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Thursday, July 6, 2006

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Tacticular Cancer has posted the first installment of a two part preview of Sharpnel Games upcoming strategy game, Dominions 3: The Awakening. D3 will allow players to take command of over 1500 different unit types, in three different eras, using one of over 50 separate nations.

When you begin your new journey into the world of Dominions, you first must choose which Era to begin in. Eras are a new feature to the Dominions games that add an extra layer of strategy to the game along with replay value. You have three Eras: Early, Middle, and Late. Each Era sports different nations and magical/traditional warfare slant. Early is bent towards magic and thus plays a large part in combat and your overall game. Spells are more powerful, magical gems are more plentiful, et cetera. It features a boatload of new nations, many “primitive” that rely on magic and have roots in history (The Ape Kings in particular, who come off with very heavy Indian/Hindu vibes). The Middle Era is, as you may have guessed, a middle-ground featuring a balanced emphasis on magic versus traditional combat and is mostly made up of the nations from Dominions 2. It should be noted that Dom2 had only a mere 17 nations, while Dom3 boasts over 50. We’ll go into that a bit later. Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, Eras. The Late Era, following the pattern, is based around medieval warfare as it occurred here on Earth, with emphasis on flanking, more reliance on proper troop placement and selection etc. Not to say the Early Era was devoid of this, quite the opposite in fact, it is just more in the foreground in the Late Era. Once you’ve chosen your era, it’s onwards to select the nation you will have Dominion over.
The rest of the preview can be found at the link below.

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