Board Games, Miniature Games, RPGs, Tabletop Games

5 on Friday: 23/11/18

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:

WotC releases D&D Core Rules Gift Set – As you’ll know from my recent Hobby Updates, I’m right into D&D these days.  It’s damn good.  Now, WotC is putting out this lovely, slip-cased collector’s/gift edition of the three core rulebooks:

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I really like the new cover designs, but I already have the three core books, so I’ll be giving this one a pass.  It’s a really nice set for a new player to pick up, though.  And the covers are, again, just so damn pretty…

Arcane Wonders releases Way of the Wind expansion for Onitama – I love me some Onitama!  It’s such a simple, pure, elegant game.  I’d actually be a bit worried to pick up an expansion, for fear of it adding more features that turn out to be a bit… clunky.  I’m cautiously optimistic about this one, though:

The animal spirits seem interesting and are also nice, little miniatures.  More cards are also welcome, of course.  I’ll be keen to see some video reviews/playthroughs of this one before I really consider picking it up.

Spaceships sourcebook released for GURPS – I don’t know much about GURPS as a wider product line, having only really dealt with it in the form of the Discworld RPG.  That said, I know the GURPS has a loyal following, including one of my favourite actors, Thomas Middleditch:

This latest supplement for Fourth Edition helps you to introduce spaceships to your games:

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There seems to be a lot of content, here.  It’a got a good range of different ship types, and I intend to take a flip through it when I can.  I’m still looking for my ideal Sci-fi RPG.  Maybe it could be GURPS?  Probably not.  But if it was, I’d need this book.

FFG releases AGOT expansion, Mother of Dragons – This is an expansion I did not expect to see.  It’s not that the original game does not deserve it, but the current edition came out 7 years ago and has only had a couple of little, card-based expansions, rather than any big box ones.  This is quite late in a game’s life for an initial, proper expansion:

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But yeah, here it is!  And it looks good.  There’s a lot to it, and I like the map/board addition.  Given that I’ve been playing the core game for years, I’m keen to pick this up for the variety, the newness and just revitalising interest.  Yeah, definitely keen on picking this one up.

Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica released for D&D – This is both interesting and seemingly inevitable.  In terms of fantasy gaming, WotC have two major properties: Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.  I am genuinely amazed that it’s taken this long for an official, fully-realised crossover:

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There have been some PDFs in the past, but these were exploratory in nature.  This is the first big crossover, which will introduce new races and a great new setting.  The best thing about this setting is that it’s already so well developed, and with a wealth of years and years of beautiful, detailed artwork.  It also has a massive ready-made fanbase that I expect WotC would love to see books to.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Week 46, Game 45: Forbidden @ 52 Weeks, 52 Games – oooh, Forbidden Stars.  I do like this game.  It’s not one that makes it to my table that often, but I like it when it does.  The author of this article also seems to really like it.  They go through the game in some detail, looking at key features and mechanisms.  A good read, definitely.  It also includes a good number of pretty pictures of the beautiful components.  I especially love the nice, stylised map tiles.

OOH-WAH-AH-AH-AH! @ Tales from the Aaronorium – An army post!  I like these.  Just a big ol’ army of Nurgley goodness.  The author shares pictures of their army and lists the miniatures represented therein.  It’s cool seeing the whole army sitting out like that, but I’d have liked to perhaps see some shots of individual units and characters.  Thanks for sharing!

Why Chris Hates Monopoly @ GeekOut South-West – Now, this is a rant; but a structured, well-argued one.  Monopoly is a money-maker – there’s no question about that – but it’s just not a very good game.  I like how the author breaks down some of the reasons for this and does so with some personality!  I’m also not surprised that the author includes a mention of the new Millennial edition.  That box is just straight-up insulting.  I mean, I get that they were trying to be funny, but it just doesn’t sit right.

Warhammer School Clubs, Part 1: The Unboxening @ Ice Axe Miniatures – As someone who runs an after-school tabletop gaming group, this makes for interesting reading.  I didn’t realise the Games Workshop were now doing so much to support such groups.  They were not doing this when we were starting out.  I may contact them to see if they’d be up for helping us out, too.  It’s great to read about other groups and what they’re up to, as well.  Good pics, too!

5 Steps For World Building in D&D @ Dicey Encounters – Another top 5 article, another set of really good tips.  This time, the tips are focused on world building.  I’m not going to rehash everything in the post – you can read it yourself – but I’d like to flag up my favourite part.  This is the section on Fronts.  I hadn’t heard it described this way, but I like how the author describes the concept and the recommendations around player interactions.  A good article which leaves one with some food for thought.

This week on No Rerolls there’s a long Hobby Update (this week’s will be short) and a look at another Bundle of Holding with an Indie theme.

Catch you next week!

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