Board Games, Miniature Games, RPGs, Tabletop Games

5 on Friday 18/10/19

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:

First volume of WFRP 4E’s reboot of the classic Enemy Within campaign now available on DriveThruRPG – Back in the day, during the first edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, there was an epic campaign called Enemy Within. It was described as one of the greatest RPG campaigns ever published. I can’t claim to have played it at the time, as I was but a toddler in the 80s when the original campaign was released. It was then re-released in the mid to late 90s to favourable reviews. Now, Cubicle 7 is reviving this campaign for the fourth edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay starting with their first volume, Enemy in Shadows:

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Written by Graeme Davis, this first book sees the players starting off as penniless adventurers exploring the city of Bögenhafen and surrounding areas. Supposedly, they’re also putting in some new twists to keep it interesting for those who have played previous editions of the campaign. I’ve not yet explored this edition of WFRP, but this is starting to tempt me.

Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World now up on Kickstarter – I love the Scott Pilgrim series! I love the books, both the newer colour one and the original monochromatic offerings, the film, and the video game when that was available. Now, Renegade are putting out a tabletop game that includes some fantastic miniatures:

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The game itself looks interesting and the board are cool, but I don’t really care. It’s the miniatures that have grabbed my attention. How cool are they? How cute? I love them! There are also lots of wee expansions that cover the rest of the characters, including the rest of Ramona’s evil exes, along with Envy Adams and an alternative Ramona among others. Go look! So cool!

Games Workshop to release Blood of the Phoenix boxed set – Eldar were my first army for Warhammer 40,000. I loved the smooth, curving lines and the how lithe they seemed. This box is a great one for fans of the Eldar, giving you the starting point for an Eldar army, a Dark Eldar army, or allowing you to combine them in order to field a larger Ynnari army.:

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The Dark Eldar models are all beautiful and nice and relatively new, still. The plastic character that comes with them is also stunning. The Eldar side of the box seems a little more meager, but does include the beautiful plastic Howling Banshees and their Phoenix Lord. Beautiful minis. The other two miniatures, the Falcon and the Viper, are older models that nonetheless still hold up today. This is a great start to a quick, mobile Ynnari army.

Kobold Press releases pocket edition of their 5E Tome of Beasts – Kobold Press is, as I have previously written, one my absolute favourite RPG publishers. The quality of their books, whether sold as PDFs or dead trees, is fantastic. My two most-used Kobold books are their monster manuals, the Tome of Beasts and the Creature Codex. They are both magnificently illustrated books with a ton of cool creatures. Thing is, they’re a bit expensive…

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By releasing a smaller-form, paperback ‘Pocket Edition’, Kobold Press ensures that their wonderful Tome of Beasts is much more affordable and therefore accessible to more players. Now that you can get this book for half the price of the big ol’ hardback version, I’d heartily recommend this book to all DMs.

Warlord Games releases Black Seas naval combat game – Set between 1770 and 1830, Black Seas is a ‘carronade era’ naval combat game! I mention this fact because I like it. I grew up in Falkirk and attended Carron Primary school, just over the road from the old Carron Ironworks for which the carronade, a short, smoothbore cannon, is named. Larbert precinct had some decommissioned cannons that we used to climb on when our parents were shopping. Good times.

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Oh yeah, the game! Warlord generally put out nice books, and this one seems to follow that pattern. I like naval combat games, but I’ve never played “serious” naval combat games. I played a bit of Uncharted Seas, Battlefleet Gothic, Dreadfleet and Dystopian Wars. I’d be up for giving this one a go, though. The Age of Sail miniatures used for this game are very pretty, too. Worth a look for any Age of Sail aficionados.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Rotbringers @ Convert or Die – Age of Sigmar Skirmish is a good game, but it does seem to have been understandably overtaken by the release of Warcry. Warcry is very good, by the way. Much like the author of this article, I too use Rotbringers in AOS Skirmish. I’ve never got that far with my army of Nurgle, but I have enough done to field a small skirmish force. The author’s warband consists of just a handful of models, but they all look great. All of the mortal members of the group also look really individual, which is great for any Skirmish system.

My Perfect Board Game @ Sharddz – There’s a few games in my BGG collection that I’ve listed a 10s, but ultimately the author of this post is correct. There’s always something you can nit-pick about a game. Star Wars: Rebellion is an amazing strategy game, but combat is underwhelming. Century is so much fun, but at higher player counts it becomes very difficult to plan ahead. It’s interesting to read the author’s rundown of what he likes in a game and it’s nice to see someone who knows exactly what he wants.

So You Want to Play D&D @ Hylke’s Game Blog – I do want to play D&D! Unfortunately, I can’t make it to tonight’s session, but I did get to play last night. This is a nice rundown of what you need to get and consider before playing. it’s pretty thorough, actually. My only suggestion would be that it needs a splash of colour with an image or two! Again though, it’s really useful.

Warcry from Ages ago @ Stevo’s Soldiers – This is a really nice, picture-heavy account of a game of Warcry. The miniatures are all nicely painted and the terrain looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing this. Inspiring!

UV resin Ice Gamins VOTE!!! @ The Wargaming Bear – Pop on over to The Wargaming Bear and share your thoughts on the Ice Gamins that the author has created. I’d like to have a go at resin casting at some point, so posts like this are really interesting. Personally, I like the first and third ones.

This week we’ve looked at a couple of Delta green bundles, a World of Darkness Bundle, and had a wee chat about games going out of print. I’ve also been working on our longest article in a while, a review of a homebrew campaign setting book for D&D 5E. That should be finished off and posted this weekend.
Catch you later!

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