Downloads Home
Best Files
Review Guidelines
Main site
Code of Conduct

Advanced Search
Random Map Scripts
New Releases
New Reviews
New Comments

Submit File
Browse Categories
New Files

Download File Post Review Post Comment

Finger Lake

Author File Description
File Details
Game Version: TWC
Finger Lake is a new random map only for AOE3: The War Chiefs, for Single-player or Multiplayer use. This is a new design, a rectangular map with players starting along the more distant ends of the longer dimension, which is 2x the shorter dimension (and size varies, like the standard ES maps, by player number). There is a long narrow lake, rich in salmon, runnng along the center of the long axis of the map, ending before the map edges. This map is significantly larger than the standard ES maps.

There is always one Trade Route on each side of the lake. There are up to several Native villages at various locations, randomly chosen and fairly placed. The Natives will be of one or two types per map (Iroquois/Cherokee, Iroquois/Cree, Huron/Cherokee, Huron/Cree). Mines, huntables, herdables, forest and treasures are pretty standard. The map is randomly summer, fall or winter ( no berries on the winter map). All maps have 2 silver mines per player near the start area (though the second is just out of the starting screen), with an additional few per player further off. Often some of the distant mines will be gold mines rather than silver mines, which provide much more coin.

In my testing this map produces extremely fair, balanced maps for 2 team play. Effective play involves scouting the various resources, Native types, Trade Routes, map terrain, and of course, the enemy. The gameplay on this map is unique and offers a variety of strategies. Do you try to control the lake for its rich fishing? Do you try to advance up just one side of the lake quickly or do you try to hold both pathways? Could you send transports the length of thelake for a surprise attack? A standard fast colonial rush is a little difficult given the length of the map. And the map is very well suited for coordinated teamwork.

To play this map, the two files (Finger Lake.xs and Finger Lake.xml) must be placed in the folder: My Documents\My Games\Age of Empires 3\RM2. 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 of the random maps in that My Games folder from the drop-down window. The files will transfer in Multiplayer if your allies or opponents have not downloaded the files. Please do not edit the files or you will have compatability problems in Multiplayer. Please do not place these in the usual folder for the original AOE3(or vanilla AOE3) custom random maps, as the addition of the Huron natives will cause the map to not work properly.


Feedback appreciated!
AuthorComments & Reviews   ( All | Comments Only | Reviews Only )
Etivac GREAT MAP!!!! Do you ever consider to redo your previous maps for TWC? I love your old maps and wish I could use them still in TWC. Thanks anyway!
File Author
Etivac -
Actually you can use any previous map in TWC. You just cannot use any map made for TWC in AOE3 as any new minor tribes (native villages) will not work and any new terrains or objects scripted for will not work.

For any old map you want to use, place the .xs and .xml files in the same folder you placed Finger Lake : My Documents\My Games\Age of Empires 3\RM2. You could either copy them from the original RM (Random Map) folder to RM2 or download the files again from this site and put them in that new RM2 folder.

Also, for at least a few of my best maps I plan to go back and edit them to add the new natives for TWC - eventually!

EDIT: although any vanilla map will work in TWC, if you build the Native Embassy the Lakota, Iroquois and Aztec minor natives cannot be created there.

[Edited on 02/09/07 @ 09:59 PM]

Post Review Post Comment

HGDL v0.8.0

Forum Username:


Create a new account
Forgot password?
Favorites: [Who?]0
Size:11.24 KB