Thanks to bjgamer
for donating Master of Orion 3!
You are very welcome!
Do yourself a favour and do not even try it without modding it.
Is there a good list of recommended mods?
It's actually been a while since I played but the GOG forum for Master of Orion series is very good. You might ask there about what the best mods are now. Probably the best acknowledged site for patches/mods is Bhruic
Steam also has a forum but mostly just sends them to GOG and Bhruic. While I remember the original game was crud, the modded game was challenging and fun. Enjoy! :)