5 on Friday 03/09/21

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 a new Warhammer artbook – Games Workshop consistently produces beautiful miniatures, but their fantastic aesthetic sense also extends to the extensive artwork they produce to flesh out the worlds that they create. I do like it when this artwork, usually pasted across books or boxes, is really given centre stage. That, of course, is the purpose of this book:

I suppose my only little issue is the combination of Age of Sigmar and classic Warhammer. I get that several characters and many units overlap between the two games, but I really want to see Age of Sigmar be its own thing, and help people focus less on the unfortunate circumstances around its beginnings.

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Boardcubator re-releases Project L board game – Let’s start with what actually drew to me to this game. It’s gorgeous. It’s such a nice, clean aesthetic that really appeals to me:

Project L is a Tetris-inspired game that came out a few years back. Now, it’s making its way back into stores, and that’s just great. I’m going to have to learn more about this game. Much like any fan of Starship Troopers, I do want to know more!.

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Atomic Mass Games releases Dormammu for Marvel Crisis Protocol – Crsis Protocol is a game that both appeals to me and does not. It has some really great miniatures, but I just don’t know that I could do them justice. There’s also the fact that I’m just the biggest Marvel fan and I don’t care about a lot of the characters. Oh, hey, here’s one that I don’t really care about:

Not, although I don’t care much for the character, I find the miniature really interesting. The core mini itself is… fine. What’s grabbing my interest is the surrounding bits and pieces. The scenic base, and specifically that fiery ring behind him, really screams “comic book” in a cool way. I like that effect, in the same way that I liked the scenic base on the Deadpool miniature that included the 3D “FWOOSH!” text. Yeah, this is pretty cool.

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Onyx Path releases new Chronicles of Darkness game, Deviant: the Renegades on DriveThruRPG –  Onyx Path has done such wonderful work with the Chronicles of Darkness line. They’ve taken the setting and system that White Wolf created and run with it. This includes the development of the second edition and introduction of Beast, a new Chronicles of Darkness game that came out a few years back. Now, they are releasing another new game, Deviant: the Renegades:

The game was funded through a Kickstarter campaign a couple of years ago. During the campaign, it was described thusly:

“In Deviant: The Renegades, players take on the characters of the Remade, human beings who have been transformed into something else through the action of human actors. No millennia-old curse, moon-spirit’s favor, or Supernal Watchtower changed the Remade into what they are; their state is the result of chanted spells, long surgeries, experimental treatments, bizarre accidents, or alchemical poisons. Their creators — Progenitors — have human faces; they are people who saw what lurks in the shadows of the world and wanted power for themselves. Many Remade — Devoted — still serve the conspiracies that changed them. The player characters are Renegades, Remade who have escaped the clutches of their creators… for now.”

I’m excited for this! I didn’t get in on the campaign because the postage costs for Onyx Path’s (amazing) books are pretty damn prohibitive to the UK. The print on demand price from DTRPG is actually pretty good, though. Yeah, this is going on the wishlist for now…

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Preorders begin for Renegade Game Studios’ new Transformers Roleplaying Game – See, this one’s probably not for me, but I know a lot of people who are going to all over this book and the range that undoubtedly spring up around it:

As much as I’m glad to see that the game is using art in line with the classic Transformers look, the store page at Renegade Game Studios’ website is a bit sparse on actual information. I’ll have to keep an eye out for some more info in the lead-up to the release.

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 Vurm-Tai’ campaign, a worldwide narrative event: 9-27 September 2021 @ NEON  This is cool. I like the concept of the campaign and the whole thing feels pretty well thought-out. The idea of a free city on the backs of a pair of godbeasts is a wonderful idea that really embraces the strangeness of Age of Sigmar as a setting.

5 games that fill niches Dungeons & Dragons can’t @ Pen, Paper & Keyboard As always, I am fully up for any article pushing games that are not D&D. The list is a mix of pretty standard choices and one or two less common ones. I was particularly happy to see someone pushing Stars Without Number, a good, underrated sci-fi RPG.

Sons of Behemat White Dwarf Update Part Two: The Lists @ Plastic Craic Part 2 to the part 1 that I linked last week, this goes beyond the Sons of Behemat rules in this month’s White Dwarf and looks at some potential army lists. The most interesting element of this article is the illustration of how minor tweaks to the setup of the army can make it play and feel quite different to another, even if the exact same models are used. Having played my first game with my own Sons of Behemat last night, this article comes along at a good time for me.

Reading Plans September 2021 @ Wordaholics Anonymous – So, there’s lots of cool black library stuff in here, and that’s great. I like the fiction that Games Workshop puts out. Well, most of it. The interesting non-BL item discussed is a book that’s been on my to-read list for a while, Clive Barker’s Weaveworld. Might be one on which to splurge an Audible token!

Kruel and Unusual – Part 1 @ Convert or Die Some nicely painted Kruleboyz. I mean, there’s not a huge amount to say, beyond appreciating the finished minis. The yellow goes well on the shields, too!

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This week on No Rerolls, I shared my hobby progress for August. This was probably the most productive month I’ve had in a long time. I managed to crank out a 2,000 point army in three weeks. Chuffed!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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