(September 5th, 2000)
Defense of Migdol (Migdol/Pelusium)
7 Survival Years
If you play the Cleopatra missions in order, Migdol will be the first "survival" mission you encounter. Be forewarned: time limit and survival missions are different! In this one, your assignment is to keep the eastern border of the Egyptian empire safe for 7 years (84 months). You will play all 84 months no matter what. If you can bring your city through 7 years of attack and still meet or exceed the population, prosperity, and culture requirements, you will be victorious.
The Assyrian attacks start with small scouting parties but build up to a pretty substantial attack near the end of the mission. Start to develop your military early and ensure that all of your troops are properly trained at an academy. You'll need infantry or chariots; archers alone will not be able to fend off the powerful Assyrian chariots. Import copper (for weapons), weapons themselves, or chariots as quickly as you can without going into significant debt. Be prepared to aid the people of Memphis who are suffering through a series of famines; they will be able to contribute to your military buildup.
When the Assyrians attack, contain their chariots. Chariots can do a lot of damage to your city quickly, so you cannot afford to give them any leeway. Building towers to strengthen the defensive perimeter of your city helps reduce the chance of an Assyrian breakthrough into the city.
A military buildup is expensive, so you'll need exports. Papyrus and fish are the best commodities to concentrate on, though both resources are limited. You should also consider importing barley so you can produce beer for export.
Finally, plan your city's growth wisely. The city walls limit the size of your city, so you must be careful not to overbuild. If you build appropriately and give your military top priority, you be able to fend off the Assyrian attacks, keeping Pharaoh Taharqa's empire safe for a few more years.
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