Board Games, Card Games, Miniature Games, RPGs, Tabletop Games

5 on Friday 04/12/20

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:

Evil Hat releases FATE Condensed – Up to now, we’ve had full-fat FATE Core and skinny, little FATE Accelerated. Now we’ve got semi-skimmed roleplay in the form of FATE Condensed. The PDF has ben out for a wee while, but physical copies are now making their way to retail channels:

I’m not completely sure if this is intended as a halfway house between Core and Accelerated, or as a de facto new edition of FATE, but either way it’s interesting. No edition of FATE is particularly ‘heavy’, but given how suitable the system is for new player, this should just make it that little bit easier again to access a slightly meatier game than the Accelerated version!

Games Workshop releases new Blood Angels Combat Patrol box – There’s also a codex being released, but I can’t say I spend much time differentiating between the special rules that are granted according to what pigment you slap onto your plastic dudes. This boxed set, however, is very nice. With a nice mix of beautiful Primaris miniatures, this is wonderful for Blood Angels players, or any other chapter:

I do love that Librarian, and I like the idea of those new skimmer tanks. Chuck in the mix of different armours and this is just a lovely, diverse set of miniatures The point of these Combat Patrols seems to be to give a ready-made army, good to go. This definitely gives a cool selection to get you started, or to add a decent chunk onto an existing force.

Wyrd releases Explorer’s Society Faction Book for Malifaux – Oh, Malifaux. How I love thee. The setting is great, the miniatures are beautiful, and the rules work smoothly. I’ve not really gotten into M3E as yet – I just don’t see it getting played as there are no other players within at least 100 miles. This makes me sad in my heart. Still interested, though! And excited to see a new faction come along:

I’m actually a little surprised that it’s taken this long to have an Explorer’s Society in Malifaux. The sense of an undiscovered world has long been an appealing part of the setting, with the Guild, Outcasts and some parts of the Arcanists having a real ‘frontier’ theme going on. I suppose the more aristocratic explorer has taken some time to get a footing. I’m really looking forward to delving into this book and really getting my head around a new faction.

FFG releases Prophecy of Kings expansion for Twilight Imperium – I was delighted, just before lockdown, to finally get the fourth edition of Twilight Imperium to the table. The game was truly fantastic. Much fun was had and many backs were stabbed. I did win, by the way, which was also nice. Now, FFG are releasing a pretty big expansion to the already-expansive (and expensive) core game:

Adding an increased player count, new factions, leaders and commanders, new units, new tiles, relics… there’s a lot in the box. I mean, it’s pricey, but there’s a lot in there. The leaders probably the most exciting addition for me. The question is whether it’s worth picking up an expansion for a game that I’ve only played once. it does add a lot to the base game, but should my group try to master the original content first? With how tricky it is to get a game like TI4 to the table, how long would that take? Food for thought, there.

Modiphius about to release preorders for the Dune roleplaying game – A classic of sci-fi literature, Dune is a property that is beloved by many. That’s why I was happy to hear that it was Modiphius who had picked up the license to produce a roleplaying game based on the franchise. I’d trust them with just about any property, sure in the knowledge that they’d produce something special.

The game is based on Modiphius’ established and well-received in-house system, 2D20. If you’re interested in learning more, there’s a livestream tomorrow night. You can check that out by clicking here.

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

A Deeply Satisfying Box – Lords of Waterdeep @ Stoned Money Radio  First of all, I completely agree on the satisfaction that is given by the Lords of Waterdeep box. It just works so well. This is a nice review that gives a good rundown of how the game works and why it appeals. I’m not entirely sure I agree with the point about the board needing more vibrancy – I quite like it – but all in all I agree with the majority of what’s in here.

Project Eclipse: the Sword @ Fingers Left the Model This post reminds me that we are all our own harshest critics. Had I painted up this model this well, I’d probably be delighted, but then whatever we do never quite matches up with what we saw in our heads. I’m looking at Eldar posts just now as my mother in law gave me some Eldar for my birthday, so I’m thinking about how to paint them. These would be my first Eldar in about 20 years, so posts like this one are quite inspiring.

Video: Tour of Alexander’s Game Library in the Bunker @ The Players’ Aid  A long and detailed video of a game collection. This is a good video that is very thorough and gives some interesting insight into the collection. Cannae quite place the guy’s accent though. Anyone able to help me out?

No Board Games over Christmas? @ Martin B. Lewis  Oh, this news annoyed me. I totally get the government’s position on social experiences like board games, but I find the whole approach confusing and inconsistent. Obviously, I speak mainly of the Scottish government as they are the ones inflicting idiotic inconsistency on me, rather than the UK one, though I understand the Boris is not much better than our Nicola. How can any distancing possibly work in our communities when children are sent into a room with others from 29 other households with no distancing? Idiocy. I’m not saying shut the schools, but when we’re cross-contaminating via our children already, can we stop being so silly and precious elsewhere? ARG!

Warcry: Fyreslayers march to the Eightpoints @ The Reading Room  And breathe. Breathe. FECKING BREATHE! Oh, hey, Fyreslayers! I like Fyreslayers. I especially like beautifully painted Fyreslayers like these ones. You know, this post is just beautiful. The miniatures, the terrain, and the photos. Those photos are so well done. Gorgeous post!

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Not much else to say this week. Got a couple of posts in progress, but not had any time to actually finish them!

Catch ya’ll next week.

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