5 on Friday 30/04/21

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:

Catalyst releases Street Wyrd supplement for Shadowrun – This Shadowrun supplement has actually been out since February in PDF form and it’s probably been available physically in the US for a little while, but that’s it finally making its way to UK retail. So, yeah, 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!

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Into the Feywild, a little bestiary of fey critters for 5E, is up on Kickstarter – By now, y’all will be well aware how much I love Fey/Fae in fiction and roleplaying games. The grace, the beauty, the danger… it just works for me, y’know? This is a Kickstarter campaign for a small, fey-themed bestiary:

Art looks good, content seems cool, theme is on point. Honestly, my biggest complaint, and the reason that I would not back this for a physical copy is that there’s just now enough in there! 33 pages? I want more, fam. Moooore!

Detroit by Night supplement for Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition released via Storytellers Vault – The ‘by Night’ series of official sourcebooks are pretty cool. In PDF format, I have most of them. Physically, I’ve got a few different editions of Chicago by Night, Milwaukee by Night, and Berlin by Night. Of the others, the one I find most interesting is probably Mexico City by night, mostly because it covers a Sabbat city rather than a Camarilla or Anarch one. Now, a short Detroit by Night supplement is available on the Storytellers Vault:

As I said, at a mere 15 pages, this is a short supplement. It contains the absolute basics of establishing a city setting for Vampire: the Masquerade or the World of Darkness, more generally. There’s a list of NPCs, a wee history of the Sabbat presence in the city (woo!), some locations, and some tips for running stories in the city. It sounds like a good starting point, if a tad short.

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Osprey Games releases their new wargame, Stargrave – Frostgrave was probably one of the biggest successes in Osprey’s relatively recent line of wargames. It garnered a pretty impressive following and spawned a number of supplements and a pretty decent miniatures line from North Star Military Figures. Now, Joseph McCullough and Osprey are releasing the sci-fi followup, Stargrave:

I got the email this morning that my preorder has shipped. I did consider backing the “Nickstarter” over at North Star to get the new miniatures as well, but I’ve got enough miniatures on the painting table at the moment, so it felt like I’d just be flooding myself with plastic. I daresay I’ll pick some up at some point. The game looks to be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to my book arriving and getting a chance to really tear into it.

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Mongoose Publishing releases Paranoia: Project Infinite Hole – oooh, I’ve only resisted purchasing this because of the recent Call of Cthulhu releases which have drained my hobby funds. I’ve picked up everything so far from this latest Mongoose edition of Paranoia and although I appreciate the less polished feel of second edition, I do love it all. So hey, I’m a sucker for a new boxed set:

Themed around the research and development department of Alpha Complex, this looks a lot of fun. R&D has long been one of the best bits of Paranoia, creating interesting, fun, madcap, dangerous, and downright deadly devices. Paranoia is not a game that I like to play online, so I’m really keen to get a few games of this in as soon as we’re allowed to meet up in person again.

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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:

Gamma Wolves – What, Another New Game? @ Steinberg Shed Space  I’m a big fan of Ash Barker. I think his Guerrilla Miniature Games channel produces some of the best wargaming content out there just now. I also really liked his last miniature game for Osprey, Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse. This would be why I’m quite keen to take a look at his latest offering, Gamma Wolves. And, hey, lookie here! A blog that I really like just happens to be exploring it. Time to live vicariously! The miniatures that the author has picked up to use with the game are pretty cool. Will be following this pretty closely.

Out from the Badlands – Nomads in Cyberpunk Red @ The King’s Square Having picked up Cyberpunk Red a little while ago, this is a cool writeup of the Nomads. I like the comparisons to Mad Max, the importance put on the car, and the actual background info, like the Nomads coming from the aftermath of The Collapse. This article is a good primer on this particular group from the Dark Future,

Prot’s Necron History, and a New-cron Project @ Prot’s War in the Warp  Necrons! I do like Necrons. Clearly. I mean, Clearly. That said, I’m new to the faction and I don’t have the sort of history with the ‘Crons that this author does. This is a nice history, both of the range and the author’s personal experience with it. There are also some cool pics of painted minis – always a winner for me.

Roswell ’98: The Cult of Roswell @ Wyrd Stones & Tackle Zones  I love the purple and green. The combination makes the green skin of the aliens pop with a lovely vibrancy. I also really like how the brightness of the characters contrasts so starkly with the duller colours of the vehicles. Beautiful minis with lots of gorgeous pictures!

My Experience Revisiting An Old Hobby – Warhammer 40,000 @ Small Courage This is a nice personal history post, with a nice wee moral at the end. There’s a concise rundown of the game as well. It all makes for a good, enjoyable read.

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This week on NoRerolls, I’ve shared the third post in a series on my favourite videogames. There may be another one or two posts in this series. I’m not sure yet. I also shared my second post on our new Traveller Campaign. There won’t be one of these next week as I had to cancel this week’s session. I’m looking forward to getting back into it next week! Finally, I also shared some thoughts on the supposed upcoming expansion of the World of Darkness into film and TV.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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