You are a God! You are master and ruler of a loyal nation. You have unimaginable powers at your disposal. You have claimed this world as yours. But there are others who stand in your way. You must defeat and destroy these pretenders. Only then can you ascend to godhood and become the new Pantokrator.
User reviews: Very Positive (609 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 5, 2013

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February 27

Dominions 4.17

This patch mainly fixes a few bugs introduced in the previous update.

Alchemy cheat detect bug fixed
Man-Eater got flick barb attack
Criosphinx no helmet slot
Ghost Riders and some similar rituals didn't work properly
Deadeater bug fix
Pretender autocalc tweaking
Pretender cost tweaking
National pretender cost reductions shown in popup
Description fixes
Supaya reanimation gave wrong info on numbers reanimated
Some start troop fixes
Fixed bug in new poptype modding that made many commands useless

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February 24

Dominions 4.16

This version has revised costs for all pretenders and the amount of
design points available has been increased by 150 for pretenders and
100 for disciples. There are also a bunch of new pretenders to choose
from and the dominion spread mechanic has been tweaked to make it
easier to play with a low dominion score. There are also various
performance improvements, bug fixes, new mod commands and new random
events.


Game

  • More varied pretender costs and +150/+100 design points
  • Pretender cost auto calculation
  • Dominion spread chance changed to 50% + dom str*5%
  • Shape changing units can die in one strike if it's powerful enough to kill the next shape too.
  • Auto kill occurs 20 rounds later to give more time for auto rout.
  • Rainbow didn't affect allies, fixed
  • New monster pretenders
  • Some new pretender titles
  • Changed the selection of pretenders for some nations
  • New graphics/sounds for some spells
  • Adding thrones to .map files automatically adds ascension points too
  • Independent wizards got more spells researched
  • Can select players with only 1 nation in era
  • New throne effect 'Dominion conflict bonus'
  • Mercenaries no longer drown when unhired
  • Siren's lure didn't work, fixed
  • Monolith could blink and use stygian paths
  • Wish fix
  • Nicer handling of corrupted turn files
  • Geoglyph didn't reduce MR properly
  • Supaya reanimation changes
  • Print 'defence negates' on those weapons
  • Void Lord cannot have helmet
  • Serpent tailed pretenderws can wear armor
  • Battle performance improvement
  • Host performance improvement
  • uw stat, spells and item fixes
  • Dragons did not use ammo for breath weapon in melee
  • Slash/Pierce weapons only gets -1 penalty under water
  • Underwater non pierce penalty fix
  • Stone beings not affected by plague or disease
  • New magic item for Nazca
  • Crumble was way too effective
  • Send horror resulted in one horror too many
  • Theft of the Sun now affects resources too
  • Don't auto summon units when you have fled the field
  • Max number of commanders increased 9990 -> 20000
  • Max number of units increased 160000 -> 250000
  • New option: --maxunits to limit number of units
  • Disease effect on death blessed arrows didn't work
  • Ethereal did not offer protection against some non damaging spells
  • Xibablba UW defence fix
  • Improved gem cheat detection
  • Cheat detection fix for mercs
  • Random map generation speedup
  • Improved dirt generation on random maps
  • New switches for random maps: --mapdirt, --mapdirtcol, --mapdirtsize
  • Minor memory leak fixed
  • Game info says whether story event are enabled or not
  • Snow/Rain/Sea graphics performance improvement
  • Altered snow and rain fall
  • Site power that kills undead & demons only affected undead
  • Swamp survival boots didn't help against miasma
  • Azi and Drakon have 3 head slots
  • Demonic Locusts
  • Dementia didn't heal correctly
  • Gossamer Cloth etc didn't give properly rounded scout reports
  • Bug fix for shape shifting units starting with magic items
  • Flying raiders needed 10000 patrollers to get caught
  • Xibalba dart throwers in towers has dmg value 12 instead of 0
  • Corpse Eater icon
  • Pretender discounts can now be set per nation
  • Stat fixes
  • Site fixes
  • Events updated
  • Typos fixed


AI
  • AI lab building improvements
  • AI Mictlan more likely to blood sacrifice
  • AI gem usage fix


Modding
  • New poptype mod commands: #defunit1, #defmult1, #defcom1, etc.
  • New mod commands: #disableoldnations, #clearallevents
  • New mod commands: #batstartsum6d6 ... sum9d9
  • New mod commands: #req_targitem, #req_gold, #killpop, #removesite
  • Event mod command renamed #newsite -> #addsite
  • New unlimited always event (rarity 5) for modding
  • Rarity 13 events also happens at low population levels
  • New nation mod commands: #cheapgod20, #cheapgod40

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About This Game

You are a God! You are master and ruler of a loyal nation. You have unimaginable powers at your disposal. You have claimed this world as yours. But there are others who stand in your way. You must defeat and destroy these pretenders. Only then can you ascend to godhood and become the new Pantokrator.

