5 on Friday 06/03/20

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:

Campaign Coins launches Kickstarter campaign for RPG Treasure coin sets – I do like metal coins in games.  I played Scythe the other day with a set of metal coins and they are just so much more satisfying to use.  It’s the weight in your hand, the clinking as they hit one another and the cool, metallic feel.  Satisfying!  This Kickstarter campaign is producing four sets of fantasy-themed coinage for your RPGs:

These sets are all beautiful.  I think my favourites are the green Tavern set and the black Rare set.  Yeah, I really love the patterns embossed on the Tavern set and the cool shapes from the Rare.  The sets aren’t cheap, but if these initial photos are a fair indication of the quality we are to expect, then they’re probably going to be worth it.

Modiphius releases Elder Scrolls miniatures game – I can’t say that I care all the much for The Elder Scrolls as a franchise.  I played a lot of Morrowind back in the day and a little bit Oblivion and Skyrim.  They just didn’t really stick for me.  Now Modiphius is putting out a miniatures game based on the franchise:

I like Modiphius a lot, but I probably won’t pick this one up.  It just doesn’t mean anything to me.  The miniatures are really nice, though.  I mean, take a look.  They’re great, especially the enemies.  A great release for the many, many fans of The Elder Scrolls.

Modiphius releases PDF edition of Fall of London – I love that more books are coming out for the 5th edition of Vampire: the Masquerade.  Hopefully, we’ll see a slightly more populated release schedule going forward.  The latest offering is Modiphius’ new tome, Fall of London:

fall of london

This book promises a V5 chronicle that tells the story of 2012’s fall of London, during which the city’s Kindred were eradicated by the second inquisition. I’ve long liked the character of Mithras, so I’m keen to see what becomes of him. I’m also sure that this will, in typical Modiphius fashion, be a very beautiful book.

TTCombat releases a new Shaltari starter army for Dropzone Commander – I’ve had a few introductory games of Dropzone Commander over the past couple of years.  I keep meaning to get into it properly, but there’s always something else that’s more pressing.  The army that intrigues me the most is the Shaltari.  I love the idea of their gates system and I like some of their bigger units.  Now, TTCombat is putting out this fantastic bundle:


for £35, the above bundle represents some pretty amazing value for money.  This is a great starting point for a new Shaltari player.  I’ll be picking this up, along with maybe a Coyote and my favourite model in the line, the Firedrake.

Die of the Beholder campaign currently up on Kickstarter – Putting little objects into resin-cast dice isn’t new.  You see people putting sprinkles and sequins into their dice.  I once saw some really cool resin dice with Batman sequins through them.  This Kickstarter is for dice with little Beholders in them:

beholder dice

The other dice, such as those with the eyes and the mushrooms are also really cool.  I hope this Kickstarter does well as it’s a neat, simple idea that will give people some pretty unique dice.  Go take a look for yourself!

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:

Adeptus Mechanicus Explorators @ Sho3box Oh, hey, some proper Oldhammer!  The author shares some old fashioned explorators that they’ve painted up and, with it, shares some background and images of the old Adeptus Mechanicus miniatures.  This is a nice piece full of cool, retro images.  

February’s Progress Report @ Rysaer Inc.Another solid monthly hobby roundup.  Like many of these posts, I find this to be both inspiring and demoralising.  Inspiring because I love seeing people progress in their hobby goals and work their way through their miniatures.  It’s demoralising because I’m struggling to settle to doing this myself.  Everything looks great, especially the terrain!

Why You Might Not Like Cosmic Encounter @ Games Are For Everyone – I love Cosmic Encounter!  It’s great to see others who also love it.  I quite like how the author approaches this article, framing it in an interesting way.  I’d definitely agree that it’s easy, depending on powers and situations to have a lousy game from time to time.

Magos @ The Wargaming Bear – The use of the Nighthaunt miniatures to make some really sinister Dark Mechanicus is inspired.  It’s a great idea that seems so obvious once I’ve seen it.  The miniature looks great, as do the other miniatures that the author has put together.  Thanks for sharing this!

40k: Sister of Battle @ Glitter and Games – This is a fantastic piece of Warhammer 40K cosplay!  Sisters of Battle are one of my favourite armies and the cosplayer has managed to put together a really amazing costume.

At NoRerolls, we had a wee think about Stargate.  It seemed a good time, as Wyvern Games is looking for some playtesters for their upcoming roleplaying game set in the Stargate Universe (But not in Stargate Universe, if that makes sense).

Catch you later!  

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