Board Games, Card Games, Miniature Games, RPGs, Tabletop Games

5 on Friday 21/02/20

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:

Chaosium releases the third edition of Cthulhu: Dark Ages – The latest edition of Call of Cthulhu continues to go from strength to strength. This time, it’s with a 3rd edition of the Dark Ages-specific variant of the game, designed to be in line with the 7th edition of the core Call of Cthulhu RPG:

cthulhu dark ages

I quite like historical horror. The dark ages edition of Vampire: The Masquerade was a lot of fun, and I really liked the other historical variants in the expanded World of Darkness line. This book promises to bring Lovecraftian cosmic horror to Ango-Saxon England. I do like the different settings for Call of Cthulhu, including the standard 1920s setting, Pulp Cthulhu and Delta Green. I think the Dark Ages represents another worthy setting.

1985 Games releases their new Dungeon Craft book, Hell & High Water – 1985 Games’ Dungeon Craft series is a growing range of cardboard terrain for tabletop roleplaying games. This is the second product in the line:

hell high water

Hell & High Water contains a range of dungeon tiles and cardboard miniatures. They’re all double-sided, giving a variety of different tiles with the twin themes of the high seas and the depths of hell. Versatile! The tiles look pretty decent. The style is a little cartoony, but that works for a lot of people. The price is also very reasonable.

Games Workshop releases Squig-riding Loonboss for Age of Sigmar – Games Workshop have done a few 2-players boxed sets of Age of Sigmar, each of which had in them a new character miniature. In each case, these characters were only available in these limited-run boxed sets. This is a bit of a pain when you already have an army or you simply don’t want the rest of the contents of the set. Now they are releasing these formerly limited models individually. This is great. My favourite of them is the Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig from the Gloomspite Gitz army:

loonboss

I don’t need to buying more miniatures at the moment, but at any given moment I probably thinking about how cool an army of squigs would be. This chap would be very much at home in any such army… I must resist!

Frog God Games releases new 5E adventure, Mystery at Ravenrock – Frog God Games has a history of well-produced, fun adventures for a variety of RPG systems. Although I link to the 5E edition of Mystery at Ravenrock, Frog God has also put out versions for Pathfinder and Swords and Wizardry.

mystery at ravenrock

The adventure sounds pretty fun and is a followup to the previous Menace in Ravenreach adventure. Seemingly a mix of challenge, wry humour and with a bit of horror thrown in, this adventure and its predecessor appear to be another solid set of offerings from Frog God Games.

TTCombat releases new edition of their Rumbleslam miniatures game – Rumbleslam is TTCombat’s game of fantasy wrestling. The expanded range includes a wide selection of different teams based on the usual fantasy tropes. This boxed set represents the new edition of the game:

rumbleslamnew

For TTCombat, this is a pricey product. It does include two teams, though. It has a cool Orc team and a slightly boring Human one. it also includes lots of tokens and cards and a mat for the wrestling ring. The mat is neoprene, so it will be pretty hard-wearing. TTCombat also offer MDF rings for those wanting something a bit more solid, chunky and substantial. I’ve never played the game, but I’m pretty curious…

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:

Paint Transfer Done @ Pile of Dice I’ve seen people do these transfers before, moving their citadel paints into dropper bottles. I think I’m not enough of a serious painter to be that bothered about the GW pots, but I do like the dropper bottles of my Vallejo and Army Painter paints.

The Saga of Why I Hate Blue @ Grimmleigh’s LabOch, it may have taken you a while longer than you wanted to get through the minis, but don’t be so hard on yourself! They look great! I mean, Infinity miniatures always look great, but your paint jobs are also really nice. My favourites are your first and last models, with the object source lighting on the final one being particularly cool. Thanks for sharing!

Role Out @ Rysaer inc – Some interesting thoughts of RPGs and GMing specifically. As a player in the Strahd campaign that is described in the article, I can attest to the author’s skill at running a game. An interesting read from an experienced GM. I do hope the author follows up with the suggested articles on GMing.

WarCry – A Change Is As Good As A Rest @ Steinberg Shed Space – Warcry is a lot of fun and it’s nice to see people getting into it. I’d agree that the terrain in the Warcry box, as with the Kill Team boxes and the Necromunda box, is probably a big factor in how well it has sold. The Savage Orcs look great and it’s great to see lots of different forces make it to the table. I hope your shed is on the way to recovery after the storms!.

A Tale of Four Gamers: Wrack and Ruin – One Month in the Varanspire @ Fingers Left the Model – I continue to love Tale of Gamers-style articles. The author of this post is well underway with their forces of Chaos and I do really like the blue armour. I’m enjoying following this series!

This week on NoRerolls, we’ve had a look at a Humble Bundle from Monte Cook Games and I’ve shared some of my favourite tabletop-related websites.
Catch you later!

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