Scenario Instructions Edit
Starting Conditions Edit
- Starting Age: Imperial Age
- Starting resources: 1500 wood, 500 food, 1000 gold, 1000 stone
- Population limit: 75
- Starting units:
- Construct a Wonder and defend it.
- Managing a large city can be confusing. It might prove helpful to rebuild military buildings where you can easily find them.
- When you are ready to build the Wonder, you can delete some of your houses to make room for it.
- Attacking one of your enemies early can benefit you later on, but be careful venturing outside Acre's walls.
- Player (Saracens): The player starts with a fortified city in the center of the map.
- Persian Outpost (Persians): The Persian Outpost is located in the south of the map. They send the player five Elite War Elephants after some time has passed. They own a Transport Ship near their Dock protected by a Guard Tower.
- Franks (Franks): The Franks have their base in the north of the map, between the Genoes and the Knights Templar. They deploy Bombard Cannons, Paladins, and Hand Cannoneers. They also have a large force of Siege Rams that they will use in their initial attack on the player.
- Jerusalem (Byzantines): Jerusalem has its base in the east of the map. They field Champions, Camels, Onagers, and Trebuchets.
- Richard (Britons): Richard occupies a region northeast of Acre, and trains Longbowmen, Scorpions, and Cavaliers. He also commands the Bad Neighbor and God's Own Sling.
- Knights Templar (Teutons): The Knights Templar are found in the north, between Richard and the Franks. They field Elite Teutonic Knights, Paladins, and Capped Rams.
- Genoese (Byzantines): The Genoese have their base in the far north. They attack the player's city with naval armadas, but do not field any units on land.
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This strategy also works if you play this campaign at the Hardest difficulty in The Age of Kings and build the Wonder at the very beginning to maximize the difficulty.
- Assign Villagers and Fishing Ships to work.
- Garrison Archers of the Eyes into The Accursed Tower or into The Tower of Flies or Castles or Keeps.
- Leave Siege Onagers behind the wall.
- Move the Mamelukes and Heavy Cavalry Archers outside Acre, kill any siege units, then retreat. Units cannot penetrate Acre's walls without siege units and will die from the defenses.
- Research Elite Mamelukes, Plate Barding Armor, Blast Furnace, Bracer.
- Create Mamelukes until the population is full. You may need at least 40.
- Elite Mamelukes are strong enough that they may kill and survive outside Acre city by themselves. Kill as many siege units in the Franks and Knights Templar towns as possible.
- When the Persian Outpost sends 5 Elite War Elephants, all enemies will attack with full force. It is when Knights Templar will attack for the first time and also with its massive Capped Ram army. It will be too hard to attack the siege units quick enough before the enemies chase your armies down. However, because you attack Franks and Knights Templar siege units, you can focus on Richard and Jerusalem siege units. If not, use the Siege Onagers to kill Knights Templar's Capped Rams.
- Afterward, enemies' attacks will be significantly weaker until they rarely attack. All gold on the mainland are depleted. You can take control of the western island with lots of gold.
- You can continue building the Wonder or release your army with your surplus resources onto the exhausted enemies, ripping them apart, defeating them one by one.
Easy victory Edit
Another path to victory is to use the small island, stocked full of gold, in the sea just west of Acre, which is just big enough to build the wonder. First create a Transport Ship and use your 4 Galleons to find the island and set them to "no attack stance", only attack if the Genoese attacks you. Then create 6 new villagers.
Once you have 15 villagers sail with them to the island. There, forget about the attacks in the city and create a Mining Camp to deplete the 2 gold reserves in the south. Now you should have enough space to build the wonder and win.
Historical comparison Edit
- Like The Battle of Falkirk, The Emperor Sleeping, and Broken Spears, this is a final scenario representing a decisive defeat of the playable faction, and the player is asked to change history by winning it. In real life, Acre fell to the Crusaders, the garrison was slaughtered, and the city became the new capital of the Kingdom of Jerusalem until it fell to the Mamelukes in 1291.
- After the battle, Richard the Lionheart took the coastal cities as far south as Jaffa and defeated Saladin there and at Arsuf, but could not advance on Jerusalem. Then they signed the peace treaty described in the outro.
- The narrator shares his desire to visit the "fallen Templar fortress" of Krak des Chevaliers. The Krak was actually controlled by the Hospitallers and it remained in their hands until 1271.
- The battle operated as a "siege within a siege", with the Crusaders besieging Acre by land and sea, and Saladin's main army attacking the Crusaders from behind in order to relieve the trapped garrison. This format was not used because the developers found it too reminiscent of the Alesia scenario in the Ave Caesar campaign of Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome, even though the player would have the opposite role in this scenario.
- The siege was started by the disgraced king consort of Jerusalem, Guy of Lusignan, after he was denied entry in Tyre (the only Crusader city to successfully resist Saladin) by Conrad of Montferrat. Lusignan was slowly joined by ships and Crusaders from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Cilician Armenia, as well as Knights Templar, Hospitaller, and the reluctant Montferrat.
- The three royal armies mentioned in the intro arrived at a later phase. The first was the remains of Frederick Barbarossa's German and Hungarian army, led by his son the Duke Frederick VI of Swabia, and after he died, by Duke Leopold V of Austria. They are not represented in the scenario (even though Austria's banner was raised over the conquered city), but Teutons are still featured as the Knights Templar.
- Finally, the Crusaders were joined by the armies of Richard the Lionheart and Philip II of France, and a Genoese fleet (represented respectively by "Richard", "Franks", and "Genoese"). Of these, the most powerful was actually Philip II, who was also the owner of Bad Neighbor and God's Own Sling (or God's Stone Thrower), not Richard (although Richard built two other Trebuchets for his own use). Richard only became de facto leader of the Crusaders in the aftermath of the siege, due to:
- The death of Queen Sybilla of Jerusalem (Lusignan's wife) and her succession by her sister Isabella, who married Montferrat. Montferrat retired to Tyre instead of accompanying Richard south.
- The German army leaving after Richard and Philip refused to treat Leopold as their equal and torn down his flag from the ramparts of Acre.
- Philip II leaving to sort out the inheritance of his vassal Philip I of Flanders, who had died in the siege.
- The "Persian Outpost" is probably a reference to a Muslim fleet that managed to break the Crusaders's blockade and bring reinforcements, food, and weapons to the garrison by sea - but surely not war elephants.
- The island near Acre that appears in this scenario does not exist in reality.