Hastings is a campaign scenario in the Battles of the Conquerors. You control William the Conqueror (blue) in his quest to invade Britain. This scenario is based on the Battle of Hastings, while the Battle of Stamford Bridge is also depicted as well.

Scenario Instructions Edit

Starting Conditions Edit

Objectives Edit

  • William the Conqueror must survive.
  • Conquer England by destroying the Castle of Harold the Saxon (orange).

Later Objectives Edit

  • OPTIONAL: Send Transports to the north to pick up Harald Hardraade's Viking Berserks.

Hints Edit

  • 1. While you prepare your army to invade England, be watchful of Saxon attacks into Normandy.
  • 2. The Isle of Wight, along England's southern shore, is a safe staging ground for your invasion.

Scouts Edit

  • Your scouts report: The Normans (blue) have a large town established in France. Their lands should be free of enemy marauders, but Harold's Raiders (yellow) could attack at any moment.
  • The Saxon Navy (red) will try to repel any Norman Transports or warships that threaten Harold's Army (orange). You can try to defeat the Saxon Navy's shipyards to the north and south before laying siege to Harold the Saxon's Castle near London.
  • The Vikings under Harald Hardraade (cyan) are a wildcard. They are at war with Harold the Saxon, but can they be trusted?

Players Edit

Enemy → Ally Edit

  • Harald Hardraade (Vikings) is at the northern tip of the map, which is Norway. He has berserks and Viking longboats. Once the player and him are allied, he will begin invading England, having his ground forces defeated at Stamford Bridge (at the northwest) while having a few longboats at the south of England. After this, he and his berserks and longboats which are still in Norway will become yours, and he will request for a transport. Once your transport ship reaches Norway, he will pay tribute to you.

Enemies Edit

  • Harold's Raiders (Goths) are at the southeastern part of the map, with a watch tower and a few soldiers at the northeastern part of the map. Despite being the nearest threat, they would remain stationery and not actively attacking the player, unless being provoked (e.g. entering their line of sight).
  • Harold the Saxon (Goths) is at the central-western part of the map, where London is located. The player must destroy his castle there to win.
  • Saxon Navy (Goths) is protecting Harold the Saxon, having a ground military base at the western tip of the map (including a market), two docks at the northwestern part of the map, and a civilian base at the southern-central part of the map (including a dock). It is the strongest player in this scenario, and will advance to Imperial Age soon. The navy will keep invading France until all their docks are destroyed.

Strategy Edit

At the start of the game, both the Saxons (Harold's Raiders (yellow), Harold the Saxon (orange), and Saxon Navy (red), all Goths) and the Vikings (Harald Hardraade, cyan) are hostile to you, but Hardraade will offer to ally with you in the first few minutes. If you accept, you can watch his soldiers' failed invasion of England, and he and his remaining warriors (still in Norway) will become yours.

Gather resources, and start creating an army, and a navy to defend it while it's being transported. Since the Saxons rely on Huskarls and other Infantry, both cavalry and archers are vulnerable, so it's better to use Throwing Axemen and Hardraade's surviving Berserkers. A few siege weapons to deal with towers and the castle are useful, but not necessary.

While you build up, Saxon Navy are likely to attack several times, so you should have a few soldiers ready to face them.

Trivia Edit

  • In history, Harald Hardraade and William the Conqueror were separated claimants over the English throne.
  • Contrary to the game, Harald Hardraade was actually killed in the Battle of Stamford Bridge, marking the end of the Viking Age.
  • The Normans are represented in this scenario by the Franks, which is historically accurate as the descendants of the Viking settlers of Normandy under Rollo had by the time of the Norman conquest assimilated into the culture of their adopted country and did indeed consider themselves as Franks (the terms French and France did not come into widespread use until the reign of King Phillip II Augustus), albeit speaking their own distinct dialect of the French language.
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