5 on Friday: 16/08/19: Kickstarter Special

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.  This week our focus will be on five fantastic Kickstarter campaigns!

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:

Shovel Knight board game returns to Kickstarter – This is a repost of a previously pulled Kickstarter in which I was and remain interested, I think I’ll just replicate what I wrote the first time around…  There are always so many miniatures-based board games on Kickstarter, but this one stands out for me.  The Shovel Knight video game is really cool, so I’m interested in the license.  I also really like the visual style of the miniatures and components.  This looks nice.

shovel knight board game

I have not played anything from Panda Cult Games and, looking at their website, I hadn’t heard of any of their games either.  I do like their production values, their art style and their whole attitude and style of presentation.  I’d take a punt on them if I were looking for another mini-based board game at the moment.

Skirmisher Publishing launches City Builder book on Kickstarter – The setting of one’s RPG campaign is important.  In a good story, the setting is almost like another character.  This is a book that will help you to develop and establish a city for your setting.

city builder book

I welcome any resource that helps people flesh out a setting.  There are loads of setting book for various RPGs that give you premade cities, lands and kingdoms, but there’s something special about coming up with your own.  Worth a punt for the aspiring worldbuilder?

Gamelyn running Kickstarter campaign for Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies – There are a lot of games and expansions in the Tiny Epic series from Gamelyn.  I think this series played a big part in the proliferation of big games in tiny packages.  There are quite a few these days.  Now, it’s time for an even smaller, Ultra-Tiny package:

Gamelyn seems to pack a lot of components into their smallest box yet.  Cards and small wooden pieces are the order of the day, all presented immaculately, as you’ve come to expect from Gamelyn.  I’m curious what existing Tiny Epic fans will make of this smaller, more compact offering.

Willy Miniatures launch Lord of Corruption fantasy football miniatures on Kickstarter – Oh, I do love me some Fantasy Football.  Blood Bowl has been in my collection for a long time and I’ve even managed to paint up three teams.  That’s a pretty big deal for me!  Willy Miniatures make a lot of great minis and are now putting out this great, somewhat Nurgle-ish team:

The Cthulhu-esque Winged beast miniature is a thing of dark, gribbly beauty.  The rest of the models are all cool as well, especially the warriors who come with that little bit of extra heft.  The team is not cheap, but that’s pretty typical of third party fantasy football games.  They tend to be pricey.

Out of the Box Encounters for 5E available on Kickstarter – I’ve had a pretty good run thus far with third party books for D&D 5E.  Of course, the majority of those I’ve read have been by Kobold Press, who are excellent, but I’m keeping an open mind.  This book looks pretty good, too:

out of the box 5e

The book has a lot of content, including 30 encounters, new monsters and magic items, some maps and a lot of really nice artwork.  You should check out the sample pages on the Kickstarter page as they show a polished, professional-looking product.  This seems promising.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Steam Wars Game @ A Loft Full of Lead – Oh, I like these Steampunky ship miniatures.  They’re quite basic in a way, but they are so incredibly practical, with loads of deck space for carrying infantry miniatures.  Looking at them on the store page, they’re also a good price.  The pulpy infantry-sized miniatures are really nice, too.  A good article with loads of great pictures!

D&D5e One-Shots, Part 1: Getting Started @ Burn After Running: RPG One-Shots – A blog about one-shots starts a series of guides about running one-shots.  Bread and butter stuff for them, I’m sure, but a good read for the rest of us.  I like one-shots, but I’ve not run many and appreciate the advice I can garner from this post.  The background cards idea appeals to me, as do the proving question regarding background.  Such advice is good for any game, really.  Looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

10 Years of In Third Person: Board Games Are Fun! @ In Third Person – Congratulations of 10 years!  This article sees the author of a long-running blog reflect on their journey in board games, from ambivalence – or even hostility – to a pronounced love of the medium.  10 years in, I think I’m gonna have a bit of a dive into this blog and read up on their writings.

Accessorising the Dungeon @ Stalker7 – This is a cool dungeon setup!  It’s a simple and clean design that is very practical for use in play.  The lines might have been in danger of being a little too clean, but the author has added accessories and detritus to break it up a bit.  This works really well.  I love all of the pictures in this post.  They show a fantastic piece of terrain in use, fulfilling its purpose beautifully.

Miss Scarlet in the Library with the Spanner @ Square Feet – Something a bit different to end on, today.  This is a great, little LEGO build themed around Cluedo.  The diorama portrays, as the title suggests, Miss Scarlett in the library with the spanner.  It’s impressive how much detail the builder manages to get across in so few bricks.  The setting is clearly defined and the whole thing is delightfully charming.

This week, we took a look at some themed forces from Warmachine.  We’ll be looking at more of them over the next few weeks, as this was the start of a five-part series.  We then shared a Humble Bundle offer featuring the Dark Heresy RPG.

Catch you later!

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