Board Games, Miniature Games, RPGs, Tabletop Games

5 on Friday: 06/07/18

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:

Starfinder Armory on preorder from Paizo – The Starfinder range (Pathfinder… in Spaaaaace!) seems to have been really well received by Pathfinder fans and I do hear a fair amount of buzz about it.  Naturally, Paizo are now hard at it, pumping out supplements for their second flagship line.  The latest of these is the Armory:

starfinder armory

I mean, it pretty much does what you’d expect.  New weapons.  New armour.  New tech, magic and other items.  That’s not to say it’s not good.  It just isn’t all that surprising.  You get what you expect to get, which is good.

Everything Epic Games puts out a board game based on Big Trouble in Little China – Based on the classic movie, this game looks pretty darn cool.  Everything Epic Games is not a company I know anything about, but I like the look of this game, just from seeing the components:

The review videos attached also paint a picture of a solid offering.  The only thing putting me off is the amount of randomness in the game, but if you like the movie, then I’m sure you’d be able to overcome this potential setback.

Mantic puts out a new range of Fantasy Terrain Accessories – Mantic’s plastics are kind of all over the place in terms of quality.  They have some truly fantastic stuff, such as their undead, some of their Demons, some of their sci-fi stuff, but then horrific things like their elves and some of their Dreadball Teams.  I do like more than I dislike, though.  This latest terrain offering seems pretty sweet, though:

Mantic-Terrain.jpg

Lots of gubbins for putting together taverns, rooms, street scenes, warehouses, etc.  They also assure us that much more is to come!

Ghost Ops RPG released on DriveThru RPG – I don’t know any RPGs that cover modern espionage.  Well, most of the genre-neutral games would cover it, but I mean cover it out of the box, as standard.  Certainly, I don’t have such a game in my collection.  This one, therefore, is interesting:

ghost ops rpg cover

The description on the DTRPG page and the character sheet does make it sound interesting.  It’s also, as one of the reviewers points out, another game to use my FATE dice with.

Games Workshop releases Endless Spells for the Stormcast and the Nighthaunt – Games Workshop released their new “endless spells” miniatures alongside the second edition of Age of Sigmar a week or so ago.  The concept was pretty cool and some of the spell models looked really good.  Some were silly.  Now, they’ve got more up for preorder.  This time, we have endless spells for specific armies:

These look pretty cool.  The Stormcast ones are nice, but the disk one looks a bit boring.  The Nighthaunt ones are much cooler, though.  I love that scythe, and the hourglass one is really cool, also.  The box of ghostly skulls looks a tad goofy.  I expect they’ll roll this out to every army.  That’s fine, but I do think that £20 is a lot for what you’re getting, here.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Finished Models! @ Candore et Labore – Malifaux miniatures! Woo and yay!  Nice to see folk working on these and sharing their results.  The author of this article shares lots of great pictures.  I really like the work on the Coryphee and love the purple flames on Sue.  I really need to paint my Sue…

How to Create Interesting D&D Combat Encounters @ BigD20 Games – I often worry about my combat encounters being a bit dry or, if they’re not, then perhaps slightly overstaying their welcome.  This article gives some good advice on making these encounters interesting and worthwhile.  Actually, it gives a lot of advice, which is even better.  Lots of great pointers here.

Review of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Everything is Connected @ To The Table – I hadn’t heard of this game, but I do really like the new Dirk Gently series on Netflix.  Series 2 managed to be very different from series 1, but still be just as good!  It seems to be one of these storytelling games that are popping up more and more and which I really like.  This review goes quite in-depth and gives a really good overview of the game.  If you’re a fan of the show, go take a look.

Taking a Look at 40K RPG Wrath & Glory @ Drop Lowest – I don’t like Rogue Trader and the rest of the stable of FFG Warhammer 40,000 RPGs.  I think they just had a bit too much crunch for me, and lots of focus on weapon types and combat and combat abilities and whatnot.  It just felt like a combat engine with roleplaying tagged on.  Fair enough, maybe they knew their consumers a lot better than I do.  This reaction to the previews of the new 40K RPG gives me a bit of hope that things will be a little looser, a little more accessible and less crunchy.  Will watch with interest.

Awoo of Darkness: the Supplements of 20th Anniversary Werewolf @ Refereeing and Reflection – I’ve never played Werewolf: The Apocalypse.  I’ve got it, and I’ve used elements of it in other games, but I’ve not played it.  The setting was always a bit… iffy for me.  I really prefer the ideas and feel of Werewolf: The Forsaken, and have collected most of the books from that line.  That said, this article is a really interesting one, looking at all of the available supplements for the 20th Anniversary Edition.  If you’re keen on playing Werewolf, you can read through this great article to see exactly what books you need to plan the game that you want.

On No Rerolls this week, we’ve had a little think about choosing RPGs for groups of new players and posted our weekly Hobby Update.

We may or may not be posting next week.  I’m away visiting family for the next two weeks, so it rather depends on what’s goin’ on.

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