5 on Friday: 27/01/17

5 on Friday

It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for a little digest of some of our favourite articles from the past week.  Of course, we’re slow readers, so don’t be surprised if there are some articles that are a little older – these are just some of the great articles we happen to have actually read in the past week.

They are in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

The Etiquette of Buying Board Games @ GeekOut South-West – An interesting article about the difficulties in purchasing games as part of, and on behalf of, a group.  A number of different scenarios and types of purchases are discussed from the easy, such as splitting starter boxes and 2 player sets, to the thornier issue of what should happen to big box games that were group purchases if and when the group goes their separate ways.  I don’t have the sort of group that would make this an issue, but interesting nonetheless.

The Serialization of Board Games @ TARDIS of the mind –With the popularity of legacy games, this article is a timely look at how serialisation has rolled out across many forms of media.  I liked this perspective.  I also enjoyed reading it as I have a copy of Pandemic Legacy on my shelf that I am too scared to open without a committed, proper group with whom I can play through the whole thing!

Gaming for Two @ The Pastimes and Ramblings of a Grumpy Bear – The grumpy bear shares some of his considerations on buying games.  Like me, he also considers the question, ‘will the wife like and play this?’ a key factor in purchasing decisions.  He also shares an unpopular opinion on Caverna which is most definitely shared by my wife.

My Favorite Designers and Publishers… @ BeardGameIsStrong – A nice roundup of the writer’s favourite designers and companies.  I’m very familiar with two of his highlighted designers and have games from all but one of his favourite companies.  Always cool to read about what others are enjoying.  I’ve really got to check out Portal Games…

Project Introduction | Skaven Age of Sigmar @ Jeff-AH Tabletop – It’s nice to see an army in the planning stages.  In the article, the writer highlights that their list is not particularly competitive, but is fun and thematic.  This is something that I feel Age of Sigmar really encourages, so it’s good to see it acknowledged and read someone’s attempt to make a thematic, fun list.  Also, Skaven are brilliant.

On No Rerolls this week, we looked at a bundle of Hunter: The Vigil books and suggested some gateway games to start a board game collection.

See you next week!


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