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El Cid, King of Valencia

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Game Version: AoE3+TWC+TAD
Version 1.02 (08/26/09):
-Gate bug fixed (thanks to As_Saffah for finding it)
-Moderate version is now a bit easier
-Monitors and Frigates cannot be trained anymore

Version 1.01:
-Attackers bug fixed
-Uploaded the right intro video.

What kind of scenario is this?
This is a remake of an official scenario from Age of Empires 2: The Conquerors.
It uses a ranking system. After you won the scenario, you will be given a rank and a title depending on how good you played.

Genre: Defend the fort
First you need to find Valencia, you can do several secondary objectives on the way, or just go to Valencia immediately. If you skip all other objectives, the scenario will be more difficult (of course). You have 15 minutes to find Valencia.
After your arrival in Valencia, you have to defend the fort for 30 minutes.
Therefore the scenario is 35 to 45 minutes. It has a high replay value due to the ranking system.

The player controls El Cid who is Spanish. Since this is a remake which takes place in the middle age, only few gunpowder units appear. The player can only get 8 cannons in the whole game. You cannot build gunpowder units. Instead you can upgrade crossbowman to Besteiros at the church, train and upgrade hoopthrowers, cavalry archers, sowars and rams.
The enemy will only train few artillery units too.

Important gameplay hints, please read
  • Since many people will join El Cid when they see him (or believe they see him), you should go to the people and towns with him, and not only explore with other units.
  • It is more difficult if you skip or fail the secondary objectives and arrive in Valencia without an army. However, if you fail to save Denia, people will hear of The Cids bad luck and join him in Valencia (so it's still not to difficult even if you mess up a bit at the beginning).
  • You cannot attack Count Berenguers fortress, the walls are invulnerable. You need to defend Valencia to win. You lose if the fort is destroyed.
  • El Cid can mount his horse Bavieca. This is recommended. To mount the horse, go near it. If you want to dismount, you first need to wait 10 seconds, then go near the flag that appeared where the horse was. You can also move the horse and mount it somewhere else, but you cannot move the flag.

    Difficulty: Hard/Moderate, 2 opponents (one AI controlled, one trigger controlled)

    El Cid was a Castilian nobleman, a military leader and diplomat in the middle ages. He was extremely popular, even more than the Spanish king, and not only popular with Christians, but also with Muslims.
    This scenario is about his greatest accomplishment: He was banished by the Spanish king, but many people joined him until he was mighty enough to conquer and defend Valencia, a Spanish city.
    Please watch the movies (intro and ending) for the whole story.

    How to install:
    1. Extract the zip-archive to your desktop, a new folder or somewhere else you will find all the files and folders included.
    2. Copy "king_of_valencia_1-01.age3Yscn" and "KoV_INTRO.age3Yscn" to "My Documents/My Games/Age of Empires 3/Scenario"
    3. Copy all 4 folders (AI3, avi, Campaign and Sound) to "Program Files/Microsoft Games/Age of Empires III/". If Windows says something might be overwritten, don't worry. Just click yes. Nothing will be overwritten.
    4. Start TAD. (TWC needs to be installed, too)
    5. Click single player -> custom scenario. To watch the intro video, choose "KoV_INTRO.age3Yscn" and to play the scenario choose "king_of_valencia_1-01.age3Yscn"

    Known bugs: If you save a game and reload it, triggers will be deactivated: It is recommended to play this scenario without loading a savegame. This is an AoE3 bug and can only be fixed by Microsoft.

    Feel free to post any suggestions or to point out any mistakes and bugs (even spelling errors and grammatical mistakes).

    Hints (SPOILER!)
    If you like this scenario but can't win no matter how much you try, you can read the following hints.
    Please don't read them if you want to find out everything by yourself. If you really want to read the hints, highlight the text with your cursor to make it visible.

    Q: How am I supposed to gather enough resources to build an army before Denia (first town) is attacked?
    -The resources are already there, you just need to find and collect them with your villagers.
    -There are 2 coin crates, 2 food crates and 3 wood crates hidden in and near the village.
    -Eat the sheep.
    -Research the technology for faster sheep fattening at the farm. It's free.

