Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash

This is my custom scenario for game Age of Empires 3 title "Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash". As everyone knows, Age of Empires 3 was created by Ensemble Studio some 10 years ago. Age of Empires 3 is very popular RTS (real time strategy) game. The game have been released with two Expansion Packs. The first expansion pack is The Warchiefs. In this expansion pack, there are new Native American Tribes minor civilization. In total, there are 19 Native American Tribes settlements where we can access via custom scenario editor.

In this 3rd custom scenario, I have put all 19 Native Tribes settlement so we can play them all in one single scenario. Here are the custom scenario descriptions :

Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash

version : 1.00 (March 2018)
Author :

Single Player Custom Scenario:
Player 1 (Human) = Aztecs
Player 2 (Computer) = British
Player 3 (Computer) = French
Player 4 (Computer) = Spain

Age of Empires 3  Custom Scenario - Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash

Download from AoE3 Heaven Games

P1 enemies too all
P2, P3, P4,  are ally each other

In this third scenario, Makhikoi is a War Chiefs to the Aztecs. This is a risk-free, calm scenario where your area are separated by a sea to the enemies. The question is how fast can you build up army to attack three European camps across the ocean. In your area, all nineteen Native American Tribes are present. You should build up all Nineteen Native settlement to be able to use their units and technologies. The three enemies will wait for you with their huges armies, so you'll need extra units from the Native Tribes.

As with my previous scenario, this map is to enjoy the NAT units. This scenario has been designed to motivated player 1 to build all 19 trading post / settlements. When you build trading post , you'll received various rewards.

How to Win:
- Defeat all enemies

How to Play:
In Single Player > Custom Scenario

In Multi Player, if you wish to records the game you may want to play this in multi player setting. Just set the players as described above. Set to Classic mode to avoid using Trade Monopoly. The computer AI will never use Trade Monopoly. Player 1, we human, should never use it also. We don't need it. (I have try to forbid Trade Monopoly but it will always enable in the game, I think this is a bug)

Single Player Home City Deck:
- Copy attached file "HomecityX_Makhikoi3.xml"  to folder "..\Age of Empires III - Complete Collection\bin\Campaign\War Chief". This is default folder that contained all homecity for Warchief Expansion Campaign. This folder location can be varied depends on where you install your Age of Empires III files.  Warning , if you failed to copy my intended files into that folder, your home city deck will be nulled.
- You can set up your own home cities by copying the whole text in your Aztec Home City (in Savegame\sp_Tenochtitlan_homecity.xml) and copied it into that HomecityX_Makhikoi3.xml files. Just learn the tag and set it up.

Multi Player The Home City deck:
Homecity deck already built in the scenario file when played as Multi Player.

Playing Level Recommended :
Expert. You will never die in this custom scenario.

If you want to change the playing level goto Scenario Editor, menu Scenario > Playtest Scenario > set player to 1 and set your desired playing level. Press CANCEL and then save the scenario.

Recommended Strategy:
Fast Fortress
The enemies across the sea will keep growing until certain numbers. See how fast you can send army to defeat them.


Starting bonus for P1 :
1 Aztec House (this is to avoid getting zero populations when played in multiplayer , a known bug)
Fire Pit
1 Trade Post Travois
Large Coin Crate and Large Food Crate
50 Experiences

Build Trade Post bonus :
1 Trade Post = 100 Food, 100 Gold
5 Trade Posts = Advanced Trading Post shipment
10 Trade Posts = Native Lore Shipment
12 Trade Posts = Blood Brothers Shipment
14 Trade Posts = Native Warrior Shipment
19 Trade Posts = Native Treaty Shipment

Recruit 30 Coyote Runners:
Silent Strike Shipment

And many on the map treasures and crates!

Native Trading Post Grouping Object:

This scenario (and the other scenarios I created) use a group object. These group object named as eg. "cherokee native village.xml" and others. These files must be present in folder "..\Age of Empires III - Complete Collection\bin\RM2\groupings". In case you didn't have this, you can download it HERE. Put the files in that folder.

- Choose your enemies wisely and rush them early. You can only survive this scenario if you success killing at least three enemies in the first 15 minutes.
- Do not underestimated the Natives units, will all their tech, they will be strong in late game.
- Create as many trade post to get the bonus. Planned you trade post build sequence and see which settlements gives you the best support according to your strategy. The NAT units is not powerful in early game but their techs come in handy.

Initially, I was trying to design a scenario in the style of "Bunker's Hill", where Player 1 surrounded and must survive the attack of enemies. Until halfway I realized the standard AI uncapable to handle a water map and will never crossed their military. I since then altered the whole concept and made it into this scenario. I will use the initial concept for the next episode (it will be episode 5...because episode 4 will be another type of concept). So, this is kind of in-between scenario, a bonus scenario where Player 1 will only accounted on how fast he can finished the map. It will be interesting if you change the AI to be able to cross the water, then it will be a different game!

Age of Empires 3  Custom Scenario - Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash
Makhikoi leading the Aztecs units 

Age of Empires 3  Custom Scenario - Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash
The Fixed Cannon from the enemies side

Age of Empires 3  Custom Scenario - Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash
War Canoe and Tlaloc siege scenes

Age of Empires 3  Custom Scenario - Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash
The Aztecs coast is under attack!

Age of Empires 3  Custom Scenario - Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash
Defend our coast the mighty Arrow Knights!

Age of Empires 3  Custom Scenario - Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztecs and Natives Coastal Clash
In game screen shot

Please send me feedback when you played this scenario, will really appreciated it. For other Makhikoi Episodes and more please visit my blog : I have made several scenarios with all Native American Tribes sockets in it. This scenario have been played test by me and friends for months.

DO NOT HIJACK MY SCENARIO.....PLEASE....It takes large amount of times to create this!

Play the MAKHIKOI Campaign HERE :

Makhikoi Episode 1 - Nineteen Tribes
Makhikoi Episode 2 - Sioux and Natives Alliances
Makhikoi Episode 3 - Aztec and Natives Coastal Clash
Makhikoi Episode 4 - British vs Natives Rebellions
Makhikoi Episode 5 - The Natives Lost in Asian Dynasties
Makhikoi Episode 6 - The Natives in Cities of Wonders

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