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Middle Earth 1.03 (update 1/4/02)

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Newsboy555
File Details
Ruleset: TS Standard Rules
Map Size: X-Large
Playable Races: Some
Surface Levels: 3
Difficulty: Normal
This is my Middle Earth map, straight from the book LotR. I have tried long and hard to get the desired effect, and quite frankly (within the confines of the AoW editor), I think I did a one-up job. So check it out, play it, could also be used for a MP map I guess. No password, the races are: Halfling (playable), Elves (playable), Highmen (playable), Humans (I think playable), and Orcs, Goblins, Undead, Dwarves, and the Azracs to represent the Easterlings and Haradrim.

Please comment on this map, if you like it tell me, if you hate it, tell (but please keep it reasonable). I have laboured long and hard to make this map as close as possible to LotR, but not everything is possible, so tell me where I can improve and I'll definitely improve it...
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Spasmarod
Rating
4.2
Breakdown
Playability4.0
Balance4.0
Creativity4.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions4.0
Wow! this is definitely the most accurate and good looking of the lotr maps i have seen, although perhaps jasons Reign of terror map just gets it for playability

keep up the good work!
Galahad_2
Rating
4.4
Breakdown
Playability4.0
Balance4.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design4.0
Story/Instructions5.0
This is a nice map and shows great attention to capturing many small details and minor characters in Lord of the Rings. I know that it is a challenge to capture a novel in an AOW scenario; I did the Scouring of the Shire map. I have a few suggestions though:

1. Give Frodo the One Ring to use. The basic problem with a LOTR scenario in AOW is that the Ringbearer's quest to destroy the ring is impossible to do in the game's mechanics because there is no stealth and evasion, nor can victory be based on reaching a certain hex. Instead, the game becomes a war of attrition. The West's hope lie not in destruction of the Ring, but rather in development of Leprechauns and Air Galleys. The scenario would make more sense and also be more play-balanced if we assume that Frodo claimed the Ring as his own and challenged Sauron. Give the One Ring powers of invisibility, large pluses to every attribute, etc. It would also make the game more interesting and true to the novel, as other players would try to kill Frodo (a fairly weak hero) to get this powerful magic item from him.

2. The cities should be far fewer and also much smaller; I would give each side just a couple of Level one cities, and only some major places such as Minas Tirith and Isengard being level 2 or 3 cities. This is because:
a. It will put more emphasis on the starting units and the heroes, and less on production and city upgrades.
b. The large cities will eventually be used for production of Level 3 and 4 units, which are mostly un-Tolkien-like things such as Air Galleys.
c. The cities are out of scale compared to the distances between cities.
d. I think that some of your cities are actually mentioned in LOTR just as wilderness areas or watchtowers or other places not as cities, and some I can't remember being mentioned at all.
e. Fewer cities would make the game shorter, simpler, and more playable.

3. Likewise, the map would be better without such a lot of Power Nodes. Magic in LOTR should be rare and special. Also, most of these power nodes are not even vaguely mentioned in the novel.
TheShadowDawn
Rating
4.0
Breakdown
Playability3.0
Balance4.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions3.0
I found the way this map recreated the world of Tolkien singularly impressive, it was a greatly enjoyable map to play; the effort to detail was interesting. I enjoyed playing this map a great deal. Good work.
Xenobea
Rating
4.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance3.0
Creativity4.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions3.0
This map was very fun to play. I couldn't stop. The map is also absolutely gorgeous.

I gave this map a lower rating for balance because of the unavailability of spells to halflings, dwarves, and goblins. Ordinarily I would consider this situation grossly unfair, but I understand the reasons behind it.

Creativity is hard to judge on a map not based on original ideas. However, I think the way the stories were implemented on this map was creative, and I couldn't wait to see what I'd find next when I was playing it.

While the map was scrupulously attentive to the details in the books, the story might have been incorporated better into the map design using background, pop-ups, and signs.

Overall a very nice map though. :-)
Tekk Zero
Rating
4.4
Breakdown
Playability3.0
Balance4.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
This map is probably the most accurate re-creation for Lord of the Rings made of all the AOW scenarios. However, with the intent of the map to be a very accurate interpretation of Lord of the Rings, much of the gameplay has been dulled down. It is fun to play around, but is probably pretty easy for the experienced player.
Imperator JR
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
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Balance: 5
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Creativity: 5
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Map Design: 5
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Story/Instructions: 5
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full points!
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Rating
4.3
Breakdown
Playability4.0
Balance4.0
Creativity4.7
Map Design4.8
Story/Instructions4.2
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Size:95.04 KB
Added:09/19/01
Updated:02/05/02