This map will probably stand to be my biggest contribution to the AoW community. I put more time into it than any other AoW project, and I believe the final product reflects it. Don't even download my other maps, just get this one. Will work with or without my "Inioch's Rebalance" mod with no difference to what's on the map. I encourage you to try it though. :P
-12 races on map
-8 races playable (Neutral races set to AI Emperor)
-AI neutral races start with major resource advantage
-Diplomatic relations left unchanged/default
-Recommend all other AI's be set to AI Emperor
This map is intended to be an alternative storyline following the fall of Inioch. There is no in-game backstory, I leave this to your imagination.
Many elements are inspired from AoW lore, a few examples:
-Terrain-appropriate start locations for all races (Humans start in the Valley of Wonders, Lizards in a swamp, Frostlings in the north, Azracs in a desert, Orcs in steppe, etc etc)
-Prominent characters from the AoW lore are featured, such as:
-King Inioch for the Undead
-Princess Julia for the Elves
-Prince Meandor for the Dark Elves
-Archon Gabriel for the Highmen
-Ham Binger for the Halflings
Many hours have been spent finetuning the balance of the map without creating a symmetrical eyesore. All the tricks I've learned from making maps over the years have gone into creating aesthetically-pleasing terrain.
(Initial tests with AI suggests good balance. The map allows for smooth map pushes across easily identifiable fronts. The game occurs primarily on the surface.)
(Artistic use of terrain types, dungeons, etc.)
Map Design: 5
(Great initial map pressure based on race clustering and well structured for late game escalation with a medium to high resource availability.)
(Seems to be based in an alternate version of the Valley of Wonders, shortly after the fall with some notable crowd-favourite leaders such as Ham Binger)
A new favourite for my PBEM group.
Posted on 04/26/18 @ 09:47 AM
@Thereunto - I'd like to join your PBEM group, if I may! There's not very many AoW1 players at the GoG.com forums.
IniochReborn File Author
Posted on 04/28/18 @ 11:40 AM
Hey, thanks for the review. Glad to see people trying it, and glad to see you guys like it.
I've updated the file description a little bit, I had left it almost blank for longer than I intended.
I'd also like to join your PBEM group. I play LAN parties with two other AoW vets, I could see if they'd join too.
Posted on 04/29/18 @ 04:44 PM
you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in PBEm, or you could make a GoG.com account and post at the age of wonders forum there
We have 5 people ready to start an AoW1 PBEM, and I'm thinking of using this map. Would be cool to have either of you guys
[Edited on 04/29/18 @ 04:45 PM]
Posted on 04/30/18 @ 08:38 PM
@Ziggurat Mason & @IniochReborn
Great to see other PBEM groups alive and kicking. My PBEM is testing out a mod at the moment (similar to IniochReborn's mod with lower spell costs, etc). I'll get in touch with anyone that leaves an email address