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Age of Wonders III

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Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike! Create an Empire in your own Image Rule as one of 6 RPG style leader classes: Sorcerer, Theocrat, Rogue, Warlord, Archdruid, or the tech-focused Dreadnought. Research powerful skills unique to your class to develop your empire and arsenal. Choose your allies from among the six main races - Humans, High Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins and Draconians - and fantastical monster dwellings. Explore and Exploit a Living Fantasy World Explore a rich fantasy world that is more detailed and alive than ever with over 50 location types to raid for treasure.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

recently started to play it again....it is still a great game.
I would highly recommend a few mods:
- extended rng setting is a must imo (much more options to generate rng maps + much bigger maps possible)
- epic hero levels...if you want to play on a big map you need to make sure that your hero wont reach the max level of 30 too early...this mod essentially doubles the max level
- double layer mod for a second underground layer ( to me the most important mod actually)
- mods that add more heroes
- mods that make the AI better , specifially "AI boosted" and "AI limit break"
- chivalrous intentions for more units
- dark elves mod ... I highly recommend the second , less known, one from o8livions, its the best
- + many more good mods
I was looking for a game, that I can play a few hours per week, here and there, in sp on a huge scale.
Now that the processing power of modern gaming platforms is much better, it is finally possible to play a 3 layer game on the second biggest map size possible ( colossal).
Please note however that the game itself is still just 32 bit, which means it will still have a hard time to deal with that map size.
I definitely recommend to turn off autosave, as the biggest problem seems to be rewriting existing game files. Just saving manually after each turn and using a new save game file every time works like a charm for me.

Review from Steam

Steam shows me having an utterly ridiculous 5300 hours in this game, but some chunk of that was minimized while I did other things like my job. Nevertheless, I believe I've spent more time in this game than any other in my life. I adore this game. The mechanics are a lovely balance between simplicity of play and depth of strategy with a perfect speed of play. I return to this game time and again, and yearn for another that captures me so completely.

Review from Steam

thanks Sseth

Review from Steam

This game has multiple different layers to the fun with a strategic map and tactical battles, similar to Total War except it's turn based. There's even an RPG aspect to it which allows you to customize a leader and level him up along with a group of trusted heroes. There's even the option to add an Underground layer to a standard map, giving an additional dimension of strategy to explore. The fantasy setting is very in depth too. You can play all sorts of classic fantasy races such as Elves, Orcs, Goblins and Halflings or even some unusual ones such as Frostlings and Draconians. Whatever race you chose can be mixed with a variety of different classes such as a stealth assassin Rogue, or a nature loving Arch Druid, or a dark deplorable Necromancer. Building your own leader and choosing his traits leaves room for roleplaying that character through a save, making him good or evil or just a fiery force to be reckoned with. The DLCs are great additional content to get started with, but even if you eventually get bored, there's a very interesting modding community to explore. I'd highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys strategy in a fantasy setting, especially if you have a lot of free time.

Review from Steam

Probably the most fun strategy game I've ever played and I've been playing strat games for 30 years. Immersive, good game play and just all around a fantastic game. Wish they would make another like it.

Review from Steam

For me, replay value is paramount for any game, and this game has that and so much more. You will immerse yourself in a world with so many variables. With 2500 hours spent, this is a clear all-time favorite. The expansions add so much more content and diversity, such as Eternal Lords. You will not be disappointed!

Review from Steam

First game I've come across that feels like a better version of HoMM3, and my friends and I have tried many

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