This scenario I have placed my own map script in - it should serve as a starter for other hard-to-code scenarios. I saved time as well as energy by using this method.
You start with 85-95 villagers, 15-20 miners, 40k resources, 15k XP and 30 Musketeers, 30 Halberdiers, 4 Heavy Cannons, 10 Cossacks, 8 Oprichniks,, 10 Cavalry Archers and a starting navy; you have 5 Town Centers and extra Towers/Outposts. There are 2 Zapotec Posts; there are 11 Trading Posts. You start with a wall, 10 Blockhouses and 2 Forts.
There are Objectives to complete, each with Resource Rewards.
In this scenario you cannot ransom your explorer, but you can rescue him.
Take minimum average 15 minutes to play; you have 50 minutes to win!
To play scenario place -- Russian-Portuguese War V2 and .bak file into My Documents -- My Games -- Age of Empires III -- Scenario
Chomps 4 place into Program Files (86x) -- Steam -- Steam Apps -- Common --
Age of Empires III -- bin -- Campaign
Added .bak file
This scenario requires this HC installed, so use it!