5 on Friday 17/09/21

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 releases the new Orruk Warclans Battletome – Another week, another solid greenskin release from Games Workshop. This time, it’s for their better game, too! Yep, it’s the new Orruk Warclans Battletone for Age of Sigmar:

I’ve ordered mine. The book still has the Ironjawz and Bonesplittas in it, but it now also includes the Kruleboyz. These are the somewhat soggier orruks that were introduced in the Dominion set. Having just bought an Ironjawz army from a friend, I can put this to work right away. It’ll be a while until I get around to doing anything with the pile of Kruleboyz from my Dominion boxes. Looking forward to really diving into this one.

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Wizards of the Coast releases The Wild Beyond The Witchlight, a new Feywild adventure for D&D 5E – 5E releases rumble on with good content and great production values. I’ll be honest that every time a new book comes out that isn’t Planescape, Spelljammer, Dark Sun or more Eberron, I do find myself a little disappointed, but less so on this occasion. This one actually looks really cool:

Longtime readers will know they I love, love, love anything Fey-based. I am deeply invested in that particular branch of folklore and love seeing it applied in different settings, whether fantasy or modern. I’ve not seen much in the way of sci-fi fey… That’d be interesting. This book is an adventure that promises to bring bucketloads of industrial-grade whimsy to 5E. I will be all over it, and not just because I’m a hopeless completionist with these books.

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NQ Workshop releases My Very First Set, a themed set of RPG dice, aimed at kids Dice! Yeah, I used to post a lot of dice, but I got bored of it. These ones are pretty cool, though:

I really like the colours used, and I especially like that each dice uses a different one. The images are also really nice. One thing that really needs mentioned, and this is not always the case with Q Workshop dice, is that these are actually pretty clear and easy to read. That’s really crucial, given the fact that these are targeted at kids. Yeah, a really nice set.

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Onyx Path releases their second edition of Mummy: the Curse –  Onyx Path was the best thing to happen to the Chronicles (nee New World) of Darkness series. They took a range that was already pretty good and expanded it. Eventually, they refined it into a second edition. They’ve been working their way through the various game lines. Being quite niche, and with the first edition of Mummy not being that old, it’s unsurprising that the second edition is one of the later ones to be released.

Each of the Chronicles of Darkness games has it’s own theme. Mummy seems to be that of identity. Once, a long time ago, you were human, but bound for eternity to the service of your god. You continue to rise from the grave to serve him, striking down his enemies and hunting for artifacts. As you do so, you try to piece together the fragments of who you are, of the self that you have lost. Interesting, innit?

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Mantic taking preorders for the third edition of Deadzone – I had the first edition of deadzone but never really got into it. I never played second edition, but having read the rulebook, it seemed a better system. This third edition doesn’t appear to be much of a departure from the previous edition, but it does gather together lots of stuff from errata, updates and FAQs, along with other refinements. Evolution rather then revolution.

The set itself looks good. The terrain is decent, if a little bit bland. The miniatures are cool. The only thing is, for the amount in it, the price does seem just a little steep. I do really like Mantic’s Veer-Myn models, though…

Blog Posts & Articles

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

Kruel and Unusual – Part 2 @ Convert of Die  More completed Kruleboyz! The Killaboss is looking pretty great and I’m still really digging those yellow shields. I’m really looking forward to when the author gets around to the Shaman. That’s my favourite mini from the Dominion set.

New Orruk Warclans Battletome 2021 Review – Age of Sigmar 3rd Edition @ Sprues & Brews I like this review. I like that it covers everything, but stays quite concise. I like the insight into the warscrolls. I like the Path to Glory section a lot. Most of all, I feel like it helps me to justify buying Gobsrakk, which I inevitably will once I get around to this army.

What Do I Know About Reviews? Southlands Players Guide (5E OGL) @ What Do I Know? I do love me some Kobold Press. They consistently put out just the best third party material for 5E. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of folk who have made good 5E content, but they are just so consistent. That’s important. The new Southlands stuff looks great. Like, really great. The Worldbook and Players Guide are both out soon. This is a great, thorough overview of the Players Guide, which really doesn’t help me resist buying these books.

Aspects of the Pokemon Trading Card Game I Enjoy @ In Third Person – The Pokemon Trading Card Game means pretty much nothing to me. I tried it once or twice when it first came out, but haven’t touched it since. That said, I like article like this, where someone who does care. I can read just about anything if it’s reflective of a real passion on the part of the writer. This made for a good read.

Kitbashing Warhammer 40k Grey Knights, Size Comparison – WIP @ Bay Area 40,000 Primaris-sized Grey Knights? Yes, please. It was so disappointing that the new Grey Knights book came and went without any scaled-up marines. Such a waste. Great to see someone fixing this, at least for themselves!

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This week, I have been mostly thinking about how to corrupt some Stormcast Eternals. Those have been nice thoughts.

Catch ya’ll next week!


  1. Cheers once again for the shout out. As it happens the shaman is one of my favourites as well – I got as far as assembling him the other day so expect to see him sooner or later. 🙂


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