Friday, April 8, 2011

Welcome To Antagarich!

A New Blog

Hello and welcome to what I hope will be a fantastic review of Heroes of Might and Magic III, one of the most addictive turn-based strategy games ever made. I am a huge fan of the series and have played through every single game. However, I'm particularly enamored with the early titles created by New World Computing.

Instead of writing a traditional game walkthrough or critique (they have been done to death on the Internet), I plan to document my thoughts and observations in a gonzo, stream-of-consciousness style as I play. The plan is to start with the original Restoration of Erathia game, chapter by chapter and map by map. If all goes well, and I don't get stuck facing General Kendal, I'll continue with the Armageddon's Blade and Shadow of Death campaigns.

Of course, I also have a full time job to worry about. So for those of you hoping I'll crank out multiple posts every day, prepare to be disappointed. Let it be known now that I don't intend to write for the sake of writing. I want to let the game simmer so I can slowly soak in the experience. One thing I've always loved about the series is that the music, graphics, and storyline are cleverly designed to immerse you in a gorgeous fantasy world. Why would I want to rush through it?

Ultimately, my goal behind this blog is to encourage strategy fans to get a copy of Heroes III and play it!. For those who may be long-time Might & Magic fans, please feel free to leave comments and start discussions. Just keep flamebait to a minimum. Yes, we all know Heroes IV was rushed out the door by 3DO.

How I'm Playing The Game

I'll be playing the 'Complete' version of the game on my Windows 7 laptop. I'm using the Heroes 3 HD mod, which offers 32-bit color support and increases the game's resolution beyond 800x600. Those familiar with the game may notice that the game looks better than they remember.

There will be times when I resize or crop screenshots to emphasize a poignant element of the game. But for the most part, I'll keep the images unedited.

With respect to the game's difficulty, I'm going to rely on each map's default setting. It's my belief that easy mode should never be used unless you're completely new to the series. In easy mode, The CPU player never builds tier 7 dwellings or escapes from battle. Boring.

Finally, I'll stay away from using cheat codes or hacking programs. Pretty much every version of Heroes III has its own separate set of codes and I'm too lazy to look them up. Besides, I don't think I'll need them anyway. I've played through Heroes III in its entirety several times.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this review of Heroes III. Feel free to subscribe to this blog via RSS or share posts you like on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Good luck with the reviews! Bookmarked - I'll be reading frequently!

  2. Hey man! Good to see you here.