Ye Olde Introduction

(As explained by Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert, resident expert on everything)

HARK!! Did that get your attention? I thought it would. No, I was not clearing my throat... in olden days. *hark" mean't listen up. and that's exactly what I want you to do. See, when you play this game, you're going back to the Middle Ages. No. it doesn't mean that everyone who lived back then was middle aged. The Middle Ages are the ages between the Early Ages and the Late Ages. Consult a history book if you want to know more... I don't have the time to go into it right now.

The Middle Ages was a simpler time, a time before F-16s, smart bombs and rocket launchers. Back in the good ol" days, war was down and dirty. You had a castle, some fortifications, and (if you were really lucky) a couple of cannons to discourage any unwelcome visitors that wandered your way (like your little brother and all of his friends).

So, to continue my story. We're transporting you back to the Middle Ages, to a time when these two knights. Sir William of Wyvil and Sir Stephen of Martival — well call them the Blue Knight and the Red Knight to make things easier — had set up camp right next to each other, but did not got along (to put it mildly). Sometimes one attacked the other by sea, firing from gunships out in the harbor. This was made easier (for the attacker) by the fact that the entire land was surrounded by water. At other times, they just fired at each other from castles on either side of the river that marked the border between their lands.

Using your vivid imagination (and a little help from modem technology) you are transformed into one of these fearless knights, defending your castles and the honor of your name (Sir Bill or Sir Steve, as the case may be). You'll experience the thrills, the excitement, the out and out exhilaration of furious, fast-paced. head-to-head competition as you brave the ferocious onslaught and, with your deadly aim and excellent cannon-firing skills, cause the utter destruction of your opponent. Intense! The marketing guys will love that part.

Each battle you win brings you closer to your goal of capturing new territory... and each new territory brings you one step closer to total victory. It's not enough just to defeat the enemy, however. There is some strategy involved in this too, you know. What's the strategy, you say? Becoming a master builder in roughly 20 seconds or less, that's what.

Your castle walls are going to get pretty beat up from those two-ton cannonballs, so you'd better be prepared to fix them. It would be great if you could get your serfs to do it for you. Serfs are guys from the Middle Ages that worked 12 hours a day for

©i were lucky. Get that history book out again — it's fascinating stuff. Unfortunately for you, serfs may be oppressed but the/re not stupid. They headed for the hills the minute they heard gunfire, so you'll just have to manage on your own.

Our programmers (no, they're not from the Middle Ages, although some of them look like it) have thoughtfully provided you with wall pieces to help put your fortifications back together. These wall pieces are made up of little stone blocks and come in a w»de variety of shapes — small ones, big ones, straight ones and crooked ones. Use these blocks to rebuild the fortifications before your opponent returns with fresh troops... which looks like it could be any minute now. I'd get busy if I were you.

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