5 on Friday 17/01/20

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:

C-Team Expansion released for AI edition of Clank Legacy – Having been a fan of Penny Arcade for actual decades now, I’m also a big fan of their Acquisitions Incorporated brand. In addition, I am an even bigger fan of Kris Straub. I have long followed his comics (my favourites are Checkerboard Nightmare and Starslip Crisis) and his podcasts (I loved the Blank Label Comics podcast and his Dailly Affirmations). Kris is the man. Now, both are combined in Clank!

clank c-team ai

Kris is a member of the cast of AI’s C-Team. This latest offering adds these adventurers to the Acquisitions Incorporated-themed Clank Legacy. The miniatures look great, and are wonderful representations of the characters. And yeah, Clank itself continues to be a great game. All in all, a really cool, interesting release!

Pelgrane Press releases community content files for Ashen Stars – Gumshoe is a fun system for investigative games and Ashen Stars applies this system to a sci-fi setting. Pelgrane Press are starting off the year by really encouraging players to create and share their own Ashen Stars content by releasing a set of community content files:

ashen stars community

The purpose of these files is to allow the content creator to better format their work to look and feel like an Ashen Stars supplement. There are templates for various applications, as well as other logos and images. A great resource for those making modules and other content for Ashen Stars.

S7 Games releases War of Three Kingdoms: The Card Game – I’m a big fan of the Chinese classic, Three Kingdoms, after reading the Moss Roberts translation back during school. Since then, I’ve picked up a few Three Kingdoms-based video games, too. The Dynasty Warriors games are wonderful. I will eventually pick up Total War: Three Kingdoms, but have not yet. Now, there’s a new card game coming from S7 Games:


Actually, when writing this, I’ve just gone and checked. I found Total War: Three Kingdoms for £17, so I’ve snapped it up and it’s downloading on Steam! Sorry, let’s refocus… The card game! I don’t think I fully get it from the webpage, but it seems to be a quite straightforward, military-themed card game with some really stunning artwork. This might not have gotten another look from me were it not for the theme. As it is, I’m intrigued. I’ll try to watch a video review or playthrough.

Wizkids releases Coraline: Beware the Other Mother board game – Another theme that I like! Coraline is a wonderful book and movie. I also use the graphic novel edition with classes. It’s a modern classic. The thing is, the film is ten years old this year, so it’s a bit surprising to see a new game released based on the IP. It’s a bit like how the Battlestar Galactica miniatures game came out long after BSG stopped being relevant.


The idea of playing as the ghost children working together to guide Coraline to safety is an interesting one. There are loads of people who love cooperative games, so this will hopefully find a home with that audience. I worry a little about how the quality will be, as I’ve never been that impressed with Wizkids. Their stuff is always pretty well designed, but using cardstock that’s just a little too thin or other slightly naff decisions in terms of production quality. Prove me wrong, Wizkids!

Atlas Games releases Fairytale Mash-ups expansion for Once Upon a Time – It’s funny, Once Upon a Time is a game that, thinking about it now, I actually really like. The problem is, I clearly don’t like it enough, as I kind of forget it exists for large swathes of time. I think that’s why this expansion took me somewhat by surprise:

Fairytale Mash-ups

I like Once Upon a Time and I can see how anyone who plays it a lot would appreciate having more cards to mix in, all the better to keep variety and ensure longer-term interest. This latest expansion is, as the title suggests, a mashup of elements from various fairy tales. As usual, the artwork is great, with lots of lovely art in a familiar style to anyone who is used to this series.

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:

Starting up for 2020 @ Dreadaxe Games – The Word Bearers are one of the coolest Chaos Space Marine legions. I got rid of my old ones a while back and I do slightly regret it. The author of this post shares the beginnings of a new Word Bearers army and it looks damn good. I like all the minis shown, but the Dark Apostle looks particularly great. A good start to the year for Dreadaxe Games!

The Power of Pacing @ BlackboxlifeThis is interesting. I agree completely with the author on the importance of pacing in RPGs. This applies to one-shots, but is much more important in campaigns where you need to maintain player interest in the story over a prolonged period whilst still making individual sessions meaningful. This is a very detailed post that aspiring GMs should definitely read.

Oh Deer, Oh Deer @ The Tragic life and thoughts of a Fangirl – I missed these models first time around. I was never that fussed on the Wood Elves at the time, though I have always liked Dryads. I suppose that’s why I never really paid much attention when these beauties were released. The author has made a start on painting them and they look really good so far. I’m keen to seeing what they do with the riders!

How Did Publishing My First Module Go? @ Doragon Kishu – As someone who has a lot of ideas that he never quite gets around to finishing, I’m not sure if this article is empowering or depressing! We’ll go with empowering for now… The authors shares the experience of preparing an RPG module for publication. The whole process is really interesting and it’s great that author shares lots of the considerations, costs and processes along the way. Thanks for sharing this insight!

Warhammer 366 – Week 2 @ Sprues & Brews – I applaud the author’s intent to engage in the hobby every day this year! Bravo! This week seems to have been a good one, too. They got terrain painted up, made an unboxing video for the first issue of Mortal Realms, got some games in and made progress on a beautiful Lord of Change. This is a lovely, positive, image-heavy article.

For some time I’ve said that I was keen to return to the days when NoRerolls was a group effort. It’s been a while since anyone other than myself has made a post. No more! This week saw Nathan’s first post as he shared some thoughts on the GM-less RPG, Fiasco. You should go read it.

Catch you later!

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