5 on Friday 07/05/21

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:

Pegasus Spiele releases Talisman Adventures Roleplaying Game – The PDF of this book kind of popped up unexpectedly towards the end of 2020. I usually have some idea of upcoming releases based on Games Workshop properties. This must mean that either it’s not really been hyped, or that my apathy towards Talisman led me to largely ignore it. So, yeah, there’s a Talisman RPG, it seems. Now, it’s not only available in PDF, but also as a physical book.

The book contains both a player’s handbook and GM’s guide, along with character sheets and a starting adventure. Dicewise, it uses a tri of D6. I’ve heard a lot of discussion on 3D6 systems recently, with some people liking them and other not so keen. I’ve only ever played one such game (a Dragon Age one shot) and, with it being new to me, I was more focused on picking up the basics than really getting into any deep analysis of the merits of the system. So, yeah, Talisman has an RPG now. Okay.

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USAopoly releases a Critical Role-themed edition of Munchkin – I didn’t realise the USAopoly had started pumping out Munchkin games. It makes sense. Munchkin is shovelware and “The Op” are the kings of shovelware. So, yeah, here’s another Munchkin game based on a bland property:

I mean, I get that people like Critical Role. That’s fine, the show is alright. I’m not quite sure why Wizards of the Coast are putting out supplements that are essentially fanfiction for the show, but whatever. I guess I actually think that Munchkin, the bland and generic card game is actually a pretty good match for this bland and generic setting. “Oh, but it has the Vestiges of Divergence, so it’s not generic!” Lol, piss off. It’s fine.

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Weird Age Games releases Hard Wired Island on DriveThruRPG – As is often the case with these bigger books on DriveThruRPG, the artwork of this book caught my attention. There are so many wonderfully talended artists just churning out a huge amount of really amazing work for roleplaying games at the moment. That’s what brought Hard Wired Island to my attention:

In terms of content, we’re promised a cool, retrofuture cyberpunk experience. There’s not much detail about the core system here, but the game does promise rules to dead with wealth, cybernetics and a flexible approach to mission prep. This seems really well-presented, but I worry that it will get lost in the sheer number of sci-fi and cyberpunk RPGs and campaign settings that have sprouted up in recent months. I really hope this doesn’t happen and that it finds a good playerbase.

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Halcyon Miniatures launches Kickstarter campaign for Neo-Gothic heavy infantry sci-fi miniatures – A scrappy presentation with simple, slightly amateurish photos? Could this be that rarest of beasts? A tabletop Kickstarter that is not just a preorder campaign? What a treat!

The miniatures are fantastic, especially the characters. There’s a storng 40K-esque look to most of them and they’d be great in an Inquisition force or Kill Team. They’d also make good minis for a sci-fi RPG or sci-fi skirmish games like Stargrave or Rogue Stars. Worth a look, at least.

Catalyst releases Power Plays supplement for Shadowrun – The latest supplement for the sixth edition of Shadowrun is full of updates and new lore on the mega-corporations of the setting. It’s crucial that you, as a runner, know a lot about these organisations. You’ll likely be working for them anyway; that or you’ll be working against them.

I’m still getting to grips with the setting, so I don’t have much to say at the moment on this book that will be almost entirely lore and fluff. I do like lore-centric books, but not really being fully immersed in the setting means that it’s hard to really comment on the value of the book. I need to catch up on my Shadowrun reading…

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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:

For a fistfull of NPC’s @ J’ai Un Planning Chargé…  My interest in Osprey’s various wargames continues to burn brightly. That drew my attention to this post with a selection of lovely miniatures for one of these games, Dracula’s America. It’s great to see someone diving into these games, especially when they share lots of pretty, pretty pictures.

Stargrave: Dead or Alive – Under a Blood Red Sky @ Sho3box This is a cool rundown of a Dead or Alive session. The writeup is well done and entertaining and the pictures are gorgeous. Thanks a lot for sharing this!

Top 3 Warcry Warbands in AOS…and a List! @ Plastic Craic  I like the idea of this post. I thought it was cool when the various Warcry warbands appeared in the Slaves to Darkness book, so it’s nice to get a breakdown of the highlights. The attached list also seems fun, if a tad (okay, a lot) spammy!

A mage in progress @ Eloth’s Endeavours  Oh, I love the bronze and the purple. This is just a nice, short post about painting a Space Marine Librarian. Some of the author’s thoughts are shared, along with a picture of the model in progress. A nice post.

Warhammer Hobby Update- April 2021 @ Here be Dragons I like the cool, technical/shooty theme that the author’s Cities of Sigmar will have. I always liked the engineer side of the old Empire army, so it’s cool to see it here. Sky Dwarfs are cool too, but just not quite as much. I love the blue on them, though.

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This week on NoRerolls, I’ve posted a nice, wee hobby update for April and shared some painting contest entries from our local gaming club.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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