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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6 comments by Protektor on Dec 11th, 2012

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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AhimsaFox
AhimsaFox Mar 22 2013, 11:01pm says:

It is DRM FREE?
I hate DRM

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Calahan.
Calahan. Mar 23 2013, 5:14pm replied:

Yes, this game has no DRM protection. There is no need to have the Desura client running as you play either. You can also copy the game files to a USB stick and play it directly from there (so you can play the game on multiple computers without needing to install it every time.)

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AhimsaFox
AhimsaFox Mar 24 2013, 5:05am replied:

I was already check that it is Free DRM with buy, before see your comment.
But Thanks you for you explain.

It is epic game.

I love Illwinter's game.

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AhimsaFox
AhimsaFox Mar 23 2013, 9:00am replied:

It is FREE DRM

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_Rouge_Xvil
_Rouge_Xvil Feb 26 2013, 12:57pm says:

Just discovered this game after i played conquest of elysium 3 for weeks, and it is just AWESOME !!!! Thank you guys for making such great games.

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Calahan.
Calahan. Feb 26 2013, 2:29pm replied:

Glad to hear you like the game.

Please feel free to check out the very active forum, where of course you shouldn't hesitate to ask any questions you might have about the game. And it is also where you should visit should you wish to try the game out in Multiplayer. (which is where most people agree the game truly shines brightest)

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Edirr
Edirr Feb 22 2013, 8:46am says:

The recent flamewar between Reiart and Soyweiser has been deleted from the comments.

Let's make this clear once and for all: The comment section here is NOT the place for a protracted airing of grievances, flamewars or trolling!

Larger grievances and other lengthy discussions belong on the Dominions 3 forums, which can be found here: Desura.com Such lengthy discussions can be properly attended to there and anyone who has registered an account on Desura can post there.

Flamewars and trolling do not belong here nor do they belong on the forum. In the comments section they will be dealt with by summary deletion and in the forum they will be mediated if possible and dealt in a different fashion if it is not.

If there are grievances and comments posted here that require a response from Illwinter Game Design, let the administration deal with them. In this respect I and Calahan are the first points of contact and if any contacts require escalation to the developers, I will see to that.

Please abide by these guidelines.

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Soyweiser
Soyweiser Feb 22 2013, 6:15am says:

It seems I never made a real comment about this game.

If you like deep fantasy strategy games, are not that bothered by a bit of micro management and not so good graphics, this game offers years of replay value. And it has a few very interesting game mechanics, like how you design your god.

And it still has an active MP and modding community. Might be the best game I ever bought. Time spend/money wise.

So, try the demo -> (linked to the left there). It is free.

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Reiart
Reiart Feb 19 2013, 2:58pm buried:

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The game is very enjoyable, but they had to add a little thorn in my side.
In Dominions 3 I have to deal with the 'freemasons' and their symbology impinging on my fantasy, my experience.
I do not like the freemasons, what they stand for, or their symbology; I also do not agree with the hopeless statement 'the freemasons know all and now you do to" to paraphrase the manual.

Then, based on the quality of D3, I purchased Conquest of Elysium (which I have yet to get into). Guess what, I have to choose a name for the voice of the fallen 'god' "el". The "god" of a specific group of people who I do not identify with.

It is suppose to be FANTASY, a formless dimension that allows the gamer to experience another world, a far-off world ...but no, they had to add their petty, corrupt and primitive philosophical 'understandings' in there.

This really 'coloured' my experience (like a tiny stone in the shoe), every-time I see that stupid eye in the pyramid, knowing that some loser thinks it is the pinnacle of understanding, ...that he thinks he has it...

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Edirr
Edirr Feb 20 2013, 1:36am replied:

If you're upset about the illuminati pyramid as the symbol for the spy special ability, tough luck. It is a humorous reference to how pop-culture Illuminati are portrayed and as such, is perfectly appropriate for the spy. It is not an endorsement of freemasons or other such movements.

If you choose to take it as such, that is your privilege. As far as the Voice of El and Priestess of Baal in Conquest of Elysium 3 are concerned, including such classes there and basing them (loosely) on existing mythologies does not make them any less fantasy. It also does not make the Voice of El an endorsement of the Christian god or the Priestess of Baal (or the Demonologist for that matter) an endorsement of demon worship or human sacrifice.

I'm sorry if your own preconceptions and prejudices prevent you from enjoying the games of Illwinter Game Design, but that is because you read more into things than are there in reality.

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Reiart
Reiart Feb 20 2013, 2:14am buried:

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"Prejudice", look I want a fantasy game. It is not plausible that some other world, completely detached from this one would have the same institutions or mythologies. Period, not plausible (so they put it in there because the designers ARE freemasons, a little nod to themselves and their understanding of 'everything' as freemasons).

I want to mod this crap out.

BTW, 'el' is not the Christian god and baal is a 'god' to which one makes child sacrifices.

So if it was light-hearted and fun, they would NOT include a 'god' to which people ACTUALLY made child-sacrifices to. It is fine for dimwits because they have no understanding of the mythology or their beliefs in the working of 'magic' and symbolism to influence society, and would barely notice the symbolism or recognise their history ...if at all.

It DOES make it less fanciful, as they should have made-up new names and new symbols.

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Edirr
Edirr Feb 20 2013, 2:36am replied:

With Dominions 3, you have a fantasy game. Its nations are based on real world mythologies from our world, which causes the Dominions 3 world to be a fantastical mirror of our own in many respects. For many fans, that is precisely its charm. It is not a completely different world where all names and things are made up from scratch. I'm sorry if it is not what you were looking for, but that is how it goes.

If Dominions 3 is not acceptable to you and you require a more traditional fantasy game with elves, dwarves, orcs and such, there are numerous other games out there that fulfill those requirements very well.

If you wish to mod certain nations out, you are free to do so using the tools provided with the game (the foremost among them the modding manual). Special ability symbols are not moddable, so you're still going to see the eye-in-the-pyramid on any unit that has the spying ability and short of actually reverse engineering the executable to replace that graphic, there is no remedy for that.

As far as your claims about the developers being free masons go, you are free to believe that, along with any other things you choose to believe. The act of believing does not change reality.

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Reiart
Reiart Feb 20 2013, 2:21am buried:

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Do you want anothers' religious beliefs pushed on you?, especially when those beliefs relate to manipulation and child-sacrifice?
I don't and I think we have a society that honours this principal...

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Edirr
Edirr Feb 20 2013, 2:38am replied:

Having some element that relates to a particular religion in a game does not equal proselytizing the teachings of that religion on other people and saying they should do that. You are free to hold whatever beliefs you choose, but as far as I am concerned, this discussion has come to an end. Any further comments on your part in trying to pursue this tangent will be summarily deleted.

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It's awesome!

Hundreds of different units. Dozens of Nations to play.
A mind boggling amount of spells to cast.
Equip your summoned Angels, Deamons or other monsters with different items you have forged.
Sacrifice slaves to perform the most vile of magics: Blood magic.
Etc. etc.....

And all these options do not even include the hundreds of mods that have been made by the community.

If you like GRAND strategy games you should definitely check this out.

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Dec 11 2012, 4:56pm by GFSnl

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