by Felix Hermansson, Tsunami Studios (firstname.lastname@example.org)
22 December 2005
On this map emphasis is on herdables: Players start with an additional livestock pen and a herd of cows. Many more cows can be found all across the map, but there are only few huntables around. Wide, open plains with six trade posts and one or two camps of Lakota or Comanche, limited wood & coin, and high gathering rates for herdables make this an extremely fast and aggressive map.
To install the map, copy both files 'Cattle Barons.xml' and 'Cattle Barons.xs' into the game folder '..\My Games\Age of Empires 3\RM' (NOT into '..\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\RM'!).
You can then play it both in single player or multiplayer mode by checking the 'Custom Map' box on the map selection screen and then selecting it from the pulldown menu.
The map can be played in single player mode, but the standard AI shows some weaknesses there. (It doesn't understand that emphasis is on herdables.)
The map cannot be played 'Nomad' style; players will always start with a TC and a pen.
I would appreciate any honest feedback, good or bad. Please tell me what you liked, what you disliked, and especially, tell me why. If you have any ideas on how to improve it, all the better.
I would appreciate it even more if you did not modify this script without contacting me first.
Please send any comments or questions by e-mail to email@example.com. Oh, and add 'Age of Empires' to the subject and use proper language, otherwise your message will probably be deleted by the spam filter.
UPDATE, March 11 2006:
As patch 1.05 has become available I have updated this script to include a tooltip description for the map selection screen as well as a proper description for the game loading screen.