"A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live." ~Lao Tzu, the founder of Daoism.
The meaning of those words from Lao Tzu will become clear in this campaign set during the final years of the Southern Song dynasty. As the leader of a Daoist monastery caught in the jaws of war, you will require both kinds of courage to discover your destiny on Wudang Mountain.
A player will interact with 8 historically-accurate cities. Resources, commodities, and available structures follow the Emperor model for the Steel Age. This campaign features a new custom map of 'enormous' size. It is a representation of Wudang mountain inspired by its actual topography.
Sabotage by spies has been disallowed for this campaign, although spies can still be used for information gathering.
The download zip file contains an extra file named 'HOWM_Readme.txt'. This text file contains installation instructions, historical background information, campaign design notes, general play tips, and mission hints (warning: contains spoilers). Additionally, other hints are available by viewing the album of playtest screenshots in the Emperor Heaven gallery.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This campaign is rated 'Very Hard', and is designed to provide a solid challenge for advanced players. For the best play experience, a player should possess an advanced understanding of time-constrained missions, money management, combat and military operations, trading, labor allocation, monument construction, summoning and using the Heroes, and empire-map diplomacy.
Missions Teasers (note: the first two missions have a time-limit)
Mission 1 - The Rebirth of Wudangshan - 9 years, from 1259 CE to 1268 CE.
Mission 2 - The Siege of Xiangyang - 8 years, from 1268 CE to 1276 CE.
Mission 3 - The Fall of the Song - no time limit, starts in 1276 CE