Hampstead, NC, 16 November 2006 - Okay, so billions upon billions of folks (give or take a few hundred million) pre-ordered Dominions 3: The Awakening, making it the largest pre-order in the history of Shrapnel Games and bringing great joy to Shrapnel and the developer, Illwinter Game Design.
With such a resounding pre-order success how does it get even better? Why, from selling out its initial print run within weeks of release!
Yes, Dominions 3: The Awakening, the turn-based fantasy strategy title that has redefined the word epic, is now entering its second print run within seven weeks of being released! The cult of Dominions is spreading, and with it comes a popularity rarely seen in the world of independent gaming. Gamers are hungry for a deep, satisfying strategy title that doesn't insult their intelligence in a quest to please corporate bean counters, and Dominions 3 delivers.
Examining the phenomenon of Dominions 3: The Awakening one can easily see why gamers have been so consumed with the game that they have forsaken work, food, and even dates, all in the name of Dominions. Dominions 3 has thousands of play possibilities, what with the 2000+ units, items, and spells included in the base game, along with the fifty nations and twenty-one player slots. Moddability is easy, and thanks to the new random map generator, there are now an infinite number of games available at one's fingertips. Of course then there's also the fact that Dominions 3 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, making it a game that unites, not divides.
For example, on the blog of Andrew Gross, Technical Lead for Security in the Windows Serviceability Group at Microsoft, he wrote, "I got Dominions 3 in the mail and started playing. I don't think there's any question that the Dominions series are the greatest turn based computer strategy games of all time, but they're extremely time consuming."
Then you have Peter Berger, a Mac user, saying, "Dominions 3 is a traditional strategy gamer's game…The designers made the game that they really, really wanted to play. And that is somehow infectious."
Yes, in a world fraught with political bickering, religious strife, and too many traffic problems, isn't it nice to see something that even Microsoft employees and Mac users can agree on? Is that a sign of what could come to pass if Dominions finds its way into the right hands? Could Dominions 3 bring peace to the Middle East? Would the Dear Leader worry about building nuclear bombs if he was engrossed in Dominions 3?
But it's not just the fact that both sides of the computing aisle enjoy Dominions 3: The Awakening. Everyone likes it! Finland's premiere gaming magazine, PC Pelaaja awarded it a 94/100 giving it their Editor's Choice Award, and France's Cyberstratege magazine give it a 9 out of 10, while GameZone gave it a 9 out of 10 and their Editor's Choice Award. A simple walk through the forums will reveal the near-obsession that fans of the game have. Isn't it time you join the masses?
A demo of Dominions 3: The Awakening for all three platforms is available for download at:
Or you can order it now (yes, there are still copies left from the first printing) at the Gamers Front:
More information on this title can be found at www.shrapnelgames.com. There you'll also find our complete catalog of award-winning and critically acclaimed games, free demos, free wargames, our blog, and one of the friendliest gaming communities you'll like encounter.