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5 on Friday: 01/12/17

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:

French Harbor Town – Part II @ Herr Brush – Now that I’m settled in the new house and have my dedicated hobby space (yay!), I’m working on terrain/scenery for the miniature games that I play.  As such, it’s cool to see others doing likewise, and this is a really cool build-in-progress of a French harbour town.  Part 1 was good as well, but it’s part 2 where things really get going and there are lots of cool pics.  Looking forward to seeing this develop.

How to avoid Metagaming, or better @ Ranger’s Quiver – Metagaming is a problem in tabletop RPGs – there’s no doubt.  It’s not a problem I’ve encountered often.  Maybe a handful of times in a few different games.  That said, this is a really interesting article that looks at the issue and offers some suggestions.  A good, thoughtful read.

Chapter Approved 2017 @ A Tabletop Gamer’s Diary – A review of the new Chapter Approved book for the latest edition of Warhammer 40,000.  I’ve not really looked much at this edition.  I’m told I’ll like it, and I do still really love the models for 40K.  I like the approach that Games Workshop are taking with their updates for their games these days.  This is a good, image-packed review of the book which does a good job of giving a general overview and understanding of the book as a whole.

Five Awesome RPGs For When You Need Something New @ The Game Detective – A good article that recommends a number of games that play differently to your standard game of D&D or Pathfinder.  A number of the games presented here are ones that I really love.  Vampire: The Masquerade and Call of Cthulhu are definitely worth your time!  A good read, with great descriptions of each game.

How D&D kept me going @ Saylio – Finally, this week I came across this lovely, intensely personal post from a D&D player.  As someone who has struggled with self-confidence, I feel that I can relate to the author of this post, and I agree that tabletop games, and particularly roleplaying games, can be a real support.  I’m glad that the author has had good experiences, or at least an escape, and I wish him well.

On No Rerolls this week, we’ve talked a little about the GM taking over player rolls for certain tests in order to maintain faulty knowledge.

See you next week!

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