5 on Friday 11/12/20

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:

Monte Cook Games releases Beasts of Flesh and Steel – I’ve previously written about the PDF version of this book, but the physical version is now making its way into retail channels. I have picked up the PDF and have loved it. I am very tempted to follow up with a physical copy:

To repeat my thoughts from last time…

Long time readers will know that I adore a good bestiary. This looks to be an excellent bestiary. First of all, the art previews look fantastic. I love the style they’ve gone with, and that mix of biological creatures with mechanical parts is a strong look. I want this. I want the PDF. I want a physical copy. I want to run a game using it!

Zenit Miniatures taking preorders for Takkure – For someone who really doesn’t care about sports, I do like sports-based miniatures game. Blood Bowl, Dreadball, Aristeia, Guild Ball… All great. Now, Zenit Miniatures, having already run a successful Kickstarter campaign, are now taking late pledges or preorders for Takkure:

I still don’t have all that much to say on this. The game looks fun, the miniatures look great, and the whole thing looks nicely polished. The video for the game is also really good at giving the context of it and is definitely worth a watch.

Queen Games launches Kickstarter for a new Alhambra Big Box – Alhambra is a fun game. It’s a classic of the Eurogame genre, and is so easy to pick up and just play immediately. There are a number of Eurogames that have these big box editions (I have the Carcassonne one) and it’s cool to see a version on the way:

In addition to the base game, there’s a whole stack of expansions in here, along with some pretty cool accessories. This is a must-buy for those who love the core game and are getting to the point where you need more content to keep things fresh. Also, as much as Kickstarter is a trash company, owned by trash people who are trash, Queen Games has a good record of delivering.

Daylight Publications releases Supers & Sorcery for 5E – A mixture of a fantasy setting and superhero characters? Oh, I’m listening:

This is Daylight’s first campaign setting and it seems quite promising from what I have seen and heard. I like the idea of having a big central city which is also a portal hub. The big beacon the middle of the city (itself called Beacon) makes for a cool image, and the preview art is beautiful. Gonna have to get my hands on this one.

One Page Rules releases update to their Gang Wars ruleset – Oh, the guys are One Page Rules are just the bestest. They are constantly devising new rulesets and updating old ones. Most recently, they have updated Gang Wars:

The game is now fully playable and still available at a lower rate via early access on Patreon. I do think the OPR would be a good group to support via Patreon as they are incredibly consistent in the quality of their output. Support good people!

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

2021 Hobby Goals @ Doomsday Digest  Oh, it’s that time of year again, innit? The author of this list has some nice goals. I hadn’t heard of Instahammer up to now, so that’s something cool that I’ve learned. It’s also nice to find people still painting/playing Epic. oh, and Blood Bowl is great, obviously. I guess I’ll need to start thinking about my own 2021 goals…

Beyond the Technology Tree @ Space-Biff A lot of good games have tech progression systems and, as the author suggests, they are implemented in lots of different ways. My most recent of these systems has been that of Twilight Imperium 4. It worked ok, I suppose. I had not heard of this game, Beyond the Sun, but the description, even of just how technology is handled, actually makes me really excited to give it a go. Go read the whole article and see if, like me, you then find yourself browsing BoardGamePrices.

The importance of themes in Board Games @ The Northern Meeples  Theme is important. There is no question on that, and a lot of my favourite games are strongly themed. Not all, mind. I do have a few more abstract games that occupy a regular slot on my table. This article is a fun little discussion on the theme of theme. I agree with most of it, except the assertion that Fluxx is a good example of theming. A good read, all in all.

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide – New Gameplay Video @ Sprues & Brews  Interesting. I hadn’t heard that this was coming, so thanks for sharing! I love Vermintide. I didn’t think I would, but I really do. I suppose it was inevitable as I like Warhammer and I like Left 4 Dead, and Vermintide is essentially a combination of the two. Now, there appears to be a 40K version in the work. That’s exciting, and I am very keen to get my hands on that game. There’s a trailer and some images in this post, so if the idea of Vermintide 40K appeals to you, go give it a look.

Oil Painting Tutorial for an Infinity Miniature (Step-by-Step) @ Tangible Day Generally speaking, people use acrylic paint for their miniatures. That’s why this article, wherein the author gives a tutorial on miniature painting with oil paints, caught my attention. It makes for an interesting read, and the author is clearly talented. I like seeing different styles of painting.

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This week, I posted the results of our club’s Chapter Creation Contest. I did alright!

Catch ya’ll next week.

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