5 on Friday 29/11/19

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:

Higher Grounds releases Modern on DriveThruRPG – Each week I seem to be introducing a new game that runs off the 5E system.  This week, I’m shaking it up a little with a Pathfinder-based game!  This game is Modern, by Higher Grounds:

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I like this sort of modern fantasy.  It seems a little bit like Shadowrun, with all the elves, dwarfs and such living in a contemporary setting.  I think it would be cool for a monster hunt or noir-themed game.  I’m keen to find some reviews of the game and get a feel for it, as I do like the concept and setting.

TTCombat releases Iron Labyrinth – Death Quadrant Complex – With the release of Necromunda: Dark Uprising it seems that Games Workshop’s Zone Mortalis terrain is getting a lot of attention.  Now, TTCombat is releasing their own terrain in a similar vein.  This is their Death Quadrant:


You know by now that I love TTCombat.  Their stuff just represents fantastic value for money.  Their latest offerings continue to be a great deal, but they also continue to make better and better terrain.  The above set it just £25! 

Rio Grande Games releases deluxe edition of Puerto Rico – Currently number 22 in the BoardGameGeek rankings, Puerto Rico is a perennial favourite of many a board gamer.  It’s one that I’ve never quite gotten around to picking up as I’m not always the biggest fan of eurogames, though I do count a few of them among my favourites.  This deluxe edition might appeal to those yet to take the plunge or might sell well to already-established fans:

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In addition to the core game, there are a couple of expansions thrown in and a bunch of new artwork.  The building tiles are double-sided with alternative artwork.  The price isn’t too bad, either.  My favourite store has it at less than a tenner more than the basic version.

Games Workshop releases new Space Marines Vanguard Start Collecting set – I took at look at the new Start Collecting box for the Chaos Space Marines last week.  This week, I’m showing you their loyalist counterparts, the Space Marine Vanguard:

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As with the CSM box, this set also comes from the Shadowspear boxed set.  It represents a great start to any Space Marine collection and contains a bunch of lovely, new Primaris miniatures.  Worth looking at if you still workship at the feet of the corpse Emperor…

John Scott Tynes releases a PDF with a game at the end – This is a PDf by John Scott Tynes:

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It has a game at the end of it.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Dungeon Father Gaming – Burning Desires @ Vobeskhan – This is a great writeup of what sounds like a fantastic game.  I always find these writeups inspiring, as there’s always something you can pull out to use in your own games.  I also note the picture of the mapbook.  I’ve swithered over getting one of these and it looks really good with the minis on it.  Thanks for sharing your game!

Closing Thoughts: Wrapping up a D&D campaign @ LunarShadow Designs – Another RPG writeup, this time from the end of a campaign.  This is quite a reflective article.  I particularly like the points made about combat and HP.  It also sounds that the game ended in such a way as to leave lots of different options for where players can go next and what the next campaign could be.  Exciting prospects!

Review – Eberron: Rising From the Last War @ GeekOut UK – The new Eberron book is my weekend reading!  This review feels pretty balanced and even-handed.  I like the section on races – particularly in regard to the changes in the Warforged rules and the observation that, as they are manufactured, you could really use either set of rules quite happily.

Taking the Plunge with Age of Sigmar @ Always Strikes Last – I love these “hey, AOS is actually alright” posts.  I made one myself!  It’s exciting to see someone start off on their own journey into a game you already love.  That the author of this article was able to get this push into the new world of AoS whilst still maintaining their beloved older army (Dwarfs in this case) is also a really positive thing.  Welcome!

The Beginning… @ Prairiephlox’s Circle – The author shares a sizeable Khador army and a smattering of other painted miniatures.  They all look great, and it’s rare that I encounter a large WarmaHordes army, so that’s cool to see.  I also like hobby to-do lists.  One day I might even follow through on one.  I look forward to seeing the author of this article putting my own lack of dedication to shame!

After a few quiet weeks, it’s been a pretty busy one here at NoRerolls!  We’ve taken a look at a an indie-themed Bundle of Holding, some musings on possibly applying to run a game at this year’s Tabletop Scotland and a review of tragic horror RPG, Ten Candles.  Busy, busy, busy!

Catch you later!

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