by Cicero

"Most of the stone in Castille has already been quarried for its namesake castles..." - Age of Empires II: The Conquerors - El Cid Campaign, Scenario 1, Hint 2

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Players each start with a castle - however, there is no more stone on the map. They also lack a starting TC. Lose your Castle, and your king might have to go on the run... (regicide recommended) Geographically, the centre of the map is open and completely flat, with the edges of the maps more densely forested, and featuring plenty of elevation and cliffs. The no-TC start means players can choose whether to place their TC under/behind the castle, or protecting a woodline.