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:
Wizards of the Coast releases (re-releases?) Tyranny of Dragons – Hoard of the Dragon Queen and the followup, The Rise of Tiamat, together formed the first commercially published campaign for the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. It was actually put together by my baes at Kobold Press. Now, we’re seeing a re-release:
The re-release sees the two books combined into a single volume, like the rest of the published campaigns, with a few new bits chucked in. These were good books, though not without their flaws. Hopefully they did a little bit of tidying before putting this great content back out there.
Games Workshop releases the new Ossiarch Bonereapers army book for Age of Sigmar – I’ve loved all of the new armies that have been released for Age of Sigmar. Each of the four major factions – Order, Chaos, Destruction, Death – have got some new stuff over the years, but I do think Death has been the most undersupported. Well, GW are attempting to remedy this:
The Ossiarch Bonereapers are heavy, chunky undead. I like the chunkier models in Age of Sigmar, and there aren’t a huge amount of chunky undead out there at the moment. They seem to be the elite shock-troops of Death. Keen to see some painted armies!
Chaosium releases A Cold Fire Within campaign for Call of Cthulhu – Ah, Call of Cthulhu, the best game I never get to play! The few books I have for the current edition are really well made. Chaosium is consistently hitting it out of the park, these days. Their latest offering is a new campaign book:
Starting off with a simple missing person case, the plot quickly snowballs into dealings with a dangerous cult and journeys to the centre of the Earth! In addition to the campaign itself, there are also some new rules for psychic powers. Good stuff!
Tabletop Scenics releases Orc Freak Tower – Wargames terrain! I like all these companies that do the MDF terrain and whatnot. They’re all so creative. I especially like it when, as here, people put out something a bit different:
I like the Tabletop Scenics Orc buildings, but this one is by far my favourite. At the bottom, it starts off like any old building or bunker, but I love the ramshackle tower with the wee hut on top. It’s a bit Borderlands-ish, too.
WizCo Games releases 5E supplement, Fifty Magnificently Murderous Mimics – This is a nice, little, pay-what-you-want release over on DriveThruRPG. It features, suprisingly enough, fifty different Mimics for use in your 5th edition games of Dungeons & Dragons or one of the increasing number of titles that use that system (like, for example, this amazing WoW-themed campaign setting).
The production quality of the PDF is really good. it has a similar layout to the D&D books, but with a different background. I do like the spooky-tree backgrounds. Most of the entries are short but descriptive, with a few stat blocks towards the end and some commentary throughout by the writers. I had not heard of Wizco before, but I’ll be taking a rummage through their other content after seeing this.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Could These Be the Best Dwarf Models Ever Made?! @ Once a Dawi – I hadn’t seen these Dwarf minis from Atlantis Miniatures until I read this post. I agree with the author that they look fantastic. They look pretty unique, too. They’re not all cartoony like the Games Workshop dwarfs, nor just little stacks of armour, as I’ve seen elsewhere. Also, good painting on the example one!
Battletome Orruk Warclans: Bonesplitterz Review @ Plastic Craic – This is a good, detailed overview of the Bonsplitterz portion of the recent Orruk army book for Age of Sigmar. The author is pretty thorough in delving into the content of the book, both in terms of rule and of lore. After reading the article, I’d be tempted by a little Icebone force of my own. The author clearly has a really good grip on both AoS and of the Greenskins therein.
d20 List: Top 17 Scary Games @ Sword, Board, and Pen – A simple board games list article along the theme of horror, or at least of games that could be considered scary. There are several games on the two lists in this article that I really like, including Eldritch Horror and Pandemic. I wouldn’t have considered Galaxy Trucker for this list but, thinking about it, it does make sense!
On the Paint Table – ArcWorlde, Blackstone Fortress, Necromunda and more! 640/886 @ Guerrilla Miniature Games – I continue to love the output of Guerrilla Miniature Games. It’s the only tabletop video series I really watch consistently. I like all of their videos, but I make a particular point every week of watching On the Paint Table. It’s inspiring! Those ArcWorlde Halflings featured in the linked episode are sweet, bee tee dubs!
Christmas Battleforce Boxes – Which are the best value? @ Sprues & Brews – Games Workshop are getting all geared up for Christmas with their £100 Battleforces. This article breaks down the contents of each box to check what sort of savings you can make with each set. In terms of contents, the ones that interest me most would definitely be the Skaven and Gloomspite boxes. I can’t pick up any of the Space Marine boxes, as I’d be breaking the “no more tiny marines” pledge!
This week on No Rerolls, we’ve taken a quick look at a Humble Bundle featuring the Rogue Trader RPG.
Catch you later!