    Q: What should I do after Denia (first town) is saved/destroyed and before I go to Valencia?
    -Make sure you save the (3) villagers from Denia, let them gather resources immediately.
    -If your Cuirassier survived, it's best to explore the area with him (because he looks like El Cid). Find the fishermen at the far east of the map and the priests to the north of the street (middle of map).
    -Explore the map and look for treasures.
    -If you defended Denia, you already have some heavy infantry. If not, you can soon send a HC card to get some. So start building crossbowmen. 10 would already be more then enough.
    -But don't take too much time before you go to Denia (2. town). Once you queued a few crossbowmen, go there.
    -In Denia, immediately set your HC gather point to the castle. Then send the rods and pikes from your HC.
    -Bring El Cid or the cuir near one of the villagers in Lerida, or south of the temple. The villagers will now also join you.
    -There are two crates hidden in Lerida. One between the trees and one between the berry bushes. Eat them.
    -It would also be useful to train sowars now (from the caravanserai in Lerida).
    -Very soon Lerida will be attacked. Position your heavy infantry between the castle and the outpost, so the attackers can't come in. Position your crossbowmen behind them. Position your cavalry near the left gate, so they can get out fast and attack from behind.
    -After the attack, if you still have time left before you have to arrive in Valencia, continue gathering treasures and exploring the map. To gather the treasures in time, it's best to split up your army. Cavalry can attack the light infantry guards and infantry can attack the cavalry/heavy infantry guards. Since El Cid cannot collect treasures, collect them with villagers but make sure not to let them standing around idle.

    Q: What is the best ranking I can get?

    Q: I can't get enough ranking points. How do I get them?
    -El Cid should not die. Not even once.
    -Save the cuirassier at the beginning. He doesn't have to survive through the whole scenario, though - just kill the attackers before he dies.
    -Save all three villagers from Denia (this is also a secondary objective).
    -Kill the army that attacks Denia and save the town before the church or barracks are destroyed (this is also a secondary objective).
    -Let the fishermen, the Spanish priests and both villagers in Lerida (2. town) join.
    -Either the caravanserai (stable) or the castle in Lerida (second town) must not be destroyed (this is also a secondary objective).
    -Destroy Berenguers town outside his city walls (this is also a secondary objective).
    -Play on hard difficulty.

    Q: Any hints how to defend the fort long enough?
    -Berenguer will start to attack Valencia when you arrive there. Not a minute earlier. This means you should not arrive at Valencia too early. Use your time (less then 15 minutes) to build up an army.
    -If you defend Denia and Lerida at the beginning, you can already train an army before you arrive at Valencia.
    -Collect the treasures.
    -Use the 4 culverines from your HC and the cannons from the age up politicians to your advantage.
    -In this scenario, sowars are cheaper than usually. They will also be upgraded when you send the Spanish cards to improve lancers. And you will always have a free mansabdar. Therefore they'll be your best melee cavalry.
    -Wood is easy to get. Use it to build fishing boats.
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    AuthorComments & Reviews   ( All | Comments Only | Reviews Only )
    Mister SCP
    hm Door bug occurs currently 1 time of four playing times (the first time).

    PS I hate Apache Raiders :P

    To create such a hc could take up 30 mins to 2 h
    if yu want you can also post a list and i create such a deck for you (make notes if you need age and limit changes)

    [Edited on 08/07/09 @ 11:58 AM]

    File Author
    Thanks for the offer, but I better try it myself. You have enough to do creating all the neat triggers and (hopefully) finishing your scenario. ;)
    Of course if I have a question I'll ask at the forum.
    LOL @ Apache Raiders... Originally they were Oprichnik which look really cool imo. But it didn't work because my army is (almost) dead condition uses population to check if a new army should be sent. So I had to replace them with Apache (because they don't take pop space), but I renamed them to "Weird Guy". :D

    As_Saffah, I thought you didn't like it because of the rating you gave me. ;) I'm glad to hear you still had fun playing it.
    Is there a way that you would give me a slightly better score? It's not because of the Scenario Design Competition (I mostly participate to get reviews anyway), but with an overall rating below 4, I fear not many people will try my scenario out.
    I would fix that gate bug, but the bug does never occur when I play it. Maybe this is because there are many triggers activated at once when you arrive at Valencia and this might cause problems with a slow computer - however my computer is also very (very) old.
    So the only thing I could think of is a belt-and-braces approach: I could change the gates to cinematicblocks and back again a second time a few seconds after Valencia is found.

