This Middle Earth map is full of resources, and full of civilizations so battle will come soon and will come often. Choose between one of nine kingdoms/empires/settlements. You can either be: Gondor, Mordor, Rohan, Isengard, Mirkwood (elves), Rivendell, The Shire, or one of two of my own mythical kingdoms south of Gondor, Buckland and Civington. Some civilizations are better than the others, such as Mordor, which already starts with much, much (much!) more units than any other civilizations. Gondor starts with a fortified city (Minas Tirith) and Rohan starts with a couple extra horseman. There are some surprises throughout the game.