5 on Friday 06/11/20

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:

Urban Shadows: Second Edition up on Kickstarter – Another game based on the wonderful PBTA system, Urban Shadows looks like a lot of fun. From the description if feels like a modern, streamlined, simple World of Darkness. This is a huge selling point for me.

This is a second edition of an already successful and well-received game. As such, this should hopefully be a pretty polished product; a refinement of an already-good game. This is a product that really appeals to me. I refuse to back it on Kickstarter, because I think that Kickstarter is a trash company run by crooks, but I will definitely be picking this up when it comes to retail.

Games Workshop releases new Deathwatch Codex – So, I’m pretty fixed in my view that Space marines get a bit too much attention to GW and I really don’t think that you need a different set of rules for ever possible colour that you can paint them. That said, Deathwatch are at least an interesting variant on Marines and it seems that they are back for 9th edition:

I really love theprevious Deathwatch sets. They are unique, vibrant, and varied. I like the personality that individual Astartes can have, and I just love the whole idea of it. I wish GW would put out a cool Primaris set of interesting and unique Deathwatch Primaris miniatures, but at least they now have access to Primaris at all.

Mongoose releases Aliens of Charted Space: Volume 1, a new supplement for Traveller – Traveller! Love it! To be honest, I kind of like human-centric games, but it’s nice to have options, either to play as these alien species, or to use them as NPCs. New content is always welcome!

I think the main thing you need to know is that this book contains space lions. That’s a nice selling point. There’s more to it, and there are cool ship rules and stuff, but… well… space lions!

Animated Dungeon Maps releases an animated Black Market – I’ve featured this company before. I really appreciate that they are a company with a name that describes exactly what they do. They are called Animated Dungeon Maps and they make – get this – animated dungeon maps. Their latest offering is a black market:

I’d love to put together a cool table using a TV in some sort of casing. I love those things. I just don’t have the patience, technical skills or general wherewithal. If I did put one together, or more likely paid someone else to do it, I’d be all over these maps. Pair an animated map with some painted miniatures and some atmospheric music and you’ve got a sensory feast of a game on your hands.

Medieval MDF building kits up on Kickstarter – I like MDF buildings. I’m not so good at getting my finger out and painting them, but I’m always pretty amazed at the sort of buildings that a skilled designer can put together out of simple materials. This Kickstarter has a pretty nice selection of medieval buildings:

I think I have enough MDF to be getting along with for now, but these are nice. I love how the wooden building frames add depth and some of the textures look lovely. Nice stuff..

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

What’s New — In My Hobby…? @ Torg’s Blog  There’s some nice hobby awesomeness in this post! There’s a cool 3D printed Knight (where would I find the STLs, pal?) and some really cool Infinity minis. I love the miniatures, but I just can’t get it to the table. This cut down CodeOne version does look fun though, and it might be better for running pick-up games with new players. Great pics throughout this article.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn @ The Dao of Board Gaming See, I’ve swithered over this game in the past. It looked good, but I just never really got to the point of pulling the trigger on it. I dunno, it seemed to get mixed reviews and I couldn’t really bring myself to commit. This is a good review that does make it sound appealing. I like that it’s not really a military game, but rather more of a ‘euro’ experience.

Cake Mix, Not Actual Cakes – Running Pre-Written Adventures @ Burn After Running  Unsurprisingly for a blog that concentrates on running one-shots, this post has a lot of really good advice about running one-shots. I think the single best piece of advice that the author gives is to “start big”. A lacklustre start is not great for a one-shot, and it works really well when you jump straight into the action. The rest of the article is also good, but this is the best point.

Glogg’s Megamob: White Dwarf Review @ Plastic Craic  Plastic Craic is really the best blog when it comes to Destruction in Age of Sigmar. Our club is discussing starting new AoS armies and I’m really wanting to do Gloomspite Gitz, focusing either on Squigs or Troggoths, so this article is pretty timely. This is cool, detailed breakdown of the trogbois that makes for a fun read.

October’s Progress Report @ Rysaer Inc  The latest update over at Rysaer Inc is decidedly less Astartes-themed than usual. First there are some gorgeous, pink Sylvaneth, followed by, yes, some Space Marines. I also have learned not to give people minaitures from the same armies that I paint. Giving the author of this post a Tech Priest Dominus just underlines how much better his looks, as compared to my own. But hey, mine are only half-done, so I have an excuse for now! A nice update with lots of cool pics.

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This week, I shared some progress on a competition entry and did the first of the monthly updates that I am hoping to do on a regular basis. At the moment I am considering doing these monthly updates on a monthly basis.

Catch ya’ll next week.

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