5 on Friday 05/06/20

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:

Free league releases Tales from the Loop Starter Set – I like the idea of starter sets for RPGs.  They’re such a great single unit of gameplay which can either end right there as a nice experience or be the entry point to a much larger experience with the wider game.  Now, Free League’s Tales from the Loop is getting the starter set treatment:


The listed contents for this wee box are:

    • An illustrated rulebook explaining how to play the game
    • A complete Mystery called The Recycled Boy
    • Five pre-generated characters ready for you play
    • A large, full-color map of land of the Loop
    • Ten engraved custom dice

This is just such a beautiful game that is so consistent in visual style.  The game itself also gets really good write-ups by so many different reviewers.  Well worth a look.

Games Workshop releases Engine War supplement for Warhammer 40,000 – The 8th edition of 40K is rumbling to a close following the announcement of 9th edition.  The latest in the Psychic Awakening line of books is Engine War, a book that includes an army near and dear to my heart, the Adeptus Mechanicus:

engine war cover

I love just how much this book and the units that are introduced with it will fundamentally change the Ad Mech army.  Adding cavalry, a flyer, and airborne troops will give the Martian Bois a good bout of speed.  I’m looking forward to seeing these if I ever finish the pile I already have.

Looney Labs releases SpongeBob Fluxx – Oh, look, Looney Labs are putting out a NEW GAME!  Oh, it’s just another Fluxx.  Ok.  What theme?  SpongeBob?  Oh… super:


Yup, it’s SpongeBob Fluxx.  That’s all.  You can click the title all you want, I am not including a link to this.

TTCombat starts releasing battle mats! – If you’ve read any of these roundup posts before, you will likely know that I love TTCombat.  You will also know that I love gaming mats.  Imagine my delight when TTCombat revealed their brand new line of neoprene gaming mats.  The most tempting of these for me is their Underhive mat, as I have been looking for a sci-fi mat:

I like that these are neoprene, and have really nice designs.  There were a few others released alongside this one and they all look pretty good.  That comes with storage is also really important to me.  Yeah, gotsta love TTCombat.  Gotsta!

Monte Cook Games releases Arcana of the Ancients for 5E – This was previously on Kickstarter and has now made its way to retail channels.  I love that this is a science-fantasy book as I really like the whole style, with old, advanced technology in a fantasy setting being passed off as magical artifacts:


The book promises a lot of content, including:

    • Hundreds of cyphers, artifacts, and other items that incorporate science-fantasy technology.
    • Over 50 science-fantasy creatures, each with awe-inspiring artwork and complete 5e stat blocks.
    • Pages of GM advice and guidelines for adding science fantasy concepts to any existing fantasy campaign—or building a brand new science fantasy campaign from the ground up.
    • The Hills of Crooked Sleep, a hefty adventure you can insert into your campaign right now to introduce ancient civilizations, weird technology, and new strange creatures. Plus additional full-length adventures!

I particularly like the sound of the cool creatures.  I’m really curious as to what will be included.  This is exactly the sort of third party book that I find interesting.

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:

May’s Progress Report! @ Rysaer Inc. I’m looking forward to seeing these miniatures in persona and, of course, being crushed my them on the tabletop.  The author is a member of our local club and one who is putting many of us to shame with his productivity.  Those Raven Guard are fantastic.  The Kroot in his post actually just won our club’s lockdown painting contest, too!

Keep the Bits!: Why you should hoard everything on the sprue @ A Sentimental GentlemanSo, first of all, the author of this post has that whole cool, grungy looks that I’m seeing a lot of just, and which I really like.  That aside, this is a nice article that makes some really good points about maintaining a bits box.  That it demonstrates the benefits with a really cool, practical example is also great.

Telling a Tale: Narrative in Tabletop Gaming @ Badly Painted Minis – With the impending release of 9th edition 40K and the new narrative gameplay option, Crusade, narrative play has been seeing a fair amount of discussion on our local club’s Discord.  This is a nice article that really sells the benefits of narrative play, but does point out some negatives as well, particularly around the extra effort/commitment involved.

The Oathbones – Part 4 @ Convert or DieI tuned out of the Necromunda releases a little bit, so I missed the Cawdor release.  The minis look pretty good!  The minis are nicely painted and resplendent in their yellow robes.  I also like that the author includes a nice chunk of background, as well.

The Godbeasts’ Graveyard @ Milosh Miniatures – I’m working on terrain just now, so I am reading a fair few terrain posts. This one was a bit different and caught my attention.  The author has created a really cool table, themed around the bones of great beasts.  What makes them all the more interesting is that they are made of actual bone.  I do think it’s funny that, after soaking in disinfectant, the bones were too white to look bony and the author had to paint them in bone-like colours.  Go take a look, the terrain is stunning.

At NoRerolls, we’ve been watching some improv and thinking about Fiasco.  It’s been pretty fun, really.

Catch y’all later!


  1. Cheers for the shout out, glad you like the look of those Cawdor (all being well there should be plenty more on their way!). You’ve linked to a lot of great stuff there as well, your mate’s Raven Guard especially look outstanding (and that Kroot is a real thing of beauty).

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  2. Thanks for the shoutout! I have my own blog, but this new one I’m writing for is our Clubhouse website, and we only just got started. Glad you liked my post, I love narrative play but its a bit of a pain in the ass to get started isn’t it! I’ll be doing more of that kind of thing in the future as well, so anyone who liked it, the party will continue!


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