5 on Friday 27/12/19

It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all-new 5 on Friday. Over the next few weeks, I’m thinking of making some changes to the 5 on Friday format. I’ve added some graphical headers for each section this week and am considering adding a videos and podcasts section in coming weeks.

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:

Fryx Games releases Turmoil expansion for Terraforming Mars – Terraforming Mars is one of my favourite games and one I have played a lot over the past few years.  It’s been the go-to game for my group for quite some time and it’s always really fun to see the different strategies and paths through the game that players adopt.  I’ve yet to pick up any of the expansions, but I’m at the point where I’ve played the base game enough that it could do with a little freshening up.  Enter this latest expansion.  it’s already been distributed to Kickstarter backers, but it now making its way into retail channels.


This expansion seems to add quite a bit to the game.  The introduction of a political aspect is a big change, with the introduction of political parties and, of course, lobbying to influence policies.  The addition of global events will likewise shake things up a little.  New corporations and projects will add that little bit more variety.

Tobias Strauss releases Jinkies! RPG on DriveThruRPG – Jinkies! is a Powered by the Apocalypse game (I seem to be featuring a new one of those every week) wherein players take on the role of investigators in a Saturday morning cartoon-style mystery adventure.

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This is clearly and unashamedly based on the Scooby Doo cartoon series.  Heck, you can even play as the group’s animal mascot!  I also like, given the subject matter, that there are simplified, kid-friendly rules in there, too!

One Page Rules has released six new games – Wargaming rules have a habit of being somewhat longwinded.  Well, most of them – Age of Sigmar was only 4 pages on release.  AoS was very much an exception, though!  One Page Rules puts out games that only take up, as you might expect, a single page of rules.  In addition to their existing sci-fi and fantasy offerings, they have now released a further 6 games!


These new games include space battle rules, a sports game with an interesting gambling feature, a game that see you using your old green army men, and a skirmish game with a rather cool set of unit creation rules.  These are worth a look, to see if there are new and interesting ways to use your existing collection of miniatures.

.Hack & Slash Publishing releases On Downtime and Demesnes for 5th edition D&D – So, the content of this book is interesting, and I’ll come to that.  I should first of all state that it was actually the cover art for this title that grabbed my attention.  It’s cute.  It’s fun.  It’s purple!

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Content-wise, this book is all about player engagement.  I like that it promises to give players something to do with their gold.  This is something I struggle with as a player and a bit of direction is always useful.  The promise of good downtime activities is also very welcome.  I think, because this publication deals with things that I do struggle with, I’ll be looking at ordering the print-on-demand version of the book.

Games Workshop’s Black Library releases new Warhammer Horror novel, The Oubliette – I like the Black Library.  I’ve read a lot of 40K novels over the years.  I read a fair few Warhammer fantasy novels as well, though not for some time.  I’ve not read any of the relatively recent Warhammer Horror series.  A few different franchises have been dipping into horror in recent years.  Didn’t Star Wars do it a few years back?

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The book sounds pretty interesting.  I do like the whole ‘pact with the devil’ trope, especially when tied to family lineage.  Is it a bit cliche?  Sure, but cliches become cliches for a reason.  It works.  This is more than I’d normally be willing to pay for an ebook, but it’s tempting, nonetheless.

blog posts and articles

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

Maintaining Positive Hobby Karma – Part 11 @ Heretic 30K – I like the idea of Hobby Karma.  I might actually nick it for next year!  The author’s Chaos Space Marines also look great.  The classic black and brass look is always a good bet, and it looks great on the Daemon Engine.  Thanks for sharing!

Warband Showcase: Rippa’s Snarlfangs @ Can You Roll a Crit? – I’ve featured Can You Roll a Crit before, and it’s a blog that I check regularly.  The last warband showcase I looked at from Can You Roll a Crit was their take on Mollog’s Mob.  That gang looked good, but I just feel that this latest set looks even better and that the author has really upped his game!  I like that he also shares his thought process in choosing a colour scheme and painting the miniatures.  The blending looks great!

Daughters of Khaine group photos @ The Bovine Overlord – The author of this post shares his Daughters of Khaine army for Age of Sigmar.  Well done on getting them painted up!  The snake ladies look great and I like the drow-ish theme of the leader.  The big cauldron of blood makes a great centrepiece, too!

Look out boss, it’s da Ogor Pirates! @ Bjorn the Stormborn – The standard Ogre miniatures from Games Workshop can be a bit boring.  They’re all posed pretty much the same way, largely due to the WFB necessity for miniatures to rank up together.  The author decided to use the new Ogre Blood Bowl team to give some more dynamic miniatures for the base of his conversions.  The final products look great.  Not only the to Pirate Ogors look really cool, but they’re also very well painted.  I particularly love the stripy breeks!

Fail Forward: A Dice Rolling Ethos @ Telling Stories Together – This is the only blog post this week that is nothing to do with painting miniatures. Maybe I’m a little preoccupied…  Dice rolling can, for some, be a bit problematic.  This is a really good post that illustrates a common problem.  I’m not a fan of situations where players are incentivised to try the same roll, over and over again.  The author outlines the issue and discussed how it can should be avoided.  This is a good, useful read.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! At NoRerolls, we’ve taken a look at some games I want to get to the table next year, finished off this year’s Top 50 series with the final top 10 post, and presented some options for alternative Blood Bowl miniatures. We also looked at some of our best posts of 2019 and had a wee think about hobby goals for next year.

This is the last 5 on Friday of 2019, so I hope you have a great Hogmanay and I wish you all the best for 2020!

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