Developer: New World ComputingRelease date: 2000Platform: Windows (PC) Genre: Turn-based strategyVersion: 1.4.1

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Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death is the second of two expansion packs for the turn-based strategy game Heroes of Might và Magic III. It was developed by New World Computing for Microsoft Windows và released by the 3DO Company in 2000. Shadow of Death is a standalone expansion paông chồng that includes the original game.

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The Shadow of Death includes seven new campaigns with adjustable difficulty settings. The expansion also includes twelve sầu new artifacts, minor balance tweaks & eight new terrain types designed to lớn enhance hero attributes such as morale, luchồng and magic expertise. Each faction remains fundamentally unaltered. Additionally, the expansion introduces a fifth artifact equipment slot for all heroes, & ten new types of teleporters for use on the Adventure Map. A major addition is the inclusion of "combination artifacts", that is, artifacts pieced together from other artifacts. The combination artifacts bestow extremely powerful abilities, & feature prominently in the campaigns. The expansion paông chồng also significantly improves the maps editor, including new portraits for four of the new chiến dịch heroes - Sandro, Finneas Vilmar, Yog & Gem - và other customization options.

Content from Armageddon"s Blade

The Shadow of Death can be installed alongside the first Heroes of Might & Magic III expansion pachồng, Armageddon"s Blade. New features included in the Armageddon"s Blade expansion (such as the Conflux town) are present in The Shadow of Death, but are designed khổng lồ remain hidden and inaccessible unless certain files installed by Armageddon"s Blade are detected in the game"s directory. The game, however, checks only for the presence of these files: it does not verify the file contents. Because of this, several gamers discovered that it was possible lớn create empty files with the correct file names to lớn unlochồng the Armageddon"s Blade enhancements in The Shadow of Death without having to install the earlier expansion pachồng.


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The Shadow of Death campaigns serve sầu as a prequel to lớn both Might và Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven and Heroes III: The Restoration of Erathia. The storyline revolves around Sandro the Necromancer, who has recently arrived on the continent of Antagarich following the events of Heroes of Might and Magic II. Sandro begins a ten-year plot khổng lồ reassemble two ancient and powerful neclãng mạn artifacts. He uses illusionary magic khổng lồ take the size of a living human, which he uses khổng lồ disguise himself.

Sandro first convinces the sorceress Gem và barbarian Crag Haông xã lớn find the pieces of the two artifacts for hyên ổn, promising rewards in return. Unaware of Sandro"s true nature, they agree khổng lồ aid hyên ổn in wresting the pieces away from other necromancers. However, once secured by the unwitting heroes, the pieces are spirited away by Sandro without fulfilling his kết thúc of the bargain. He reassembles the pieces into lớn two whole artifacts, the Cloak of the Undead King & the Armor of the Damned.

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With the Cloak & the Armor in his possession, Sandro battles the vengeful armies of his former warlock master, Ethric, và passes onward inkhổng lồ the undead lands of Deyja. There, he vaults a puppet king, Finneas Vilmar, lớn the throne, attaining full political control of the undead lands. From there, he begins his plan khổng lồ conquer the rest of the continent.

Some time later, amidst the war against the undead, the heroes Gem, Gelu, Yog & Crag Hack band together to combat the threat. They arrange khổng lồ meet at the plains of Bragden, but are ambushed by Sandro himself and forced lớn flee. As they regroup, Yog recalls a task he performed earlier of dispensing the components of the Angelic Alliance, a mighty sword. The team of heroes decide lớn seek out the pieces of the sword và reassemble it. Succeeding, they push onward into lớn Deyja, eventually cornering Sandro and defeating him. Afterwards, Gelu is chosen lớn become the Forest Guard"s next captain, as referenced in Heroes of Might & Magic III: Armageddon"s Blade. The heroes once again disperse the pieces of the necromantic artifacts as they part ways.

A final bonus campaign features Sandro after his defeat. The necromancer plots a second invasion, this time aimed squarely at Erathia. With the help of Lord Haart, he has King Nicolas Gryphonheart poisoned, và forms an alliance between Deyja, the Kreegans & Nighon against the human lands. However, he is tricked và imprisoned by his own puppet king, Finneas Vilmar, who then leads the invasion of Erathia which takes place during Heroes of Might và Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia.


The Shadow of Death was received fairly warmly by critics, with mostly positive review. It was praised for its maps editor improvements và the fact that it did not require the base game khổng lồ be installed, but it was criticised for its laông xã of new content outside of the single-player game.