5 on Friday 10/04/20

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:

New Ruined Habitat building from Tabletop Scenics – Good tabletop terrain turns a miniatures game from a simple game to a real narrative experience.  By making a visually engaging battlefield, players have such a better sense of immersion, and that’s important for me!  So, then, let’s take a look at this latest offering from Tabletop Scenics:


It’s a really simple set of ruins with nice detail and good, usable floors.  It’s quite reasonably priced as well, which I do feel is important.  I like that the window and door covers are optional – I think I’d probably take them out.

The Laidback DM launches Kickstarter campaign for Dungeons Your Party Will Die For – I like the Laidback DM.  SteveStillStanding, the blog from which it originates, is a really good resource for RPG fans, and so I’m quite keen to see what comes of the adventures promised within this book that is currently on Kickstarter:

laidback dungeons

The book is 32 pages, so it will be dense with adventure material.  The author provides a wee sample on the Kickstarter page and there’s a ton of material on his blog to go and check out to get an idea if this book is for you.  Spoilers: it is.

Hell on Earth Classic: Leftovers re-released for Deadlands – Deadlands is one of the best settings I’ve never played in.  I do find the artwork fantastically garish as well, though this is not necessarily a bad thing.  This particular book is actually one that was originally released – and won awards – back in the late 90s:

deadlands leftovers

What’s interesting about this for me is that it’s the combination of two products.  It contains both an RPG adventure, as I expected, but also a wee novella to give you a nice bit of fiction.  These things are great for helping you understand the tone you should be trying to create in your games.

Excavation Earth launches on Kickstarter – This campaign caught my attention because of the art.  The cover art, and the various pieces spread throughout the Kickstarter campaign page, is just beautiful.  It’s a good thing that, beyond the visuals, I do like the sound of the game as a whole:

ex earth box

There’s card drafting, trading, and politics.  What’s not to love?  The campaign has a ton of pictures and information.  Go take a look!  The production values look great.  I also just love the concept of the theme, with these alien teams coming to excavate artifacts from Earth.

Kraken Dice releases new Frost Fairy dice set – I like seeing all the lovely dice sets that Kraken puts out.  They’re always so pretty and, although not cheap, they aren’t too expensive, either.  It’s just a pity they’re US-based!  Their latest offering is called Frost Fairy:

frost fairy dice

I really like this design.  It’s simple, clear and thematic.  Are those little twists of blue foil embedded in the resin dice?  I think so.  it works really well!  I imagine you’d get a lovely shimmer from these.

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:

(Post) Apocalypse Now! @ WarHannam It’s always great to see someone new venturing into the Underhive.  I was interested in this article because the author has exactly the same MDF terrain as me, and mine is badly in need of a coat of paint.  I’m not sure I could do it quite as much justice as the author manages, though.  The texturing is particularly effective.  I also like that the author shares my view of terrain making the tabletop experience a lot better for the players.  

Bitshavoc – a Bits Box Challenge @ Painting in the DarkYears ago, I had such a nice bits box.  I probably still have a lot of great bits, but they’re more scattered across different boxes and sets.  The Bitshavoc competition sounds a lot of fun!  I love what the author came up with.  It really captures that look from the old Inquisitor game and the new Inq28 – you know, all dark and twisty.  Good job!

Why Warhammer’s Monsters Work (For Heroic Fantasy) @ Dewi Writes – An interesting article on the monsters of the Warhammer World.  I love that the author focuses on my beloved Skaven.  The Skaven are just so much fun, and they are so compelling as antagonists.  The author goes on to give a good rundown of what makes the Skaven tick and how they work as genre monsters.  Go have a read – it’s really interesting.

On the Tabletop: Kings of War @ In Search of Lost Dice – There’s not a huge amount to say on this post – it’s a pretty simple little pictorial.  I’ve been looking at some of Mantic’s armies recently, so that’s probably why this grabbed my attention.  Kings of War is probably the biggest commercially available Fantasy massed battle game that still uses blocks of troops.  It looks like the author has a nice undead army for Kings of War, and it’s cool to see it on the table.  Thanks for sharing!

FACTOID FRIDAY: 9 notable nuggets about Thurso @ dorothystewartblog – Not gaming related, but a bit of local flavour.  Dorothy shares some fun little facts about Thurso!  I love our little corner of the world in Caithness and am always keen to share this wonderful county with whoever will listen.

At NoRerolls, we have finally posted something.  It’s been a while, but we’re back with a review of the Manual of Monsters for the Homebrew Warcraft 5E project.

Catch you later!  

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