5 on Friday 30/07/21

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 Necron Overlord as limited-time Made to Order – This particular Overlord miniature was to be an event-only model, but given that we’re living in the midst of the apocalypse, there haven’t been many gatherings. As such, Games Workshop are making him available for a limited time (order by this Sunday!):

Initially, I wasn’t a big fan of this miniature, but it’s grown on me. I like the pose. I like his hat. He’s decent. I’m not sure if I’m going to pick him up or not as I don’t know if I really need another Lord/Overlord. In terms of Lords on foot, I currently have the Indomitus Overlord and the classic Necron Lord. I am also keen to pick up some of the named characters, many of whom can also be used as Overlords as required. We’ll see if FOMO kicks in by Sunday…

Cubicle 7 releases the second edition of the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game – The timing on this, eh? Plastering Jodie Whittaker across the front of your bright, shiny new book, just as she annouces that she’s done with her role as The Doctor. Oh, well. I wasn’t aware that Cubicle 7 had this license at all, let alone that they were onto a second edition:

The game uses the Vortex system which is… well, I’ve never actually heard of it. It does promise to be fully compatible with the previous edition, which is always reassuring if you’ve bought into the various supplements and whatnot that tend to comprise these ranges. I stopped caring about Doctor Who some time ago, but I imagine this will be pretty cool to the remaining fans.

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Plaid Hat releases second edition of Summoner Wars – I have the first edition of this box and I love it. The game is quite simple, being a grid-based wargame where your units are represented by cards. It’s a cool concept and works really well. Now, Plaid Hat are putting out the second edition of this modern classic:

So, the Master set contains a good few armies, giving you a nice level of variety from the outset. Beyond this starting point, you can add either new armies, as represented by new decks or, if this follows the same pattern as first edition, expansion sets that build on existing decks. I really, truly, heartily recommend Summer Wars to anyone and everyone.

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Orbital Blues: A Space Western RPG launches on DriveThruRPG –  Hmm, this looks cool. I like these wee indie RPGs that pop up on DriveThruRPG, especially when they are well-presented and have unusual settings. This one fits the bill:

Weighing in at a pretty respectable 200 pages, Orbital Blues is a rules-light (this is a big plus for me!), lo-fi game of cowboys in space. In describing itself tonally, it invokes the titles of Cowboy Bebop, Firefly, and Guardians of the Galaxy. I love the idea of a gig-economy-based RPG in a run-down sci-fi setting. This is potentially very cool.

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Galeforce 9 releases play mat for their Dune board game – For many years, Dune was a grail game for a lot of people. The original edition was long out of print and the Herbert estate seemed reluctant to license another one. Hence why FFG put out their reskinned version, Rex. A couple of years ago, Galeforce 9 managed to get the license and rebuilt the game. It was pretty well received, and they’re now putting out accessories and expansions, including this cool mat:

There’s not a huge amount to say. It’s a mat. You roll it out and play on it. I like these sorts of accessories, but I don’t have any. The one that really tempts me is the one for Twilight Imperium 4. I think this would be a cool thing to have is Dune is a regular fixture in your game rotation.

Blog Posts & Articles

The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

Prot’s Necrons Showcase for 9th @ Prot 40K  Crons! I know there are a lot of issues around the Codex and power creep and blah blah blah, but I love the Necrons in this edition. The new miniatures are fantastic and I’ve really enjoyed painting them. This is a cool showcase of the author’s army, which is stunning. I particularly love his Hexmark Destroyer and, of course, his Void Dragon.

Star Wars Rebellion Box Set and The Rise of The Empire Expansion Set @ Holt Miniature Painting Another painting article (lots of these this week), but with a wee difference. This isn’t for a miniatures game, as such, but rather the fantastic board game, Star Wars: Rebellion, a perennial favourite of mine. I don’t think I’d have the patience to paint up the miniatures. There’s so many of them, and they’re going to stay pretty grey anyway… That said, these look great. I like that they are quite subtle, and that they’re grubby. I wouldn’t want to see shining, pristine ships in Star Wars. It should all look nice and used. Great Work.

PATH TO GLORY – TROGGOTHS @ WoeHammer  Hey, Troggoths! I’m working on those just now as well. Great to see someone else who loves them, too. I’ll be putting up my progress in a post soon. This author has gone with a cool, red theme. I love the idea of doing Path to Glory, but I’m not sure we’d get much buy-in up here. So yeah, cool writeup of the beginnings of a campaign, and lovely miniatures. Thanks a lot for sharing!

FIASCO! – Reign of Fire @ Papier und Spiele – Oh, Fiasco is great. A friend with whom I’ve played Fiasco a few times actually wrote a nice little article about it some time ago! Back on this article, it’s a cool writeup of a Fiasco session with 6 players (oh, you rebels!) which sounds like it was a lot of fun. It reads well, and I’d definitely recommend having a wee look, but no Fiasco writeup can ever be as interesting or engaging as the game is in the moment. This is a nice insight into the group’s experience.

Batch Painting Miniatures (Tips and Tutorial) @ Tangible Day There is some really solid advice in this post. Tip #5 is one that I struggle with. I keep biting off more than I can chew and find myself getting bogged down in big batches of miniatures. Even the 20 Boingrots that have been sitting nearly finished next to me for weeks are a little too much. Yeah, lots of sage wisdom here.

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This week on No Rerolls, I have returned from a break and shared some thoughts on my first game of the new edition of Age of Sigmar. Coming up soon are some pictures of my progress with my Troggoths for my Gloomspite Gitz!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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