5 on Friday 21/08/20

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.

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:

GMT Games releases Imperial Struggle board game – A strong start this week, with my baes at GMT Games putting out their successor to the wonderful Twilight Struggle. It’s been a while since I’ve bought many board games, but this will be the second I’ve ordered this week, after also taking the plunge on a good deal to pick up Pillars of the Earth. Yes, this is, for me, an auto-buy:

Based heavily on Twilight Struggle, this is a card drive game that sees the empires of Britain and France wage was across the 18th century. Given that Twilight Struggle is still one of my absolute favourite games, I am very keen to pick this one up and will be placing my order as soon as I’m done writing this.

Osprey releases new (2nd) edition of Frostgrave – Frostgrave was the first of Osprey’s wargames to really take off, and it’s the one I still see the most coverage for. It’s a skirmish game in the spirit of Mordheim, with great campaign rules. Now, Osprey are releasing a new edition:

My copy arrived today. It feels a little chunkier than the previous book. I’m also working (slowly) on some gangs for the game. I’m using the Soldiers set and the Cultists, along with one of the Wizards plastic boxes. I’m also still working on some terrain for the game. Yeah, I’m quite excited for this!

Kobold Press releases pocket edition of the Creature Codex – This was the first book from Kobold Press that I picked up. I immediately fell in love. The book a beautiful. From there, I picked up the Tome of Beasts, the Midgard books… Oh, I love them all. Now, Kobold are revisiting their Creature Codex:

As with the Tome of Beasts, Kobold are putting out a pocket edition. The same book, with all the same great monsters for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, but in a smaller-form printing. Reviews of the pocket edition of the Tome of Beasts have generally been good and I can vouch for the great, fun content in the big hardback version of the Creature Codex. Rather nicely, it’s also a way to get the book at a smaller price point!

Paizo releases pocket edition of the core Starfinder rulebook – In a similar vein to the last featured item, this is another big hardback being re-released as a smaller, lighter paperback. This time, it’s the core rulebook for Starfinder, from Paizo:

The game seem to be pretty popular, being a sci-fi reskin or reimplementation of Paizo’s popular Pathfinder RPG. With 528 pages, I’m doubtful how truly pocket-sized this one is, but it cuts the price of the book substantially, making the entry cost to this game pretty darn low.

Ordus Station 3D printable terrain up on Kickstarter – I continue to enjoy the world of 3D printing – specifically for wargames terrain. I’m finding it hard to find a sci-fi set that I really like and want to dive deep into. Is this latest offering on Kickstarter worth considering?

This is a cool set, all in all. It consists of outpost buildings large and small, as well as lots of lovely walls. The set is nice and it looks like the prints would be pretty straightforward. My only complaint, and the reason this is probably not the set for me, is the lack of multiple levels. I’m really looking for something with more usable levels. Still a nice set, though.

The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

Cronsade @ Fingers Left The Model  These looks great! The Necrons from the Indomitus set are great, and I relly loved painting them, myself. I love the scheme that the author has gone with and I’ve actually looked at that same bit of terrain! I saw Dark Fantastic Mills at Tabletop Scotland and I am really tempted by some of their stuff.

The Five Red Flags of Board Game Expansions @ Cardboard Guru This is a really fantastic article. Board game expansions can be good, but most of those that I buy, I buy more out an unhealthy sense of completionism. There are exceptions where expansions truly improve the game. The expansion to Star Wars: Rebellion jumps to mind there. Generally though, I find myself very much agreeing with this author.

The Primogenitor – Dark Deeds @ Echoes of Imperium I love everything this guy produces. It’s all just so dark, grimy, rusted, and perfect. I love how he brings brutal fantasy elements into his sci-fi miniatures. Stunning. Truly stunning.

Guildball is dead, long live…? @ Tales from the Tabletop With Steamforged Games announcing that they are stopping production of Guild Ball, it leaves lots of people, myself included, with miniatures for a dead game. The thing is, that isn’t such a bad thing if you have a couple of teams. You can keep the game playable forever. I only have a starter set, so it’s somewhat less useful for myself, but hey ho. The author of this post gives some suggestions for how the miniatures could be used in other contexts.

Getting Squiggy With It Part II: The Lists @ Plastic Craic I have too many projects at the moment, but one of my dream projects to get around to at some point is a Squig army for Age of Sigmar. I’d love to do this. I suppose that until that day, I can live vicariously through other people’s blogs. These lists seem really fun and are not far off from the sort of thing I’d been considering. A good read from a consistently good blog.

This week at No Rerolls, I’ve written about some recent Vampire: the Masquerade. I’m actually heading back into that game this evening. Exciting!

This week also saw the frustration of having to completely rebuild the template for 5 on Friday in the new and terrible WordPress editor.

Catch ya’ll next week.

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