In Dominions you take control of a powerful being that rules a nation and aspires to godhood. The type of Pretender Gods can vary from magically powerful arch mages to huge titans or large monuments. The pretender gods have different strengths dependent on what kind of god you choose and what nation you play.

When you start the game you decide what kind of god you are and how your Dominion affects your lands and followers. It is an expression of your divine might and the faith of your followers. If your dominion dies, so do you. Your dominion also inspires your sacred warriors and gives them powers derived from your dominion.

In order to win and become the one true god you have to defeat your enemies one of three different ways: conquer their lands, extinguish their dominion or claim the Thrones of Ascension.

In Dominions 4 you can also play team games where one of the players take the role of supreme god, and the other members of the team are his servants and loyal subjects. The lesser gods rule their nations, but you all share the dominion of the supreme god.

Dominions is set in a fantasy world that draws inspiration from historical nations, cultures and myths. You will not encounter the elves of conventional fantasy in this game. Instead you might lead a nation of vanir from old norse myth. Aztecs, romans, israelites, greeks, shona and kievian rus are just a few of the inspirational sources of the game.

The first Dominions game was released in 2002 and was well received by strategy gamers. Since then Dominions has been much refined and Dominions series is still actively played making it one of the longest running 4x turn based strategy games.

Dominions 4 is also a highly moddable game. You can create your own monsters, spells and entire nations. Since Dominions 3 there has been a vivid modding community and Dominions 4 will enhance this capability even further.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.3 or later
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: any 32 or 64-bit distro
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL and libSDL1.2
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
224 of 247 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Possibly the only turn-based strategy game in existence in which you can appoint mages as mind slaves to a giant flying undead octopus whose primary combat strategy involves sacrificing dozens of virgins to power spells that explode entire opposing armies into clouds of gore.
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34 of 34 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
If you know Dominions3:

Dominions 4 is an attempt to turn Dominions 3 wall-like learning "curve" into a slightly less steep one. Let’s say a "Pisa tower wall" curve!
A bit more seriously this game is just the a simple update of Dominions 3. However this one is the must have. Some new races, much more community support (no1 is playing Dom3), here you will be able to find people to play with. If you loved Dom3 do yourself a favour...

If you don't:

This is a map-top-view war strategy game with races deeply founded on global mythological history.

It is like playing a mythological version of Risk (the table top game) in which each and every unit of yours has individual characteristics (stats, afflictions, abilities etc.) which are persistent through the entire match.

This will be delightful for people that love finding the most "efficient" routes to play, because you have so many variables to consider you will probably never be able to do so, but you will still love the challenge.
It will also be delightful for people that read lore. Each and everything you control (or don't) in this game has their characteristics explained in one or two paragraphs entwined with lore which in the end is mythology.

TL;DR: If you really usually jump for TLDRs don't bother getting the game.... there will be long necessary reading in the game and honestly you will need lots of patience to learn it! Otherwise... if you read the thing with a smile, buy it already.
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86 of 117 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Played multiplayer, received a message from neighboring kingdom that took months to reach my castle.

"Kill yourself"

10/10
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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
While certainly lacking in the presentation department with it's very dated graphics, Dom4 more than makes up for it in it's charm. The game lets you take mythological lore from around the world and pit it in wars for ultimate domination. You will see Titans warring against undead legionares, yomi fighting against valkeries, and lich kings unleashing death on the men of Avalon.

To me, Dom4 feels like a Ck2/Total War-esque type of strategy game, where you fight to expand your territory, spread your dominion (religion), and develop your nation. Where it really shines is its deep magical paths and unit diversity. I play the game with my second monitor open to the Dom4 mod inspector (http://larzm42.github.io/dom4inspector/) where I can compare and contrast every item, spell, unit, and magic site in the game. With 25 nations in each time period, combined with the numerous magic paths one can decide to branch into, their are many many combinations of strategies and development. In other words, no two players may play the same nation the same way, they may play off different strengths depending on how they designed their pretender (leading god of their nation).

This game to me is an easy to play, tough to master - which opens up for hours and hours of gameplay. You can play against the AI who offer a fair challenge (albeit becoming predicatble as you play more - such is expected with strategy AI), and when you seek a higher challenge it offers both real time and play by email multiplayer. I didn't think I would enjoy the play by email system but it's really relaxing to have a few games going at once and getting to do a turn or two per day before and after work/school. I always look forward to downloading my turns and seeing how my wars turned out, what kind of events popped out, and coming up with a plan for the next turn. All the while trying to formulate long term magic goals that will keep me relevant into the late game.

In short, if you enjoy strategy, fantasy, mythology, or games such as Total war, Paradox strategy titles, or even the Civ series, do yourself a favour and give Dominions 4 a try.
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38 of 56 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
175.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
This game is hard
Now, so am I
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