Age of Wonders 3

I’m one of the folks that bounced straight off the campaign for this one. If I hadn’t circled back and tried a random map campaign I would of dropped this really fine game never knowing what I’d missed.

Here’s a suggestion if it’s not worked for you up to this point. Fire up a random campaign, load it with 5 AI’s, then set it to teams and make it so you and one AI are on a team faced off against 2 other AI teams. The rest of the parameters about map size and what not you can set to personal tastes (I wouldn’t however turn on the underground on this play thru as that effectively doubles the map size and bogs things down a bit from a gameplay perspective). Then have at it.

Play the majority of the tactical battles yourself, that’s a large part of what makes this one fun. Of course If the tactical battles don’t float your boat, this may never end being your cup o tea.

I did not find the campaign worthwhile. I played random maps, for the most part, and with friends.

Original campaign was a bit dull. Expansion campaigns were much better I thought.

Also…time for another round of play by email?

But of course!

Not done it before but I’d gladly join in!

A pbem match for qt3ers?

Yes please.

Also, to affirm what was said before, don’t do the campaign until you’ve done a few random maps.

I tired the campaign a few times and I could never make it through. Its just too contrived with certain planned events. You also do not get to spend much time with each hero archetype.

Interest piqued.

Shall I set a game up then?

Sure. Since I’ll be relearning the game as I go, I expect others to accept my treaty offers without hesitation. :-)

If anyone has any requests now would be a good time to air them.

I propose:

Large map (5 human players)

No mods.

48 hr timer.

FFA or teams? I’ve never played AoW3 MP, so I’m not sure what the options are.

Whatever options you want!

I’d be in for PBEM as well if there’s still room.

With you I count 6.

Large map is perfect for 6.

I’m thinking if no alliances/no teams is enforceable via a game setting during game creation, that would be the way to go, unless the majority wants to play a 2v2v2 or 3v3 game.

Is there any interest in a parallel comp stomp game?

I just remembered that I’ll be away from my computer from next Thursday till the Monday so I’ll not be able to join unfortunately!

I’m at 32 hours spread out since 2014 and feel the same way. And I loved the original and Shadow Magic. AoW3 never clicked.

But of course folks here describing it as the pinnacle of the series have led me to re-install. I just read through about two years of posts in this threads for starting advice and settled on the most recent:

I’m going to try this. But I’m uncertain on whether to start with cities already on the map.

@Strato recommended this approach, with cities on the map but no building, “City building is off, the focus is on cities for map control… Also, because there was no city building, I decided it was easier to have the map revealed (fog enabled) to at least identify where all the city sites are.”

But @BloodyBattleBrain has recommended the opposite, “Start on a medium or large map, with no cities on the map, and a settler start. You’ll pay attention to the map then, especially MCUs (special sites on the map, such as dungeons, that unlock different building options).”

And of course a third approach is starting with cities on the map, and allowing building. Thoughts on these two approaches, for someone starting out?

By the way, for others starting out, there’s this beginner guide from several years back. Some of the images are missing. I had earlier saved this as a pdf, so if you want it, let me know.

I prefer settling my own cities, but maybe the AI does better with preexisting cities?