.com.unity Forums
  The Official e-Store of Shrapnel Games

This Month's Specials

Bronze- Save $9.00
War Plan Pacific- Save $7.00

   







Go Back   .com.unity Forums > Illwinter Game Design > Dominions 3: The Awakening

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:08 PM

Akela Akela is offline
Private
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Diego
Posts: 18
Thanks: 7
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Akela is on a distinguished road
Default What is the easiest nation to play?

Hi,

For a new player just starting, is there any consensus on which nation might be easiest to play? I'm thinking primarily EA or MA.

Thanks,

Akela
__________________
Normal AI - 1 Me - 0
Currently Playing: EA Marverni
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:11 PM

chrispedersen chrispedersen is offline
BANNED USER
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 4,075
Thanks: 203
Thanked 121 Times in 91 Posts
chrispedersen is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

Ashdod (hinnom).

You're big. You squish things.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:17 PM

Incabulos Incabulos is offline
Sergeant
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 239
Thanks: 29
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Incabulos is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

Hmm doesn't hinnom/ashdod/gath one of those ages have the big folks causing unrest? I don't think that is too easy for a new player to manage.

LA ermor is easy to get going but is banned from many MP games and also when it is in an MP game it gets ganged up on EARLY.

But the AI has a terrible time against a human playing LA Ermor so it makes single player pretty easy.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:20 PM
Gregstrom's Avatar

Gregstrom Gregstrom is offline
Major General
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,066
Thanks: 109
Thanked 162 Times in 118 Posts
Gregstrom is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

I'd say EA Ermor or MA Pythium. No Blood, no need to worry about the niceties of using giants, nice easy-to-use national troops and strong PD. Oh, and decent magic to boot.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:20 PM
JimMorrison's Avatar

JimMorrison JimMorrison is offline
Lieutenant General
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Utopia, Oregon
Posts: 2,676
Thanks: 83
Thanked 143 Times in 108 Posts
JimMorrison is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

Also Niefelheim with a traditional high bless strategy, is pretty simple to play (at least against lower difficulty AI). Really any giants will do you well, but those 3 are the simplest. Just make sure you put Nature4 on your pretender at the very least, but you'll want to experiment with your bless by placing a lot of magic on your pretender.

Also, bear in mind that getting too used to giants will make normal troops seem awkward when you try other nations, and you'll be shocked by their attrition rate compared to giants.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Tolkien's Avatar

Tolkien Tolkien is offline
Second Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Posts: 401
Thanks: 15
Thanked 18 Times in 13 Posts
Tolkien is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

What about MA Acro?

Just spam mind burn, paralyze, and soul slay and throw massive amounts of elephants with hypas to boost morale to trample them to bits?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:25 PM

Ironhawk Ironhawk is offline
General
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 3,011
Thanks: 0
Thanked 45 Times in 35 Posts
Ironhawk is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gregstrom View Post
I'd say EA Ermor or MA Pythium. No Blood, no need to worry about the niceties of using giants, nice easy-to-use national troops and strong PD. Oh, and decent magic to boot.
This is the right general advice but the wrong nation. Pythium is a communion-dependent nation - by its very nature complex. You're better off playing like Man or Pan who are straightforward in both magic and military.

Edit: swapped out Aby for Pan cause aby has blood. Basically just trying to point out nations with fairly restricted magic paths and fairly obvious troops.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:35 PM

Raiel Raiel is offline
Corporal
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 149
Thanks: 49
Thanked 15 Times in 5 Posts
Raiel is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

Sorry, OP, but the answer to your question is "No, there is not a consensus."

Find a nation that has a concept you find interesting and play SP against an AI (Easy to start). Read strategy guides and your manual. Play around with different unit, commander and mage combinations.

This game has a learning curve, but I and many others have found it to be a very rewarding investment. Good Luck!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old February 5th, 2009, 04:47 PM

Trumanator Trumanator is offline
BANNED USER
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tacoma WA, USA
Posts: 1,314
Thanks: 103
Thanked 72 Times in 50 Posts
Trumanator is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

Yeah, while there are certainly nations that are harder and easier, it all comes down to playstyle and what you find interesting.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old February 5th, 2009, 05:08 PM
Gregstrom's Avatar

Gregstrom Gregstrom is offline
Major General
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,066
Thanks: 109
Thanked 162 Times in 118 Posts
Gregstrom is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What is the easiest nation to play?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ironhawk View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gregstrom View Post
I'd say EA Ermor or MA Pythium. No Blood, no need to worry about the niceties of using giants, nice easy-to-use national troops and strong PD. Oh, and decent magic to boot.
This is the right general advice but the wrong nation. Pythium is a communion-dependent nation - by its very nature complex. You're better off playing like Man or Pan who are straightforward in both magic and military.

Edit: swapped out Aby for Pan cause aby has blood. Basically just trying to point out nations with fairly restricted magic paths and fairly obvious troops.
Just for the sake of being awkward:

Pan also have Blood in EA and MA. Pan's Blood is a bit like Pyth's communions though - they aren't obligatory but they're something you can use to wring the last drops of power from the nation. And of course in the long term you'll want to learn a little about both.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1999 - 2022, Shrapnel Games, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.