Last night we kicked of our Xmas break with a game of war party.
I have had this a while and played 1 2 and 4 players and the lack of reviews and playing the game again prompted me to write a review now that I have a few games under my belt.
The board is large and clearly illustrated so no iffy boarders etc.
You will need a big table although the player strongholds and their upgrades are incorporated onto the map.
The art has a kind of 80s cartoony style which I find charming and nostalgic.
The pieces are oversized chits which are clear to see for older eyes and easy to read.
The cards were a little thin but all else is of good chunky cardboard.
The game is played as two teams of two factions so even in a 2player game you will have to control 2factions each which can be a little overwhelming at first.
4 player is the sweet spot for this game and in fact the game runs faster with four players than with two.
This is because the two allied sides can virtually play out their turns at the same time with a little experience.
The gameplay is the usual 4 faction each having different upgrades and playing slightly differently.
Humans are pretty standard with stable upgrades giving you knights,wizard towers for wizards etc.
While the undead upgrade are all about rituals etc and trying to get their bone dragon out (probably the toughest unit of all the races.
Each faction has its own double sided cheat sheet explaining what buildings do what,details on your 3 available heroes,building costs etc.
Sorry I didn’t mention each faction has 3 unique heroes that level up and can join in battle and can go of exploring dungeons to slay nasty beasts and find treasure or allies.
They also gain experience and warrior types become tougher and hit harder while wizard,priest get better spells.
The game flow is as follows.
The game starts with each faction in one of the corners of the board in their own stronghold.
You then start moving your units out and expanding.
After about 5 turns your forces will begin to clash and battles are quick and deadly.
Each unit has an attack strengh(some with a modifier of plus or minus) and you roll a d6 to and hit if you roll under the value on your unit.
If you hit the unit gets to reply and must roll under it’s defence value to stop the hit.
If it fails it dies.
The opponent then has the chance to attack back or retreat and cut their losses.
Territory is very important in this game though and you don’t want to give up any if you can help it.
Combat is a little more detailed than this as there is a rank system and you cannot attack units in the second rank until you have killed all those in the first rank etc.
There are exceptions to the rules as quite a few units have unique abilities and heroes can also join in the battles and cast many different spells from offensive to defensive etc.
Once you have done all your moving and battling you can use you income and that of any captured areas to upgrade your home fort,buy forward strongholds,recrout new units or do research etc.
Once you and you ally have played their turn the opponent team does the same.
We payed 4players and both ally teams played at the same time and the game moved at a good pace.
It is not over complicated but is quite an epic game running in at 2.30 to 3 hours.
We found it best by far 4 players.
All the elements meld together very well and if you can keep them alive the heroes get quite powerful and usefull.
The first team to destroy one enemy fort wins the game for their faction.
Every game we have played is a blast and everyone enjoys it.
There is also 2 two player variant now and with a little imagination you can also reduce the amount of playable territories and use only two factions.
The art style may be a little simplistic for some and you will need a lot of space to play this.
It if neither of these points bother you this is a great fantasy territory control game and we love it.
Outstanding game .
Thank you very much for the nice review and thanks for playing Warparty!
It is no hardship to play your game🙂.
Always fun always slightly different and different tactics to try.
Have a great new year.