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:
Chaosium releases Terror Australis Call of Cthulhu supplement – Is this book not somewhat redundant? I mean, Australia is already a landmass on which every individual animal and plan, as well as the sun and everything in the surrounding sea is out to kill you. Do we really need to add Lovecraftian beasties to such a place to make it menacing?
The chaps at Chaosium reckon we do. I’ve yet to really get into Call of Cthulhu. I would like to pick up the current edition at some point, as I’m keen to try it out. I like the idea of sourcebooks like these that develop particular regions, bringing in lots of new background and ideas that, yeah, you can use in the suggested setting, but can also be adapted for use elsewhere.
Fantasy Flight Games releases Star Wars: Outer Rim – FFG are making pretty good use of their Star Wars license. They’ve put out a few really good games, like their RPGs, the re-release of the classic RPG, Rebellion, X-Wing, Destiny and more. This latest offering feels a little bit different, but how will it stack up against what’s come before?
Thematically, this one sounds a lot like Firefly. It’s all about odd-jobbing in the Outer Rim – the Star Wars equivalent of the Wild West. I like the sound of the game, as it seems to have a lot of options. You can really tread your own path, upgrade your ship and even play on different configurations of the modular board. I think if I had Firefly or Xia, I’d be less interested in this game, but as I don’t have anything that does quite the same thing this is actually quite tempting. Will look to read some reviews.
Wizards of the Coast releases Ghosts of Saltmarsh D&D supplement – I liked the Tales from the Yawning Portal book that Wizards put out a while back. It consisted of a number of different, classic adventure modules remastered for the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons. This Saltmarsh book follows a similar formula, but with nautically-themed adventures:
I will be picking this book up. I would have done so already had I not been tempted away by the Camarilla and Anarch sourcebooks for Vampire 5th. I’ll get around to it, soon! It’s also interesting to read that there are a lot of Greyhawk references in the book. It’s been a few years since they Greyhawk setting was really featured with any prominence, so this is a nice callback.
New Sonic the Hedgehog game coming out from IDW – I don’t know if I’d actually like this game or not. I don’t have any IDW games and was not that impressed by the one that I did play. They do get some amazing licenses, though. Their games are also rather pretty. This latest offering is no exception:
The game looks a bit old fashioned and simplistic, but it is pretty. As with Outer Rim, I’m keen to see some reviews of this. It’s also cheap enough that, if I feel I’ve misjudged it, I’d be happy to pick it up. The minis are also really nice…
Looney Labs releases a Star Trek: DS9 edition of Fluxx – Oh, hey, it’s Fluxx. I ‘ve written previously about the various different editions of Fluxx and other small card games that seem to have lots of different re-themed editions churned out ad nauseum. That said, such games do have a place on my shelf.
Fluxx can, with the right group, and played with the right attitude, be a good filler game. I’d also hasten to introduce the rule that no game should go on for longer than 20 minutes. This is a good length for a game of Fluxx. Thematically, this is a cool set. DS9 is my favourite Trek, so if I were in the market for some more Fluxx, this would be top of the list!
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
A new look for a new phase @ Dave McCreery – This post represents the return of an old friend to the world of blogging. He’s an aspiring writer with some nice projects under his belt and some cool posts in his backlog. It’s good to see him back and I’m looking forward to reading his upcoming offerings!
The Pursuit of Awfulness –Why I play Heavy Games @ Sword, Board, and Pen – As someone who also likes heavy games, this makes for an interesting read, and one with which I find myself agreeing. It’s cool that the author brings in a bit of their background for context before going into a long account of the reasons that they appreciate heavier games. A good read.
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team @ Scott’s Game Room – This is a nice outline of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 spinoff, Kill Team. Although the author is generally positive, they do point out some apparent issues and inconsistencies in the rules that they find irksome. This is good, with the author developing something of a balanced view. They also point out some of the issues with the product strategy and releases for this range. I also love the images in the post, as they each show a nice, unique Kill Team.
Gloomspite Gitz VS Idoneth Deepkin VS Nighthaunt (160 Renown Skirmish) @ Tales from the Aaronorium – A fun, little battle report for AOS Skirmish. I like the formatting, with the forces outlined clearly at the start. The events are put across clearly and are easy to follow. There are a few images, but it would have been nice to see some closer view of the three forces. I shan’t give away the result, but I was very much rooting for Gitz throughout!
2019 Spiel des Jahres Nominations @ Everyone and their Grandmother Games – I didn’t realise it was that time of year again. The author of this post shares this year’s SPiel Des Jahres nominations and gives a little outline of each one. I’ve not played any of them, nor had I heard of them. Werewords sounds like the best match for me. it sounds like I’d really like that one. I wonder which one will end up winning.
That’s us for another week, I suppose.
Catch you later!