Resources in Dakota consist of herds of Deer. Two large impassible hills occupy central positions in the map and the two Trade Routes stand between them. There may be either two Comanche or Creesettlements near the east and west ends.
Players will find wide-open prairies peppered with flowers, ponds and forests. Two red mesas restrict movement through the middle of the map -- but also create lots of defendable positions! Form an early alliance with the natives for some powerful economic options; the Cree will supply coureur des bois and the Comanche can reduce the coin cost of all technologies and wonders. Researching stagecoach or Ironhorse here will upgrade both traderoutes - be careful not to aid your opponents.