How to Use the Map Editor in "Stronghold"

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"Stronghold" is a real-time-strategy PC game released in 2001 and developed by Firefly Studios. It is set in England and Wales in the Middle Ages, around the time of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Your goal is to defend your own stronghold and conquer others by engaging in medieval warfare. However, there is also an economic side to the game that challenges you to run a successful and constantly developing stronghold with happy workers. If the current maps are not to your liking or you just feel creative, you build your own using the Map Editor.

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    Select "Stand Alone Mission" from the available options on the first screen of the Map Editor.

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    Choose a map size form 160 by 160, 200 by 200, 300 by 300 and 400 by 400. The 200 by 200 map is the standard size but the more opponents you are planning for you scenario, the bigger the map should be.

  3. 3

    Select one of the four possible game types listed on the screen.

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    Choose "Invasion" for your map to be used in Combat Missions.

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    Pick "Siege" for your map to be used for in levels where your goal is to build and protect a castle against an enemy army.

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    Select "Economic" for your map to feature in Economic Campaign Missions.

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    Pick "Landscape" to create landscape for the Free Build mode.

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    Click on the icon in the second box down in the first row; this is the Land icon. His option lets you alter the land by adding such features as grass, dirt, pebbles and boulders.

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    Select the icon showing waves to add rivers, marshes and beaches, to name a few.

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    Click the leaf icon to enter the Vegetation menu. From here you can add different types of trees and bushes to your map.

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    Choose the rabbit icon if you feel your map could do with some creatures roaming around. You can add the likes of rabbits, bears, wolves, and deer.

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    Pick the Paintbrush icon to lay down the terrain you have chosen. So if you wanted to add pebbles you would select this tool, choose the size of the pebbled area you want to add and the place it on the map.

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    Select the icon depicting hills to change the elevation of your land. Press and hold the left mouse button on an area if land and it will rise until you let go.

  14. 14

    Click the icon of the tower with two swords behind it to add building to your map.

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    Choose the large key to the left of the other icons to open the menu. This menu allows you to create a history for your map and set events to take place there, like raids, robbery or a fire.

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    Click on the eraser icon to delete both to any features you are not happy with.

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    Pick the bottom right icon to enter the Edit Features menu. This screen allows you to add sign posts and large rocks to the map.

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