5 on Friday 15/05/20

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:

Battle of the Boybands fundraising on Kickstarter – A kickstarter campaign that has already met its funding goal, Battle of the Boybands looks pretty fun!  I do line card games that involve a lot of drafting, so it’s definitely work a look ,and the art is also pretty cool:

battle of the boybands

I’ve not looked hugely in depth here, but the art, the core concept, the theming and the price all seem pretty good.  I think it’s a little ambitious to promise delivery in November of this year given the current global situation, but if you go in expecting this date to slip you’re less likely to feel disappointed.

Evil Hat releases Space Toolkit for FATE – Spaaaaaace!  FAAAAAATE!  Two awesome thngs stuffed into one little, purple book.  I’ve liked all the FATE toolkits that have previously been released, so I have high hopes for this one:


The thing is, many people have already seen the content of this book.  It was the subject of an experimental approach to release that Evil Hat was trying out.  It was originally released as a ‘prototype’ edition on DriveThruRPG, where it was offered as an art-free PDF.  The money from the sales of this prototype edition would then pay for the art.  Those why bought the prototype edition would later get their PDFs updated with the newly-purchased artwork.  It seems to have worked out pretty well.

PuppetsWar releases werewolf heads – PuppetsWar contiue to make really amazing conversion parts for tabletop miniatures.  These werewolf heads are beautifully detailed and just damn beautiful:


They seem perfect for a really feral, really brutal Space Wolves force.  The top middle head actually reminds me a little of Wolverine.  They all look great, though!  I’d quite like to see them on a Space Wolf.  I would love to see that, but I don’t really have the inclination to do it myself.

Paizo releases Near Space, a new book for Starfinder – Starfinder, the sci-fi cousin of Pathfinder, continues to go from strength to strength.  Now, Paizo are publishing yet another new Starfinder book in the form of Near Space:

starfinder near space

Near Space is a campaign setting for Starfinder, focusing on a particular area of space.  It features a little empire, ruled over by a warlike race who are expanded on substantially within the book.  This sounds like it gives you a nice sandbox to play in during your games of Starfinder.

Free League announces new edition of Twilight 2000 – Twilight 2000 is yet another classic game that was created in the 80s by Game Designers Workshop, much like Space 1889 and, going back to the late 70s, the original Traveller.  Now, Free League – of Tales from the Loop, Coriolis and Mutant: Year Zero fame – are putting out a new edition:

twilight 2000

The game is based on an alternative history where the Soviet Union does not fall.  Players normally play as a unit of soldiers in Central Europe after the nuclear war.  It’s not a game I’ve ever played, so I’m keen to read up on it before Free league publish their interpretation.  I love them, so I’ll likely pick this up.

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:

Playing Warhammer with the Wife! @ Sprues & Brews This is a nice lockdown article which features, as you probably gather from the title, the author introducing his wife to the joys of Age of Sigmar.  There are a few nice things about this article.  Firstly, on the visual side, there are loads of great pictures of miniatures.  I love the author’s brightly coloured armies!  I also like that this was something the couple did together and that the author was so understanding when his wife decided that, ultimately, it wasn’t really for her.  Definitely worth a read.  

DM’s Advice: Close Encounters @ Rysaer Inc.A good article from a DM I play with quite regularly.  Quite regularly.  Maybe not quite enough…  It makes for an interesting read as he muses at length on making cool, meaningful encounters from his players.  I can speak from experience that he does make fun and interesting encounters and that an aspiring DM would do well to heed his advice.  As an aside, has anyone played Star Wars: Rebellion (Supremacy in Europe)?  That last line about heeding advice is pretty much word for word what the Imperial in-game advisor says and I just can’t not hear it in his voice…  Go read the article!

Gloomspite – Andy Clark – Review @ The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer – This was a book that I flagged up in a previous 5 on Friday as one I’d be keen to read.  Going through this review, I’m even more set on this.  The author’s account of the book really makes it sound appealing and I’m glad to have a fellow traveller in regards to trying to resist going out and buying a Gloospite army!  Maybe in that respect in might not be a good idea for me to read the book…

Confessions of a D&D Dice Hoarder @ Michelle Louring – I am on the same page as this author on the disappointment of RPG sessions being cancelled during this whole lockdown situation.  We’re actually on the same page for the whole article.  I, too, am too cheap to pick up any of these fancy, overproduced dice sets, but keen to pick up prettiful, cheap sets by the score.  A nice, relatable read.

Killteam @ Seismic Miniature Painting Studio – I’ve not played many games of it, but I do really like Kill Team, much like the author of this article.  I like the approach that the writer and their group used, divvying up factions among themselves to keep things varied and interesting.  Like the author, I am also keen to run a couple of different factions.  Of course, I couldn’t do them anywhere near as much justing painting-wise as the author does!

At NoRerolls, I’ve shared my early experiences of 3D printing.  This is following a busy couple of weeks which meant there was no 5 on Friday last week.

Catch y’all later!

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.