5 on Friday 08/11/19

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:

Dragon Turtle Games releases Carbon 2185, a 5E-based cyberpunk RPG – Another week, another great indy game based on the 5E ruleset.  I know I keep saying it, but that march to ubiquity is well underway.  This latest offering is a cyberpunk RPG:

carbon 2185

Using the 5E rules, it will be familiar to the many players of the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons, including all of those new players that this edition has brought in.  Initial ratings on DTRPG look very positive and the art style is really appealing.  Worth a peek, I reckon.

Steamforged Games releases Ni no Kuni II: The Board Game – I got really into Ni no Kuni II on the PC.  I bought it and Final Fantasy XV at the same time and I’ve yet to even play FFXV because I was completely absorbed in this game.  Seems there’s a board game, too:


I’ll be honest, I know very little about this game, I just found it and was excited by the theme.  The game seems quite simple and can be played through in half an hour.  It also has some really nice minis.  Follow the link above to see how it all works, and there is also a playthrough and unboxing on Steamforged Games’ website.

Games Workshop releases Katakros, Mortarch of the Necropolis – Last week’s release of the Ossiarch Bonereapers for Age of Sigmar saw the dawn of what I like the call ‘chunky undead’.  The models that are following this week all look great, but this special character, one of the Mortarchs, really stands out:


The central character is fine.  He’s a good miniature.  What I really love is that the whole thing is really a diorama, with this Mortarch holding court with a standard bearer, what appears to be a guard, and some servants.  The model communicates a narrative.

Cubicle 7 re-releases classic WFRP supplement, Apocrypha Now – In addition to the great, new material that Cubicle 7 is putting out for their latest edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, it seems their licensing agreement also gives them the right to re-release old material, such as this classic supplement:

apocrypha now

This supplement was made up of older, out-of-print material and articles from White Dwarf magazine.  There’s a lot here, including rules on social class, new careers, scenarios and more.  It’s interesting to see this older content re-released alongside the new offerings from the latest edition.

Catan Studio releases Catan: Starfarers – Catan isn’t the best modern board game, but it’s still good and it’s a pretty reliable bet for a game that you can get to the table pretty easily.  It’s a game I can play with gamers and non-gamers, so I do appreciate it a lot.  Years ago, there was a well-received sci-fi spinoff, Starfarers of Catan.  Catan: Starfarers represents the return of that game:


The production quality looks pretty good and with the original game being so revered by some players, I do hope this game goes well.  Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing a few reviews and playthroughs to see if it’s different enough from Catan to warrant my own interest.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Meet up – Element Games @ Black Hand Marines – This is just a nice pictorial article about a meet-up at Element Games.  There’s not a huge amount to say, except that I enjoyed the pictures of the various boards and miniatures that were in use that day.  Thanks for sharing!

1000pts: Dragon Ogors @ Metal Miniatures – What a beautiful army!  The beastmen models were always a bit hit or miss for me, but I like the armies that are focused on the bigger beasts.  Dragon Ogres have always been among my favourites.  It’s great to see such a resplendent force.

Mechanicum Dice Box @ Heresy of Us – Oh, cool!  This is a nice little project.  It’s really simple, but it’s super effective.  The step by step approach is nice, but it does take a pretty big jump when it comes to weathering and painting!  It’s nice to have little artifacts to go with armies.

Dungeon and Dragons: DM Tips Sound @ Everyone and their Grandmother Games – I’ve read a few article previously about using music in RPGs.  I think it can work well, with a bit of planning.  One of the games I play in uses it from time to time.  Personally, I’ve only used it during a Succubus Club-themed game of Vampire: the Masquerade.  Heck, White Wolf even released their own album for that theme!  The article explore the topic of using music in RPGs and gives some good examples.

Review: Teens in Space @ Drop Lowest – A detailed review of what seems an interesting game.  It’s not one I’d heard of before, but the rule-light approach it takes does appeal to me.  The author of this review praises this as well, but explains that there’s a flipside to this coin.  Worth a read – I certainly enjoyed it.

This week on No Rerolls, we’ve had a review of a fan-made conversion guide, bringing Changeling: the Dreaming into the 5th edition of World of Darkness.

Catch you later!

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