As others have stated, the graphics are not the draw for the Dominions series. You will be hard-pressed, however, to find a deeper strategy game. For instance, I couldn't figure out why after a few battles, several of my archers were breaking rank and charging the enemy. I checked and all those that were charging had lost an arm in a previous battle. They had defaulted to using their melee weapon! The online community through the Shrapnel Games forum and IRC will keep you up-to-date on strategies and never leave you with a shortage of players for play-by-email games or "blitz" games when you have a few hours to kill.
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