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The Legend of the Black Riders

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Game Version: TWC
By Kakulukia
Tested by Ultra Jannisary

This is what happened before 'steel'(by ensemble studios). When Amelia wass assigned the job of
building railroads in the northern regions,she encounters the legendary black riders.
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Official Reviewer
Map Design4.0
Playability: 5
This is a fun and somewhat challenging scenarios.
It's fun to play with the 1500 HP black riders.

Balance: 4
Balance is good overall.
A bit on the easy side.
You can take your time building your army and the AI doesn't pose any serious threat.
The Hussars deploying outside my TC is a bit unrealistic.
The AI should deploy them at his TC and then send them to attack.

Creativity: 4
Nice scenario. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nice none the less.

Map Design: 4
Map design was good, but there was not much eye candy.

Story/Instructions: 4
Good story and instructions, although I still don't understand exactly the story behind the black riders. Who were they? where did they come from? and why they came to the rescue?

Additional Comments:
Overall, nice and fun scenario.
Good job.


Where did you find the "Load Scenario" effect?
Is that from Reyk's Editor?

[Edited on 03/28/07 @ 01:03 AM]

File Author
Thanks for the advice. The Black Riders don't come to the rescue. Although the Scenario is based on Amelia, I thought it would be fun if you were the bad guys. Usually I just try out or go through all the effects once in a while and found the "load scenario option".
I've also posted what happens AFTER steel. will be there soon.
Official Reviewer

Hi Kakulukia,

The “Load File” effect you are using to load the second and third scenarios is not an official effect, so I don’t have it in the editor.
I asked around and other designers haven’t heard about it either.

Many designers would love to use this effect so your help in this regard will be most appreciated.

The “Load File” effect might be in the typetest.xml file in C:/program files/microsoftgames/AOE3/Trigger folder.

If there are any other XML files in this folder, then the effect may be in one of those files.

Can you do me a favor?
Can you ZIP all the XML files from the C:/program files/microsoftgames/AOE3/Trigger folder and email me the file to MosheLeviM@aol.com
It has to be a ZIP file to prevent the XML data from being corrupted.

Thank you for your help,

Moshe Levi
Map Design3.0
Playability: 4
This is IMO your strong point. It was fairly exciting to have 20-something Black riders. I also enjoyed your cine's...

Balance: 3
It was very predictable. The Uhlans kept spawning in the same spot right outside my town. Also you should have thought about varying the enemy forces that harass me, like add some artillery or something.

Creativity: 3
Not a bad idea at all. I wish you would've have taken it a step further but it was good nonetheless.

Map Design: 3
It looks just like an rms except for all the gold you stuck around the town.

Story/Instructions: 3
This is what lacked the most. It was also the category that had the most potential. The Black rider idea was a good idea. The opening cine was very suspenseful and left me wanting more but you didn't fulfill that in parts 2 and 3.

Additional Comments:
Definitely a very good idea. I wished you would have developed it further and then released it.
Ultra_Janissary poindexter, You were right, and I'll post another version with the same opening cutscene.
File Author
Ultra_Janissary was my lil' bro's ID nvm that.
File Author
Come to think of it... I got no ideas for it.
Darthcast Deleted review. Sorry, I guess it was to negative.

Playability: 2
I didn't had much fun playing this. Mainly because it was so ridiculously easy. BTW, it seemed the AI wasn't enabled for the CPU enemy.

Balance: 2
There was no challenge at all. I'll still give you a 2, because it was possible to defeat the enemy and maybe someone who plays AoE for the first time might be able to lose.

Creativity: 3
I liked the idea to start with many strong black riders and that you are the bad guy. There wasn't anything special apart from this.

Map Design: 2
The map looked much worse than a random map, imo.
Also, the hussars were all spawned on one point (unit create multi). That looked stupid. I think unit create multi is okay if you want to spawn a few non-military units or something once or twice... but for an army, you should use army deploy.

Story/Instructions: 3
The cinematics were ok. Story was good enough, although a little weird. However I didn't like that you weren't told to conquer the western town instead of destroying it. Therefore I destroyed some parts of it before I defeated the guards and conquered it.

Additional Comments:
I'm sorry to give you such a bad review. If you decide to released a new, fixed version, I'll play it again and edit my review.

[Edited on 04/22/09 @ 08:37 PM]

cmeb4uleave I went from 20 blackriders to none every time I played and saw no legend material there. Just got a sound beating each time. What is the legend? It surely can't be how tough they are, because they weren't. I played it in every expansion I could with same result--a sound beating. I must be doing something wrong but no clue as to what.
cmeb4uleave Figured out that as long as I kill all those pike men and highlanders that I get the TC. Then it's just a matter of building up resources, getting the factory and kicking the miners with cannons.

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