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Last year, Martin Wallace’s Wildlands blew us away with its super-slick, ultra-refined cardbased take on the miniatures skirmish genre. Its appealingly motley factions and busy, colourful double-sided board, made it clear from the start that it would benefit from expansion sets, and publisher Osprey Games hasn’t held back from delivering them. First out of the gate was the six-strong reanimated horde the Unquiet Dead, and now we have The Adventuring Party – a quartet of classic questing hero types: barbarian, rogue, wizard and cleric.

With one fewer party member than the other base set factions (and two fewer than the zombie gang), they might appear underpowered. But Wallace balances that by adding a new action to this deck: a heal, for the cleric character, dom. This can really make a difference in the thick of ba ttle, and offers a great way to confound your opponents.

You can also recast the heroes as a gang of troublesome looters – gamecontrolled characters with preset actions who move around the map during your battle and try to nab the players’ crystals. It’s a fun enough addition to the scrappy chaos, but in truth this faction is best appreciated as an active participant. In fact, we’d go as far as to say they’re the honest faction yet. Only having four of them gives you more tactical focus (protect the healer!), which certainly adds an appropriate against-the-odds thrill when playing them.

With new maps also on the way (May’s Map Pack 1 features a warlock’s tower and a deep, crystalstudded canyon), it’s clear these expansions are going to keep coming. On the evidence of the Adventuring Party, that can only be a good thing. All we need now is a Scythe-style Automa deck to make a solo mode possible, and we’re set.


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Must Plays and more in our Best Games of 2019 issue of Tabletop Gaming. Over the next 196 pages discover all of the most positively reviewed games of the year. With a massive 181 games reviewed, this is the definitive “what to play next” guide of 2019! Games reviewed include: Wingspan Copenhagen Hellboy: The Board Game Res Arcana Lifeform Century: A New World Megacity: Oceania Pandemic: Fall of Rome Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Rough Nights & Hard Days Azul: Stained Glass of Sinatra Tapestry Letter Jam Hako Onna Everdell Battle Ravens Dune + Many more!

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