5 on Friday: 04/05/18

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:

New Van Saar Gang for Necromunda – Woo!  More Necromunda!  It’s great seeing how Games Workshop update each gang and I must say, these Van Saars do not disappoint.  Look at all the high tech, plasma-fuelled awesomeness:

Every gang they bring out for this game looks great.  Can’t wait for some of the crazy stuff, such as the Redemptionists.

New Chaos Team for Blood Bowl – As with Necromunda, Games Workshop is knocking it out of the park with their Blood Bowl releases.  The latest offering is a Chaos team.  Take a look and then we’ll talk:

First up, the Beastmen are cool.  Nice models.  The Warriors, I’m not so sure about.  They are big an burly, which is good, but they also just look a bit boring.  Don’t get me wrong, they are good models, but I was hoping for more.  That said, I do like how the Chaos teams play, so this might still get picked up.

New Mistmourn Warg Miniboss for Super Dungeon Explore – Soda Pop are continuuing to put out their smaller releases for SDE whilst they get on with failing to deliver their Kickstarter obligations.  Ooh, I got bitchy, yo!


Seriously though, it’s a nice model and I like that they are putting out these little sets.  If it weren’t for my feeling a bit burnt by the company and their Kickstarters, I’d even be considering picking this up myself.  The rules seem good as well, and you can see those by clicking through on the above link.

Smoke and Mirrors expansion for Aristeia – Having only just picked up Aristeia, I’m not quite ready to buy this or the previous expansion, but those who’ve been playing for a while will be champing at the bit for more players.


The new player models are gorgeous.  I need to break out this game and see what all the fuss is about!

White Wolf partner with Modiphius and opens preorders for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th ed. – The main event.  The big kahuna.  The boss.  Oh, I’ve been waiting for this!  But what do I think about the preorder so far?


First up, I like Modiphius.  White Wolf picked a fantastic partner.  I also like that they are offering lots of different entry points and bundles.  That’s good.  What I’m less keen on thus far is the art style and the dice.  I hope the dice are just a stylistic thing and that you don’t have to do mental gymnastics or use charts to chart a standard D10 to the game.  Proprietary dice are terribad.  We’ll see on that one.  I’m also doubtful on the art style.  I don’t like that it’s so photographic and the gothy, bondagey feel is just so… Scandanavian.  It feels like the style is targeted more at the LARP community than the old RPG one.  Again, I’ll reserve full judgement until I get the book in my hands or see the PDF, but it’s disappointing.  Of course, insta-buy anyway.  Just sayin’…

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Hobby Adventures – 2018 so far @ Ironskull Gaming – A nice summary of the author’s year in the hobby thus far.  It makes for a good read and make me want to read more of this blog to fill in some of the detail.  The upcoming Saga warband looks good assembled and it’s always good to read about someone getting into my beloved Malifaux.  I’m looking forward to the next instalment, which will discuss the author’s progress with an Age of Sigmar army.

Review of Endangered Orphans of Condyle Cove @ The Meeple Street – I’ve played this game a few times and have really enjoyed it.  As the author suggests, I’ve mostly encountered people who either love it or really dislike it.  There does seem to be little in between.  It’s quite a minimalist game, but with lots of opportunity for devious sabotage.  This review gives a quick overview of the game, some good input on the author’s own opinion and some great pictures of the game.

There’s now a video game version of the board game Terraforming Mars – and I played it @ A Most Agreeable Pastime – Oh, this is cool.  I love Terraforming Mars and it’s exciting to see a video game version being put together – especially one that seems to be getting met with a favourable opinion.  The major complaint the author has is one of artwork and I most definitely agree on that!  As great as the game is, and as good as some of the cards look, so many are bland or just downright goofy.  Great to see that this is coming!

April 2018 Assembly Challenge Complete @ Ann’s Immaterium – First up, I can totally sympathise with the author’s “will-organise-it-eventually hobby room”.  Yup, feelin’ that…  On the post itself, I wish I’d taken up this same challenge.  The author has managed to put together a lot of models and is now set for lots of painting.  A good article with lots of pictures of what the author’s been up to this month.

The Games Master’s Toolkit – Using Character Creation in RPG to ramp up suspense @ It’s More Than Just Gaming – This post is really interesting.  I’m always looking for ideas to spice up the games I run and make them that little more engaging.  I like the idea of making character creation more dynamic and really embedding it as part of the game.  This is definitely worth a read and gives some real food for thought.

Today, I also posted my weekly hobby update over on Hit Somebody.

See you next week.

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