5 on Friday 03/01/20

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:

Modiphius releases core rulebook for their Liminal RPG – I’m not going to wax lyrical about Modiphius, as I tend to whenever I post about one of their products suffice it to say, I’m a fanboy. Their latest offering is the physical incarnation of the core rulebook for Liminal:

This isn’t a game I know all that much about. Conceptually, it has a little of the World of Darkness about it, though as you explore the boundary between the modern day United Kingdom and the Hidden World, the focus same to be more on being good thab on being monstrous. I’m quite curious about this one.

Games Workshops Black Library releases Gloomspite novel by Andy Clark – The Gloomspite Gitz are one of my favourite armies in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. They are vicious and dangerous, yet fun and madcap. I enjoyed the stories in last year’s Battletome (my favourite Battletome of the year), so I am quite interested in this novel.

Although I love the Gitz, I’m also pretty glad that the story seems to be largely, or at least partly, told from a human perspective. It makes it more relatable and I worry that a point of view piece that really delves into how the Gitz think would take away some of the mystery for me. There may well be some parts from the Goblin perspective, but that’s ok as part of the bigger picture.

Q Workshop releases new dice set for Cyberpunk Red – Cyberpunk Red is the latest edition of the long-running Cyberpunk RPG series. It uses an uldated verson of the Interlock system, which dates back to the late 80s. The Interlock system uses a “standard” set of RPG dice, as popularised by systems such as Dungeons & Dragons.

These new dice are such a set, but themed around this latest offering from the Cyberpunk series. For those who prefer their Cyberpunk with a 5E feel, we’ve covered sci-fi and cyberpunk reskins of D&D in recent 5 on Friday articles. You coukd use these as thematic dice for those games, too.

Onyx Path releases Tales of Good Dogs on DriveThruRPG – Pugmire is Onyx Path’s game of canine fantasy. It’s a game I’ve enjoyed reading over the past few months and one which I’d be keen to try with the right group, once I’ve had time to stock up on dog puns.

One thing I do struggle with when thinking of Pugmire is the tone that a gane shoukd follow and the sorts of stories that players should experience. That’s why fiction collections like this are really useful. By providing a little bank of short stories, Tales of Good Dogs can help the aspiring GM to play his own games. It’s good reference material, basically.

Ankama’s Monster Slaughter board game makes its way to retail – Another miniature-heavy board game from Kickstarter, Monster Slaughter is now making its way into retail channels. Those miniatures are pretty cool actually, especially the very characterful human pieces. The card art is also pretty damn nice.

The game is kind of a reverse of the typical game, with players taking on the role of a famiky of monsters looking to eliminate the teenage interlopers. I suppose it’s like a reverse Scooby Doo. Gorgeous production values and an interesting concept.

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:

DropTop: A patent-pending alternative top to Citadel paint pots hits Kickstarter @ GeekNative – I never noticed this Kickstarter. The author shares some thoughts on a Kickstarter that provides dropped-tops for Games Workshop. It sounds like a good idea, and the author of this post certainly weighs up the idea of the product, also coming out in favour of it.

Hobby Resolutions 2020 @ Spalanzthe first of several resolutions posts this week, the author of this one outlines their hobby goals for next year. There’s a good spread of ambitions here and they should make for a rewarding year of hobbying! Numbers 5 and 6 would be pretty useful for me…

Hobby Summary 2019 @ The Tragic Life and Thoughts of a Fangirl – the livestreamed paintathon the author took part in last year sounds both really fun and like a real motivator. The author is also another person doing Azazel’s painting challenges… I should try to do some of those…

Hobby Resolutions 2020 @ The Scalded Skal – another nice resolutions post. Welcome to the blogosphere! I’m looking forward to seeing the author’s efforts at chronicling their hobby activity. It’s something I’m keen to do this year, too. Make sure to share lots of pictures!

2019 to 2020 @ Dyson Logos – this artist makes amazing maps and this little roundup post shows some of the publications in which the author’s work appeared. An interesting point is also made about Cyberpunk 2020 making the shift from being our dark, cyberpunk future to being our dark, cyberpunk present. I wonder if our world is in a better state, or would it be something of a disappointment to a denizen of that RPG setting?

At NoRerolls, I’ve managed to dig out a ton of Pestilens models from my backlog, and took a look at some more alternative Blood Bowl miniatures.

This is the first 5 on Friday of 2020! I hope you had a great Hogmanay and new year, and I wish you all the best for 2020!

1 Comment

  1. Thanks a lot for the shout out, it’s always an honour to be counted among my fellow hobbyists.

    Happy New Year to all at No Rerolls and all the best for 2020.


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