5 on Friday 12/02/21

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:

Free League launches Kickstarter campaign for the second edition of The One Ring RPG – The One Ring was a pretty solid RPG put out by Cubicle 7. They then parted ways with that license about a year ago and, since then, there had not been a Middle-Earth-themed RPG in active publication. UNTIL NAOW! Free League have picked up the license and are running a Kickstarter:

As much as I like Cubicle 7, and I do, I adore Free League. They just make such lovely, beautiful books. And, you know, good games therein or whatever. I’m a sucker for well=produced book. Of the Kickstarters linked in this article, this is the one I am least likely to back, just because I’m just not that into Middle Earth. I imagine I might end up picking it up if the local club gets into it, but otherwise I am happy admiring from afar.

Aconyte publishes first Twilight Imperium novel by Tim Pratt – You know, I’ve read novels based on TV shows, movies, video games, and even roleplaying games, but I’ve never read a book based on a board game. Looking at the shelves behind me, I can see a fair few titles I would look to for fiction before getting to Twilight Imperium, but here we are. Here we are with The Fractured Void, the first of what appears to be a new line of novels based on Twilight Imperium:

Twilight Imperium is not rigidly defined as a setting. There’s a little but of lore attached to each faction, but beyond that there’s a lot of unknown in there. That could be a good thing if authors are now looking to delve in and really build the setting, giving them lots of room for creativity and innovation. I’m not rushing to get this book, but am looking forward to reading some reviews.

Mongoose launches Kickstarter campaign for Traveller: Mercenary – Yeah, I will likely be backing this. I do like the Mongoose Traveller books and it will be cool to see the shift in focus represented by this boxed set:

The set seems to cater for combat-focused campaigns, which I can enjoy even it’s not my preference. I like that there’s a lot of variance in scope, from you and your party acting as individuals, all the way through to managing a vast mercenary company. With rules for running merc companies, along with new vehicles and a whole slew of adventures being unlocked as stretch goals, this is a really attractive campaign!

Catalyst releases Street Wyrd supplement for Shadowrun on DriveThruRPG – the fantasy elements, including magic, is what thematically sets Shadowrun apart from other sci-fi and cyberpunk roleplaying games. Street Wyrd is the new magic rulebook for the sixth edition of Shadowrun:

There’s a whole load of new spells, spirits and whatnot in there, and some good contextual information on how magic interacts with the world. What I’m particularly interested in is the promised system to help players and GMs design and implement their own spells. I think that has the potential to be a particularly cool addition. I for one will be crafting an epic spell that removes typos from Shadowrun rulebooks!

Crystalpunk, a 5E campaign setting, currently seeking funds on Kickstarter – Given my known disdain for Kickstarter (trash company run by trash people), there sure are a lot of Kickstarters in today’s roundup! Yeah, that’s partly because there’s not much else that really caught my interest this week, and also because all three of these campaigns seem really cool. This third campaign is for a new campaign setting for 5E:

So, first of all, go back this project. It has to meet the funding goal because I want that book. Go! I love the noir feel, the blending of sci-fi and fantasy, the corporate intrigue. Ugh, this just looks so damn cool! Also, as an aside, it’s really cool that the campaign has a Spotify playlist. It sounds like such a small thing, and it is, but it informs the aesthetic. It helps you, the prospective player – and customer – to know the intended tone of the setting before you even read a word of the text. It’s such a good idea.

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

Nurgle Mech Knight @ The Wargaming Bear  Not much to write about this one; it’s just a very beautifully converted and painted miniature. This Chaos Knight just oozes personality and, given the influence of Papa Nurgle, I’m sure it oozes all kinds of other fluids… I love all the cool detail that has been added, and I love the use of Plague Furnace parts to create that cool fiery trail effect. Just georgeous.

My Review of Carcassonne @ Board of This Carcassonne is a great game. It’s really simple, and it’s not one that I’d play all that much with my gamer friends, but it’s definitely one of my favourites for non-gamers, new players and children. This makes for a nice review and it’s great to see positivity and enthusiasm for the sort of game that often get overlooked these days in favour of “gamier” games.

A View From Above – I @ Brave New Worlds  The birth of a new blog! Welcome, and thanks for sharing your background in gaming. I’m looking forward to following your progress as you return to the table.

Dresden Files Accelerated, “Mantles” and PbtA-Style Playbooks in Fate RPG @ Faith, Fiction & Fatherhood  I love FATE and the Dresden Files RPG. Last year, I got to play the Accelerated Edition for the first time as well. and that was a lot of fun. The author of this posts has a really interesting little back and forth on the topic of scaffolding character for players using the PbtA-style playbooks and it makes for an interesting read. I think that for new players in particular, such books would be a fantastic addition to Dresden Files. I continue to really enjoy this blog’s RPG content.

Hobby Motivation @ The Tragic life and thoughts of a Fangirl Hmm, this feels close to home, and is something I feel that I have struggled with for a long time. I think that I’m getting better now, and my current problem seems to be one of time, rather than motivation, but I suppose you could argue that if I were that motivated I would find the time… Yeah, well, Space Marines aside, this is quite a varied pile of miniatures that the author will be painting, and it will be cool to watch them all finished up and making their way onto the blog!

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Well, that week flew by! No new content at NoRerolls this week, though I have been working on a post I intend to make on Saturday or Sunday.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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