It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all-new 5 on Friday. We’re back after a couple of weeks on holiday! 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:
Turmoil expansion for Terraforming Mars on Kickstarter – Terraforming Mars is one of my favourite games and one I have played a lot over the past year. It’s been the go-to game for my group for quite some time and it’s always really fun to see the different strategies and paths through the game that players adopt. I’ve yet to pick up any of the expansions, but I’m at the point where I’ve played the base game enough that it could do with a little freshening up. Enter this latest expansion, currently on Kickstarter:
This expansion seems to add quite a bit to the game. The introduction of a political aspect is a big change, with the introduction of political parties and, of course, lobbying to influence policies. The addition of global events will likewise shake things up a little. New corporations and projects will add that little bit more variety. Finally, the promos included in the Kickstarter edition are not essential but are pretty and will add to the lovely aesthetic of your game. Tempting one, this! I’m actually quite tempted by the $94 level pledge which includes all of the expansions.
White Scars Legion Praetor in Cataphractii Terminator Armour from Forgeworld – I’m always impressed with the amount of personality that Games Workshop can put into their power-armoured characters. I mean, all of these characters have a pretty identical base, relying on some variation of the power armour design that, although refined slightly over time, has been around for decades. That was the thought going through my mind when I saw the new White Scars releases for Horus Heresy, especially the new Praetor:
He captures the feel and theme of his legion really well. The option of a helmet or bare head is also a nice touch, giving a bit of choice in how you set him up. I don’t see myself getting this, as I don’t see myself buying any more “tiny marines” unless it’s for a cool Kill Team idea, but I can appreciate him!
Gods and Monsters supplement for Mage 20 – Oh, Mage… the coolest game I’ll never play. I have a few Mage: The Ascension books in the bookshelf next to me, but the overly complex magic system puts me off actually trying to get a game together. Maybe someday, if I can break a group into other World of Darkness games on the regular. This latest offering from Onyx Path is a supplement for the 20th Anniversary Edition of Mage:
This supplement offers new NPCs to bring into your game, including humans, vampires, mages, fae and more. There are really good, thorough rules for rolling up your own entities and there are also some pretty good crossover rules. I wonder if they were thinking ahead to the Contagion Chronicle when they were writing these. There’s also a lot of artwork, which is always great.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage up on Kickstarter – I wonder if this is the start of a new trend of the Vampire license being used for different games. I’m not against the idea of this, so long as there’s some oversight on quality. Looking at the quality of the components and artwork revealed thus far, I’m really optimistic about this game:
The legacy aspect puts me off a little bit, as I’m kind of over that whole trend. But the project’s video does present me with a game that I think I will enjoy. I also do like how some of the legacy aspects will work, changing specific vampires over time, giving them new abilities as we go through 700 years of history. The only thing making me hold off from pledging is that the price, although reasonable for a big box game, is a little steep for a legacy game where you only really get to properly play through it once. I dunno…
Paizo releases Starfinder Beginner Box – A few years back, I picked up the Pathfinder Beginner Box and was quite impressed. Unlike a lot of the beginner boxes, which give you the resources needed to run a specific adventure and little else, the Pathfinder box gave you pawns that were generic enough to be used for lots of different adventures and a great, dry-erase gaming mat that, again, is useful for all games going forward. Paizo’s Starfinder Beginner Box seems to follow the same format, which is fantastic:
This box contains a heroes handbook with everything the players need to create their characters and set off on their adventure, as well as a GM’s guide with more rules and a starting adventure. It has dice, but not enough of them. This is common to ALL of these boxes. It also has lots of pawns – cardboard cutouts of monsters with stands to hold them upright – and a dry-erase gaming mat. There are also premade characters, black characters sheets, and some player aid cards. All in all, it’s a good box at a really good price point.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Mortal Guardians – Problems with Nomads @ Of Thoughts and Swords – First of all, this is a beautiful post with loads of great pictures. The author has such a beautiful board setup. The battle report itself is a mixture of functional/descriptive and narrative. It works well. My favourite bit is still the sheer quantity of beautiful pictures. I really enjoyed those.
A Life of Board Games @ Ghosts of the Stratosphere – This is a nice “hobby journey” sort of post. The author outlines their early experiences, the evolution of their hobby and then how having a family has impacted on their hobby. I like the bit on play by post, as it’s something I’ve never tried, myself.
Mollog’s Mob @ Krakendoomcool – I really like this post for several reasons. First of all, the summary nature of it. The author shares not only the painting completed this week, but also the gaming. The painting looks fantastic too, especially with the step by step nature of the post. I love all of the cool, vibrant pictures. The Kill Team game looked great and I really like the work done on Mollog’s Mob. I could do with setting aside an hour for hobby stuff like the author suggests.
Gaming Accessories: Shelves @ Everyone and their Grandmother Games – When we first moved into our current house, we had to find a better storage solution for my game collection. In our previous home, we had games stuffed into cupboards, bookshelves, wherever there was space. Now, we have a couple of Kallax units from Ikea, some bookshelves for the RPGs and other shelving units and whatnot. In this post, the author illustrates their own exploration of shelving options and their eventual solution. I like the trestle thing that attaches to their Kallax. It wouldn’t fit in with my own setup, but I do like it. I think if I had less space, I might have gone for it. I really like the small unit, too. With the chair next to it, it’s all very pretty!
My Top 6 Influencial RPGs @ LunarShadow Designs – It’s always nice to read about the games that shape someone’s hobby. I’d be keen to do a similar post for myself, at some point. I’ve not actually played any of the games that the author lists, though I’m quite familiar with Lady Blackbird. I’m tempted to look into TORG and the Cortex games after reading this post.
It’s been a few weeks since the last 5 on Friday, as I’ve been on holiday! Since then, I’ve posted a few articles. There was a decent article on Powered by the Apocalypse games, a look at a Borderlands RPG, and Bundles of Holding featuring Traveller (D20) and A Song of Ice and Fire.
Catch you later!