StrongHold site

FireFly Studios has launched the Stronghold Official Web Site, providing details and updates on their upcoming strategy and city-building title. The game will be published by Gathering of Developers in the fall of 2001.
FireFly Studios' STRONGHOLD is the culmination of our long-standing desire to create a really good castle building game. It is a unique cross between a city builder and a real time strategy game. The key to the game is the castle; designing it, managing it and defending it. Each of these elements has its place in STRONGHOLD and you will need to consider all of them to be a really good player. Building exteriors cut away allowing you a view of the interior and a glimpse of every day medieval life. Characters exhibit personalities. The can be bored, excited, disgruntled and with over 70,000 different frames of animation watching your characters is very entertaining. Don't worry about micro-managing because this world pretty much takes care of itself. It is your job to balance, keeping your peasants happy or slightly in a state of terror that will control. Give away free beer or alternatively place some heads on spikes to have an effect on that 'all important' popularity rating. Popularity is a main factor in the effectiveness of your castle. It determines how many peasants are willing to come and work for you. If you manage the community well, your population will swell. Peasants will automatically take up trades such as stoneworkers, armourers, bakers, brewers, pole turners and your castle will begins to buzz with activity. There is no open field combat, only ever increasing hordes of besiegers whose sole purpose is to destroy all you have built. Depending on how well you have built your 'castle' you may or may not survive! Ultimately The best STRONGHOLD players will be those who are good at designing castles and laying out defences, not merely those who are the fastest with the mouse during combat.