5 on Friday 12/03/21

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:

Wizards of the Coast to release Candlekeep Mysteries supplement for Dungeons & Dragons – The next in the steady march of 5E products. I’ll buy it. I mean, as much as I complain that D&D is the only game I seem to play these days and that there are much, much better games out there, I do still like 5E. I like it, and the books are, in terms of production values, consistently very good.

This is a book in the same vein as Ghosts of Saltmarsh and Tales from the Yawning Portal, in that rather than being a big, single adventure (a la Storm King’s Thunder or Curse of Strahd) it’s more of a collection of smaller adventures. Like Ghosts of Saltmarsh, it also seems to have a theme; that of mystery. I like a good mystery, so I’m keen to have a read through the ideas that the book brings.

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Fantasy Flight Games releases Agent Kallus for Star Wars: Legion – I genuinely believe that TV Star Wars is best Star Wars, or at least the best since the original trilogy. The Clone Wars and Rebels animated shows are wonderful and the Mandalorian is also really good. That’s why, although I don’t care much for Star Wars Legion, it’s still really cool to see miniatures released for character from these shows. Agent Kallus is the next Rebels character to get the plastic treatment:

I really like Kallus’ character arc and I would discuss it here, but it’s hard to do without giving some pretty major spoilers. I know the show has been about for ages, but still, I’m treading with caution. Suffice to say that I like the character, both from his ruthless origins and his later development and he’s a cool addition to the game!

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Pixels electronic dice launching on Kickstarter – I must admit that, as much as I like a nice set of dice, I just don’t get spending an absolute fortune on a set or, God forbid, a single die. Now, these dice are pretty expensive, with a single one setting you back $45 including shipping.

But these aren’t just dice, are they? I mean, functionally, sure, you roll them and they land on a number. This thing is, really, they’re artefacts. They’re objets d’art. They’re bloody beautiful! Have a look at the campaign. The use of animated gifs throughout should illustrate how these electric dice should look, bringing some impressive (if pricey) bling to your table.

Mongoose Publishing release Solomani Front supplement for Taveller – As with my comment about about the quality of the 5E books, I feel that Mongoose also keep hitting it out of the park with their Traveller releases. This one has a lot of content to flesh out the Solomani Front, the scene of the most bitter fighting in the Solomani Rim War:

Lots of content in here! New alien races, which have been getting pushed a lot lately with the recent Aliens of Chartered Space supplements, lots of hazards to bring into your games, ships, vehicles, and Vegans! I assume that we’re not facing off against a group of aliens who follow a strict plant-based diet, but it does claim that in this book “The Vegans and the Vegan Autonomous District are explored in detail, including Vegan Travellers and a Vegan High Guard expansion.” Now that could be fun!

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Modiphius taking preorders for the new edition of Achtung Cthulhu – Welcome back to the secret war, friends! Achting Cthulhu was the RPG that brought Lovecraftian horror into the already pretty horrific World War II. Now, Modiphius are releasing a new edition of the game:

The game uses the well-established 2D20 system, which is Modiphius’ in-house system of choice, so the rules will be pretty solid. The book will also be beautifully produced because… well… Modiphius! The book is a little smaller than I’d have hoped, reading the page, but I hope they manage t make it nice and content-dense. One to watch, most definitely.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

Dry Brushing @ Empire Painting  A nice article that gives a good rundown of a specific painting technique. Drybrushing is a technique that miniature painters have relied on for a looooong time, but it’s the sort of thing that’s ideal for new painters who might be unfamiliar with the concept. This is a nice guide with good illustrative pictures.

Day 1: Krasny Rog @ Stalker7 Zona Alfa is one of these wee games that always seems really attractive, both ruleswise and for a new little painting project. I’ve just never gotten around to it because there always seem to be something else. Seeing articles like this with images of the game in play. It really sounds a lot of fun.

Death Guard, Necrons and White Scars, Oh My! @ Games with Toasty  I don’t know what it is, but I always seem to find it easier to get into a groove when building miniatures, rather than when painting them. The author of this post has powered through some building, with lots of Death Guard, plenty of Necrons, a couple of White Scars. Oh, and an Ork! Looking forward to seeing them painted.

What I Learned from Collecting D&D Minis @ The Learning DM  This is interesting. A nice account of and guide to collecting miniatures for D&D and similar RPGs. I appreciate the itemised lists of the miniatures included in each board game.

From another world @ J’ai Un Planning Chargé These are simply stunning! I like the fact that they look quite cohesive because of the paint scheme, despite the fact that the models come from so many different manufacturers. Really gorgeous.

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This week on NoRerolls, we’ve been busy! First of all, I had a clear out of some old Orcs and Goblins. Then there was a review of a little 5E feats supplement from the DM’s guild. Finally, I shared some thoughts on the video games being given away in this month’s White Dwarf.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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