5 on Friday 09/04/21

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 Warhammer Quest: Cursed City – another month, another big box from Games Workshop. That sad, unlike the last big box (Kill Team: Pariah Nexus) I have no hesitation in recommending this one. Cursed City is the latest incarnation of Warhammer Quest and, much like Blackstone Fortress, Games Workshop have pushed the boat out on this one:

I loved Blackstone Fortress. It had great minis, but it was also just a damn good game. This is based on the same system, so I’m confident that I’m in for a great time. The miniatures are also even better than those in Blackstone Fortress, but that might be just down to my own bias. I’ve always preferred the aesthetic of Warhammer Fantasy and Age of Sigmar over 40K. Also, this is coming in just before the new Vampire (Soulblight) Age of Sigmar army, so there’s some cool theming going in the Mortal Realms!

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Chaosium releases Malleus Monstrorum, a bestiary set for Call of Cthulhu – The second Call of Cthulhu boxed set in as many weeks! And I’ve preordered them both… I’ve spoken loads about how much I love RPG bestiaries. You know the drill, what with bitesize chunks of lore perfect for a good read on the toilet.

I actually cannot wait to get my hands on this set. It looks gorgeous and promises over 250 entries. As someone who has read some of the most well known of Lovecraft’s stories, but have not read widely within the mythos. There’s a lot for me to discover in here, and I am pumped for it.

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Infinite Black releases Elder Dice Supernova Collection – Not a huge amount to say about this one. They’re dice sets. They’re nice dice sets. I actually really like the presentation here:

I find the middle set the most appealing in term of dice, but that one on the right had a very pretty box. As these gift sets go, the prices seem quite reasonable. Not bad wee sets, all in all, but I’m not big on fancy dice sets, generally.

Modiphius releases PDF edition of their Dune roleplaying game on DriveThruRPG – A classic of sci-fi literature, Dune is a property that is beloved by many. That’s why I was happy to hear that it was Modiphius who had picked up the license to produce a roleplaying game based on the franchise. I’d trust them with just about any property, sure in the knowledge that they’d produce something special.

The game is based on Modiphius’ established and well-received in-house system, 2D20. Someone on one my Discord servers has been given the PDF and had an initial flip through yesterday. He was blown away by the artwork and the general presentation of the book. It being a Modiphius book, I can’t say I was surprised.

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Into Wonderland: A Feywild Setting Book for 5E released on the DM’s Guild – I’m constantly impressed by homebrew and small/individual publishers and the quality that they can put out. The beautiful cover art caught my attention and it sounded a lot of fun!

The book is full of content, with new subclasses and races, spells and locations, but it’s not even this that I’m enjoying as I read through it. I’m just enjoying the actual readthrough and the obvious care and love that’s gone into this book. I love all thing fae-related, so I am loving this. It’s pay what you want, but I do recommend chucking the author at least a tenner.

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Blog Posts & Articles

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

Super Speed Painting @ Deathzap  Grimy, crusty, wonderfully Nurglish. Using the rust effect like this was a cool idea and the miniatures look great. Very fitting to the theme!

Stargrave Town: Mos Xcellent @ Sho3box As someone (im)patiently waiting for the release of Stagrave, this is a great post. It’s such a simple little settlement, but it looks great. I’ll be posting soon about some stuff I’m hoping to do with a few of the Osprey games, and this is such an inspiring post when thinking about that.

Can I Create a Fully Sandbox Call of Cthulhu Campaign? @ KMC Writes  Some good thoughts on running horror games, balanced with giving players the freedom of a sandbox experience. It’s an interesting read. I don’t know that I’d be so confident in giving a lot of freedom in a horror game, largely because I like to have quite a set structure to my horror games. I can definitely appreciate someone who can create that atmosphere on the fly, though!

A Billion Suns – The Start Of Something New @ Steinberg Shed Space  Some more Osprey. Can you tell I’ve been looking for Osprey posts as I start to really explore their wargame range? It’s cool to see the wee ships painted up. I like the idea of having the different battlegrounds and summoning ships into the fight, trying to balance what you’re committing to the fights versus still making a profit.

Comparison of Eureka, Copplestone, Warlord, Mirliton, and Pig Iron Miniatures @ I Dream of Minis I find these size comparison pictures really useful. Again, with my recent interest in Osprey’s games, I’m looking at a wide range – indeed, multiple ranges – of miniatures and it’s really handy to have a good idea of how they compare to one-another. Thanks!

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This week on NoRerolls, we’ve had a second look at alternative C’Tan miniatures and have share some more of my favourite video games!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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