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:
SPQR starter set up for preorder from Warlord Games – Warlord are the big name in premium, high-quality historical miniatures, and games. Hail Caeser, Black Powder, and Bolt Action are all great games where both the rules and miniatures are top-notch. Their latest offering deals with warband-based combat in the ancient world:
Promising fast play, rules for lots of different warbands and the extensive back-catalog of Warlord miniatures, SPQR does have some real appeal. The box set is also reasonably priced, giving 70+ models plus the book for 40 quid. There are rather a lot of miniatures in the box for what is meant to be a warband game… Oh, and there are campaign rules. Campaign rules rock.
Second edition of Scion added to DriveThru RPG – Scion is one of the lesser-known and possibly underappreciated games put out by White Wolf. It was based on the second edition of Exalted and had players take on the roles of scions of various different Gods and mythical, Godlike beings. I took part in a campaign of it a few years ago, taking on the role of a blue musician descended from Baron Samedi and had an absolute blast.
The second edition is now up on Drive Thru RPG. I think it’s really worth checking, as the game is a lot of fun. It’s very familiar for fans of other White Wolf games, but doesn’t have that oppressive darkness that their core games just exude. Go look at it! Go!
Green Ronin releases an RPG based on The Expanse – Green Ronin have a few good games under their belt, like the AGE system games, their Critical Role setting books for D&D and Mutants & Masterminds. Their latest offering is a roleplaying game based on The Expanse, a fantastic book and TV series:
The Expanse is such a cool setting, with a really well-developed backgorund, some great characters and interesting, sympathetic factions. I love the books. I love the TV show. I am looking very forward to reading the RPG, though there are a few other titles (Blades in the Dark, Scum and Villainy) that I really want to pick up first. THis also uses the well-established AGE system that Green Ronin’s had a lot of success with.
Modiphius taking preorders for RPG expansion book for Fallout: Wasteland Warfare – Modiphius, one of my favourite RPG publishers, puts out a Fallout-themed minatures game called Wasteland Warfare. I’ve not felt the need to pick this game up. It seems pricy for what it is, but it does look pretty. Now, they are expanding their miniatures game into the RPG arena with a roleplaying exansion:
It’s odd to see an RPG defined as an ‘expansion’ to a miniatures game. There have been Malifaux and Warmachine RPGs that have borrowed many mechanisms from the miniatures games on which they were based, but they were always presented as full games in their own right. So, yeah, I imagine this will be a beautiful production, but I don’t know what to make of it yet. It also loses a few points in my esteem for using proprietary dice. I keep going to write an article about proprietary dice – there are like 3 different attempts in my draft folder – but it always becomes a bit of a rant and I give up.
Osprey Games releases Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell board game – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is an absolute classic of a novel by Susanna Clarke. It’s about magic, but in a very understated, very British way. Now, it seems, Osprey is releasing a game based on this fantastic novel:
I don’t know much about the game, beyond what Osprey’s own page tells me. Go take a look for that info, or head over to BGG for more. All I really want to point out is that this is another game from Osprey, who have really been hitting it out of the park for the past few years. Add to that some fantastic theming and a wonderful license, and this is a game that I am automagically going to be interested in. I don’t know much about the game itself, but I already want it!
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Dynamic Female RPG Characters are Possible Part 1 @ Zen’s Guide to Multiverse – I always love reading about RPG characters that players love to play. The author of this article shares three characters with us and you really get the love that the player has for each of these characters. it’s also great that the author is coming at this as a relatively new player who has enjoyed their first year in the hobby.
Tyranids: kill team @ Gabbi’s Children’s Pastimes – I love Kill Team articles where the author shares their lovely, painted team of badass fighters. In this case, it’s a Tyranid Kill Team! The author has gone with a beautiful purple and blue scheme, reminiscent of the classic scheme for Genestealers. I love that there are several different types of miniature used and I like the proxies that are used. With the chosen miniatures and the cool colour scheme, they really do fit in visually.
Dungeon of the Jerk Mage @ Mental Propinquity – First up, this post has some big ol’ SPOILERS for Dungeon of the Mad Mage. I’m not going to spoil any of it here, so worry not, but do heed my warning before clicking through to the linked post. In the spoilerific post, the author explores a particular room from the book that really got their goat – especially regarding a rather… unrewarding encounter.
Metal Elders @ J’ai Un Planning Chargé – Another great Kill Team post! This time, featuring some classic Eldar models. The colour scheme is quite muted, which works really well on the Eldar armour. I quite like that the colour scheme is not simply a classic Eldar scheme, meaning that although this Kill Team uses classic models, it feels fresh and new. So, yeah, lots of lovely pics of lots of lovely minis!
Saturday (?) Morning Brief III @ 9th Key Press – So, I really like this blog. After reading this post I’ve gone ahead and subscribed. The post is a summary of their recent activity and I like a lot of what they make. There are some nice supplements and maps here. I’d like to see a tutorial of how they make their maps. Will be keeping an eye on this blog.
And hey, just like that it’s the weekend!
Catch you later!