Two City States is a 2 player defensive map. Each player starts in a heavily fortrified walled city state. This allows players to play defensively as well as aggressively. Like other maps the goal is to destroy all your enemies' buildings. There is only one outpost in the centre of the map but you start with 7 recruitment points. Resources are plenty in the city but you will run out eventually, so it's no good cowering inside for 3 hours. There are additional gold mines hidden in the map, though it's pretty easy to find if you have reveal map on.
As I said the cities are heavily fortrified. The walls are invincible, but you can destroy the gate or capture the walls. Also onagers are disabled, instead you can build battering rams and siege towers. Once you have found the siege master, select the siege equipment you want to buy, then type in "buy" in the chatbox. Each seige equipment is 175 gold and wood. If you don't have enough resources you won't be able to buy them. In this map you can only play as the Greeks, unfortunately. Don't try picking any other nations, otherwise you will find that you might not be able to train or build anything at all.
I have also rebalanced the units, and I believe this is even better than the balancing in Grand Canyon (my other map):
- Cavalry is now much faster and deadly. They are good against enemy archers, siege engines and swordsmen. But you should keep them away from spearmen.
- Spearmen are slightly stronger. They are still very good against cavalry and can hold enemy infantry. But they are slightly slower than swordsmen, meaning they are vulnerable to archers.
- Archers will probably be used more frequently in this map to defend against enemy assault. They should be kept away from hand to hand fighting.
- Although not as strong as spearmen, you should find swordsmen to be useful for assaulting enemy's wall. They can hold enemy infantry too.
This skirmish map is for multiplayer only. You can still play against the computer but the AI will act very stupidly in this map. I will be releasing the single player mode soon (it will be a scenario instead), at least a I hope.
Hope you enjoy it! If you have found any bugs, or you have any questions or comments feel free to post about it.