It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all-new 5 on Friday, and this week we have an RPG focus! 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:
10 Workers United RPG up on Kickstarter – First up this week is a small Kickstarter campaign. 10 Workers United is a roleplaying game that pits the workers against management in the struggle for labour rights:
It’s a blatantly political game which may put some players off. There’s not a huge amount of detail on the campaign page, but it walks you through the structure of the game. Take a look – it’s an interesting concept.
Petersen Games releases Cthulhu Mythos sourcebook for D&D 5E – So far I’ve only picked up physical third party D&D books from Kobold Press (I’ve picked up PDFs from plenty of companies), but I will be branching out soon for this little beauty. Sandy Petersen is the master of translating the work of Lovecraft to the tabletop. I’m delighted that he’s now producing material for 5E:
This is the book for fans of the Cthulhu mythos looking to bring some cosmic horror into their games of 5E. The bestiary section alone is worth the price of admission. I will be picking this up.
Let’s Talk About Ethical Veganism released on DriveThruRPG – As with 10 Workers Uniter, this is a pretty blatantly political game. This time the topic is that of toxic behaviour on the internet. Seems pretty timely, really…
The game sees you take on the role of a band of internet users attempting to stop a garbage person from ruining your forum. I really like the premise of the game and the character creation table where you roll up your particular internet user. My first set of rolls got me a pun-wielding debater who loves sci-fi… spooky.
Paizo releases Starliner Flipmat for Starfinder – I’ve not got a huge amount to say on this one. Paizo do decent flipmats. I use Paizo mats all the time, though I just use their basic, simple ones. I’ve never used their more detailed, specific ones like this lovely Starliner for Starfinder:
As with previous Flipmats, I’m impressed. This Starliner is a very luxurious ship and the artwork is both functional and very pretty. Unfortunately for me, the only game I’m currently planning where such a setting would be useful is not a game in which we’ll be using maps and miniatures. Still, it’s really cool!
Magical Cleanup Service released on DriveThruRPG – I saw this an picked it up out of curiosity. I liked the premise of playing as those wizards tasked with cleaning up the magical messes made by other magical practitioners. Taking a flip through the PDF, I’m quite happy with what I got.
It’s a Powered by the Apocalypse game, which is an immediate plus for me. That’s a system that just works well. It’s also a nice, minimalist game, weighting in at just 5 pages. It’s actually ideal for a quick one-shot. It’s got some basic art and it laid out really well, making the most of the available space without looking crowded or like the content is just crammed in. I’ll be keen to try this, as I’ve not had much experience of playing any of these micro-games.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Dungeons and delight @ The Writing Round – This is a pleasant post about Dungeons & Dragons, looking at one player’s thoughts on how the game has gained popularity in recent years. This player is also an employee of Wizards of the Coast, giving him additional insight into the reception that the game has been receiving of late. The writer feels a bit like an insider looking in, but that’s not a bad thing.
Enter The D&DDJ @ Lute the Bodies: The D&D DJ – This is interesting, and it’s also promising as the introductory post on a new blog. I’ve not used music much in my own games, though I did plan some for a cancelled game of Vampire. I think I’m going to find this blog interesting, given the unique angle it seems to be coming from..
Conscientious Gamers @ Casting Shadows – I’ve seen mention of the Consent in Gaming PDF from Monte Cook Games. As the author of this article explains, it does seem to be a particularly divisive document. This is a good, reflective article that looks closely at the PDF. It makes fo an interesting, considered read.
Scum and Villainy RPG: My Year in Space @ GameGuy Thinks – I assumed this would be an article focusing on the author’s Scum and Villainy campaign, and it sort of it. Sort of. A bit. The end of the articles gives a little rundown of the highlights of this campaign, which is nice, but the bulk of the article is actually a rundown of the system. The author does make it sound like a good game, too! Scum and Villainy has been a game I’ve swithered over for quite some time, so this sort of article is really good to read.
Death of a Druid @ E. May Must Go – A good, reflective post. Despite not being real people, we do get attached to our characters, don’t we? We invest a lot of time into them and, if we’re doing it right, a fair bit of emotion as well. I like articles like this one which acknowledges this fact and really embraces the emotional connection we can feel to these fictional characters.
This week, I highlighted a really nice sale at the Storytellers Vault. I’ve been working on a wee post about games going out of print, but I can’t seem to get a good chunk of time to take a proper run at it. Maybe this week.
Catch you later!