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** The third installment seems to wise up to this. There seems to be more grayness involved among the races, and the alignment of a player is determined by their actions rather than their race. Signing peace treaties and alliances increases the "good" side of the scale, and declaring war on peaceful factions gives "evil" points. Migrating a city to replace its population with your own race is now also seen as an "evil" act and gives points in consequence.


* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The game had quite a plenty good music tracks.

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The game had quite a plenty good music tracks.


* GameBreaker: In the first game, First Strike on a hero, especially when combined with Cold Strike or Lightning Strike. Whenever the you get attacked in melee, you get to attack first with a good chance at freezing or stunning the attacker, thus negating the attack. Or with high enough damage, just killing the attacker outright. With the Customize Hero option, this can be bought on a leader at the start of the game, thus leading to a OneManParty.

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In the first game, First Strike on a hero, especially when combined with Cold Strike or Lightning Strike. Whenever the you get attacked in melee, you get to attack first with a good chance at freezing or stunning the attacker, thus negating the attack. Or with high enough damage, just killing the attacker outright. With the Customize Hero option, this can be bought on a leader at the start of the game, thus leading to a OneManParty.



** The spell Flood, given a couple of turns, floods every baseline ground tile with water. The aquatic Lizardmen are already at a strategic advantage on watery maps, but with this spell in play this advantage grows into absurd levels. Luckily for the other players it takes a long time to pull your research to this level.

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** The spell Flood, given a couple of turns, floods every baseline ground tile with water. The aquatic Lizardmen are already at a strategic advantage on watery maps, but with this spell in play this advantage grows into absurd levels. Luckily for the other players players, it takes a long time to pull your research to this level.



* ThatOneLevel: The first and third dwarf missions of the first game's campaign start you with few resources and run you through ''huge'' mazes of dark, enemy filled tunnels to reach specific points on the map. If you don't know exactly how to get to the goal, it's easy to either spread your forces too thin or get lost, both of which give the enemy time to build up strong forces undisturbed.

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* ThatOneLevel: The first and third dwarf Dwarven missions of the first game's campaign start you with few resources and run you through ''huge'' mazes of dark, enemy filled enemy-filled tunnels to reach specific points on the map. If you don't know exactly how to get to the goal, it's easy to either spread your forces too thin or get lost, both of which give the enemy time to build up strong forces undisturbed.


* CharacterAlignment: Ultimately a battle between good and evil with the neutral races playing wild card. In ''The Wizard's Throne'', alignment is now determined by whatever the dominant alignment of your forces is, rather than by your own stats. During the Wizard's throne you cycle between good and evil and back again in an attempt to restore the Balance Between Good And Evil.

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* FridgeLogic: Somehow, a lone Goblin Bomber can manage to capture an unguarded walled city, when their attack is explicitly said to be suicidal and they are only ever shown to carry the single large bomb and no other armament (which is not enough to get through a stone wall or sometimes even a wooden one). And even then, the Bomber is still clearly shown as being fully loaded afterwards.


* TheScrappy: [[ChildMage Symon]] from ''Shadow Magic'' is considered the franchise's equivalent of [[StarTrek Wesley Crusher]] because he was born a wizard and had one sphere from every element. Other wizards, on the other hand, trained long and hard to hone their abilities upon discovering them or were otherworldly beings to begin with, and most of them specialized in a specific number of elements.

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* TheScrappy: [[ChildMage Symon]] from ''Shadow Magic'' is considered the franchise's equivalent of [[StarTrek [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Wesley Crusher]] because he was born a wizard and had one sphere from every element. Other wizards, on the other hand, trained long and hard to hone their abilities upon discovering them or were otherworldly beings to begin with, and most of them specialized in a specific number of elements.

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* TheScrappy: [[ChildMage Symon]] from ''Shadow Magic'' is considered the franchise's equivalent of [[StarTrek Wesley Crusher]] because he was born a wizard and had one sphere from every element. Other wizards, on the other hand, trained long and hard to hone their abilities upon discovering them or were otherworldly beings to begin with, and most of them specialized in a specific number of elements.

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* EvilIsSexy: Karissa, the female Wizard of Fire from the second game.

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** For what it's worth, the Goblins use suicide bombers and poison unlike their Good counterparts. There's a lot more violence if you look at the FlavorText of their other units too.


* CrowningMomentOfFunny: the entire third game is made of this to the point where it's almost impossible to take it seriously. Every second hero says something absurdly ridiculous when first introduced, every second road sign is a joke, every second unit description is dripping with sarcasm and that's not even talking about the running gags and brick jokes littered all over the game maps.

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** The spell Flood, given a couple of turns, floods every baseline ground tile with water. The aquatic Lizardmen are already at a strategic advantage on watery maps, but with this spell in play this advantage grows into absurd levels. Luckily for the other players it takes a long time to pull your research to this level.


* GameBreaker: In ''Shadow Magic'', you can create an inventory item with the Drain Will and Dominate abilities. A hero equipped with this is practically guaranteed to add any one enemy unit from every battle to your side, permanently. Even the ones supposedly immune to mind control. Even enemy ''heroes''. That results in many players going into the nomads' third mission with a killer stack of 7 heroes.

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* GameBreaker: In the first game, First Strike on a hero, especially when combined with Cold Strike or Lightning Strike. Whenever the you get attacked in melee, you get to attack first with a good chance at freezing or stunning the attacker, thus negating the attack. Or with high enough damage, just killing the attacker outright. With the Customize Hero option, this can be bought on a leader at the start of the game, thus leading to a OneManParty.
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In ''Shadow Magic'', you can create an inventory item with the Drain Will and Dominate abilities. A hero equipped with this is practically guaranteed to add any one enemy unit from every battle to your side, permanently. Even the ones supposedly immune to mind control. Even enemy ''heroes''. That results in many players going into the nomads' third mission with a killer stack of 7 heroes.


* AwesomeButImpractical: The Spirit of War may reward quests with some useful spells like Hellfire and Fireball but his quests are often StupidEvil [[ViolationOfCommonSense Violations of Common Sense]] and he'll put you at odds with the far more practical Spirit of Order.
** The spells Hellfire and Tremor damage everything on the battlefield, including city structures you might have planned on using. The former is useful in moderation, though, as machines are weak to fire.



* OneManParty: Thanks to a couple of {{GameBreaker}}s, a properly customized hero is basically invincible. It's possible to beat the entire single player campaign, as well as most AI skirmishes, using only a single unit.


** Sacred Wrath, a spell that hits everything on the battlefield with holy light, becomes FriendlyFireproof in ''Shadow Magic''. With enough casting points, it can be cast up to three times (more with well upgraded mage heroes), making for a very effective way to damage and debilitate a large garrison or strike force.

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** Sacred Wrath, a spell that hits everything on the battlefield with holy light, becomes FriendlyFireproof in ''Shadow Magic''. With enough casting points, it can be cast up to three times (more with well upgraded mage heroes), making for a very effective way to damage and debilitate a large garrison or strike force.

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** The Chain Lightning spell in the first game can stun up to four enemies for a small mana cost, is very easy to target, and it's FriendlyFireproof.
** Sacred Wrath, a spell that hits everything on the battlefield with holy light, becomes FriendlyFireproof in ''Shadow Magic''. With enough casting points, it can be cast up to three times (more with well upgraded mage heroes), making for a very effective way to damage and debilitate a large garrison or strike force.

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