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5 on Friday 22/05/20

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:

Infinite Black releases Lovecraft-inspired Miskatonic GM screen for 5E D&D – There’s not a huge amount to really say on this one.  I’m not big on using GM screens, generally, but I do like pretty things.  This is a pretty thing:

miskatonic screen

I really like the style of this screen and I think that it’s a fantastic prop for setting a definite visual tone.  From the photos, the books look quite realistic!  Yeah, it’s pretty.

The Onyx Path releases Oak, Ash, and Thorn Companion book for Changeling: The Lost – I love Vampire: the Masquerade.  It’s my favourite WoD/White Wolf product line.  The thing is, beyond VtM, I actually prefer the New World of Darkness (now Chronicles of Darkness) to the Old.  If fit together better and I like a lot of the core ideas behind the various game lines.  Changeling: the Lost is one of the most interesting of these.  With second edition out, The Onyx Path has now put out this companion book:

changeling lost oak ash

The book promises loads more info on freeholds, bargains, mantles, entitlements, tokens, and a fair bit more.  I love these hodgepodge books that at just full of interesting… stuff.  They always seem like a collection of appendices for the core book.  Also, take as read my usual groveling admiration for The Onyx Path.

Modiphius releases Combined Army supplement for Infinity RPG – I’m still interested in the Infinity RPG and it’s still one that I’ve just not gotten around to.  I notice that Modiphius are working their way through supplements for each of the factions from the setting, and it is now the turn of the Combined Army:

infinity-combined-army-sourcebook-pdf-infinity-modiphius-entertainment-811201

The Combined Army is an alliance of alien races unified under a malevolent artificial intelligence.  I like the variety of alien races included in the Combined Army, particularly the Shasvastii.  As I try to learn more about the setting, these books are probably a good way to expand my knowledge.

Cubicle 7 releases Soulbound, an Age of Sigmar roleplaying game – As a game, I prefer Age of Sigmar to the Warhammer Fantasy Battles.  There!  I said it!  In terms of setting, things are more conflicted.  I love the old Warhammer World.  It’s an amazing setting with decades of lore and a huge cast of amazing characters.  I also like Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.  Now, Cubicle 7 is presenting an AoS roleplaying game, Soulbound:

Soulbound Cover

I’m keen to tear into this one and get reading.  Cubicle 7 is a decent company, even if they do struggle somewhat with proofreading, and I’m excited to see what they do with this setting.  It needs to be very camp, Saturday-morning-cartoon-esque sword and sorcery fun.  That’s what AoS is to me and it’s what I want to play!

Deep-Cut Studio releases Realm of Light gaming mat – Showing a set of magical ruins half-buried in the sand, Deep-Cut’s latest mat is, once again, a thing of beauty.  Take a look at the previews:

Deep-Cut always make such lovely things.  Their mousepad-material mats are definitely their best – and most expensive – option.  it’s worth it, though.  I have a Micro Art Studio neoprene mat for Infinity and I really love it.  I also have a couple of Deep-Cut’s older, simpler mats on vinyl and was already really impressed by the quality of the printing.

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:

Painted Blighted Trollkin Marauders @ The Bovine Overlord Oh, I love the Trollkin.  They’re one of my favourite armies in Hordes.  The author of this post shares his Blighted Trollkin Marauders.  These models look really good, and the fire is especially nice.  The darker blue of the skin really helps the fire ‘pop’ in comparison.  

D&D Spellcasting: Druid @ D&D for Noob Game Masters – This is an interesting read for me as I don’t really know that much about Druids.  I’ve not really played much as a Druid beyond level 3 and I’ve never had Druids in any of the games I’ve run.  This is a nice summary of the Druid as a spellcaster that managed at once to be both detailed and straightforward.  That’s not an easy pairing.

The MDF Marathon Continues @ Steinberg Shed Space – Hey, I have that mat!  The author of this post shares progress on MDF terrain.  MDF terrain is quite notorious for sitting on shelves unpainted.  This is a stereotype that fits my collection, certainly.  It’s nice to see someone bucking that trend.  It’s a simple paintjob, but it works really well!

Kan Opener @ TK’s Corner – A nice post that muses on Ork vehicles.  As someone who loves the mek side of the Ork army, this is a fun read.  Unlike the author, I have a long-abiding love for Dreads and Kans, but it’s good to read that he’s started to consider them!  A good read, all in all.

BB20 – Boston Celtics @ It’s a Small World – Blood Bowl has been on my mind lately, as our local club has started our online league on Cyanide’s Blood Bowl 2.  It was therefore cool to see this human team, painted up to resemble the Boston Celtics.  I assume they are an American “Football” team.  Yes, I know, it’s not football.  They use their hands.  The team is really nice, though!  The white armour works really well with the green.

At NoRerolls, we’ve written about a Deathwatch-themed Humble Bundle and presented a wee review of the Stargate RPG beta from Wyvern Gaming.

Catch y’all later!

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