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:
Games Workshop releases Enforcers for Necromunda – All of the releases for the latest edition of Necromunda have been beautiful. I think this is the most consistently top-notch range that GW has put out, all in all. Certainly, it’s better than the main 40K and AoS lines and a lot better than the hit-or-miss designs of the new Blood Bowl teams. It’s always great to see new Necromunda releases.
The latest offering is a set of enforcers, the equivalent of the old Arbites. These guys have the unenviable task of trying to bring order to the Underhive. I genuinely wish them well, but I doubt that their task is ultimately achievable. At least they’ll look good trying!
Evil Hat releases Band of Blades RPG – Ah, my beloved Evil Hat… I’ve yet to read any of the Blades in the Dark games. I nearly picked up Scum and Villainy recently, but I ended up grabbing something else instead. Now, there’s another game based on the same system.
Described as ‘dark military fantasy’, Band of Blades sees the player taking on the role of not only a soldier but seemingly also having influence over the greater legion. It’s an interesting concept which I’d be keen to explore further.
Mantic Games previews new edition and starter box for Kings of War – It’s odd that Mantic still feels ‘new’ to me, even though they’ve been around for ages and I’ve had their miniatures in my collection for close to a decade. Therefore, it was shocking to me that they are launching a third edition of their game, Kings of War. The boxed set does look nice…
I really like the miniatures they have revealed thus far for the Northern Alliance. I find Mantic’s miniatures to be a bit hit or miss, with some real gems in the range, alongside some real dross. It looks like this set will feature the gems.
Modiphius and Free League release Mutant Year Zero: Elysium – I’ve not played them, but I like my core Mutant Year Zero book and my Mechatron one. They’re fantastic books with great rules and a fantastic setting. I keep my eye out for a good deal on the Genlav Alpha book, too.
I like that this seems a little more urban in setting than the other versions of Mutant Year Zero. I like the idea of building enclaves and controlling them. This seems like a solid addition to the game.
Privateer Press releases Infernals army box for Warmachine – Warmachine isn’t a game I see much of these days. I wouldn’t call it dead, because it’s clearly not dead, but I don’t think it’s got a lot of life in it any more. At least, that’s the case in my circles. That said, Privateer Press still make some very pretty miniatures. The latest army to be added to the lineup are the infernals which now have an army box on the way:
I like demonically-themed miniatures, so this is a cool army for me. The cultist vibe also works really well. I’m not sure about the wee flying fireball thingies, but the rest of this set looks great.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Target Priority @ Can You Roll a Crit? – Getting back into Underworlds recently – and actually doing a little bit of painting – I was on the lookout for an interesting article on this topic. Target priority is really important in all games. I’ve lost more than a few games of AoS and Malifaux because I allowed myself to be distracted by the wrong targets. The author has interesting points, but I really like when he gets into the nitty-gritty of prioritising targets by specific warband.
DMs Guild Review – Down Came a Blackbird @ Eric Watson – I’ve not made much use of the DMs Guild. I keep seeing people pick out some interesting and fantastic resources though, so maybe I should. In the review itself, I share the author’s appreciation for well-organised books, and I really like some of the design choices, such as colours and fonts used in the book. The review is quite thorough without being longwinded and paints a picture of a solid, good adventure module.
Ticket To Ride France et al @ Imperial Centre – I never realised how different Ticket to Ride: France was to other titles in the series. The author gives a lengthy review of the game, but it’s the early description of the track-laying feature that really interests me. The pictures in the article are great as well, showing the game in play. The board does lack a bit of colour, but the author explains why this is the case.
A Grim, Dark Route Into the Old World @ Refereeing and Reflection – A thoughtful overview of the starter set for the new edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. The author breaks down the set and shares a lot of thoughts on what to expect. As the author says, the real highlight does seem to be the Guide to Ubersreik. The author’s conclusion is an interesting one, given the stated purpose of these starter sets is to break in new players.
Musings on Running a Tournament – A Guest Article by Martin Collins @ Steel City Underworlds – I’ve not run any gaming events before, but it’s something I might like to try at some point. This makes for an interesting read from an author who has recently run a small gaming event. The considerations over money, checking of decks and other factors are fascinating. Thanks for sharing!
This week, we took a look at a couple of Bundles of Holding. Otherwise, it’s been pretty quiet around here, really.
Catch you later!