5 on Friday: 02/11/18

5 on Friday returns after a long, technical-issue-mandated hiatus!  I’m up and running on a new computer and able to format this thing again.  Here goes!  

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:

IDW/Steve Jackson release TMNT edition of Munchkin – Yeah, I know… it’s Munchkin.  But, but, but, bear with me!  It’s also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  I’m not saying that’s enough to make Muchkin into a good game, but it certainly doesn’t hurt, y’know?

tmnt munchkin

I actually quite like Munchkin, though I need to be in both the right mood and be playing with the right group.  I don’t admit that to too many people, so you should feel pretty honoured.  I also ask for your discretion.  Wouldn’t want to lose geek-cred.

Kromlech/Bits of War release Orc Troop Transmitta – More cool terrain releases.  I’ve never bought terrain from Kromlech, but I’ve bought conversion bits and have been thoroughly impressed and delighted with them:


Good use of the acrylic to really make the whole thing pop.  There’s a lot of good, Orky terrain out there, just now!

Guardians among slew of releases from Plaid Hat – I’ve featured Guardians in previous 5 on Friday posts and have really liked the look of it, ever since it was first revealed.  The art style alone is a huge selling point, making this look like a card game version of Overwatch, or something similar:

guardians cover

If you follow the link, you’ll see another cool game (Neon Gods) and some new packs for Ashes.  All the best games companies are named after hats, it seems.

Chicago by Night supplement for Vampire (5th ed.) up on Kickstarter – World of Darkness is intrinsically tied to Chicago.  It was the original setting and, to some extent, inspiration.  There have been lots of great books over the years and editions that really flesh out the city.  Now it’s time for 5th edition to get a Chicago book:

vtm chicago by night.png

I have all of the Chicago Chronicles books for classic World of Darkness and the Chicago book for Chronicles of Darkness.  I have set games in and around Chicago.  Heck, I’ve even used the books to inform planning for non-WoD games I’ve run in the Chicago setting.  Needless to say, I’m interested in this book.  I also love that Onyx Path is involved in the production.  I was worried about what would happen to them with the reawakened White Wolf.

Deep-Cut Studio releases Gaslands gaming mat – We’ve been over this a fair few time now.  Gaming mats are great.  They are a huge part of the modern wargamer’s terrain solution.  Deep-Cut makes fantastic gaming mats.  With that out of the way, take a look at their latest offering:

Gaskands is an Osprey game in which you use Matchbox/Hotwheels-sized cars to play out post-apocalyptic vehicular combat.  This mat is all set up for that.  If that sounds cool to you, go take a look.  I need to get Gaslands to the table soon.  I’ve already dug out my old toy cars!

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 8 @ Convert or Die – Just a fantastic post full of beautiful Goblin minis.  Gobbos are just the best.  The minis are so full of personality and the author of this post has painted them up really well, which only emphasises the charm.  great stuff!

The Thirteenth Doctor & The TARDIS Gets A Miniature From Warlord Games @ Boardgame Today – This is a simple, little post that does what it says on the tin, as it were.  This is the latest Doctor, as represented for Warlord Games’ Doctor Who game.  I’m surprised it’s out this early, but I like it!

In the Presence of the God-Emperor: A Trip to Warhammer World @ The Casual Cultist – Lots of pictures!  Woo!  I love pictorial blog posts and this is a great set of photos from the author’s recent trip to Warhammer World.  The Kill Team terrain looks beautiful, for a start.  I love the photos from the museum, too.  Gonna have to get down to Nottingham at some point…

The Rare Treasure of RPGs – The Horror Game @ Natural Geekery – Horror is a great genre for RP.  One of my favourite RPG systems, Dread, is a horror-focused one!  It’s not easy to create genuine horror on the tabletop, and the author gives some really good advice to help you towards achieving this lofty and noble goal.  I do think their first point is the most important, however, with all players agreeing beforehand to buy into the spirit of the game, predisposing them to what you want to achieve.

Breaking Down Barriers with a Pack of UNO Cards @ The Meeple Street – I find myself in a similar situation to the author, and I really enjoyed reading her reflections on her position, on the children she works with and on the interventions she tries out.  I imagine, were we to have a chat and compare notes, it would be interesting.  Well, maybe not to non-teachers.  Their eyes might start to glaze over, just a bit.

It’s been a long time since we did a 5 on Friday, so we’ve published a lot of material since the last time we had this little chat, friend!  I’ve had a ton of books delivered, published some Triple Triad cards, opined about overproduction of games, shown off my RPG collection, moaned about players ruining my beautiful story plans, gushed about the joy of playing RPGs with children, thought about playing RPGs based on Rick and Morty, been a total fanboy for the art from Century: Golem Edition, and compared online and offline roleplaying experiences.  I’m actually really pleased with this content, as I feel there’s not been enough for a while.  This was pretty good!

Catch you next week!


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