5 on Friday 04/06/21

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 Kragnos for Age of Sigmar – Destruction, as a faction, has felt like the red-headed stepchild of Age of Sigmar for some time. I like a lot of the forces that make up Destruction, but there’s never really been much in the way of new stuff. They just never really got the same attention as the other factions. Now, with the introduction of Kragnos, things might just start to change:

So, let’s start with the positive. Kragnos is gorgeous. He’s a big boy, and he’s really, really cool. The problem is how useful he’ll be. Little synergy with existing Destruction forces and a huge point cost well beyond that which you’d expect for his power and utility mean that he just isn’t quite… right. He’d make an amazing centrepiece, and he might be fun to play with, but I just don’t see how he’ll be particularly effective.

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Fate Fantastic Creatures now available at DriveThruRPG – FATE! Love it! This is a third party supplement for Evil Hat’s wonderful narrative adventure engine that promises to provide the avid reader with a ton of new and classic creatures:

Now, you know me and my love of a good bestiary. The DTRPG preview isn’t great as it only really shows the content page. I’d have liked to see an example creature and some art to really encourage me to pick up the book. I like that it seems that this book had some cool, original creatures, and there are some nice adventure hooks. It might go well with games along the same line as Monster of the Week, albeit with FATE instead of Apocalypse World as the base system. Worth a watch.

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Snarling Badger releases Reign in Hell on Wargame Vault – There seems to be a fair bit of buzz about this game, so I’ve gone ahead and ordered it via Print of Demand. Frustratingly, they’ve just fixed a few errors which will not have been done in time for my copy. Bah.

Warband-level skirmish game? That usually works well for me. Demons? Cool. This does tick a few important boxes for me. What appeals most is the amount of cool Demon miniatures that you can find online, giving a lot of choice for what you can use in your games. I’m going to have a good flip through when my copy arrives.

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Green Stuff World releases cardboard letter packs – It’s just a sheet of letters cut out from hard carboard. Pretty simple, right? Yeah, it is, but it’s effective:

If you’re looking to make signs and whatnot for your games then these could be really useful. I’d like to do a board for Stargrave at some point, or maybe Reality’s Edge, so these could be really handy for labelling bard, shops and the like.

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Mongoose releases another Solomani Adventure for Traveller on DriveThruRPG – Hey, hey, it’s more Traveller. Mongoose has been putting out a huge amount of content for their latest edition of this venerable RPG. They put out their sourcebook on the Solomani Front some time ago and have now started on the adventures to accompany it. Here’s the second one:

As much as I love my Traveller books, I just haven’t been picking up adventures for it. These do seem like fun, with maps, world descriptions, and a new vehicle included. I might pick up the main Solomani Front book and see if I want to expand from there…

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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:

WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex (D&D Monster Manual 66) & Monster MAYhem ’21 Wrap-Up @ Azazel’s Bitz Box  There’s a load of cool monsters at the bottom of this post, but I really love the star of this article, the T-Rex. The miniature itself is gorgeous and the paintjob is really cool. I love tha gradiant from the back to the belly. It’s actually one of the best paintjobs I’ve seen from Azazel’s blog. Good stuff!

Mini-Review: A Rising Tide of Solo Adventures @ Refereeing and Reflection Solo roleplaying is not really my thing. That said, something I love about this hobby is the sheer amount of little niches and sub-interests and whatnot and the companies that cater to them. People enjoy solo roleplay and it’s great that they are given an outlet for that. This is also a good review of one such adventure, Alone Against the Tide. This post also flagged up to me the existence of the Miskatonic Repository. I did not know this was a thing. I do now.

AOS 3.0: Why I’m Glad The Priority Roll Is Staying @ Plastic Craic  I’m split on the priority roll. When I first started out with Age of Sigmar, I disliked it. I actually think the author of this post kind of hits the the nail on the head as to why that was. I wasn’t trying to think a turn ahead. I’m not saying that I’m great at this, but appreciating that more means that the double turn doesn’t perturb me in the same way that it did previously. A good read on a divisive topic within AoS.

A Tale of Sprues (and Brews) 2021 @ Sprues & Brews  I think that if the Sprues & Brews guys get buy-in on this and follow up on it with regular community updates, this could be really cool. Basically a big Tale of Gamers community thing. Yeah, could be cool!

May retrospective @ Spalanz As much as I don’t want a Bonereapers army, I do love the first three of the characters shown in that first picture. Actually, I like them all, but it’s the first three that I could use for my Necrons… Mine just wouldn’t be quite as well painted as those ones. The army is looking great! Also loving the grey-blue on those Battle Sisters, so wonderfully complemented by the classic red bolters.

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This week on No Rerolls, I’ve had a wee think about some of my ‘grail’ games and then shared my hobby progress for May.

Catch ya’ll next week!

2 Comments

    1. I’m intending to do such an article once I’ve read the book.

      Off the top of my head… Mantic, Frostgrave, and Heresy. A ton of 3D prints.

      Will likely find some more when I go a-lookin’.

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