It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all-new 5 on Friday. The first of 2019, even! 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:
Modiphius releases Starter Set for Star Trek Adventures – I’ve got a few Modiphius RPGs now, with Mutant Year Zero being my latest purchase, but I’ve never seen one of their starter sets before. I like RPG starter sets, mainly because they are good for seeing the tone that a company wants to impart to new gamers. I imagine that any starter set put out by Modiphius will be well-polished:
It has everything you’d expect to find in such a set, with pre-gen characters, maps, dice, rules booklets, tokens, and an adventure. It’s also pretty reasonably priced, at £20. Can’t complain on that. I’m a little disappointed in the cover art for the booklets, but that’s such a minor criticism in the face of all the positives.
Games Workshop now selling a new Noise Marine – This is a cool miniature! It looks like a bit of a return to the old, campy looks of 40K-long-past. The paint job also really sells it:
This is probably an individual piece and I don’t expect any forthcoming units of Noise Marines to have the same look, but that would be cool. A bit steep at £20, but a great blast from the past from Games Workshop.
Steve Jackson put out a guide to GMing 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. This latest book is obviously aimed at those wanting to run their own GURPS games:
Although there’s a fair amount of GURPS-specific content in here, the advice on game prep, character creation, encounter design and so on would be applicable to any RPG. For those looking for another angle on GM advice may want to check this out.
4th Edition of Fury of Dracula released by Wizkids – Fury of Dracula was one of the games that people were worried about when GW and FFG went their separate ways. It’s not a game that people wanted to see go out of print and there was a lot of panic-buying. Now, it’s back in print from GW’s new partners at Wizkids and it looks pretty darn similar to the FFG edition:
And why wouldn’t it? FFG are masters of presentation whereas Wizkids just aren’t. Wizkids games can look good, but often just feel that bit cheaper than those made by other companies, such as FFG. It’s nice that they’ve reused the FFG art and that the game is back in print. The pre-painted miniatures look a bit crap, but otherwise, hey, it’s the game that people know and love.
Evil Hat releases an improv guide for roleplayers – Roleplaying Games are shared storytelling experiences. They are collaborative efforts, where we work together to develop and tell a compelling story, with each person contributing to it. It’s therefore not surprising that this book exists:
In reacting to a story and building opportunities for others to react to and interact with our own ideas, we are engaging in improv. For many of us, a little advice on this would be handy,l and Evil Hat, along with the author of this tome, has our backs. I will be picking this one up, and not just for my usual reason that it’s put out by Evil Hat.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
2018 Top 10 New to Me @ Sword, Board and Pen – Having just wrapped up our own top 50 for the year, it’s fun to read about other people’s top lists for the year. I like the “New to Me” approach that the author takes, as board gamers can really suffer from the cult of the new, whilst there are loads of older classic to (re)discover. Like the author, I too discovered Eldritch Horror this year and have had a blast with it. Glad to read that others are still finding and enjoying it.
Best 5 Board Games of 2018 @ Roll to Review – As above, another top list – this time a top 5! Of the games on the list, I heartily agree with the inclusion of Terraforming Mars. Of the remaining titles, I really want to try the new edition of Arkham Horror, and I’m curious about Azul. Spirit Island is intriguing to me as well. A good list.
2018 hobby achievements – 2019 hobby goals @ Le Terrier du Verménarque – This is interesting. It’s nice to see what others have painted and played over the course of the year. I’d love to be able to claim the same achievements in terms of miniatures! I could do with painting my Goliath gang like the author has! It’s also really nice to read about someone still enjoying Mordheim. That game was once my jam! Good luck with your goals for 2019.
Gaslands Cars @ Anarchy Dice – Gaslands continues to fascinate me and I continue to do nothing about it! The author of this post shares their progress on putting together some great post-apocalyptic cars. it helps that they show the starting point of the brightly-coloured Matchbox cars, and then the final, grimy battle cars. Good stuff!
2019: The year of the pile! @ Dust Vultures – Oh, I’ve got a corner like this. I do like the author’s colour-coded diagram, breaking down the contents of the pile into relatively organised sections. I’ve been bringing similar order to my own items recently. I like that the author has clear plans in place for what they want to do. I appreciate this sort of hobby forethought, but I definitely cannot relate to it personally! I need to get my crap together on painting…
This week on No Rerolls we’ve actually been pretty busy over the festive season. Since our last 5 On Friday, we’ve done a pair of Hobby Updates, posted a Final Fantasy V Triple Triad Deck, thought about how to record board game plays in 2019, taken a look at a D&D-themed Humble Bundle and shared this year’s Top 50 Games list, broken down into part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.