The Peloponnesian War was fought between the Athenian Empire and the Spartan Hegemony in the last half of the 5th century BC. The conflict lasted decades and eventually every city-state in the Greek world was involved in some way.
Players take part as one of 6 Greek city-states:
Player 1: Athens
Player 2: Sparta
Player 3: Thessaly/Thebes
Player 4: Eretria/Chalsis
Player 5: Elis
Player 6: Corinth
The map is as close to a reproduction of ancient Greece as possible and it is thoroughly researched. All city-states are as near to their actual positions as good gameplay allows. Even the unclaimed settlements are in the position of other city-states or battles. See if you can spot the Thermopylae battlesite. Look for the island of Salamis - the site where the Athenian navy delt a stunning blow to the invading Persian fleet.
Players start out with less resources than a death match, but more than a supremacy game. All players start with a bonus population and a large number of villagers, so age advancement moves quick.
Players also start with powerful bonuses based on the cities that they are playing:
P1 (ATHENS): Extremely strong walls. FREE naval upgrades. Trireme bonus.
P2 (SPARTA): VERY strong Hoplites. FREE copper armory upgrades.
P3 (THESSALY/THEBES): FREE granary upgrades. A sheparding bonus. Some FREE cavalry upgrades and bonuses.
P4 (ERETRIA/CHALSIS): FREE upgrades for siege engines. Big siege bonuses. HUGE house HPs bonus.
P5 (Elis): Powerful bonuses for Myth Units and Heroes.
P6 (Corinth): FREE Market and Storehouse upgrades. FREE fishing upgrades. FREE Medium Archer upgrade. Archery bonus.
Suggestion - play this on ESO or Multiplayer as a DIPLO style map. Make and break alliances in-game. The intrigue! The back-stabbing!
The surrounding islands of the Aegean Sea hold riches beyond compare (gold mines, relics), but watch out for their guardians.
Control of settlements is key as the only available gold on the mainland is near unclaimed settlements.
Fishing can "net" you quite a bit of food. The waters of the Mediterannean and Aegean Seas are stocked full of fish, but beware of sea monsters and pirates!
LIST OF HISTORICAL OBJECTS:
Points of interest:
The Oracle at Delphi (only place on mainland with "Large" gold piles)
Ruins of Olympia
First off, thank you for taking the time to "review" it, no matter how "lean" the review. :)
Secondly, the problem you are having playing this map online is probably due to the map's size and ESO's upload capacity. Many many times ESO refuses to upload effectively maps over the 200k range in size. This, I'm afraid is an ESO problem and there's nothing I can do in this respect. I recommend messaging your friends and having them download the map directly from Heavengames before you endeavor to play it through multiplayer. You'll have a great time with this map once you get to play it with your friends, but getting enough people together that have downloaded it already - that's the tricky part.
EDIT (1/5/2004): The new ESO version for The Titans doesn't restrict map upload sizes. If you have The Titans, you should be able to upload the map effectively to your friends, provided you both have broadband.
[Edited on 01/05/04 @ 04:43 PM]
Mythos_Ruler File Author
Posted on 03/17/04 @ 04:53 AM
Thanks Celer. The reason the other players don't move is that this is a Multiplayer version. To play this in single player, you must assign an AI to each player in the Editor. Thanks again! Titans version and Single Player version coming soon.