5 on Friday 27/03/20

It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all-new 5 on Friday.  Apologies for the absence last week.  With the then-impending school closures in Scotland it was a somewhat busy time.  It’s still a busy time, of course, but not quite so bad!

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 Alone Against the Frost, a solo adventure for Call of Cthulhu – You know, I’ve said it before but it bears repeating… I don’t see the appeal of solo games.  I especially don’t see the point of solo RPGs.  It just defeats the purpose for me, y’know?  I like the social aspects of these games.  Still, there are plenty who disagree with me and there seems to be a market for these products.  This market is one that Chaosium are only too happy to cater for with their recent release for Call of Cthulhu:


The story sounds interesting, but I’m more interested in how this would actually work.  I get how solo board games work, but I’ve never even thought of playing a solo RPG.  I’m probably not going to buy this, but I’m still somewhat tempted, even if only to see how it actually works.

Knight Models releases a miniature of Harry Potter riding Buckbeak – Knight Models produce some lovely miniatures.  Their Batman stuff looks great and I loved their short-lived Marvel range.  Their Harry Potter range is similarly stunning, especially their big centrepiece models like this one:


The sculpt is so dynamic, with Buckbeak swooping down and Harry’s robes billowing in the wind.  I’m not completely sold on the water effect, but otherwise, the whole thing is beautiful.  The price tag is also quite reasonable, considering the price of many of Knight’s other miniatures.

Wizards of the Coast releases Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount – I’ve never been a big fan of Critical Role.  I don’t dislike it either.  I’ve just never really gotten into it.  It’s not that I dislike actual plays, either – I love Acquisitions Incorporated and Happy Jack’s RPG Podcast.  I did pick up the Tal’Dorei book from Green Ronin and thought it was… fine?  I liked it, but I think a lot of it was lost on me because I don’t really know the franchise.  Now, WotC has released another book based on Critical Role:


I have the book now, and I’m working my way through it.  Again, it seems fun and I’m keen to see what’s in there that I can use.  The fact that the release passed me by when I’ve rabidly preordered all of the previous 5E books does speak volumes though, and I must say I was a little disappointed to see a web series tie-in being released ahead of the really wonderful, classic settings that still have not been explored in 5E.

GMT Games releases Hunted: Twilight of the U-Boats, 1943-45 – GMT!  The company that makes big games I love to buy and never get to play.  This one, like most GMT games, looks really cool:

hunted gmt

I really like the theme of this game and the focus.  The player takes on the role of a single WWII U-Boat working to disrupt allied shipping lanes and spread general maritime chaos.  The challenge is to survive an entire tour of duty.  I love this idea and the game is one that I do think would work well for solo players.

Modiphius releases Dishonored RPG – I briefly played the original Dishonored.  It was a good game, and I liked the style of the world.  I can’t remember why I stopped.  Tell you what, wait there a second…  Okay, Steam is downloading it again!  Where were we?  Oh, the RPG:

dishonoured rpg

Like many titles from Modiphius, Dishonored uses the 2D20 system.  It’s the same one that Modiphius has used for their Star Trek, John Carter, Infinity and Conan games.  I’ve yet to play these games, but I’ve got friends who are into the Start Trek RPG and others who played a few of Modiphius’ games at Tabletop Scotland last year.  They all speak really highly of the system and I put a lot of stock in their opinions.

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:

Mummy the Curse: 2e review @ The Lady LARPer Whether we’re talking World of Darkness or Chronicles of Darkness, it’s the Mummy-themed games that I least familiar with.  I have Mummy: the Resurrection on the shelf next to me and, truth be told, I wasn’t hugely impressed by the little I’ve read.  Mummy: the Curse is a game I have heard some good things about and this review gives a good outline of the game and further whets my appetite for it.

Fabius Bile: Revealed! Spoilers Within! @ Sprues & BrewsFabius Bile returns!  Fabius has long been one of my favourite characters from the 40K universe.  He’s also seen a huge resurgence for me recently as I work my way through the Fabius-centric novels from the Black Library.  It’s great to see that he’s getting a new miniature.  I guess I’ll be going back to Chaos…

Sister Act @ Gosnold’s Miniature Shelf – I’ve not seen green sisters before.  If I were planning to do green sisters myself, I’d probably be thing Dark Angels green rather than the much brighter shade that the author has gone for.  But, actually, the colour looks really good.  It pops, and I like how it looks against the white robes.  Yeah, I like these a lot.

Curses! @ Rysaer Inc. – The author of this article is the DM of our Monday night game and is actually running Strahd for us.  We’re actually the group that felt so dejected with the progress of the game.  This is not a reflection on his skills, I hasten to add!  Actually, no, I should say this is not a negative reflection.  It’s actually a really positive one as we’re really invested in his game – enough to feel pretty damn bad about the impact our characters have had on the game world…

Starting an All-Metal Skaven Army, Part III @ Comrade Wargames – I love Skaven.  The visual style, the lore, the miniatures… It’s all great!  The older Skaven miniatures are bursting with personality.  Of the miniatures that the author shares, it’s the Eshin miniatures that I like the most.  This is surprising, as Eshin is probably my least favourite of the big four clans, but the blue that the author has used really works well, stands out, and looks great on the minis.

At NoRerolls, we have had a pretty quiet week.  Well, it’s been a busy week actually – that’s the problem!

Catch you later!  

1 Comment

  1. Flying Buffalo Inc. (FBI) released Tunnels and Trolls solo adventures in the 1970s and 1980s. It was hard to find players or GMs for the system as most were into D&D at the time.

    You would start on 1, then choose from 2 or more choices. Each choice gave you a different number to go to. Can’t remember if dice rolls were involved for combat and saving throws. Each choice told you what happened. For example, you heard a noise from behind a closed door. Choice A open door. Choice B ignore door and go left. Choice C ignore door and go right. Each Choice might be a bad choice if you picked the wrong one. Usually one choice was the best option. In my example, B and C could have you jumped from behind by whatever was in the room. On the other hand, A could be full of more monsters than you could handle who wouldn’t have jumped you if you ignored the door.


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