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
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
Buying and Forum
Dominions 4 can be bought from
The official forum is the Desura Dominions 4 forum
. Please use that if you have questions or if you have bugs to report.
- Many monsters (2000+) and many many special abilities.
- About 75 different nations to choose from, varying from Marignon
with paladins, witch hunters and inquisitors to under water nations like
the Lovecraft inspired R'lyeh.
- Three Eras to play in, Early era is most magic and the late era is
more technologically advanced with good steel weapons and armors.
- Design your pretender god and how his dominion influences provinces and his sacred units.
- Multiplayer with simultaneous turns (up to 28 players).
- Teamplay with one Pretender player and a bunch of Disciple players per team.
- Network or Play by E-Mail for multiplayer.
- AI opponents for single- or multiplayer game.
- Random maps with cave, mountain passes and rivers (rivers can only be passed when frozen).
- An extensive magic system with over 800 spells.
- Blood magic, power your rituals with human sacrifices.
- Global ritual that affect the entire world.
- More than 300 magic items.
- Unique magic artifacts that all players compete for, once forged no one else can make it.
- Mercenaries are bought on a global market.
- Scouts, Assassins, Spies, Seducers, Corruptors, Werewolves, Illusionists and more can be sneaking in your provinces.
- Claim the thrones of Ascension to gain special powers and eventually win the game.
- Permanent battle afflictions.
- Easy to Mod (2d graphics)
- Playable on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.
If you have already played a previous Dominions game you are probably more interested in this list of important changes
There is one main manual that contains the tutorial, explains how the game works and it also has a part at the end with lists of recruitable units for all nations. There is also a reference manual containing the spells and magic items in the game. Lastly there are also two manuals for those who want to create their own maps or mods, you won't need them if you are new to Dominions.
Main Manual (4.03)
Spells and Items Reference Manual (4.03)
Quick Reference Guide
(list of keyboard shortcuts)
Modding Manual (4.03)
Mapmaking Manual (4.03)
The game is updated frequently and you get the new updates by using the Desura or Steam client, or by redownloading the game from where you bought it (Desura or Gamersgate). Read the version history
to find out what has changed. You can also check out the progress page
to see what is happening to the development version (updated daily).
The game can be played on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX and does not
require a very new computer. A 5 year old computer should be able to run
this game just fine. About 500 MB hard drive space is needed and your
computer needs at least 1 GB ram.
Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Both 32 and 64 bit builds of Dominions 4 are provided
LibSDL1.2 and an OpenGL capable graphics card required
Any distro should work, new or old.
OSX 10.3 or later
Both powerpc and intel CPUs are supported
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