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5 on Friday: 01/06/18

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:

Games Workshop put out Shadespire Warbands without cards for AOS players – The Shadespire models look great, and it’s cool that they can be used in Age of Sigmar as special units, in addition to their intended use as warbands for the board game.  Now, Games Workshop seems to be hoping to sell more sets of these miniatures to their Age of Sigmar customers by releasing the models without all of the bits and bobs that come with Shadespire warbands:

GW is pushing these as part of their line of easily-build miniatures, which makes sense as they are pretty easy to build.  I’ve got a couple of the sets and they really are fantastic.

Paizo releases new Pathfinder book, Blood of the Ancients – If you’re into Pathfinder, you might find Paizo’s latest offering of some interest.  Blood of the Ancients presents rules and background for drawing on the ancient civilisations of their setting:

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The book looks to be full of new spells, archetypes and more.  It’s Pathfinder, so I’m sure they’ll sell loads!

D&D Spellbook up on Kickstarter – See, this is sort of cool, creative, quirky product is what Kickstarter should be about!  It should be for genuinely new and cool projects rather than just as a preordering platform for established companies.  This book is beautifully produced:

Ultimately, I suppose it’s just a nice, fancy notebook for your games of D&D, but it’s so pretty and it looks like a lot of thought and love has gone into the design.  The creators give an outline of the structure of the book:

  • Pages 1, 2, 3
    Title Page, ownership information (i.e.: “this spellbook belongs to …”)
  • Page 4
    Blank page for a drawing or epigraph
  • Page 5 
    A list for tracking your spell slots
  • Page 6, 7, 8
    A list with forty spaces for your spells. Each list item will reference a page in the spellbook and include a spot to mark the spell as prepared, as well as space for listing required components
  • Pages 9 through 49
    Forty empty spell templates (one per page). Each template is bordered by an ornate frame and laid with rules for easy writing. Headers mark areas for entering component, duration, range, and casting information.
  • Pages 50 through 59
    Nine pages of skillfully typeset content pertaining to the eight schools of magic
  • Page 60
    Colophon. Includes printing and edition information.

What a great accessory!

FFG releases their new Unlimited Power sourcebook for Force and Destiny – Star Wars!  I love these book because they’ve got lots of cool background and art and whatnot.  Also, the rules are not bad either…

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In the previous Star Wars RPG, this might be listed as a sourcebook for Jedi Consulars.  It looks good, though.  The new races seem interesting and the new career specialisations look really cool  WOrth a look if this is a game you’re into, or even if you’re running games in the Star Wars universe using a different system.

PWork Games reveal their new Cyber City mat – We look at a lot of mats in these articles, don’t we?  I just love how cool and easy these accessories are, and there are so many companies putting out great products.  This one is really nice:

The mat is aimed at sci-fi games such as Warhammer 40K or Infinity.  I think Infinity is a better fit as the style is a bit clean for 40K.  This mat comes in PVC or cloth.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

And bringing up the rear… @ battlegroundsoton – The Scions are a really cool model range, so it’s always cool to see people taking them on as an army project.  Even better is when someone decides to put their own spin on the army.  The mix of the Scions with a little bit of a Tallarn influence is really going to look great on the table.  Keen to follow this project as the army grows and the painting begins.

Why Legion? @ Imperial Discipline – The author presents lots of reasons for a hobbyist to give Star Wars: Legion a go.  These range from hobby reasons to gameplay, to storytelling.  They also include a few cool pictures.  It makes for an interesting read, and the author is clearly passionate about the game.  Myself, I’m still not sold on the game, but reading article like this encourages me to keep more of an open mind, and I’d certainly be open to a demo game!

Gaming Accessories: Dice Tray @ Everyone and their Grandmother Games – A dice tray is something I’ve never really considered needing until some recent games.  Now, I’d consider looking for one.  This article takes a look at this accessory.  The author shares their experience of making and using them, really selling the idea in the process  Accompanied by lots of great pictures, I enjoyed this article.

5 Games that I can’t wait to check out at the UK Games Expo 2018 @ Mattimus Primed – It’s cool to read about folk being pumped for big events.  It’s always interesting to see what people are going for.  I have a couple of friends who had gone down to the UKGE for the X-Wing events.  I definitely share the author’s enthusiasm for the latest Century game!  I’ve been playing Golem Edition a lot.

What you need to know to start playing Dungeons & Dragons @ Critical Hit – A good article that walks the line between thoroughness and approachability.  It gives a good introduction to what D&D is and what to expect, as well as what you’ll need to get started.  It’s a useful article that you could easily give to potential players.

On No Rerolls this week, we’ve taken a look at a Bundle of Holding, talked about Triple Triad and made some changes to the site.  Watch out for our new Hobby Update, coming soon.

See you next week.

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3 thoughts on “5 on Friday: 01/06/18”

  1. Interesting post! I really like the idea of your ‘5 on Friday’ and not just because of the mention (thanks for that by the way). A quick snippet of the week and it’s cool to see what other people have been taking about this week.

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