The Rise of Wesnoth 4a - The Swamp of Esten

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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by taptap » February 20th, 2012, 10:17 am

(1) What difficulty levels and game versions have you played the scenario on?

Lord (Challenging), 1.10.0, ±200 gold

(2) How difficult did you find the scenario? (1-10)

7

I ended the previous scenario with a slightly odd unit composition as I had 2 trappers one of them about to level. So swamp holding wasn't really a problem. (+ Lady Outlaw and Burin L3, two White mages, filled up with loyals, poachers, footpads, mage, thug, spearman.)

(3) How clear did you find the scenario objectives?

Very clear.

(4) How clear and interesting did you find the dialog and storyline of the scenario?

Good.

(5) What were your major challenges in meeting the objectives of the scenario?

Not recruiting too much poachers, defending villages against bats, turn limit, underestimating impact-resistant scorpions. I played it slowly as I don't have the forces suitable to rush the nearest leader, unlike what the walkthrough says going slowly is possible. (No levelled horses.) I managed to barely finish in time by offering a tasty bait to lure out the final leader in the second run. (The first time I failed because of the turn limit.)

(6) How fun do you think the scenario is? (1-10)

8

(7) What, if any, are changes you would have made to the scenario to make it more fun?
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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by roidanton » September 14th, 2012, 8:05 pm

(1) What difficulty levels and game versions have you played the scenario on?
Hard, iPad.
(2) How difficult did you find the scenario? (1-10)
2
(5) What were your major challenges in meeting the objectives of the scenario?
Challenges, which challenges ?
(6) How fun do you think the scenario is? (1-10)
1
(7) What, if any, are changes you would have made to the scenario to make it more fun?

It's a really large map with three enemies scattered over that large field and a lot of room in between with little to no action.

Taking out the NE-leader is almost a piece of cake and if you decide to go back over the ford and then south, then you'll spend several boring turns just walking with only very little enemy contact and when you finally get to the southern leader, he's alone in his keep and goes down very easily. And then, it's several turns walking again. I already split up my forces when I saw the lonely leader, send almost everything immediately over the ford and just a small assassination task force to deal with him.

By the time you get to the eastern enemy, you'll realize that he's stronger, has more troops and apparently gold left - but you only have very little time left. I had to rely on Lady Outlaw's immortality to win this.

Maybe the dialog could somehow suggest that moving down south from the NE leader is better - or fill that empty void somehow, a few bats maybe ?

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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by line » December 4th, 2012, 8:26 am

(1) What difficulty level and version of Wesnoth have you played the scenario on?
Lord (Challenging) 1.10.3
310 starting gold,
Finished turn 25/33

(2) How difficult did you find the scenario? (1-10)
Winning is easy, it’s just about avoiding critical losses.
At first, I didn’t dare (and also didn’t see the necessity) to rush to the northern leader. Even though, as mentioned by taptap, the walkthrough says otherwise. Due to the dark adepts the northern leader recruits, I was afraid of losing a unit. Therefore, I made camp on my side of the river. Water and swamp were protecting me from getting encircled. In addition, poachers are doing well in swamps, so there was no danger from my static behavior here.
I sent a second group to the south. Knowing they will face lvl-2 undead, this was the larger group, with mostly melee impact damage (Burin, HI, thugs, footpads) and mages.

(3) How clear did you find the scenario objectives?
Clear.

(4) How clear and interesting did you find the dialog and storyline of the scenario?
Clear.

(5) What were your major challenges in meeting the objectives of the scenario?
The fog in combination with invisible shadows, keeping alive and upgrade my (southern group) lvl-1 troops against the lvl-2 undead.

(6) How fun do you think the scenario is? (1-10)
7. The fog is letting enemies pop out from nowhere, so you have to move cautious. Even though I played this one several times, I nearly got caught by some enemies (once 3 scorpions nearly killed a HI, another time I had to save a mage).
In the end you are rewarded with a knight and a white mage (that’s why I did not go to the midlands), so no chance not to be happy with it.

