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:
Galeforce 9 releases a new edition of the Dune board game – The original Dune board game is seen as a classic. It’s held in high regard and, having been out of print for some time, it’s become something of a collector’s item. Fantasy Flight released Rex a few years ago, which used very similar systems but with a different theme. It was reasonably well-received, but it wasn’t Dune. Now, Galeforce 9 is issuing a proper re-release of the original game with a few updates:
This will sell well. Heck, the publisher’s own stock of the first printing is already gone. I find GaleForce 9 a little inconsistent on quality at times. Some of their stuff feels a little flat and flimsy, but they seem to have pushed out the board on production for this game. It’s one I’ll be picking up!
Games Workshop releases plastic Lizardmen team for Blood Bowl – Ah, my beloved Blood Bowl continues to see more lovely releases. I actually have the old, metal Lizardmen team, but I’m still tempted by this set. It’s just nicer, more detailed and less ‘chunky’.
I particularly like the headdresses on the skinks and the new armour on the Saurus. Previously, the Saurus just had bone helmets, like the old metal Temple Guard miniatures, but the ones are a bit more practical and fitting. A nice set, really.
A new Savage Worlds essentials box is now available! – Savage Worlds is an interesting, setting-neutral system that is quite widely used. The little small-form rulebook is really reasonably priced and it uses a standard set of RPG dice, as popularised by Dungeons & Dragons. Now, they’re putting out a big ‘essentials’ box:
I watched an unboxing video for this set and there is a lot in this box. The box itself is big, but it’s also densely packed. Bizarrely, the box contains lots of cards and tokens and accessories, but not the core rulebook itself. This is really odd and it suggests this is less of a starter set and more of a supplementary set for fans of the game. It has other good books in it, like the world building guide, but the lack of the rulebook is odd… It’s a very expensive product, too. Yeah, I dunno…
Sector Corvus Prime: Modular 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain up on Kickstarter – I’ve not taken the plunge into buying a 3D printer, myself. A friend and member of our gaming group has one and puts it to very good use, printing up miniatures and accessories for the games he runs. I’m constantly impressed by what emerges from his printer. Another friend has managed to make an oil-rig board for wargames and, again, this is really impressive. This Kickstarter provides the files to print huge sci-fi urban battlefields for games like Warhammer 40,000 and Infinity:
The terrain looks great. it’s very 40K and would look great on a Necromunda or Kill Team table. With a couple hundred files up for grabs, this seems like a good Kickstarter for anyone who is really into their 3D-printing and wants an awesome city fight board.
Out of TIme supplement for Tales from the Loop available on DriveThruRPG – I love this series of books. The core Tales from the Loop book is a thing of beauty and the first supplement added in some really cool scenarios. Now, there’s a new supplement. Woo and/or yay!
This book includes 4 scenarios, 8 smaller mystery scenarios based on songs and some advice on building mystery into your game. I probably won’t pick this up as a PDF as I really want the hardcover book!
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Post-Run Thoughts on Shadowrun 6th Edition @ Faith, Fiction & Fatherhood – This is a disappointing read. I say that not in reference to the quality or merit of the author’s writing, but rather because I know how much they were looking forward to playing the new edition of Shadowrun and it’s sad that it didn’t live up their hopes. I think I’m going to find myself in the same boat as the author, gingerly picking up the books for this edition, even whilst knowing that this version of the game is not all it can be.
[BATREP] Shadows of Commorragh @ Darker Days Radio – A nice battle report with a good, narrative style. The highlight of this article is in the attached images, however. The models look great. The terrain is fantastic. The lighting and colour of the photos is just beautiful. This was a feast for the eyes, and for the imagination.
Review – Strongholds & Followers @ The Kind GM – I had the briefest of flips through this book when a friend picked it up and it seemed a decent offering. I’d all but forgotten about it until I saw this review. The author of the review gives a good rundown of the book and does make it seem rather useful, if not necessarily the best-written of independent supplements. This review is worth a read if you’re swithering over picking up Strongholds & Followers.
DMs Guild Review – Cormyr: Land of the Purple Dragon @ Eric Watson – This book looks interesting. It’s a new campaign setting for many players, but it’s still part of the Forgotten Realms, so there’s a ‘way in’ for people with groups who are devoted to this setting. The book itself seems pretty big, weighing in at some 250 pages. The review is very positive, as is the accompanying video. If you’re interested in branching out, bringing some Eastern adventures to your Forgotten Realms campaigns, this review and the book it covers are worth checking out.
Tale of Gamers: Kill Team – Time for War! @ The Sentry Box – .This is a nice, long post about an ongoing Kill Team campaign. The pictures look great, especially the beautiful, white-clad Tau and the Drukhari. The terrain looks fantastic, too. I like this sort of article, as it provides dynamic, personal content that gives an insight into how other players access the games we love. Thanks for sharing your hobby!
Catch you later!