Download and install AOE3MODS vC1 before running these scenarios.
The following scenarios are included:
King of the castle – as the Dutch, US or British: You face 3 computer players with identical configurations. All have elevated fortress strongholds with powerful fixed cannons for defense. This will be the easiest of the scenarios, because the other players are against each other too.
Caribbean adventure: This scenario is only moderately challenging but it is included because the quickest and easiest way to win is using the Hot Air Balloon. As the US, you have your own secure island but the object of this game is to collect treasure. The Spanish, French and Portuguese are allied against you. Things do not get tough until you have to take the treasure from under their noses.
Island defense: You play as Colonel Washington, just arrived on a strategically important Island where the new US Government has built a state of the art fortress. Unfortunately, the governor of the Island has failed to man the fortress properly. The Spanish are aware of this and have decided that now would be a good opportunity to obtain a nice new fortress, at the expense of the US government. They have already occupied part of the island and are preparing 3 armies to help with the attack. Oh, you start without a town center or any settlers.
Fortress defense: In this scenario, you have 3 players sided against you. You all start with a high resource count to encourage fast progress but they have 3 times what you have, although you have an elevated fortress stronghold. This will present more of a challenge than king of the castle.
Save the president: This is similar to fortress defense but, while you have even better defenses, you start at a disadvantage in terms of resources. The game will be challenging but concentrate initially of defense and building resources.
A long journey: This may prove to be one of the more challenging of the scenarios, although to start with it may not appear so. As the US you will face 4 French armies, the last of which is located in Napoleon's home base. As you eliminate each army in turn, the remaining armies get stronger. When you get to Napoleon's home base, the defenses are pretty tough too. Do not be tempted to use the hot air balloons to make an early attack on other armies. They are disabled until you reach the final objective.
Brain v Brawn: In this game, you play as Napoleon with the challenge of destroying the 3 Ottoman armies that occupy a well defended settlement. Although you start with more resources than your opponents, they will be getting a little help to get going and always remember those defenses.
The arena: At one time this was the most difficult of all scenarios; it may be almost impossible to win in the standard game. This is a free for all conflict, with you as the US against three other players, the Dutch, the Germans and the French. The problem is, you cannot get to their settlements because they are located behind high cliffs, with the only entrance blocked by an impregnable gate. To get at them, you have to build a trading post on the socket outside each opponent's gate; this will destroy the gate. Expect the socket to be well defended, just as you find your own is.
Land of Plenty: This is another scenario that encourages the strategic use of balloons. You play as the US, responsible for keeping your picturesque community safe from 3 Spanish armies. The resources available to you are limited, but somewhere on the other side of the map is a ‘land of plenty’, safe from the enemy as it is located on a plateau. You have to find it, colonize it and build up sufficient resources to eliminate your opponents, as that will be the only way to ensure the safety of your little community. You start with good defenses and a small number of powerful units to protect against any early attacks. You also have some limited resource generation.
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