5 on Friday 20/12/19

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:

Onyx Path launches Kickstarter campaign for Cults of the Blood Gods – After an initial reticence, I’ve been enjoying the latest edition of Vampire: the Masquerade. After the initial three books, releases have been somewhat thin on the ground, but there are currently two books up for preorder. The first of these is Cults of the Blood Gods:

cults of the blood gods

This book brings back the Clan of Death. Formerly, this title belonged to the Cappadocians, the Giovanni and the Harbingers of Skulls, in that order. Now they are the Hecata. I’m looking forward to seeing necromancy brought back into the game.

Splotter releases The Ketchup Mechanism and Other Ideas, an expansion for Food Chain Magnate – Food Chain Magnate is one of those games I’ve had my eye on for a while. It’s not the bonniest game, but it looks interesting and quite deep. Splotter have just put out a new expansion for it, too:

ketchup mechanism

This is a modular expansion with 17 different, little expansions. There’s a lot in here! It adds stuff like a 6th player, new food types, coffee and baristas, and ketchup. I suppose with that title, there needs to be ketchup.

Black Armada releases Bite Marks RPG on DriveThruRPG – Another Powered by the Apocalypse game, Bite Marks is all about werewolves, though with a particular focus on pack dynamics and relationships. As with many other games, this uses the same system as the acclaimed RPG, Apocalypse World.

bite marks rpg

I like how some elements of this system work. I really like the ‘playbooks’ for each character, that outline how each character type works, the various moves they can do and their routes of progression. There Werewolf theme also really appeals to me and I remember seeing and really liking this game during its initial Kickstarter campaign, back when it was known as Bite Me.

.Call of Cthulhu support released for Roll20 – I’ve been reading my Call of Cthulhu books pretty heavily this week with the intention of playing a game of It next year. Beyond my own bookshelf, it seems that the latest edition of CoC has been a success and I have seen a lot of coverage of the game. Now, It’s being added to online table platform, Roll20:

roll20 cthulhu

I’ve used Roll20 a few times and it was fine. Not always user-friendly, but reasonably solid. I might be using it again soon, so I’ll have to get my head around it. It’ll be D&D I use it for, but it’s cool that they are branching out and increasing support for other popular titles.

Modiphius opens preorders for Fall of London book for V5 – I guess game books are like buses. After a drought, they all seem to come along at once. As Onyx Path launch their Cults of the Blood Gods Kickstarter, Modiohius puts up preorders for their upcoming book, Fall of London:


This book promises a V5 chronicle that tells the story of 2012’s fall of London, during which the city’s Kindred were eradicated by the second inquisition. I’ve long liked the character of Mithras, so I’m keen to see what becomes of him. I’m also sure that this will, in typical Modiphius fashion, be a very beautiful book.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Why Paladins? @ Dragon keep – I like Paladins. They aren’t the flashiest class but do get a few nice toys. I wasn’t always into them but decided to try one a year or so ago for our Strahd campaign. I’m still loving my Warforged Paladin, Chal. He thinks he got his abilities by being made of wood recycled from a communion wine barrel… The author of this post shares his own thoughts on Paladins and his journey with the class. it makes for a nice, positive, interesting read.

Elite of the Custodes @ A Tabletop Gamer’s Diary – I’ve not seen many Custodes forces near me, and I’ve only played against them the once. I won, if you’re wondering. I like the idea of the Custodes, an elite force of the Emperor’s bodyguard, evolved past even the Space Marines. This force, painted up by the author of this post, looks great! I’m always impressed by the productivity of this author as he cranks out more and more wonderful miniatures and armies.

A Lesson in Never Throwing Anything Away @ Deathzap – A short post with an important message! it’s nice to see someone fight the tide of Marie Kondo and stand up for the hoarders among us. Enjoy your venture (Re-Venture?) into the Slaves to Darkness.

The best selling sci-fi RPGs of 2019 @ Geek Native – This is interesting. It’s surprising in places, too. The surprises would be the inclusion of the Android book for Genesys and Fate’s Space Toolkit. Not sure I’d count The Worlds of Android as an RPG book, but I can see how it got there. There’s some good commentary here on price as well.

Tale of Gamers: Kill Team – Elite Warriors @ The Sentry Box – Another installment in an ongoing series, this post sees a couple of hobbyists add to their Kill Teams with some Elite choices. Both provide some lovely painted miniatures! There’s also a nice battle report from a Kill Team Commanders game. Good stuff!

It’s been a busy week! We’ve looked at an Infinity-themed Bundle of Holding, did a wee 2019 awards post, and revealed part 3 and part 4 of this year’s Top 50 games list.

This is the last 5 on Friday before Christmas, so I hope to have a wonderful festive season!

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