The Old God has left the world and the pretenders are awakening and coming out from hiding. You start the game by designing one of the pretender gods that will compete for true ascension to godhood. The type of god can range from a magically powerful arch mage to an ancient kraken or a mystic monolith that people pray to. Your pretender controls one of over sixty different nations and with the help of that nation he will spread his word and battle the other pretenders. Dominions 3 is a turn based strategy game. You can play single- or multiplayer (1 - 23 players) with simultaneous turns. There are more than 1500 different units, 600 spells and 300 magic items in the game. The game also features a medieval musical score by Erik Ask Uppmark and Anna Rynefors, both awarded the title of Musicians of the Realm by the Swedish Zornmärkeskommiten. Dominions 3 is a highly detailed game and a 300 page pdf manual is included in the download.

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Mar 11 2013, 6:44pm Anchor

The title speaks for itself.

What inspired me asking this question is lately I've been reading The Black Company series, and there are aspects of it that remind me of some of the early game dynamics in Dominions.  Large armies fighting it out, with the timely spells of a few select magic users often deciding the outcomes.

Then there is also the aspect of overwhelmingly powerful beings trying to obtain supreme power, demi gods trying to break free from forced imprisonment, etc.

Anyway, I was just wonder if anybody else has come across any enjoyable reads that reminded them of Dominions in some way.

[edit] please excuse the horribly worded title.  I... I don't know what happened... :redface:

Edited by: carltonbauheimer

Mar 12 2013, 8:31am Anchor

Title fixed. :)

For me, Black Company has several reminders of some aspects of Dominions, especially from the grunt's point of view. The Malazan Book of the Fallen is another series that is even more awesomely reminiscent of Dominions and some game content has actually been inspired by that (the Unfrozen are modeled after T'lan Imass).

Mar 12 2013, 9:37am Anchor

I'll have to check that out once I wrap up The Black Company.  I've see Malazan Book of the Fallen mentioned in a few different places.

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Mar 12 2013, 10:04am Anchor

I liked the first Malazan book although I'm afraid it's going to be one of those monster epics in many books and I don't generally enjoy those.  That's imply taste.  I prefer my books to finish up.

But I think for a strong feel for classic mythology you can't do worse that try some of the rewrites of classic mythology like Rusalka and The Tree of Swords and Jewels by C.J. Cherryh, The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson, Knight and Wizard by Gene Wolfe, Beowulf of course.  There is a dominance here with Norse and Celtic mythology but since I read English that`s to be expected.

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Mar 12 2013, 10:09am Anchor

The main story of the Malazan Book of the Fallen actually did finish. It clocked in at about 12 volumes. The newer stuff is either things written by Ian C. Esselmont rather than Erikson (they focus on different things) or stuff related to the ancient history (such as the Tiste Andii and the glory days of Kharkanas). Or sidetrack spinoffs from the main story.

That said, some of the intermediate books in the series are not that good on first reading, because they seem very detached until much later when you see how they tie in with the whole story.

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Maerlande Grumpy Old Fart
Mar 12 2013, 11:04am Anchor

Heh.  Well I usually burn out badly on trilogies.  12 volumes is monstrous to me.

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Mar 14 2013, 12:58am Anchor

The Shattered Horse by S. P. Somtow, based on the alternate history concept, that hector's son Astyanax is not slain during the sack of Troy, but grows up to have adventures in the ancient world.  More for the gritty view of a world where myth is alive and the world is super dangerous and ugly, than for the military aspects.  Although I think there is another trojan war type scenario that plays out in the novel.  It's been many years since I have read it, but when I played dominions I thought of that novel first.

May 10 2013, 3:03pm Anchor

So I just finished up the Black Company and then started right into the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.  I'm only a couple chapters in, but I gotta say I'm really liking it so far.  Thanks for the recommendation guys!

May 10 2013, 4:02pm Anchor

Oh yes, Black Company is pure Dominions in many respects. A very good choice. :)

And I like it better than the Malazan books. Halfway through Water Sleeps right now and then I can finally bloody well finish Soldiers Live. Last time I had that, my copy was defective and had pages 85-190 twice and everything from 190 to about 270 missing. That is perhaps the only time I have actually thrown a book at a wall. Hard. I now have the omnibus editions in addition to all the single volumes up to Water Sleeps and by damn I'm now going to finish them too!

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May 10 2013, 4:29pm Anchor

haha good luck.  I liked Soldiers Live a lot.  It was probably the best book about the Taglian/Khatovar campaigns that Glen Cook wrote.

May 23 2013, 1:58pm Anchor

Re: the 12 volumes of Malazan: As soneone said to me, "I don't think people should write books longer than 'War and Peace.'

Jun 30 2013, 10:40pm Anchor

The Malazan books are pretty good. Though Erickson was never really the best at writing character dialogue. 10/10 worldbuilding though.

Nov 24 2013, 3:59pm Anchor

Webcomics; Erfworld.com is to strategy games as OOTS to D&D. Also Waterphoenixking.com and its prequel for the weird ways  the gods work.

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