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Lords of Conquest is a 2D turn-based war simulation that involves the invasion of other territories. Before playing, there are a number of conditions that must be tended to, such as the amount of territories, the number of cities needed to win, elements of chance, resource abundance and the overall level. Four would-be conquerors can join the world domination action, and a demo is available for novices.
When the above has been set, choose a map for conquest. While there are 20 maps from which to choose, you'll also have the option of a randomly generated map or creating your own customized world. You'll get to name the map and create the territorial boarders. The default worlds take place in actual and historic locations such as North America, the Shenandoah, Africa, Prussia, China, the Sea of Japan and the Boarderlands.
Once a map has been selected, a 2D view of that location is shown with various borders. In order for the war to commence, one must choose territories to protect. The computer or other human opponents will then do the same. While some territories are smaller and contain important cities, others are massive and are used for resources.
Because of the game's turn-based nature, you'll have to make selections such as producing resources, breeding horses and moving stockpiles to other territories. The latter option is used when the enemies are threatening that territory or one close to it. Once the resource phase is done, the attack mode will commence. You'll have the option of attacking once a turn. Troops can infiltrate all rival lands, but use caution — when troops are attacking rival lands of massive size with limited resources, the attack might not be successful. Important cities are represented via icons on all territories.
When the required number of cities has been overtaken, the war is won. As warning, enemies can retake their land at any time, and there are times when they'll overtake your cities. There is also a status screen that can be selected at any time. It contains information pertaining to resources, and access to the save function. ~ Matthew House, All Game Guide