The BEST TBS strategy game, probably ever!

User Rating: 10 | Dominions 3: The Awakening PC
Dominions 3 is a 2006 game that is still being supported. It's somewhat pricey, but it is worth every penny. The manual is practically worth the price alone, giving you (almost) all the information you need to play the game. The game is also heavily moddable, with several game mods which have become standard in multiplayer matches.

Yes, it's hard. Yes, the learning curve is somewhat Everest-like. And it will reward every minute you put into playing it, learning about it, thinking about it. It's that deep. The several patches (3.26 was released this year) have not only fixed (a few) bugs, but also added new content. It also comes with Windows, Mac and Linux versions on the same disc, or it can be downloaded.

My previous all-time TBS game was HOMM 3. This game makes my old favorite look like checkers.