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5 on Friday: 09/03/18

5 on Friday

It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all new 5 on Friday.  We’re going to start with 5 exciting releases for this week before moving on to our usual 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.

Releases and Previews

Every week there are many games and miniatures released.  This will probably be a mix of previews, preorders and releases, and with release dates being the way they are in this industry, it’s always pretty approximate.  Excuses out of the way, here are 5 of the releases that caught our attention this week:

Insidia Miniatures on Kickstarter – Some really beautiful miniatures up on Kickstarter at the moment.  These Insidia miniatures are simply gorgeous:

There may be a game attached, but I’ve not really looked, I just love the style of the models.  They remind me in style of the video game, Torchlight.  That’s a style I really like.  Not touching any Kickstarters at the moment myself, though.  Recently burned by some terrible service from CMoN.  Need to email then again actually to prod the processing of my promised refund…  But yeah, these miniatures look fantastic!

The Pirate of Drinax for Traveller – I know there’s a hardcore set of Traveller fans who swear by the classic materials, but a lot of the new stuff from Mongoose is pretty good.  This big sandbox setting looks pretty cool:

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It’s definitely not cheap, but you do get a lot of book with over 600 pages of fantastic campaign material.  Worth a look, but the price might put off all but the most ardent of Traveller fans.

The Fallout miniatures game from Modiphius – You know we love Modiphius here, and I can promise you we love Fallout, so the two are obviously a match made in heaven for us!  It’s up for preorder, to be released in May.  Lookee, here:

The miniatures look good, the game seems decent and I’m excited to see where it goes.  Some of the scenery that is also up for preorder looks a tad expensive for what it is, but the starter set doesn’t seem to unreasonable, price-wise.

Battle of Hallowheart Terrain Collection from Games Workshop – A cool terrain collection from Games Workshop that gives to a board pretty much ready to go with only a little work needed.  Here’s what the content looks like:

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The collection is a bit pricey, but you can get the mat on their own for much less.  It also include some custom scenarios and warscrolls.  It’s a pity the product is card, rather than mousepad material, which I love, but it still looks really nice and I’m sure the quality will be fantastic.

Capital Lux from Aporta Games – Small card games are great.  They are bite-size bits of fun that pack a lot of fun into a small box and manage to wring a lot of enjoyment from only a few components.  I especially love when they have a cool, unique look, and Capital Lux really fits the bill:

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Taking only half an hour, looking incredibly beautiful and bringing a great, tactical experience to the tabletop, it’s worth checking out.  The low price point certainly doesn’t hurt, either!

Blog Posts/Articles

The meat of 5 on Friday, the article are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

Screamers of Tzeentch @ Gamer Multiclass – Simple and straightforward article.  The author has painted some really nice Screamers and outlined how they were painted.  The pictures look great and it’s always good to learn how these effects are achieved.  Good stuff!

First Infinity Tournament @ When Cannons Fade – I’ve never taken part in any tournament beyond small ones at various local clubs.  I don’t know if I’d like to or not, but I did enjoy reading about this author’s experience at an Infinity tournament.  I also adored all of the awesome pictures that he put up.  The tables he played on were really cool looking and I’m jealous!  Thanks for sharing.

Ten Things to Know About the Chronicles of Darkness @ Mephit James’ Blog – Ok, so it’s not actually ten items in this article, but it’s a good wee intro to the idea of the Chronicles of Darkness.  I particularly liked points 1 (it being our world), 6 (regarding splats) and 7.  7 is crucial and is about the nature of local politics in the game.  I love Chronicles of Darkness and it’s always great to see blogs giving it the love it deserves.

Mansions of Madness 2nd ed. review @ Nicolai Grunnet – I’ve heard so many good things about the second edition of Mansions of Madness.  I have the first edition, but it’s a game I’ve struggled to get to the table, largely because of the amount of management involved in the game.  The app helps hugely with this in the second edition.  This review makes a good read and, although positive, it is not blindly fawning over the product, pointing out some key problems.  That said, the overall impression given makes me think that second edition would possibly see a bit more action than my poor, neglected first edition.  Good pics, too.

Blood Bowl @ The Raft – A nice article about the author discovering (or possible rediscovering) Blood Bowl.  The author did choose to go filthy Wood Elves, but I’m trying not to hold that against them.  I like the musing on game length at the end of the article.  It’s a discussion we’ve had ourselves, as Blood Bowl, fantastic as it is, does take a long time for what it is.  Interesting article which poses an interesting point at the end.

On No Rerolls, we’ve quiet, other than taking a look at an offer over at Bundle of Holding.  On Hit Somebody, I have posted my usual hobby update.

See you next week.

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