5 on Friday 05/02/21

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:

Games Workshop releases Space Marine Storm Speeder – It’s nice that Games Workshop are putting out some new Space Marine miniatures. The good old boys of the Adeptus Astartes have felt a bit neglected over the past few years and their range is really starting to show its age, all the while Games Workshop lavish their attention on Xenos armies such as the Tyranids, Eldar and Orks. With this in mind, it’s a relief that there backup a-coming:

I kid. Mostly. This reimagined landspeeder is beautiful. There’s enough of the feel of the old miniature, whilst being all Primarised-up. It’s satisfyling chunky, well-armed, on a more substantial flight stand… Yeah, if I ever paint the stack of Space Marines that sit, grey and judgey, in the other room then I will pick up at least one of these to accompany them.

The Gaia Complex now raising funds on Kickstarter – Back in April, I highlighted the Quickstart Rules for an RPG called The Gaia Complex. The artwork caught my eye and then the Cyberpunk theme kept my interest. Now, the publisher has started their Kickstarter campaign for the full rules:

I like a lot of the defining features of this game. Vampires? An all-controlling AI? Humans who can warg into animals? Yeah, between the background and art, I am sold. It’s also a UK creator, which also further encourages me to support them. If you’re interested, go check out the quickstart rules that I liked previously!

Renegade Game Studios previews Aggretsuko Card Game – Okay, so for those unfamiliar with Aggretsuko, go ahead and watch this trailer:

I love it. It’s such a fun show, and is often quite relatable! Now, it seems that Renedage Game Studios is doing a card game. As an aside, how many studios does RGS comprise? If anyone knows, please let me know in a comment…

The game looks pretty simple, and it seems to be one where you are looking to ditch cards from your hand before everyone else does. I’m looking forward to seeing some more details, and maybe some Let’s Play videos to really see what the game is about. The theme has me interested, though!

The Onyx Path releases Cults of the Blood Gods for Vampire: the Masquerade (V5) – This isn’t brand new, but it’s new since I last did a 5 on Friday, and it’s one I am very keen to share. The 5th edition of Vampire continues to deliver, and continues to tweak the setting in interesting ways.

Cults of the Blood Gods is a great book and I’ve been dipping into my own print on demand copy. I like the Hecata, the new clan of death. I love all the new culty and faith-based hooks and features, as well as the new Loresheets and rituals. It’s just a really great book.

USAopoly releases… I dunno… more shovelware with the Marvel logo on it? – Smash Up is an alright game. It was one of the first that I picked up when I really got into board games and it’s seen a fair bit of play. I’m a bit tired of it, though. Normally, if there’s a game I like that I start to find boring, it’s usually a sign that I need to pick up an expansion or two and get some more variety into the mix. For Smash Up, though? Meh. I get that the game is one that actually really would benefit from expansion but, ultimately, I just don’t care.

And now it’s sitting with USAopoly, the kings of tabletop shovelware. No thought or nuance required, just take an existing game and an existing IP and mash them together for fun and profit. Well, the fun is questionable with many of these games. I suppose that if you’re a big fan of Marvel you might like this, and the core gameplay of Smash Up is fun enough. I think you’ll gather from my statements thus far that I’ll be passing on this one.

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

NewYearNewArmy – the story so far… @ Lasguns & Roses  Good to see other folk planning their new armies. The author of this post has made significantly more progress than me this month! I made a big jump last week, but then this week has just been too damn busy. I’m looking forward to seeing the author’s army grow, and I’m especially keen to see those Necromunda miniatures built and painted. Good luck!

Board Game Night: Boss Monster @ Random Ramblings of a Redheaded Nerd Boss Monster is one of those games that I was very excited to buy, but which has now sat on my shelf for several years. I should do something about that… The author of this post gives a nice overview of the game, and it does sound good from the description. This feels like a carefully weighed and considered recommendation.

What I Wanted from Cities of Sigmar @ Doomsday Digest  I can relate to this argument. Cities of Sigmar could have been really cool and thematic if GW had focused, as the author of this post suggests, on faith. Instead, what do we have? Essentially, we’re back to having a Grand Alliance: Order book, just without stuff that’s already assigned to a ‘proper’ army. I get the disappointment here.

Review: Malifaux M3E Explorer’s Society Faction Book @ The Verbal Sprawl  Huh, I noticed this book when it came out a couple of months back, but I admit that I then completely forgot about it. This comes down to a point that the author of this post makes, about it being hard to play games like Malifaux in a Warhammer-dominated hobby. And that’s a pity, because Malifaux is so much more interesting than Warhammer. The author of this review has a high opinion of the art and fiction. The recommendation seems pretty solid and, as I said before, it’s exciting to see a new faction in Malifaux.

New Army Update One @ Spalanz Another new army! This article makes for a really good read just because of the enthusiasm that the author has for their new army. I agree completely on how cool the Bonereapers are. I especially love the characters, and am very tempted to use a few of them in my Necron army. They could be really cool, aged, gribbly characters to go with the aged sandstone look of my army. Keen to see what the author does with the bone bois!

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Well, hi! It’s been a while! Although there has not been a 5 on Friday for over a month, it doesn’t mean there’s been radio silence. There’s been the obligatory new year’s resolutions post, a look at out top 10 posts of 2020, some plans for growing my Necron army, and more plans for the beginnings of my Gloomspite Gitz. So, yeah, busy times!

There was no top 50 games list last year because, simply put, I didn’t get many games to the table, what with lockdowns, and club closures and the like. I didn’t do a January Hobby update, as I felt I had not made a lot of progress. I actually have, on reflection, but I’ll try to get going with these this month.

Catch ya’ll in a couple of weeks.


  1. Thanks for the link 🙂 I’ve been really excited about the Necromunda minis too, and only hope they don’t look too bad when I paint them!


  2. I see your point about Smash Up: Marvel.

    For me, who is a big fan of Smash Up, it’s just another expansion that looks cool.

    So yes, I’ve already bought it. LOL

    (Though I haven’t received it yet)


    1. I don’t even hate Smash Up. I’m just getting a bit sick of the influx of shovelware. Actually, influx is a good word because Fluxx is the best example of this!

      Not saying the game isn’t going to be fun; I just find USAopoly to be quite cynical as a company.

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