5 on Friday 24/01/20

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:

Ravendesk Games releases core book for their Vurt RPG – I’m somewhat familiar with the Cypher system after a readthrough of The Strange and Numenara, but I’ve yet to actually play it. Ravendesk has created their own game, Vurt, using this system:


So, for many, Vurt will use a system that may well be quite familiar.  It’s based on the works of Jeff Noon.  I’ve not read any of his books, but looking at the style of Vurt and the artwork shown so far, I think I might go and pick up a book or two and give them a go.  Take a look at Ravendesk’s website for a sampling of the flavour of this game and do let me know if you check it out.  It looks interesting.

Star Realms Deluxe Nova Collection up on Kickstarter – I do like Star Realms, and the fantasy version, Hero Realms. I own a well-worn version of the original wee core box of cards. I’ve never picked up an expansion for it. That might be why this Kickstarter campaign is so tempting:

sr nova

So many cards! A foil finish! A board! More stuff! This is a really cool box that won’t see retail circulation beyond this campaign. It’s a great collection for fans of the game and it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just a bit taken aback by the price, but this is very much a limited special edition product.

Games Workshop releases new Adepta Sororitas codex – The Sisters of Battle haven’t had a valid codex for some time, and they were well overdue for an update several editions ago. Even if you didn’t mind the book being out of date, the core models in the line were very old and, again, overdue an update. Well, now comes the reward for those who have been waiting as Games Workshop releases a new codex for the Adepta Sororitas:

sororitas codex

The new miniatures range looks really good and is very much a refinement of what came before, rather than a revolutionary redesign. The biggest change is that the average battle sister is just less chunky than those that came before. Looking forward to seeing the range in person!

USAopoly releases Star Wars: Dark Side Rising card game – I’m surprised to see a game like this that isn’t from Fantasy Flight or the wider Asmodee group. USAopoly isn’t Asmodee is it? Let me check… No, it doesn’t seem so.


It became less of a mystery to me once I realised that this was a reskin or reimplementation of the Avengers-themed Thanos Rising game.  A licensed reskin of a pre-existing game?  Yeah, it does belong with USAopoly.  Well, at least the Thanos game was pretty good from what I’ve heard, so maybe the Star Wars license will make it even better for fans of that galaxy far far away.

Cutting Black sourcebook released for Shadowrun 6E – I need to see about getting Shadowrun 6E onto the table. I need to know if it’s as bad for me as it seems to be for other people. I had such hopes and I’ve already picked up several books, but I’m worried that I’ve bought a stinker. Oh, look, another sourcebook:

cutting black

A military-themed sourcebook, this is heavy on background and light on rules. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but, from what I have read, even the page or two of rules in this book are not free from the sort of basic errors that plagued the core book. Genuinely quite sick of this.

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:

Warhammer Horror: The Oubliette – J.C. Stearns – Review @ The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer – I mentioned The Oubliette in the final 5 on Friday of 2019.  I was interested to see horror novels in the Warhammer settings, but I’ve still not gotten around to reading any.  I’m glad, in reading this review, to learn that The Oubliette seems to be pretty good.  I’m glad the world-building is done well, as that’s always been a strength of the Black Library.  I might get around to giving it a read,m or possibly pick up the audiobook if one has been produced.

2020! Game Plans! @ Metal MiniaturesMy own 2020 hobby plans have very much stalled.  It’s been a busy month and I’ve not managed to get along to many club nights or do any painting whatsoever.  The shame.  The author of this post sets out their own plans for 2020.  Glad to see they’re getting in some games of Warcry.  It’s a lot of fun!  I’m keen to see their upcoming (probably) Thousand Sons force.

A Tale of Four Gamers @ Fingers Left the Model – This is a series I will be following!  I love Tale of X Gamers style articles and series.  Watching an army get built up and used over time is really fun for me.  With the pace at which I paint, it’s all very much a vicarious thrill!  The guys have a solid plan and I’m keen to see them work through it.

Board Game Purge 2020 @ Life and Board Games – I did a mini purge of my own collection last year.  Well, I got rid of 12 games that were never, ever going to see the table.  If I’m honest, I need to take a leaf out of this author’s book and have a proper look at my collection wherein I do a proper appraisal of what needs to stay and what could really go.  That said, you’re chucking out Paperback?  Seriously?

Dungeons and Dragons……Fun? @ DanielJamesStudioBlog – Welcome to the club, pal!  Tabletop RPGs are wonderful, and I’m glad you’re enjoying your first forays into the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons.  I also like that you’ve immediately grasped a key point that some players miss.  The story is king.  It’s all about sharing a story.  The one thing I’ll correct is the assertion that D&D is “one of the most intuitive and adventurous games anyone could play”.  I mean, the core of D&D is pretty intuitive, but the most intuitive?  Not with other games like Fate, Dread, Ten Candles, Fiasco… Oh, the list could go on and on!  A nice article though, all in all.

It’s been a quiet week at NoRerolls.  Still knackered from Christmas and New Year!.

Catch you later!


  1. Thanks for the shoutout! And yes really Paperback. I can’t even remember the last time I got it played… It is definitely a lovely game though (and I still have friends that own copies).


  2. Thanks for the mention! I’m also excited to see the new Sororitas up close but fear the righteous damage they’ll do to my bank balance.


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