5 on Friday 05/03/21

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.

Releases & Previews

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:

Goodman Games releases their latest Yearbook – I’ve come to really like Goodman Games. I have their Dungeon Crawl Classics and Mutant Crawl Classics RPGs. I’d like to pick up more of their cool, little modules, but I never seem to get around to it. I’ve also never really looked at their yearbooks, the latest of which is making its way to UK retail:

It appears to be bursting with content, including new monster fumble tables, new mighty deed rules, an interview with Russ Nicholson (formerly of TSR), a new mini-adventure, and pictures and photographs from the past year. I think that if I were deeper into DCC this would be great, but for someone who is merely aware of the game, it’s not really that relevant. I love that Goodman Games do this though, as I think it’s a great thing for the community around their games.

Games Workshop releases Pariah Nexus boxed set for Kill Team – Kill Team is really good. That concentrated squad-based combat with individual miniatures and a ton of modifiers kind of bridges a gap between Warhammer 30,000 and more skirmish-based games such as Corvus Belli’s Infinity. I’ve played a few games with my Adeptus Mechanicus and my Daemons, and I’ve enjoyed playing it. Now, Games Workshop are putting out a new expansion, Pariah Nexus:

The set seems similar in concept to Kill Team: Arena, in that is replaces the 3D battlegrounds of the full game with a flat board. As such, the game will come with a large amount of Necron-themed scatter terrain. It also comes with Necron miniatures in the form of 5 of the new Flayed One miniatures and a Chronomancer. The Space Marine side includes 5 heavy Intercessors and a captain. Yes, this make the set hilariously unbalanced with a huge advantage going to the Marines. Such is life in the 41st Millennium! I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on that Chronomancer.

Nice Game releases Heritage, a Vampire: the Masquerade board game – This game was up on Kickstarter a couple of year back and I wondered at the time if this was the start of a new trend of the Vampire license being used for different games. I was not and am not against the idea of this, so long as there’s some oversight on quality. Looking at the quality of the components and artwork in the finished product, I’m really optimistic about this game:

The legacy aspect puts me off a little bit, as I’m kind of over that whole trend. Despite this, the game’s old Kickstarter video does present me with a game that I think I will enjoy. I also do like how some of the legacy aspects will work, changing specific vampires over time, giving them new abilities as we go through 700 years of history. The price is a slight issue. Although reasonable for a big box game, it feels a little steep for a legacy game where you only really get to properly play through it once (by which I mean a long campaign, not a single gaming session). Worth considering?

Wyrd releases From Nightmares expansion for Through the Breach – Oh, Malifaux, my love… How neglected you must feel! How I have turned my back upon you in recent years! The shame… the shame. Through the Breach is fine as an RPG system, and the Malifaux setting is a lot of fun. It’s cool to see a new expansion show up:

The official website and the DriveThruRPG page are both frustratingly vague about what exactly is in the book besides more content and options which can be used interchangeable with other expansions. Useful, guys… real helpful here. The only thing that I know for sure is in the book is the ability to play as several of the main Neverborn races. That’s actually pretty cool, as the neverborn are really cool in Malifaux itself. I trust Wyrd, and I like Through the Breach, but it’s hard to recommend the book when the published is not actually telling us what we’re getting.

USAopoly releases a Star Wars edition of Talisman – Another version of Talisman is added to USAopoly existing slate of variants. They already have Batman and Kingdom Hearts editions. I am actually a little surprised there aren’t more version yet, as it really seemed they were gearing up to shit these out in the proud tradition of shovelware publishers everywhere. But yeah, Star Wars Talisman:

Yeah, it’s another USAopoly box of unoriginality, but it’s interesting to see that the characters in the box are all force users from across the franchise, including all three trilogies and the animated shows. I wonder what the focus and scenario are going to be, given that fact. I was going to write “story” but, hey, come on, it’s Talisman. It looks pretty, I’ll give it that.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

Hobby Bingo Feb 2021 Update: Necromunda Esher Gang, 40k Deathguard and Oathmark Undead @ Heretic 30K  A nice roundup of the author’s hobby efforts for February. The purple and blue on the Escher looks great, but the real highlight for me are the skeletons and the Frostgrave wizards. How great is that Wizard kit? Thanks for sharing!

Why Boardgames? @ The Northern Meeples This is a nice, reflective post about the hobby and our reasons for engaging with board games. I think we’ve all, at some point, been asked the same question, and it’s nice to read one hobbyist’s reasoning on the matter. I find myself agreeing with a lot of this.

Plastic Fantastic @ Whims to Words  Aye, so, welcome to 40K, pal! I hope you like it, both the game and the painting side. Just one thing, dinnae tell us about the painting you’re doing and then not post pictures to show it off! Looking forward to seeing your Sisters of Battle army as you get going with it.

Top 5 Warhammer Armies That I Didn’t Collect @ Things I Like  I’ve actually got a half-finished draft of a very similar article that I’ve never gotten around to finishing. With games like Warhammer, there are always so many more ideas and wishes and shiny new armies than there is time to paint or, indeed, money to buy them. I totally agree with the author on Beastmen and Chaos Dwarfs – they always seemed such cool armies, but were never quite at the top of my list for armies to actually start.

The Only Question is: Why? @ Request Reinforcements The author got into 40K at around the same time as I originally did – at around the time that the game moved into its third edition. We also seem to have had the same problem with buying miniatures that we’re unlikely to paint. I’m looking forward to seeing you tackle your backlog and, of course, your adventures in INQ28!

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This week on NoRerolls, I shared my hobby update for February, which consisted mostly of Squigs and the Gobbos who ride them!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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