    Also, did you say the walls/gates were not destroyable or were you talking about the few walls on the right side that do not convert?
    Because I did not make any of the walls invulnerable (of course).
    Mister SCP
    Thanks for the offer, but I better try it myself. You have enough to do creating all the neat triggers and (hopefully) finishing your scenario. ;)

    Lante works currently on my scenario as Map Designer (This is the second day I think). Secondly you have surely no experience and I have it :P.

    If you still want do it keep in mind:
    1.You need one of these Files which has a size of ca 50kb like "homecityspanish" with 46kb (Campaign Folder). With The files from your Savegame folder it don't work
    2.I have an "example file" - a modded russia deck with colonial milita in age 1,shrine wagons, cheap outposts-card (ottoman) and a unlocked factory

    [Edited on 08/08/09 @ 04:06 AM]

    kasou Unable to play. I get message saying i have wrong version of TAD although I have all updates(Ensemble updates)installed and no MODs
    File Author
    Thanks Mister SCP, but I guess I have to learn it eventually because it would improve most of my (planned) scenarios (most of them have modified civilizations). But again, thanks for the offer, I really appreciate it. If I change my mind, I know where to find you. ;)

    kasou, are you sure you have the latest patch installed, because the last patches were released just recently (6/10/09).
    Also, you need to have 'The Asian Dynasties' AND 'The Warchiefs', only Asian Dynasties will not be sufficient.

    I'm not sure if you have to install patches for only TAD or for all 3 games (Aoe3, TAD and TWC).
    If you really have the latest TAD version, try out installing patches for TWC and AoE3.

    Please post again if this does not fix it.
    As_Saffah I've made changes to my review in light of your update. Thanks!

    (Oh and is it just me or is that one guy saying "Berenguer is attacking" really annoying? He sounds like Akbar XD)

    [Edited on 09/01/09 @ 09:35 AM]

    File Author
    Thanks for updating the review!

    LOL, glad to hear that you noticed that guy. xD
    I also thought he was annoying, but in a funny way... that's why I used it several times... Originally I wanted a certain villager to say it and trigger it only if he still is alive, but I didn't find an alternative sound to use.

    I don't know if he sounds like Akbar though because I have the German version of TAD...
    BTW I got the English version of AoE2 because of the remake(s), and I was surprised that IMO the German voice actors are a lot better than the original ones (especially the voice actors for the movies, even though Cuauhtemoc pronounces some things wrong :D).

    [Edited on 09/11/09 @ 08:34 AM]

    longbow56 I got big problem: can't set HC shipment point at all. HC window is empty, and the shipment
    point is blacked out in the castle, TC, even i was building new tower and new TC. I tried to revolt too but nothing..

    So without shipments i tried to hold on, (about
    five minute left for the 30 min) but without
    culv or cannon is just impossible.

    You mentioned the sheep fattening tech on the farm. I don't have that, just normal farm upgrade...?

    Any idea?
    longbow56 Just one more: Age up politician: Pike+crossbow to fortress, And 5Lancer to imp. No cannon i can choose.
    File Author
    Wow, you held out 25 minutes without any shipments? That's quite an accomplishment! Not bad. ;)

    First of all, do you have AoE3, TWC, TAD and the latest patch installed?

    =====================longbow56 wrote====================
    I got big problem: can't set HC shipment point at all.
    Well, if everything's right with the scenario, you should be able to send HC shipments as soon as you got the Castle (TAD building) in the second town, selected it and clicked on the button to set the HC shipment point.

    =====================longbow56 wrote====================
    HC window is empty
    What do you mean by that? Even if the scenario wasn't installed properly, the game would just give you a "standard" HC instead of the correct one.
    So you did "visit" the Homecity (by clicking on the flag) and it showed an empty window?

    =====================longbow56 wrote====================
    You mentioned the sheep fattening tech on the farm.
    I don't have that, just normal farm upgrade...?
    The farm upgrade I'm talking about in the spoiler section is the one you can get from the native (TWC) farm in the first town. The other farm buildings (European mill and Asian rice paddy) don't have that free upgrade.
    But maybe I already activated it on easy difficulty or something... I don't remember, but I'll check that later.

    =====================longbow56 wrote====================
    Just one more: Age up politician: Pike+crossbow to
    fortress, And 5Lancer to imp. No cannon i can choose.
    This sounds like the homecity file isn't used by the scenario (wrong folder maybe).

    Did you install the scenario properly? If you visit the HC, is it a "standard" HC with only a few cards, or a higher level one with more cards and a name? Because if it only has few cards, the homecity file that came with the download might not be in the correct folder.
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