I do realize that following one classic turn-based strategy game with another one might not be the best idea, but this is the game I had decided on when signing up for the season. We’ve already had SimTex’s Master of Orion, but for me Master of Magic is THE formative SimTex game and – even more than Sid Meier’s Civilization – turn-based strategy game.
I played it the first time when I was around 13 years old or so, and Dungeons & Dragons, The Neverending Story and The Hobbit had already made sure that I had a well-developed interest in the fantastic. It was just overwhelming. Civilization…BUT WITH MAGIC! It was just incredible how much variation there is in the game.
There is a lot of valid criticism of the game. Balance, AI, and so on. A lot of it was discussed again here on Qt3 when the game had a small resurgence after it was released on GOG six years ago: Master of Magic Rises Again
I suggest we ressurect that for this edition of the Qt3 Classic Game Club. Can anyone beat @Banzai’s 8307 high score? My entrance into that challenge resulted in this AAR about the rise and fall of Olethros the DEATHOMANCER, where you can see some screenshots of the game.
The game can be yours at GOG for €5.49: https://www.gog.com/game/master_of_magic, and I suggest you head over there for more screenshots.