An "Internet Native" (already on the net when others "discovered" it and renamed it). I have run Internet Servers since its birth. I have worked for game publishers. But as far as games now, Im listed as "Beta Tester" in some.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 3: The Awakening

Have you tried it yet? Adding the old key to Desura as an "already owned game"?

if you ask the devs themselves they might issue you a new one and invalidate the old one for you.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Wait until you start allying with the AI. It does a pretty good job of it (well no more irritating than the average human player). And it is a lot of fun to discover how you are able to use each others abilities. Such as a Necromancer following around his Baron ally to raise the dead after the battles (even in cities the Baron owns). Or how well the Troll King allies with Dwarf Queen since they do not want each others resources.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

WOW I just realized we are in Dom4. I was thinking Dom3.
You do know that you can team with the AI? Quite effectively.
At least we got that thru the new version.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

Diplomacy with the AI is pretty one-sided. I can send them money and items.
They can ally, but only with each other.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

The devs consider that the game has a ton of diplomacy options.
Because you are not limited by a menu of what you can do.

Do you mean that you want the game to enforce NAPs?

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

I might be missing something but...
where is the demo?

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

if you plan to do a lot of it you can get a personal directory and webpage space on Dom4Minions.com by emailing gandalf at community net

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

I get the impression they barely talk to the devs. Ive never seen one talk to us.
(ouch I bit my tongue)

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

They do. Both of their games are updated versions of really old games. There are obvious differences between the newer sprites versus original ones. Each patch tends to include some updated ones.

Or there are player mods which update some of the sprites

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 3: The Awakening

What they DID build in was many command-switches that make this game interface very nicely to webpages. That makes it easy for the fans to create any kind of matchup or game creation service they want.

The Dom3Minions.com server has open games always available if you can find people to join you. The usual method would be to announce the game on one of the dom3 forums or maybe one of the IRC chat rooms asking for people to join the game with you before hitting the start button.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Pros and Cons.
Actually Im amazed at how well they do with each unit just needing 2 little icon-sized images. There are still some old original graphics but the newer updated ones are fantastic.

I wouldnt want to see the game switched to something like 3D just for eyecandy. We would lose too many player modders. But that is just my opinion. id rather have the mods

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Not just Illwinter. In any game I am enjoying I tend to prefer RPGing something if possible instead of whining about it.

But in this case I grew up among farmers. And I have done wildlife management in the military. Deer aint Bambi dude. Deer kill more people in the US than bear, wolf, cougar, alligator and shark combined (mostly vs cars but still they are tough). If you go to google and search for deer attacks there are some fun things on there. Even one deer, that gets into a building, can do a lot of damage. And that is just my experience in the US. The deer where the devs live are quite abit rougher as I understand it. So yes, wandering animals will damage your farm if you dont leave an armed person there. :) But if it REALLY bugs someone I was the first to offer up a mod to fix it.

Altho for game purposes I find it better to just leave a commander around to reclaim a spot after the animals leave. A small group can patrol a large area more efficiently than trying to hang onto everything for every turn. If any MP grames break out then Im sure the spreadsheeters will pass judgement on that tactic but it works ok for me.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

All nations have an income without taking anything if you can be patient.
The animals do not attack buildings the way goblins or knights do. But they do randomly wander so they can go thru towns if there are no guards doing lots of damage. That is world-realistic.
If it really bothers you then there are some player done mods and maps at www.CoE-3.com forum to change it

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gp1628 @ Dominions 3: The Awakening

Well since they are having fun with that, and the things you want are more or less available, and some things you want seem like they might involve a massive rewrite... Im not sure where the motivation would be.
Maybe when they tire of doing CoE3 or it reaches the same "would need total rewrite\" level

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 3: The Awakening

Illwinter is doing all of the things you want, on their new game Conquest of Elysium 3.
(presently on sale on Steam for 75% off)

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gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Its kindof new territory so you might have to tell us.
I think if you hit Credits on the menu it should tell you that your CoE3 is version 3.17?

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 3: The Awakening

this is fixed now? what are the limits in the demo?

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Dominions 3: The Awakening

(buried)

Wow way to "drill" it home dude. For someone that has as much netcred as me, you seem much more egotistical to make such extreme interpretations.

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gp1628 @ Illwinter Game Design

The information I had is that it was offered to the same 3 places as CoE3 quite a while ago. It seems to be up to those sites now.

Dom3 has been turned down before by Steam but hopefully having CoE3 on it will make a difference.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

At first, no. But apparently Johan talked to Steam about it. Im told that if people try again they can. But remmeber it is NOT the Desura code you get Steam to recognize. Its the serial ID for the game that you got from that code. Steam will recognize the serial

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Illwinters previous game is Dominions 3. Much MUCH larger with years of play (and much more expensive by the way). Dom3 is like 70% toward multiplay and 30% toward solo. It has randoms but not particularly game-ending.

CoE3 is the reverse. At least 70% or more toward solo play with the ability to multiplay (especially with teams which dom3 didnt support as much). The randoms in CoE3 can be the opponent that takes you out of the game. Coe3 is also faster and less micro-management that Dom3.

Consequently, many of the comments are coming from Illwinter fans of the Dom3 fanbase. I havent seen many reviews that were actually wrong. Its just choice of words. What I as a player who loves playing solo call small, fast play, limited MM, maximum fun surprises;
a Dom3 MPer recently called "shallow and mostly luck based".
None of it is wrong. Its just impressions and wording.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

What is your point? Steam is like the "Dollar Store" of game publishers.

We would have to wait until the results of that tactic are felt before it gets tried anyplace else.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Really? All sites that sell something should price it the same? I dont think that happens with anything.

BTW its also on sale at GamersGate for about the same as Steam depending on what peoples preferences are.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

People are adding new classes now in mods. And the developers themselves have some in the works that will be added by free patch later

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Does Amazon reach Russia? Here is a Dom3 link
Amazon.com

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Steam is not an option. But you can try on GamersGate.com

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Have you? I know it seems obvious, but really if you take one on marketing you will find that what seems obvious has surprising alternatives.

But thank you so much for the suggestion (as if thats a new comment over the last 10 years of the company) :)

"Everything has its Pros and Cons"

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Actually its not counter-productive.
I know that it seems logical that it should be. But there are many factors involved. This has been deeply debated by many levels of experts for a decade just with the games of this company. The discussions can still be found if you are interested.

No hard feelings. Just that the comment is not new revelation.

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

Been suggested and discussed for years. Wouldnt hold my breath for it. :)

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gp1628
gp1628 @ Conquest of Elysium 3

In order to aid the discussions..
could you be specific about what part of the game you would not spend 20 on?

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