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Triumph Studios has just released Age of Wonders v1.7, and with it comes a much anticipated feature in the form of user-created modding, including brand new units, heroes, classes, races and gameplay mods, along with a ton of stability fixes and balancing work. Combined with the existing mapping tools, comes the possibility to create total conversions and other niceties.

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This big update comes with day-one Linux support for using mods, however the content creation tools are still Windows-only, with no promise of a Linux port whatsoever. It's a sad reality but this is still the consensus amongst developers, and as long as the sole promise of a better Linux gaming experience still relies on the hypothetical success of the Steam machines - i.e. a consumer-level gaming console, this is not going to change anytime soon.

In the meantime, let's enjoy ourselves with the first dozens of interesting mods already out now for Linux on the Steam Workshop, and I'm sure there will be loads of to come later on, thanks to Triumph Studios!

I have been greatly enjoying Age of Wonders III and I can't wait to get even more out of it.

Details about the patch can be found on the official website. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Mod, Steam, Strategy
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ricki42 17 Sep, 2015
Haven't played this since the Linux version was in beta.
But still no Linux on GOG :( I wonder if mod support actually makes that even less likely.
Makes Triumph's Linux support a bit of a mixed bag. I'm glad they support it at all, including mods, but I wished they went all the way.
Still, it's progress, and day-one support for mods is good news.
omer666 17 Sep, 2015
In fact on the official link they state it will be out on GOG in the next 24h, so I don't think modding is an obstacle in itself. The problem lies somewhere else, and as I do think this situation is far from perfect, it is also the case for many other great games, and I don't even talk about games that have a Linux version that isn't available anywhere like the UT games...
throgh 17 Sep, 2015
ricki42Haven't played this since the Linux version was in beta.
But still no Linux on GOG :( I wonder if mod support actually makes that even less likely.
Makes Triumph's Linux support a bit of a mixed bag. I'm glad they support it at all, including mods, but I wished they went all the way.
Still, it's progress, and day-one support for mods is good news.

I call the developers of this game just liars: Just arrogant claiming they cannot publish a DRM-free version because of the Steam-framework. And for this they won't see just one cent from me for that! :(
Mountain Man 17 Sep, 2015
Well that's too bad. Hey, at least we're getting some top quality games released for Linux, but when even Valve won't release their mod tools for Linux/SteamOS, I guess it's hard sell for other developers.


Last edited by Mountain Man on 17 September 2015 at 8:19 pm UTC
GustyGhost 17 Sep, 2015
omer666In fact on the official link they state it will be out on GOG in the next 24h, so I don't think modding is an obstacle in itself. The problem lies somewhere else, and as I do think this situation is far from perfect, it is also the case for many other great games, and I don't even talk about games that have a Linux version that isn't available anywhere like the UT games...

I find this a handy link to track GOG games which have Linux versions elsewhere.
ElectricPrism 17 Sep, 2015
This always struct me as a Window Shopper game, one that looks good on display but isn't that fun, practical or awesome once you buy it.

I hope to hear feedback contrary as AOW3 looks very interesting but IRL I think that 0 A.D. is likely more fun and it's not even complete yet.
torham 17 Sep, 2015
This game also requires registration to play multiplayer, and has no LAN or direct connect mode. It's not even DRM-Free by my standards in Windows through GOG.
Kimyrielle 18 Sep, 2015
Am I the only who finds it completely hilarious that the studios don't make the developer tools available to the one platform that has the greatest percentage of developer users of all OSes by far?
mao_dze_dun 18 Sep, 2015
ElectricPrismThis always struct me as a Window Shopper game, one that looks good on display but isn't that fun, practical or awesome once you buy it.

I hope to hear feedback contrary as AOW3 looks very interesting but IRL I think that 0 A.D. is likely more fun and it's not even complete yet.

It sort of is actually. Maybe because I can't shake the urge to play it as Heroes even though it's much closer to Civ. For one or another reason, I never really managed to get into it. I'd much prefer Endless Legend got a Linux port. I find it vastly superior in every aspect, except the battles.
Julius 18 Sep, 2015
Yeah, not Heroes like at all. More like Civ5 with turn based tactics mode bolted on top.

It's a great game, but a civ5 like game maybe doesn't lend it self so well to a story based strategy game, which I assume most people will have bought AoW3 for.

In addition: maybe its just nostalgia, but the previous 3 parts seemed a bit more fun back then.


Last edited by Julius on 18 September 2015 at 10:50 am UTC
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