5 on Friday: 02/08/19

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:

Gamelyn releases Tiny Epic Mechs game – I’ve yet to actually play any of the Tiny Epic series of games.  I’ve heard generally good things and I think I’d enjoy the games, but there has always been something else just a little higher on the priority list, you know?

This latest offering has a cool mech theme and some really nice little plastic mechs for your meeples to jump into.  The visual style is really cool.  The deluxe edition I’ve linked also includes all the extras from the Kickstarter campaign.

Catalyst releases core rulebook for the sixth edition of their Shadowrun RPG – The core book for Shadowrun: Sixth World is due out this month.  I’m not going to hold my breath on getting my copy this month, as UK stores only started getting their copies of the starter set a couple of weeks ago, and they were due out in June.  It’s also a bit odd that the core rulebook is coming out now, whilst there have been supplements already released for this new edition.  It’s a bit like selling you a video game with the promise that the console will be coming later…

sixth world core

I have ordered this, though.  I have been reading through the supplements that I’ve picked up and am psyched for the core book.  This is the jumping on point for Shadowrun that I’ve been waiting for!

USAopoly to release Kingdom Hearts edition of Talisman – Oh, man…  The confusing and impenetrable Kingdom Hearts is to fuse with the long and oft-times tedious Talisman?  Count me… in?  I dunno.  I do own Relic, which is the Warhammer 40,000 edition of Talisman, and it’s cool to see different versions of Talisman coming out, but I don’t know if this is for me or not.


I think I’d get this to the table.  It looks very pretty and the Disney theme means that my wife will be predisposed to giving it a go!  Yeah, I’ll be keeping an eye on this and might look into picking it up… but it’s still Talisman…

TTCombat releases lots of new Infinity-themed terrain – TTCombat are great.  They offer real value and do some great terrain.  I have some of their sci-fi stuff for Infinity and now they’ve put out a lot more stuff:

Already having their older sci-fi buildings, the items I’m interested in are some of the taller, multi-level buildings and the accessories, such as screens, streetlights, and objective markers.  The price is so good, too!

Games Workshop releases starter set for Warcry – It feels like this has been getting previewed for a long time, but it’s finally here!  A new skirmish game for AoS which has been likened to Kill Team, this is a big deal for GW.  The starter set looks fantastic and is full of miniatures and terrain:

warcry starter set.PNG

GW’s boxed games are always pretty good value and they’ve been knocking it out of the park with quality over the past few years.  I’m looking forward to my copy arriving (dispatched this morning) so I can tear into it!

Blog Posts/Articles

The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

The Ultramar Auxilia @ A Tabletop Gamer’s Diary – I love seeing armies with a nice, tight theme.  The author of this post shares their recent work on a new regiment of Imperial Guard (or whatever they’re called these days) representing a planetary defence force in Ultramar.  I like the colour scheme that has been chosen, clearly linking the models to the Ultramarines, but without just making everything blue.  It’s a good balance.  The conversions are quite minimal, but the head swaps do ensure a unique look.

Review: Pathfinder 2E @ Drop Lowest – A nice, concise review of the new edition of Pathfinder.  The review kind of cements the fact that this is probably not the game for me.  The author explains the complexity and mechanical crunch of Pathfinder 2E and, whilst that really is what some people crave, it’s not for me.  But, as the author states, this puts Pathfinder into a specific niche in the same way that the looser games that I like occupy their own little niches.  Thanks for the overview!

Arcadia Quest Inferno broke my gaming group. Help! @ Roll to Review – I love Arcadia Quest, but it can get somewhat bloodthirsty.  The author gives a nice rundown of the game before running through the failings that the format of the game, and specifically the campaign rules, had with their group.  A few new ideas are raised that I hadn’t considered and, although it’s sad to see someone disappointed with a game, it’s interesting to understand why these games can fall flat.

A Short(ish) Note on Rolling Dice (in RPGs) @ Faith, Fiction & Fatherhood – The author of this post gives a long(ish) and thoughful speel about dice and the throwing thereof in RPGs.  I agree in principle, that a dice roll is like the camera zooming in on a player and that they should create tension.  It’s an interesting read, and I’m looking forward to also reading the author’s thoughts on the Shadowrun starter set – the products that triggered these musings.

Grayscale Armies: Malifaux Ten Thunder (Commissioned) @ Thoughts from a Chaotically Disorganised Mind – Ugh.  This is just beautiful.  The greyscale works so well and the limited use of orange just pops like nobody’s business.  Go look.  Be amazed.

Welp, that’s another week.  I actually started painting a new army this week.  That’s exciting.  I hope to have some pics up soon.  I’ve also been playing some Kill Team.  I usually post stuff like that on Instagram.  Go check out my Instagram Feed!

Catch you later!

1 Comment

  1. Hey that’s me!

    Thanks for the shout out. Love your work on the 5 on Friday. I read it often. Although I’m totally a board game junky rather than table top junky. I still always get something out of reach post.


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