5 on Friday 07/02/20

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:

Games Workshop releases Wrath of the Everchosen campaign book for Age of Sigmar – last year was a big one for Age of Sigmar. A huge number of Battletomes were released, including a few I’d been waiting for. This year has already seen a new book for my Tzeentch Daemons and now it’s time for a new campaign book:

wrath of the everchosen

The book looks interesting and, as a big fan of chaos, it’s good to see Archaos and the spiky bois in the march again.  I really like the previews of the new subfactions and it’s also great to see the return of Belakor.  It’s just a pity there’s no sign of a new model for him.  He needs to be more impressive.

The Lost Worlds of Josh Kirby board game currently on Kickstarter – I’ve long loved the art of Josh Kirby.  My first encounters with his work were through the many Terry Pratchett covers that he did.  They captured the setting so well and really ignited the imagination.  Since then, I’ve also seen a lot of his other work, including all his cool sci-fi pieces.  Now, there is a game on the way that uses his artwork:

josh kirby game

I’ve not yet taken the time to really read into the game.  I’m not sold on some of the pieces and design work, but the art is, of course, wonderful.  Take a look at the Kickstarter page.  If you want to back it, that’s great.  If you don’t, you’ll at least get to see some gorgeous pieces of illustration.

Indie Boards and Cards releases Kodama 3D – Kodama is a fun game.  I like the visual aspect for it as your tree expands outward from your starting point.  There’s something satisfying about this growth.  Now, following a successful Kickstarter campaign, there’s a new version available:

kodama 3d

I suppose a 3D edition is a pretty natural evolution for Kodama.  Whereas previously your tree lay flat on the table before you, now it will grow up from the table like a mighty… um… tree?  I guess?

Evil Hat releases new Fate Condensed rulebook – Billed as Fate 4.5, the condensed edition is your regular Fate that has undergone some pretty drastic weight loss:

fate condensed

At a sixth the size of the regular edition, this is a streamlined, updated edition of the game that I so love.  I’ve picked this up and am going to have a good read through it.  I’m keen to see what changes have been made and how they affect the game as a whole.  Exciting stuff!

One Page Rules releases their newest game, Covering Fire – One Page Rules is a great site.  They continue to put out lots of cool, little games.  I love the simplicity of the rules and how concise and functional their writing is.  Their newest game is called Covering Fire:

covering fire preview

The USP of this game is that is uses no measurements.  This is quite unusual for miniatures games, but then the One Page Rules format does encourage experiments.  This is also a great opportunity to contribute to One Page RUles by playing the game and giving them feedback before they return to the game for their next draft.  Go on, give ’em a hand!

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:

Current Goings On … @ Torg’s Blog I like hobby roundup posts.  I love the miniatures for Dark Age and it’s great to see some painted up!  It’s also a blast from the past to see EPIC!  Great stuff!  My own EPIC Tyranids are long, long gone.  This makes me sad in my heart.  Thanks for sharing, though!

Let’s review the new Judge Dredd Miniatures Game with Uncle Mike @ The Sentry BoxThe author of this review is clearly a long-term superfan when it comes to Dredd-themed games.  I feel quite sorry that they seem disappointed in the new game, and I do hope that once they get it to the table they can at least have a bit of fun with it.  Feel for you, pal.

Warcry batrep 11 @ Disaster Mountain – This is a short article, but it includes a lot of really nice pictures of a game of Warcry and a short narrative-style battle report.  It make for a nice wee read and the pics are very pretty!

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech @ Me VS Myself and I – Not board game related, but I picked this up myself and am really enjoying it.  The card game aspects are a lot of fun and I just adore the SteamWorld setting.  Heist is still my favourite of the SteamWorld games, though.  A nice review with some cool screenshots.

January’s Progress Update! @ Rysaer inc. – I said that I liked roundup posts.  This is true, but they’re even better when you then get to see the completed hobbying for yourself!  This is the rebooted blog of a friend in our local games group.  Take a look at the scenery he’s been working on and his Necromunda gangs.  Some close-ups of those at some point would be really cool!

Hey, we’ve woken back up with a post about the goings-on around Cubicle 7 and their involvement in the license for The Lord of the Rings.  It’s good to be back on the horse.

Catch you later!

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