5 on Friday 20/08/21

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 edition of Kill Team – I do like skirmish games. Army-based games are satisfying in their scale, but there’s something about dealing with individual models that also really appeals. I enjoyed the previous edition of Kill Team very much. It was with interest then that I followed the news of the new edition:

This looks to be quite different, so I’m keen to delve into the book and really see how it works. The set itself looks great, with lots of great, Orky scenery and some cool minis. Lots of people seem particularly excited about the new Imperial Guard miniatures, but the Death Korps has never really been an aesthetic that gets me all that excited. Needless to say, I’ve preordered this.

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Whatever Asmodee imprint is dealing with Catan these days releases insanely priced 3D edition of Catan – Hah! Ha ha! Hahahahahaha hahahah ahaahahaha ahahaha hahahah hahahahaha hah! Hahahaha:

I think that… no, no… hahahahahahahah. haha. ha. Okay, alright, for the low, low price of three hundred… hah! Hahahaha. Ha. Ha ha. No, I give up.

Witch & Craft Games releases Project: ZERO Public Playtest on DriveThruRPG – So, in a classic example of why not to judge a book by its cover, I was pleasantly surprised to crack open this PDF and find a really well-presented little book with a few nice pieces of art. The game also has a pretty cool setting that does intrigue me, based on the description on DTPRG.

I’ve not had much of a chance to really delve in yet, but it’s always cool to play something before it is properly released, and to get to provide feedback to help improve the final product. The five adventures in the book should keep you going for a good few sessions, too!

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Pandasaurus Games has best name and is taking preorders for Dinosaur World –  Let’s start by just saying how cool this box art is. Gorgeous:

I don’t have many worker placement games and this one looks a lot of fun. I also love the theme. I mean, it’s basically letting you run your own version of Jurassic Park. This is the first board game in a while that I’ve really, really wanted to buy. I’ll be watching out for it reaching UK stores and I look forward to trying to straddle that line between profitability and not letting dinosaurs eat my park guests.

Hachette launces new magazine series, Warhammer 40,000: Imperium – Following on their previous offerings (Warhammer 40,000: Conquest and Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Mortal Realms), Hachette are putting out yet another subscription magazine with miniatures. This one is another 40K offering and is called Imperium:

So, the core of this set will be Space Marines (again) and Necrons. Makes sense. Crusade focused on the two starter set armies from 8th edition, so it’s hardly surprising that Imperium should do the same for 9th edition. There’s also some Ad Mech and Battle Sisters, along with some terrain. Worth a look if you’re a new player or are looking to start or expand one of these armies. I did consider signing up, but I’ve got enough Necrons and I really don’t want the rest of the stuff. There’s just too much I want to do in Age of Sigmar!

Blog Posts & Articles

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

That Jazz Craze & Harlem Unbound: Review and Keeper Advice @ Mindlands  Harlem Unbound is a supplement for Call of Cthulhu. It’s one of several really well-produced books for the latest edition of this classic RPG. It’s not one of the ones that has appealed to me enough to pick it up, so it’s cool, tempting, and financially dangerous for me read reviews like this one. This is long, detailed, and makes the whole thing sound really appealing!

Five Ways of Getting Started in RPGs…FOR FREE! @ Roll to Save Some good routes into the hobby here. It’s great how many really great games have free versions of their rules out ther,e isn’t it? The highlights for me would probably be Vampire: the Masquerade and Call of Cthulhu. I like the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, but it’s just everywhere and it’s nice to see other options.

Hobby Madness @ Kuribo’s Painting This is an interesting post. I like the discussion of the comic book industry and other hobbies like card collecting. I think it’s reassuring that, whatever gripes we may have about our hobby, the grass is not always greener and it helps to have a bit of perspective.

Darklight Huntsmen @ Request Reinforcements – Ah, the start of a new Stormcast Eternals force! This mini looks really cool with the big, imposing wolf towering behind the Stormcast. It’ll be really cool if this theme carries through the rest of the force. Will need to keep an eye out for the next progress update!

Kenton Kilgore’s Fighting Tigers of Veda @ Scratch That Well, what’s this? The fighting Tigers of Veda! I remember these guys from back in the easy 2000s. Had no idea that the chap behind them was still around and still posting in a blog. This article gives a potter history of the Vedas and shares some really nice miniatures from the army. Thanks for bringing this back to my attention. Of course, I’d be remiss if I did not actually like the Fighting Tiger blog itself. You should visit that, too.

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This week on No Rerolls, I shared some thoughts on new editions of RPGs and the interesting way that Call of Cthulhu deals with new editions. I also shared the Beasts of Nurgle that I made recently. I’m pretty chuffed with them, pals!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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