5 on Friday: 12/05/17

5 on Friday

It’s Friday (well, okay, we’re a day late.  It’s been a busy week!), 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:

DM’s Corner: Involvement & Investment @ Pawns & Pints – Interesting observations on getting players to really “buy into” your game.  I love GMing and thing I’m getting a lot better at it, but there are always improvements to be made, things that could be done better, and articles like this one really help me to learn.  I’ve actually done some of what they suggest before, but not in all of my games.  It can difficult to give up control to that degree and the only game I’ve really, really allowed that in has been Paranoia.  Perhaps giving up a little control for the sake of investment is something I really need to consider going forward.

Pandemic Legacy – First Impressions – No Spoilers @ Your Turn, Dad – Pandemic Legacy is sitting firmly on my shelf, tragically unplayed as I await the gathering of a consistent group for it.  This article really lights a fire under me to make that happen!  I enjoyed the author’s observations on the tension that the game creates, particularly in comparison to regular Pandemic which is itself a tense game at times.  The author’s enjoyment of the legacy aspects and of making lasting changes to the game itself also comes across very clearly.  A good article, and one that has me wanting to open up my own copy of the game.

5 Great Lunch Break Games @ Board Meetings – Of the 5 games listed, I actually own 4, but have yet to play 2 of these.  There are certain times, and certain groups of players, where little bite-sized games are absolutely perfect, and it’s great to see a list of suggestions to suit.  I cannot agree more about Star Realms and Boss Monster, both of which are absolute gems.  I don’t know much about Jaipur, but the other two games on the list both look fantastic and are both sitting unplayed on the shelves behind me.  Maybe taking them into work for lunch breaks would be a good idea, after all!

Best Painted Nominations and Summary @ Crystal McDoll – Loving Blood Bowl as I do, it’s a delight to see a post just stuffed full of pictures of beautifully painted teams from recent events.  In addition to taking great photos of a lot of really fantastic teams, the author seems to have had a good time at the event itself.  Good stuff!

The changing of the (Celestial) Guard @ The Eternal Rival – The author muses on moving on from the old sculpts of an Infinity unit to the new.  Both sets of sculpts are, I must say, very well painted – though you can tell they were not painted at the same time, with the newer lot being that little bit more vibrant in their colours.  The colour scheme is really cool, too.  I like the orange and green that the author uses.  As an aside, I like the use of terrain in photographs to give the models context.  I need to do that with mine when I get around to doing some photography.

On No Rerolls, we’re just back from a holiday!  Our most recent post has been a look at party games aimed at entertaining larger groups in a more casual style.  I’ve also been posting elsewhere, putting up posts about returning to Warhammer and some Triple Triad cards based on Kingdom Hearts.  I have also added my Instagram feed to the sidebar of this blog, as it usually consists of tabletop-themed pictures.  Take a look!

See you next week!

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