Richard Cobbett used words such as "immediately engaging" and "is" to describe Age of Wonders III in his review (opens in new tab) , so the news that it will shortly receive an expansion is almost definitely a Good Thing. Golden Reams is its name, and "bucket loads of new content" is its game, including the hobbity return of the Halfling race. Triumph announced the expansion (opens in new tab) with a ginormous video describing the new stuff, but if you'd rather hear about it in text form, I have you covered there too.
The aforementioned halflings, a new three-scenario campaign, and additional units including "the filth throwing Dread Monkeys, alluring Mermaids and the fearsome Glutton who can swallow whole regiments in one bite" are all things to expect in Golden Realms, along with a Wild magic specialization that sounds rather fun. I very much like the idea of being able to "cause spontaneous mutations, warp equipment and turn orderly battles into a pandemonium where the lines of battle are violently warped", and I'd like it even better if I could do all that while waiting in line at the post office. Sadly, Wild magic is limited to the fictional realm of Fantasyshire for the time being, though it should at least result in some unpredictable turn-based battles against your foes.
Golden Realms will release alongside a patch for the base game making balance and AI tweaks, and adding Steam Workshop support and a new spell system to AoW3. The expansion's set for release on September 18th; you can find more details here (opens in new tab) or in the video below. (Ta, RPS (opens in new tab) .)