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5 on Friday: 16/03/18

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:

Harry Potter Miniatures Game preorders now open – Knight Models have opened preorders for their Harry Potter game.  Despite originally announcing that the preordering would be done via Kickstarter, they have since reconsidered and are running preorders through their website.  I think this is the right call.  Why give up a percentage to Kickstarter when you already have an infrastructure in place?  Nice preorder goodies, too.  Here’s the product itself:

The price seems reasonably reasonable.  I’d have like a couple more minis, but who wouldn’t?  Not sure yet if I’ll be picking it up myself, but I’m more tempted than I was, after seeing the box and hearing it’s not going to be on Kickstarter – still embittered at not having yet received my refund from CMoN, as mentioned last week.  Another email sent and ignored.  Really disappointed in CMoN as I have always loved their games (and have bought MANY of them), but this service is really appalling.

New Way of the Force set for Star Wars: Destiny – Having only recently tried Destiny for the first time, I actually really like it.  The game wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was very good.  A new set is always a good time to jump into a CCG and it’s nice to see some the cards from this latest set:

As much as I enjoyed trying out the game, I don’t know that I’ll jump in myself – a CCG is a big, costly commitment to do right.  That said, if I get myself some cards and treat it as a self-contained game like Summoner Wars, Dominion or the like, it might work out for me.  Will have to think on that.

Ratcatcher’s Guild for Guild Ball – I’ve been liking all of the new team models for Guild Ball and the latest offering is no exception.  They look pretty badass!

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I love the terrain features they come with, too.  My favourite players would be the piper and the woman with the tall, Marge Simpson-esque hair.  I’ve never really gotten into Guild Ball, but I reckon I could put together a decent table for it from my Malifaux terrain.

New Carlton House & Queen’s Park version of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective – The Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective line has been really popular in the past few years.  I first heard of it through the fantastic Shut Up and Sit Down.  Well, I’d heard of it before, but it’s the first time I took much interest.

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A couple of different editions have been released, and these releases are important to fans as this is a game that you can only really play through once.  After this, you know the story and how the mystery plays out.  Thus, for fans of the series, this is a big release.

New Tau Codex for Warhammer 40,000 drops tomorrow – I’m in a 40K mood at the moment, and it has been year since I’ve said that.  The upcoming slow grow league at our local club, The Northern Knights, has me pumped to get an army going for this edition.  The slightly more pragmatic streak in me has not gone with the Orks or Eldar that I considered, but has persuaded me to go with Daemons so that if I don’t like the current 40K, I can still use the models in Age of Sigmar.  But back to Tau!

We have one club member very interested in reading this book as they intend to go all-in on Tau and commit themselves fully to serving the greater good in the course of this league.  Excited for him to get his book!

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Massive news from GAMA – Kill Team, Doom Lords, Van Saar, New Shadespire Gangs, New Modular Terrain and Idoneth Deepkin all on the way soon! @ Sprues and Brews – A big roundup of all the cool Games Workshop news that came out of GAMA.  The post runs through each of the items and brings in videos and images to go along with it all.  Guid stuff!  I’m loving the look of Kill Team and the Van Saar gangers.

Deathwatch: Kill-Team Octavius @ Wasteland Game Studio – A good painting article showing the author’s Deathwatch miniatures.  Part me really doesn’t want to get of the older, smaller marines – why not go for Primaris these days – but the really individual look of Deathwatch appeals to me.  Also, the fact that the latest incarnation of the Kill Team rules are on the way makes Deathwatch all the more appealing.  A nice post with lots of lovely pictures!

Battle Report – Gaslands Ep 03 – The Arena of Death! @ Guerrilla Miniature Games – Gaslands continues to interest me and I’m keen to see it played.  Guerilla Miniature Games is my absolute favourite place for playthrough videos.  This is a good, recent video playthrough of Gaslands, delivered in Guerilla’s usual, fantastic style.

Forgebane: My Knight Work Thus far @ Prot’s War in the Warp – Some great Imperial Knights in this post.  These miniatures are pretty large and always impressive to see on the tabletop.  The author of this post is excited for the upcoming Forgebane box and seems to be looking forward to the new Armiger models.  He’s posted loads of great pictures of his own knights, sharing the fantastic paint jobs he’s done and giving a little background on each project.

Twilight Imperium: Hours upon hours of suffering never felt so good @ Draw and Get a Beer – A review of the fantastically epic Twilight Imperium 4.  The author clearly enjoyed the game but also points out some concerns/shortfalls that the game had for him.  I think the review is pretty balanced and that the author feels largely the same way about the game that I do.  There are some pictures sprinkled throughout to illustrate the points being made.  Glas to see someone elkse enjoying an awesome game!

On No Rerolls, we’ve been maintaining radio silence this week.  I’m currently working on a little article about Deck Building games for this week, though.  I’ve also posted my weekly hobby update over on Hit Somebody.

See you next week.

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