(7) What, if any, are changes you would have made to the scenario to make it more fun?
None

(8) Was there any event that caused you to lose the game and forced you to reload or restart the scenario?
Combination of fog and quickly moving undead.
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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by Maiklas3000 » July 9th, 2014, 10:41 am

(1) Level and version? hard, 1.11.15, 311 starting gold, no Lady Outlaw.
(2) Difficult? 6.
(3) Objectives? Clear.
(4) Dialog? Good.
(5) Challenges? A couple of posts above suggest the walkthrough is wrong about suggesting a blitzkrieg on the northeast leader. I wrote that part, I think. It was not wrong, just outdated, written for 1.9. I have now updated it for 1.11. Now it's actually best to be conservative in your attack on the northeast leader. (However, I revised the walkthrough to be vague, in case things change again.) The main change in the scenario is that now Walking Corpses often just sit in front of you and don't attack. This is a general problem with the new AI. This means you can take your time dealing with them risk-free. Another case: I had a fatally wounded Knight facing a wounded Necrophage, both on 40% defense, and the Necrophage ran away! No other units were around. I think the Necrophage would have had a higher chance of killing my Knight than being killed itself. Wuss.
(6) Fun? 9. I really like this scenario. Perhaps because I split my forces after taking out the northeast leader, the subsequent small skirmishes were challenging, not a boring cleanup.
(7) Changes? See #5. Try jacking up the aggression of the AI, at least for the northeast leader's side. The paranoia of the new AI is unbefitting undead, IMO, but it does make for some spooky games of cat-n-mouse, as powerful but wounded undead units retreat into the fog to seek medical attention or move towards easier prey. It's just not appropriate for the northeast leader's Walking Corpses and Vampire Bats. Some Soulless and Blood Bats might also help encourage the AI to attack. Also, as I said in my previous review, it would make more sense to give the loyal White Mage in the previous scenario. That would keep the two scenario paths more equal, and also fix the problem of players getting to the third scenario only to find that it's unplayable without a White Mage.
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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by Theron » July 20th, 2014, 6:00 pm

difficulty: HARD / wesnoth version: 1.11.15

Stats:
Scenario, starting gold (default+carryover),turns/max turns,recruits-recalls-advancements-losses-kills
4 100+185 30/33 9-14-11-6-68

Comments:
Wraithes, Shadows and Blood Bats are very dangerous because often you don’t see them coming.
It was stupid to recall 2 HIs on turn 18 in the hope of feeding them kills (slow guys …).
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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by taptap » April 17th, 2015, 8:52 pm

Lord / Challenging. 1.12.2, 302 gold. I always figured I had to go through the swamp, as I am supposed to be fleeing. I really hate splitting my army. I even managed to get it wrong and my southern task force was decimated in the first run, due to accidentally luring the skeletons in the wrong direction with an overeager footpad and not being able to do damage in daytime. Started from scenario start and finished turn 26. Got lucky that one of the shock troopers survived against the odds.
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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by shadow12 » January 31st, 2016, 8:07 am

(1) What difficulty level and version of Wesnoth have you played the scenario on? Lord, Wesnoth 1.10.5, iOS app ver 1.0.4
Ended on turn 33/33 (5 losses, 74 kills.)
Starting gold 263, Finishing gold -52, Carry over gold 0
(2) How difficult did you find the scenario? (1-10) 10
(3) How clear did you find the scenario objectives? clear
(4) How clear and interesting did you find the dialog and storyline of the scenario?
My favorite line was when Prince Haldric said he was missing his father, and Lady Outlaw said, "I'd drop the sentiment and pick up your sword." Classic.

However Lady Luck was not smiling on Lady Outlaw. She died a Wesfolk Lady on turn 13. Her parting words were, "Bah, I'm not dying today. Poof!" and vanished in a puff of smoke. Her death didn't worry me because I thought she would appear in the next scenario, but she wasn't there. Darn! I would have went back and saved her. First she promised to leave... and she came back to fight...then she said she'll be back... and she is no where to be found.

