5 on Friday 07/08/20

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:

Atomic Mass Games releases Spider-Man and Ghost-Spider for Marvel Crisis Protocol – Spider-Gwen!  I really think that Ghost-Spider is one of the coolest designs that Marvel has ever put out.  Now, she’s available for the Crisis Protocol miniatures game:

CP10_Crisis_Protocol spiderman ghost spider

I’ve been largely reserving judgement on this game so far, but the more I see, and the more miniatures are released, the more I really want to pick them up.  I should say that the Myles Morales Spider-Man in here also looks great, because he does.  That said, I’m not going to lie – I’m here for Spider-Gwen!

Goodman Games releases The Lost City, their 4th reincarnated adventure – Goodman Games are really good at making adventure modules.  That’s why I love their Dungeon Crawl Classics and Mutant Crawl Classics ranges.  They have also been producing a series of ‘reincarnated’ adventures.  These are old, classic adventures from earlier editions of Dungeons & Dragons, updated for 5th edition.  It’s a cool idea and GMG are on their 4th installment in the series:


The original module was released in 1982 and was intended for use alongside the D&D Basic Set.  It was known for having a really significant map, with the great double pyramids containing over 100 rooms.  If I were to assume a level of quality based on earlier entries in this series, then I would expect this to be a very fine product, indeed.

Renegade Games Studios launches Kickstarter campaign for Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals – I’m playing a Vampire campaign at the moment and I’m really loving it.  It’s my first time in years playing Vampire as an actual player, rather than as the GM/Storyteller.  The storyteller in this campaign is doing a great job of making the World of Darkness feel dangerous and is really good at building politics into his game – a crucial part of any VtM story.  Being soaked in Vampire at the moment, this Kickstarter grabbed my attention:

vtm cards

Now, I know there is already a Vampire car game, but I’ve never played The Eternal Struggle.  I also generally like Renegade and am enthused by the artwork and production quality that I’m seeing.  I’m unlikely to back the Kickstarter, but I’m keen to take a look once it sees a general release.

They Came From Beneath the Sea released on DriveThruRPG – I had so much fun playing this game at Tabletop Scotland last year!  I wrote as much in an article at the time.  The game really carries the feel of 1950s B-Movies and has a lot of potential for humour.

they came from beneath the sea

Now that it’s on DTRPG and available as PoD, I’m really tempted to pick it up.  There’s a handful of books I’d like to get this way, so I might work out a wee batch order…  I actually would love to back an Onyx Path Kickstarter, but it’s just not worth the cost once it’s shipped to the UK.

Games Workshop reveals a new edition of Blood Bowl – Blood Bowl!  We’ve actually just finished an online league, culminating in a knockout tournament via our local club.  Lockdown gaming!  That makes this pretty perfect timing for us as a group.  I foresee plenty of us ordering this box of goodies.

newer bb

Part of me wishes that it was a different set of teams, but then it’s tradition for it to be Orcs and Humans, I suppose.  There’s been a pretty toxic reaction to this reveal in some corners of the hobby community, but it seems that such reactions are becoming more and more common.  It’s sad.  Why can’t people enjoy their toys?

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:

The Dirty Mongrels – A Gaslands gang @ Dr. The Viking’s C0wabunga Oh, these look great!  I love the vibrant colour scheme, the cool pattern, and all the wee extras that are attached to each car.  Reading the article, I’m also delighted with the simplicity of the whole endeavour – it encourages me to give it a go, myself.  I do have a stack of cars sitting on a shelf behind me…

July’s Progress Report @ Rysaer Inc.This is a really nice roundup of a month in painting and, unlike Rysaer’s usual posts, it’s not completely dominated by his Raven Guard, lovely as they are.  I like to see variety!  That pink Sylvaneth model is gorgeous and those Orks are really cool.  Thanks for the link, too!

Budget Warhammer Empire Project – Artillery & Misc @ Paint and Glory – I love alternative miniature articles.  You know, those ones where the author picks an army and then finds non-GW miniatures to use for variety, savings, or a different style.  I’ve done a couple for Blood Bowl, myself.  They’re fun.  There’s a good mix here of miniatures that I was aware of (Frostgrave Cultists) and others that I had not seen.  The wider series of articles is really worth looking at if you’re planning an Empire or Cities of Sigmar army.

Lamenters Sergeant with LED Power Sword @ Chris Buxey PaintsNot only has the author of this article managed a solid, beautiful, yellow colour scheme, but he has also managed to make an awesome light-up sword for his Space Marine.  How cool is that?  Spoiler: very!  Who needs object source lighting when you can just use actual light?

It’s just not fair @ Graeme’s Blog – Okay, this is clearly not gaming-related, but it is an issue very close to my heart.  I am a teacher and I have found this week to be, frankly, heartbreaking.  This article gives a better, well-reasoned view of it than I could muster at the moment.  I do try to keep politics and ‘real life’ out of this blog, but it’s been a bloody hard week. 

This week at No Rerolls, we re-emerged from beneath our favourite rock to share some painting.  First I explained how I painted my new Necrons, then I shared a wee gallery of them.  Hopefully, I can maintain some sort of painting momentum!

Catch y’all later!

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