiday put me in the mood to represent the countryside for the first Thanksgiving, and I have wanted to make a better river type map for some time - this gave me a chance to combine my plans. Hope you enjoy the map.

Feedback appreciated!
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NevadianMan Hey...

First I would like to say how great your RMSs are. They are really well made and always feel and look proffesional. You should be very proud of your work and of how well you have incorporated a good idea into such a well-made RMS.

But Im not posting to review this map. I just wanted to ask how you make RMS for AOE3. If u can't tell me here, thats fine, but could you maybe tell me where I can learn on the net. Maybe send me a email at bngeraint@yahoo.com.au. But please tell me, because I have many ideas for a RMS. Anyway, thanks. Thanks a lot

Dirty_Harry69 Ay i have to say all ur RMS rule!They are well done & i can't wait to play some more of your GREAT RMS keep up the good work!
BeParadise Realy nice RM i like to play on it specialy on thanksgiving!
keep up the good work!

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