I wonder if her death is permanent if she dies in this scenario and onward. :hmm:

* Edit:
Spoiler:
(5) What were your major challenges in meeting the objectives of the scenario?
Almost running out of time. My teams split up at the fork in the river, it was the only way to get to the kings fast enough.
Lots of enemies, surprise! out of the fog, and surprise! out of the water. On both sides of the river.
Swarms of Deathblades, Bone Shooters, Dark Adepts and Necrophages coming from the south.

(6) How fun do you think the scenario is? (1-10) 8. It was tough, but fun!

(7) What, if any, are changes you would have made to the scenario to make it more fun? Good as is.
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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by Hestelvar » August 12th, 2016, 2:04 am

(1) What difficulty level and version of Wesnoth have you played the scenario on?
Easy. 1.13.4

(2) How difficult did you find the scenario? (1-10)
6, if I hadn’t recruited as heavily or had less starting gold this scenario would have been much harder.

(3) How clear did you find the scenario objectives?
Couldn’t be clearer - defeat all enemy leaders.

(4) How clear and interesting did you find the dialogue and storyline of the scenario?
The Minister Endren dialogue struck me as too brash and modern, otherwise good. Also isn't Haldric curious about what a white mage is doing in a swamp crawling with undead?

(5) What were your major challenges in meeting the objectives of the scenario?
None, though getting poisoned, ambushed, and losing villages to bats or ghosts were inconveniences.

(6) How fun do you think the scenario is? (1-10)
8, very good. Tense due to fog hiding the varied and numerous enemies. Plenty of strategic choices.

(7) What, if any, are the changes you would have made to the scenario to make it more fun?
Very good as it is! Perhaps raise the minimum starting gold so that on Easy so it is winnable without carrying over large sums.

(8) Was there any event that caused you to lose the game and forced you to reload or restart the scenario?
None.

Remarks
Much tougher than Midlands.
Never reached the southeastern temple as my northern force crossed the river and finish the final/eastern leader quickly.
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Re: The Rise of Wesnoth: The Swamp of Esten

Post by Thrash » January 13th, 2018, 5:13 am

(1) What difficulty levels and game versions have you played the scenario on? 

1.12.6, Normal

(2) How difficult did you find the scenario? (1-10) 

8/10

(3) How clear did you find the scenario objectives? 

Clear.

(4) How clear and interesting did you find the dialog and storyline of the scenario? 

Fine.

(5) What were your major challenges in meeting the objectives of the scenario? 

Starting with only white white mage was tough (In a previous level I chose to make my second leveled mage a red mage which I regretted). This caused real hardship trying to fight on two fronts with so much poison. If the white mage had been in the closest temple it would have been much easier but fate was not on my side.

I had two restarts. The first time I was conservative going east and got bogged down at the first ford and was overwhelmed by the attack from the south. I had only recruited two keeps plus one or two units as the wiki suggested and at least with only white mage I wasn't able to hold off the attackers given the combination of poisoning and flanking bats.

The second time I recruited more heavily and blasted to the east, killed the first leader and then started south down the east side of the map, but my infantry and other slow units got bogged down in the terrain, caught from behind by enemies from the west and slaughtered. For a bit I tried to keep my army together, but realized with slow units I would run out of time. So I pushed ahead letting leaving my slow units to fend as best they could (only one infantry survived, but it did level). I did manage to finish, but under time pressure and I lost so many units I played a third time. I also never did find the second white mage as it was in the one temple I didn't get to.

The third time (replay attached), I split from the very start, sending only relatively fast units east and the rest of my forces south. This was hard with only one white mage, but my west units managed to push hard and hit the right temple before having to retreat under assault losing a few units. I was then able to regroup on the west and methodically work my way down both sides, which kept me from getting flanked.

(6) How fun do you think the scenario is? (1-10) 

7. White mage hunt is interesting, as is having to negotiate the terrain.


(7) What, if any, are changes you would have made to the scenario to make it more fun?

Is it beatable on hard starting with only one white mage (and not being lucky to have the free white mage in the closest temple)?
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