5 on Friday 26/03/21

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:

Games Workshop releases new Combat Patrol for the Drukhari – The Drukhari are the latest faction to get an updated codex for the 9th edition of Warhammer 40,000. What I’ve seen of the book so far looks pretty good. With the book, Games Workshop are also also releasing this Combat Patrol boxed set:

I like this set a lot. I’ve liked most of the Combat Patrol sets released so far, with the possible exception of the Death Guard one, but this might be my favourite. So, obviously all the miniatures in it look fantastic, but the mix is also really cool. This would be a great start to a nice, mobile army. A couple of these would really have to set with some nice blocks of troops in transports, some elite choppy boys, a pair of more heavily army skimmers and a kickass Archon figure. Well, you’d have two of those as well, but I’d likely just use the one.

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Z-Man Games releases 20th Anniversary Edition of Carcassonne – Carcassonne is one of my favourite gateway games, and one that I like to get onto the table at least a few times a year. Now, Z-Man, or the Asmodee-puppeted husk that was Z-Man are putting out a special edition of the game to mark its 20th anniversary:

Yes. Asmodee makes me bitter. That said, I can’t take that out on Carcassonne. I can’t take it out on my big, brave boy! The box for this edition is beautiful. The tiles don’t look that different. Maybe they’re just a bit more detailed? Supposedly there’s a nice UV printing effect in use to make the details really pop. What I don’t like are the stickers on the meeples. I always think these look a bit… cheap. All in all, I don’t think I’ll pick this up as I’m more of a player than a collector, but it looks to be a damn nice set.

Mutant Crawl Classics #11, The Omnivary of Eden, released on DriveThruRPG – Goodman Games are the publishers of the long-running and endlessly amusing Dungeon Crawl Classics. I like the range, but I was very interested when they launched their sci-fi line, Mutant Crawl Classics. They are now onto their 11th module:

The modules are generally around 20 pages long and have some cool hooks. They can also be quite challenging! I love the somewhat zany, punky feel of Mutant Crawl Classics, and I’d hope this is carried through into this module. There’s not a lot of into about the content on the DTRPG page, but I have faith in Goodman Games!

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Phalanx Games taking preorders for new edition of Nanty Narking – I was a big fan of Martin Wallace’s Ankh Morpork game. It was a pity when the license was revoked and the game had to be discontinued. I was therefore quite pleased when it was announced that a new implementation of the game, without the Discworld license, would be released. This turned out to be Nanty Narking, which is now getting a new edition:

The new edition promises to be generally the same, but with a smaller footprint and some nicer components. That’s a nice promise. I love the Discworld version, but I don’t see much point in my picking up another version of what is essentially the same game. That said, if you want a nice, light area control game, give it a look.

Wizkids reveals upcoming Red Slaad Paint Night Kit – So, this is cool. It’s a nice D&D mini for a classic beastie and a paint set to go with it. The thing that grabbed my attention for this box was not actually the miniature itself, but the fact that there are actually quite a few Vallejo paints in there.

Here’s a breakdown of the contents, including all the different Vallejo paints that are going to be included in the box:

I think that this might actually be a pretty good paint set, so long as the miniature doesn’t drive the price up too much. I mean, it’s nice for a Wizkids mini, but compared to a lot of minis on the market, it’s a little bland. If this is a nice price, I may well take a look.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

Adventures in Comic Style @ Pewter, Resin and Magic  Okay, so this is really cool. I’ve seen some miniatures in a comic book/Borderlands style floating around for a while, but seeing someone exploring the process is really interesting. Outlining all thise features in black must be an absolute nightmare, though… Lots of gorgeous pics in this article.

Legend of the Five Rings – History @ Roll to Save Like the author of this article, I picked up a fair few of my favourite RPGs from Glasgow back in the day. Got some of my earlier World of Darkness books from Glasgow’s branch of Ottakers. This is a really nice (and long) article that mixes the personal history of the author and the publishing history of L5R. It made for an interesting read. I should probably follow this blog. You know, fellow Scot and all that?

Primaris Astartes: First Wave @ Hive Fleet Charybdis  I love the AoS Warscrolls. They have such a nice, simple format that makes things as easy as possible. I love that the author is playing with this format and bringing 40K units and armies into the AoS rules. AoS is more fun anyways!

The traveling GM kit @ Strange Vistas  This is a nice, practical idea. It totally makes sense to have an RPG/GM “Go-Bag”. I think that a lot of this stuff features in my own bag, but I tend to go heavier on books than I really need to. I think the author is right to points out that we don’t necessarily need many books to run a game if proper prep is done.

Feeling positive about Necrons @ Fun, Family and More Hello fellow Overlord! Glad to see more people getting into the newcrons, just like me. I totally agree that Army Painter dip can be bloody messy! Looking forward to seeing more ‘Crons.

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This week on NoRerolls, we’ve had a wee chat about Kingmaking in board games. Spoilers: it can be pretty frustrating.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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