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 new Kill Team starter set – The latest version of Kill Team seems to have been a big success for Games Workshop. The previous starter set sold well and I still see a fair amount of buzz online. I like the tactical nature of the game and have played a few games at our local club. Now, with the first starter set out of print, Games Workshop is releasing a new one:
The set looks good. The terrain isn’t quite as impressive and there just isn’t as much of it as in the original set. It’s still nice, though. All the new GW terrain looks great. In terms of miniatures, there are Tau and Space Wolves. This sets up two quite different forces, with the Tau getting to play more models than the Space Wolves who will have fewer, more elite miniatures. Of course, the set also includes a core rulebook. All in all, a sound purchase that gets you into a great game.
Chaosium releases Berlin: The Wicked City supplement for Call of Cthulhu – The more I meander my way through the Call of Cthulhu books I picked up on holiday, and the more I re-read my Lovecraft books, the more I want to jump into some Call of Cthulhu games! I nearly went for one at Tabletop Scotland, but it just didn’t fit my schedule. In the meantime, Chaosium continue to put out lovely, lovely books, including this latest Berlin-themed offering:
First of all, to judge a book by its cover, I love the art deco style that’s been used. The previews also give a general sense of a beautiful, polished product. I think that this great aesthetic is pretty typical of the books released thus far for 7th edition. The lin above also outlines are the cool content included in the book. That matters too, apparently!
Bully Pulpit running Kickstarter campaign for new Fiasco game – Fiasco sat on my shelf for ages until I got to play it this year. Out game, set in and around a local pen convention was a lot of fun and saw a madcap caper quickly emerge and swiftly fall apart! This, of course, is how it’s meant to work.
Now, Bully Pulpit is putting out a card-based edition of the game that should be easier to manage. The campaign looks really good and I’d recommend Fiasco to just about anyone. If you are considering jumping onto this, you’d better do it quickly. There are only a few days left in this campaign.
Wizards release Essentials Kit for D&D – I previously wrote about this product when it was first released in the US at the tail end of June. Now it’s made it over the pond and will be released in the coming days.
It’s basically another starter set with a new adventure that is fully compatible with the previous starter set, a DM screen, some equipment cards and more. Unlike the previous set, this one includes maps and character creation rules. It also includes rules for a 2 player version of D&D and for pared-down sidekick characters to be used in this version of the game. Exciting stuff!.
Shadowrun Sixth World core book released on DriveThruRPG – Oh, hey, Sixth World is out! I was so excited about this when it was announced, but it seems like Catalyst might have botched some aspects of this edition. I’m not canceling my preorder, but the early reviews are not too promising.
I think regardless of the issues I’ve read about, I’m still keen to give this a go. We’ve all played games that are inconsistent. Sometimes we need to fudge or work around some parts of the rules to make the game what you want it to be. It looks like this game will be similar. I do want to dive in, though. I want to explore this setting and run some fun games.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Running a One-Shot at a Convention @ Return of the Dungeon Master – This topic is fresh in my mind from last weekend’s adventures at Tabletop Scotland and my wish to run some games at next year’s show. There are some great nuggets of advice here for the first time convention GM. Actually, there’s a lot of advice for GM’s generally.
Why Eldritch Horror Really Nails Lovecraft @ Hylke’s Game Blog – A bit of commentary on a game I really like. Eldritch Horror sees a fair bit of play on my table and it can be pretty brutal. The author of this post basically writes a love letter to the game, explaining what they appreciate about it and why it ties so well into the mythos it strives to portray.
Shadespire: Ironskull’s Boyz @ Sho3box – I like to see black armour done well. Wait, let me rethink that. I get jealous of black armour done well. It doesn’t seem to work for me. This is also an Underworlds crew that I’ve recently built and am not sure how to paint. Great stuff!
FFF’s Guide to 6th Edition Shadowrun Characters, Part I: Basics @ Faith, Fiction & Fatherhood – The first of three articles published by the author on character creation in the latest edition of Shadowrun. I like the positivity the articles have towards an edition that is proving controversial and I also love the great advice offered by the author.
Get started with Gaslands and 3D Printing @ Wargaming3D – There are times I really wish I were into the whole 3D printing thing. This is one such time, seeing all the cool gubbins that can be printed off to really make your games of Gaslands shine. This article is an absolute wealth of links for units, terrain, accessories and the like. It’s really a one-stop-shop for all of your 3D printed Gaslands needs.
This week, we’ve taken a look at some more Warmahordes themed forces, shared some thoughts on Tabletop Scotland and discussed the initial sessions of a Vampire: the Masquerade campaign.
Catch you later!