Simply put, Stronghold is a castle simulator. Your job is to create the best castle you can, then defend it against the hostile approaching hordes. You build and govern authentic medieval castles and plan campaigns to repel attacks through a brilliant combination of simulation and real-time strategy game styles. To overthrow your adversaries you must create an impenetrable fortress from a massive selection of historical buildings, troops, and war machines. It's not all warfare; in order to succeed, you must keep your peasants happy and productive, plan for current needs and future expansion, and, of course, execute cunning castle design.