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Thanksgiving represents a 'New England' fall or winter, with lots of turkeys and deer for your original Thanksgiving feast! This is a more fair 'river' map than the Amazonia map.

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A random map script for AOE3
by RF_Gandalf

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Over the river and through the woods, to the enemy village we go!

Thanksgiving is an all-new random map for Single-player or Multiplayer use. This map represents a 'New England' fall or winter (randomly chosen) with lots of turkeys for the harvest, with a few deer, plenty of forest and silver, and fish in the river separating the teams. The map is larger than most of the original, standard ES maps. As in the Amazon map, there is no land connection between the two sides.

The design of this map is to make a more fair, improved 'river' map than the 'Amazonia' map from ES. The starting positions are better randomized, but each side has a trade route and equal number of Native villages (which will be either all Iroquois or all Cherokee). There will be one native village per player. Although for maps with 2 players per team there are 2 Trade Posts per side, if there are more than 4 players total there will be 3 Trade Posts per side.

The food resources on each map vary slightly. There are always 3 'flocks' of turkeys per player - the numbers vary randomly. There are a fair amount of deer but they are scattered in smaller groups than you normally see on other maps. The fall pattern has some berries at the start area, but not the winter pattern. There are fish but no whales in the river. 

In my testing this map produces fair, balanced maps for 2 team play. Effective play involves scouting the various resources, Native types, and of course, the enemy, as well as taking control of the water. 

This map supports FFA play variably for 3 or 4 players. The way the random map generator places players in a FFA involves positioning that occasionally puts players units or their TC in the river! In my testing a 3 player FFA seems to work well, but 4 player was successful only about half of the time, while for over 4 players there is never a good start. Sorry - best I could do on short notice.

To play this map, the two files (Thanksgiving.xs and Thanksgiving.xml) must be placed in the folder: My Documents\My Games\Age of Empires 3\RM. Please do not place them in the game's install folder - that will not work. When you start up a skirmish game in Single-player or Multiplayer, use the small blue 'Custom Map' button, which allows you to then select one the random maps in that My Games folder from the drop-down window.

When ES gives us some help in knowing how to provide map descriptions in the startup screen I will edit the .xml file to allow that.

Thinking about the upcoming holiday put me in the mood to represent the countryside for the first Thanksgiving, and I have wanted to make a better river type map for some time - this gave me a chance to combine my plans. Hope you enjoy the map.

Feedback appreciated!

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