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:
Wizkids releases Dungeons & Dragons Cloud Giant miniature – A friend from one of my groups has picked up a couple of the Wizkids D&D miniatures. I’ve been pretty impressed with some of the recent sculpts. They’ve got good character and a decent amount of detail. I’m not exactly in love with the softish plastic that they’ve cast them in, though…
I like this sculpt a lot. Cloud giants are my favourite type of D&D giant. I like using them in the games for the after-school group I run and I did perhaps find myself overusing them slightly. I also really like their aesthetic, though whoever painted the version above could do with giving it a bit more of a splash of colour. I’d base the colour scheme more on the style shown in Volo’s.
Wizards releases Stranger Things themed starter set for D&D – D&D is great. Stranger things is also damn good. That said, I don’t think this crossover product is really aimed at me. I’m not really looking for another starter set, and although I enjoyed Stranger Things, I don’t really need to theme my games to it.
But then, that’s maybe just me. I hope that lots of people disagree and find this product. Maybe it will even bring new people into the hobby. That’s the dream! That’s the goal! The set does look pretty cool, truth be told.
Corvus Belli to release Zondnauts for Infinity in July – As well as being a great game in its own right, Infinity has some of the best sci-fi miniatures available. They’ve got a really cool, anime-esque aesthetic and factions share common design features that ensure they really feel like part of the same army. All the factions look great, but there are definite stand-out models in each one. This latest offering for the Nomads is really cool:
I love the Transformers vibe I get from this miniature. The set comes with the biker on his bike and then a dismounted mini and the mech that the bike transforms into. I love that they are able to bring in this Transformery feel whilst also sticking to the very distinctive Nomad aesthetic. Great stuff!
Rocket Age setting for D&D up on Kickstarter – I think that the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons is rapidly and stealthily becoming a widely-adopted generic system. This is no bad thing, as the system works well. We saw this sort of quick spread with third edition and the D20 system, but that was a lot less stealthy. Wizards made it clear from the get-go that they wanted that system to spread far and wide. They’ve been slower this time, subtler. And now, there’s another cool version of it coming out, with the Rocket Age setting:
This is a really cool setting, with lots of lovely, pulp sci-fi awesomeness. I’ve read previous editions of Rocket Age and loved the feel of it. The pulpy, retro sci-fi is right up my street. To apply that to a system I’m already comfortable using is a big win. I hope this campaign does well.
Kobold Press releases Tales of the Old Margreve for 5th Edition – It’s been a very D&D-themed week here, hasn’t it? I guess there’s just a lot of col stuff coming out for it at the moment. Something I really like is the top-quality third party materials that have been popping up. My favourites are from Kobold Press. Here’s one of their newest offerings, Tales of the Old Margreve:
This is a cool sourcebook for forest-based adventures with loads of great material. It’s also got kickass cover art! I love owlbears! I saw yesterday that had been released and immediately ordered a copy. Eagerly awaiting arrival!
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Wrath & Glory: A Quick Look at the New 40k RPG @ At Boundary’s Edge – An overview of the latest 40K RPG. I’ve heard mixed things about it, so I’m keen to read people’s views of the new system. I like the author’s description of the options available to player characters which seems to be the focus of much or the article. It’s also cool to read of how the lore has been brought up to date. I mean, I’m sure FFG would have brought their games up to date, but they did not get the chance. An interesting overview which generally leans towards the positive.
Open Combat: Under the Grey Mountains @ Comrade’s Wargames – A nice little skirmishy battle report. The report is a good read, but the real highlight of the article is definitely in the attached images. The miniatures are beautifully painted and the terrain looks fantastic. A feast for the eyes and an object of envy!
Trading and Selling Games @ Sword, Board and Pen – This is an interesting piece on something that I think about from time to time. I’ve never really sold or traded my games, but there are some I’d happily part with. Reading the thoughts and advice on someone who has done so is really useful. I appreciate the author was not, in all situations, presented with much of a choice – needs must and all that – but it puts him firmly in the position of being able to give good advice.
#HeroQuest2019: Finished set impressions @ Eternal Hunt – Another great photo-heavy article. Heroquest is a classic game with loads of good, old-school miniatures. To see a fully painted set – and one so beautifully painted, too – is an absolute joy. Go! Go look! Now!
Building Engagement in RPGs, Quick Thoughts @ Fistful of Wits – A good, thoughtful piece on drawing in your players and keeping their attention and engagement. There’s some really good advice in this article which I will be sharing with some of the kids running games at our after school group. The highlights for me are points 3 and 5, which can be overlooked in some games.
And that’s another week that was.
Catch you later!