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 a new Orruk army book – Orruks! Or, like, Orcs? I know that Games Workshop likes to rename things to make them more protectable in terms of their IP, but it does make me chuckle sometimes. The latest Age of Sigmar book takes a look at one of the armies I’ve long loved, the Greenskins!
I’m looking forward to having a flip through this book. I have so many old Orc and Goblin miniatures that I will probably never get around to painting, but I do like to imagine what I’d do with them. Seriously, I will die under the weight of grey, orcish plastic…
The Chronomancer’s Guide to the Future is up on DriveThruRPG – Oh, this is interesting. It actually came out in late September, but I totally missed it. Just looking at it visually, there is a ton of really amazing artwork throughout this PDF. It’s truly a thing of beauty:
In terms of content, there is a lot packed into this book. There are 24 new subclasses, along with lots of items, feats, NPCs, factions, races and more. This sets you up for a totally different type of campaign. I also like the branding, ‘Androids & Arcades’, and would love to see more titles added to this series.
Privateers Press release Archons (Morrowan, Menite and Primal) for Warmachine and Hordes – I’ve spoken a lot of Privateer Press miniatures in recent months. They’re releasing some rather nice ones just now. I like the two Menoth Archons, although Menoth is never a faction I’ve particularly wanted to play. The Morrowan one is particularly pretty:
The Minion miniature is more my sort of style, though. It looks like it would be right at home in a Circle of Orboros “sticks and stones” force. It’s a bit rougher-looking than their usual constructs, but it’s still damn nice.
Fantasy Flight Games to release Rebellion in the Rim expansion for Star Wars: Armada – I’ve never really gotten into Armada. I picked up the core set, but I’ve barely touched it since. I think I burned out a bit on X-Wing and didn’t really maintain the enthusiasm I felt early on.
This latest offering from FFG is a campaign expansion, coming with lots of cards and a cool campaign map. I hope this increases the appeal of the game for more narrative-focused players, as campaigns can be a lot of fun.
The APERTURE guide magazine launches on DriveThruRPG – I assumed this was a Portal RPG when it popped up on DriveThruRPG. I took a look and I was wrong. I was a bit disappointed, actually. That said, having now read through the description, I’m interested again.
This is a magazine taking the form of an anthology series. It features four adventures in a each issue. This issue features a zombie apocalypse, a steampunk heist, a wild west story and a hospital in the wake of a disaster. I’m curious to see how this series develops.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Back to Bearers @ foriegnartisan – The Word Bearers have always been one of my favourite armies in Warhammer 40,000. I love the imagery of the corrupted fanatics clad in heavy, ceramite armour. The colour scheme works really well. The Dark Apostles are fantastic character concepts. It just all works. The author of this post shares some of his miniatures and they are lovely. Thanks for sharing!
Laidback DM – One-Page Dungeon Competition 2019 Winner @ SteveStillStanding – I was not previously aware of this contest, but I wish I had been! First of all, after digging a little deeper I’m seeing a lot of great, accessible content and it’s also something I’d have considered taking part in as I try to develop more RPG resources for my own use and generally motivate myself to not only write but actually share my writing. I really like the author’s entry and it’s also really well presented, which is important in this type of resource.
Overlight Review @ Akhelas Writing – I saw this book in a shop earlier in the year. It was colourful and rather pretty, but I didn’t have time to really have a flip through it. Reviews are pretty handy for having a vicarious flip, aren’t they? From the review, the game sounds interesting. The setting seems whimsical, which is a big plus for me. The lighter mechanical complexity also appeals to me, as I’m not the biggest fan of crunch. As for the art? Click through and take a look. Gorgeous!
The Siege is over… @ Table Standard – As noted earlier in this article, campaigns are fun. They lend a narrative arc to games that don’t necessarily promote them innately. That said, I’ve often found that long campaigns can fall apart over time. it’s always disappointing when this happens and I’m delighted that this did not happen to the author of this post. This is a nice, brief rundown of the outcome of the author’s Warhammer 40,000 campaign.
RPG Reviews – Infinity @ The Tabletop Almanac – Infinity is another game that uses the 2D20 system, much like Star Trek Adventures and Mutant Year Zero. It’s based on the Corvus Belli miniatures game of the same name. I love the miniatures game. I love the miniatures, themselves. They have such a nice, unique aesthetic and the factions are compelling. One of our group up here has picked up the game, so maybe I’ll get to play it sometime, but this review just serves to make me all the more impatient to try it out! The author really makes it sound like a solid game.
This week, we’ve maintained radio silence, but I’ve posted a few things on my Instagram!
Catch you later!