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:
THIS WEEK, THERE SEEMS TO BE LOADS OF COOL STUFF ON KICKSTARTER, SO HERE ARE 5 GREAT CAMPAIGNS THAT ARE WORTH A LOOK!
Kickstarter 1: Dangerous Times RPG – The first of the five Kickstarters I’m featuring today is a rather cool-looking RPG. Dangerous Times seems to have a cool, pulpy, sci-fantasy-esque vibe to it. It’s presented as 1920s publication, with the adventures that the players engage in taking the shape of individual issues of this publication. The art style fits this theming well:
The book itself is quite short, being under 50 pages. As such, the price point for this game is very reasonable. That said, if you’re interested, you’d better jump on quickly. At the time of posting, this campaign has only a couple of hours left until completion.
Kickstarter 2: Party Backstory Generator – “How did everyone in your party meet? What alliances or tensions exist? Who screwed over who and what will you do about it?” These are the questions posed by the campaign creators, and they’re pretty good ones. A lot of introductions to new RPG campaigns can feel a tad forced, with player characters bound together with little reason beyond narrative compulsion. Enter the Party Backstory Generator:
The book, it seems, is full of tables. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of tables! Some GMs love tables, whilst others don’t. In this case, they will give a lot of options for players to toy with as they put together their party and bind them together with a proper backstory. This book seems really interesting, though gets a little pricey once UK postage is factored in…
Kickstarter 3: Contagion Chronicle – Chronicles of Darkness! Woo! Heck, yeah! Love it! There are so many excellent game lines within the overall Chronicles line, but you rarely play them together. Some groups might, I suppose. Certainly, it became easier to do this in Chronicles of Darkness, as compared to the old World of Darkness. The Contagion Chronicle is a crossover story:
For groups interested in multiple different lines, this will be a must-have. The fact that it has new rules to facilitate crossovers and mixed groups is the biggest selling point for me. Perhaps, with this guidance, I’d be keener to allow such groups in one of my games.
Kickstarter 4: Eisenkern Grav-StuG – Dreamforge make some decent stuff. I mean, they’re no Games Workshop, Corvus Belli, Wyrd or Privateer Press, but they put out some nice stuff. I particularly like their titans, and their troopers are pretty cool, too. Now, they’re adding a grav-tank to their range:
It’s pretty cool. I don’t know that I’d buy one, myself. I don’t know that it’s totally my style, but it does fit the aesthetic that Dreamforge has established for their range. This is really important to me as I like it when a miniatures range is internally consistent.
Kickstarter 5: Heresy Girls 2.0 – Oh, now these are pretty! Lots of really cool, amazing miniatures. Normally I don’t put massive pictures into this post, but this image is breathtakingly beautiful and is one of several such images from the campaign page. Catch a glimpse of these miniatures:
I’d love those Assassin models, plus the Domina. I’ve got a little force of Admech where the Domina would fit right in… Do want!
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Necromunda – The Van Saar Gang So Far @ Deathwatch Studios – It’s funny, but painted in this grey and red scheme, with the glowing effect on the eyes of the helmets, these actually look a lot like Infinity miniatures, rather than anything from the 41st Millennium. The colour scheme is really simple as well, but it works and it looks fantastic. The Ambot looks particularly good! I also really like the bases. Again, they are simple, but they work and contrast well with the rest of the models. Lots of great pictures of fantastic minis!
The Benefits Of Small Regular Thrift Missons @ Thrifter.Me – I never get very lucky at charity shops, at least when it comes to games. Well, I once found a cheap copy of Dark World, but that’s not a particularly good game. It’s really just a poor imitation of Hero Quest. I like posts like this, that share good finds and tell little stories to go with them. Thanks for sharing! I’m a tad jealous.
Scott’s Top 10 – Numbers 5 to 1! @ Open Seat Gaming – I love posts like these. Of the top 5 games identified by the author, I only have two of them. I agree that Mysterium is really cool, and everyone likes Pandemic. The others I do not know. Well, I do know Legendary. As much as I love deckbuilders, Legendary isn’t really for me. I mean, it’s fine, but there are just so many better deckbuilders out there. I haven’t tried Aeon’s End, and the author’s description of it really makes me want to try it out!
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game @ The Beer and Games Website – I really liked this starter set when I picked it up a few years ago, and it’s cool to see people still discovering it anew and getting real enjoyment out of it. The author gives a good overview of the contents of the box and considers the value for money that it represents. On the point of value, I actually agree with the slight reservation expressed by the author, even though I do like the set, myself. This post is also full of pictures on the components, which is always a big plus for me when reading any article.
The Adepticon Reveal 2019 @ Spalanz – So many goodies coming from Games Workshop! This post is a good compilation of what’s coming soon. The author has gathered up the little morsels of news and presented them as a fantastic banquet for the discerning reader. I’m particularly excited by the idea of the new Slaaneshi Greater Daemon and the upcoming Warcry game. I’m curious about the new Apocalypse stuff, but I know that this sort of large-scale game is not really my thing.
This week on No Rerolls we’ve continued to maintain radio silence. Busy times!
Catch you later!