5 on Friday 28/05/21

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:

Games Workshop releases new Adeptus Mechanicus Codex for Warhammer 40,000 – The Adeptus Mechanicus remains one of the most visually interesting armies in 40K. They’re great. Like, really great. I love their troops, their vehicles, their leaders. It’s all good. I did try to get going with an army of them the other year, but I just didn’t build any momentum. I’d like to go back to them at some point, but with a much different list, more focused on the really cool stuff in the book. Speaking of ‘the book’, here’s the latest version of it:

I’ve read some reviews of the book and I’m looking forward to it. I will return to this army at some point, once at least one of my current projects are finished. I’d like to focus on the many, many mobile units that the army has, including their striders, their riders and their copters. That wave of miniatures from Psychic Awakening really redefined the army.

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USAopoly releases Harry Potxcdvkjlxvcxkjnv meh – It’s Muchkin with Harry Potter pictures on it:

Spoilers: It’s crap. Now go buy it via my affiliate links. I am your financial dominatrix, apparently.

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  • Amazon (previous, ‘Deluxe’ edition)

Mongoose releases Paranoia supplement, March of the Infrared, on DTRPG –This latest Mongoose edition of Paranoia continues to really interest me. In terms of physical boxes, books, and decks, I’ve been something of a completionist. I’ve grabbed them all, including the newest stuff that came out quite recently. What I’ve not picked up are the PDF-only products. One such product has just been released:

There’s not a lot of information about what’s actually in the book. It’s a mission book, so it’s a little, self-contained adventure. That’s always welcome. I do feel that a bit more information would better encourage me to consider purchasing the PDF. As it is, I just don’t know what I’m getting.

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Um, Actually… home edition currently on Kickstarter – Okay, so it’s been a while since Collegehumo(u)r (the irony of combining higher education with the obvious typo in their title is one of their better jokes) was actually funny, but I do quite like their Um, Actually… series. It’s a nice twist on the classic gameshow format. Now, there’s a home game coming to us via the slightly dubious magic of Kickstarter:

What appeals to me about the home game, aside from some pretty decent production values, is that it’s not just a straight trivia game. A trivia game is not a game. It’s a quiz. I love games that put a spin on this sort of thing. It’s why I love Wits and Wagers, where it’s less about answering correctly, and more about betting on the answers of other players. I just think that the format, as presented in the show, has the potential to make the Um, Actually… game a really interesting and fun experience.

Modiphius releases Five Parsecs From Home on DTRPG – Hmmm, there’s a couple of things here. First of all, this books looks to be very well produced and presented. It also promises a lot of rules, systems and tables that should help to develop interesting, engaging and, most importantly, narrative games. It’s also, and this unusual, a solo miniature wargame:

I don’t know if solo gaming is for me. What I love about the hobby is the social aspect. It’s a big part of what draws me into the hobby and it’s why I don’t really play any solo board games. I tried a couple, but I just wasn’t invested, you know? That said, this should definitely fill a niche that I know exists. Solo games are really popular and there are a ton of board games that are either designed for solo play, or can be played that way. The book, for what it is, is quite large, and there appears to be a lot of content, including what seems to be a pretty significant campaign.

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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:

Roll20 Review – Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft @ Eric Watson  A very thorough review of the newest 5E offering from Wizards of the Coast. Mine arrived last week, but I’ve too busy to crack it open. This review really has me itching to get to it. I hope that’s what the itching is… Oh dear…

Warhammer 40,000 Codex Adeptus Mechanicus Review | 9th Edition @ Sprues & Brews Another review. This is a nice and, again, thorough look at the AdMech book for the current edition of Warhammer 40,000. Given how much I do love this army, I found myself smiling through a lot of this review. I also agree with the author that it sounds like the card will be a must-buy item for anyone looking to play this army effectively!

Turnip28: The Fungal Lords @ Hive Fleet Charybdis  Right, ok. So, I had not heard of Turnip28 before. What drew me to this article was, naturally, all of the pretty pictures. Let’s deal with those first. I love the weird miniatures that the author has produced here. They are full of character from the concepts, to the poses, to the paintjobs. They look great! I also did a little bit of reading about Turnip28 and I now need to go and find out more…

Online Gaming vs. In Person Gaming @ JM Hauser  I’d move all my play online too if I were trying to play on a table that was quite such a mess… Yeah, ok, this is an article that takes a very different view to myself of online vs in-person play. I can understand and sympathise with a lot of what the author is saying, but my biggest problem with games like Dungeons & Dragons when we rely heavily on miniatures and maps is that it is a board game. Rules-as-written, D&D is a board game. Online play on a virtual tabletop seems to exacerbate this. It doesn’t have to, of course. I’ve have games of Vampire online that are just as fluid and dynamic as my offline games. But D&D becomes a board game. That said, I can’t argue with the author’s view that there are definite advantages to online play.

Kragnos: Buffs and Synergy, and Overall Verdict @ Plastic Craic This is something I was a little worried about when Kragnos was revealed. The miniature is fantastic, and the warscroll is… well, it’s pretty long. This article explore the possible synergies that Kragnos can find with the various forces of destruction. It doesn’t make for particularly promising reading. That is, I worry about how useful the model will be.

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This has been a quiet week on NoRerolls, as is often the case during busy weeks at work. I’ve got a half-finished board games article that I’m hoping to finish off this weekend.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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