5 on Friday 11/06/21

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 Redemptionists for Necromunda’s House Cawdor – The Redemptionists, with all their fiery faith and fiery… fire, were one of my favourite elements of the old Necromunda range. Now, they are properly back and carry much, much less of a KKK vibe:

The problem is that everything in the new Necromunda range looks great. I’d like to pick one or two gangs and really commit with both the basic gang and these cool expansion boxes. And the book, of course! Cawdor are worth considering, as are those lovely new Delaques and the lovely ladies of House Escher. So much awesomeness!

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Chaosium releases new supplement, Does Love Forgive?, for Call of Cthulhu – Chaosium has been consistently hitting it out of the park with this 7th edition of Call of Cthulhu. The production values and attention to detail that they have shown has been really great. They’ve also been trying different things, like their range of solo-play adventures. Now, with this little anthology, Chaosium are putting out two player (1 player, 1 GM) adventures:

It’s a nice idea. I like the idea of a quite intimate game, with one person playing and the other running it. I don’t think it’s quite for me, as I like the social aspects of a larger group, but I can appreciate the concept. The anthology consists of two adventures. I like the simple hooks for each as they are described over at DriveThruRPG, but I assume in the typical Call of Cthulhu style that there will be a lot more going on beneath the surface. Yeah, a cool idea.

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Portal Games releases Moloch expansion for 51st State – The Complete Master Set ofr 51st State is a game that I picked up a while back, but slid down my priority list for a bit. Then lockdown. So, yeah, it’s still sitting unplayed. I know, shut up. I’ll get to it. Despite not having really gotten into it yet, this expansion caught my attention for a very specific reason:

Whereas in the core game each player works to build their new country after the collapse of the world that was, Moloch brings in an interesting, new element. It creates a semi-cooperative experience as players band together to fight off the malevolent machines of Moloch. I like alliteration. Deal with it. I also like the idea of this being semi-cooperative, with players still ultimately independent, but still having to work together to overcome specific threats.

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Renegade releases Rivals, a Vampire: the Masquerade card game –  Our Vampire campaign is on hold at the moment. This is a pity as I was really loving it and it was my first time in years playing Vampire as an actual player, rather than as the GM/Storyteller.  The storyteller in this campaign did a great job of making the World of Darkness feel dangerous and he’s really good at building politics into his game – a crucial part of any VtM story.  Given the Vampire was my first RPG and remains one of my absolute favourites, this card game caught my attention when I saw it on Kickstarter:

Now, I know there is already a Vampire card game, but I’ve never played The Eternal Struggle.  I also generally like Renegade and am enthused by the artwork and production quality that I’m seeing.  I’m didn’t back the Kickstarter, but I’m keen to take a look now that it’s making its way to general release at retail.

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Evil Hat and Gay Spaceship Games releases Thirsty Sword Lesbians on DriveThruRPG – another reimplementation of the wonderful Apocalypse World system, Thirsty Sword Lesbians promises not only the requisite sword fighting, but also quick zingers and top quality firting. Truly, what more can one ask for?

An LGBT-focused title, Thirsty Sword Lesbians aims to celebrate the “love, power, and existence of queer people”. I’ve not read the book yet, but I’ve had a flip through the workbooks, which come in the form of interactive PDFs. I particularly liked the workbooks for The Infamous and The Trickster.

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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:

The End of the Road for the Cellar Dwellers..? @ SP’s Projects Blog  I daresay that a lot of gaming groups and clubs will find themselves in hard times following the lockdown(s). It’s sad to read of the challenges faced by these guys. What drew me to this power is a happier thing, though. Look at that Necromunda setup! So tall! What a great finale that must have been to their campaign!

Blades in the Dark: A Different Kind of Fiddly @ Faith, Fiction & Fatherhood This is a review from a blog that I generally enjoy and, when it comes to reviews, really trust. Blades in the Dark is one of those games that I like the look of, but which I’ve long been intrigued by. This is an interesting review that comes to a really useful conclusion that acts as both a warning and, I feel, a challenge.

Painted Kustom Boosta-Blasta @ The Bovine Overlord  I love Ork vehicles. I wasn’t really paying attention when these buggies came out, but they look really cool. This is just a nice little pictorial post in which the author shares his work. Looks goo,d thanks for sharing!

What Do I Know About First Impressions? Achtung! Cthulhu (2D20) @ What Do I Know? – Another first impressions article about Achtung Cthulhu!, a game that I am very keen to pick up when it comes out. This is a long, quite thorough read. As with other such posts, the conclusion that this might just be the best implementation of the 2D20 system is exciting.

Our first outing of Stargrave @ Roll a One I just love the visuals of this post. Great models, well painted. A nice set of cardboard terrain. It’s this sort of thing that really pushes you to want to try the game. I see that a lot with Osprey games. There’s some good links to some miniatures that I may also follow up on…

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This week on No Rerolls, I had a look at a couple of Traveller-themed Bundles of Holding, then shared some recent painting contest entries from my local games club.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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