5 on Friday 24/09/21

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 Gobsprakk, the Mouth of Mork – A third week of Greenskins? Hell yeah! Feels like GW have done Orktober a month early, doesn’t it? Following the release of the Orruk Warclans book last week, they are now releasing all the cool beasties for the army. The best of these, at least as far as I’m concerned, is Gobsprakk, the Mouth of Mork:

Although a tad pricey, this is a model that I will definitely be picking up. The Kruleboyz will be firmly on the slate once I clear a current project or two. This model will definitely feature in the army. I love that he’s a shaman. I like seeing big, prominant shaman leaders, rather than just fighty-killy combat bosses.

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Deathburg 3D printable terrain up on Kickstarter – my 3D printer has been languishing a bit. I probably need to do a bit of maintenance. Projects like this one make me want to go make the effort. I’ve long loved the idea of having a Mordehim-style board, and these STLs really fit the bill:

The highlights for me include the rickety tower of the Emmisair’s Lair, the ruins of the House of Secrets, and of cours,e the gorgeous Maggie’s House. This is a really stunning set of buildings.

Osprey releases Quarantine 37, a new supplement for Stargrave Quarantine 37 is the first supplement for Stargrave, the sci-fi followup to the hit fantasy miniatures game, Frostgrave. Stargrave was much anticipated as the release approached, but I’ve not seen quite as much coverage of it as I’d have expected. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places.

The book contains new soldier types, powers, backgrounds, beasties, and all-sorts. The main events are a couple of wee cooperative campaigns and a solo one. The cooperative ones sound good to me, but I can’t say I’m that into the idea of the solo. I just don’t see myself setting up a table and miniatures to play alone. I know there are plenty of people who love this type of play, though.

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Bianca Bickford releases 5E adventure, The Ember King, on the DM’s Guild –  This is the first in a series of 9 Feywild-themed adventures that have been uploaded to the DM’s Guild by a handful of authors:

They all tie in with the Domains of Delight supplement which expands on the Archfey who rule these domains. The series seems fun, and I’m intrigued by pretty much anything that brings the magic and wonder of the fey into my games!

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Modiphius releases Shackleton Expanse Campaign Guide for Star Trek Adventures – I’ve not played Star Trek Adventures. The game I signed up for a couple of year ago fell through before I’d got much farther than creating my Bajoran engineer. The books are pretty great, and it’s great to see that Modiphius are keeping them coming:

Focusing on a largely-unknown area of the Beta Quadrant, this book provides a sandbox style setting for your campaigns with new species, a 10-part adventure stradding the original series and Next Gen eras, loads of other bits of content and, perhaps most shocking of all, a Klingon/Federation jointly-run space station. That alone would make for a good jumping off points for all sorts of fun storylines.

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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:

Battletome Orruk Warclans: Bonesplitterz List Tech– Part 2 @ Plastic Craic  Plastic Craig is generally my go-to place for Destruction-themed AoS content. The author’s coverage of the previous Orruk Warclans book was what brought the blog to my attention, so I’m keen to see what he puts out this time, beginning with this interesting delve into the Savage Orruks of the Bonesplitterz.

Tray 7 Complete @ Scent of a Gamer This whole tray approach is clearly working for this author. They seem to get through a lot, and I think that approaching the whole thing in an organised way is definitely helping.

Mulling stuff over: Is this the golden age of fantasy wargaming? @ The Wizard’s Bookshelf This made for a really interesting read. I particularly liked the angle that Warhammer’s End Times kind of breathed a new life into the industry, albeit not necessarily by design. It’s not something I’d have considered, but it makes a lot of sense. I definitely agree that we’ve seen, via 3D printing and a more varied approach by established companies, a proliferation in new and different styles of miniatures that break away from old tropes and stereotypes. Yeah, I really enjoyed this post.

FANTASY AGE: Retrospective and Review @ …and a Brace of Pistols – I’ve only played the AGE system once, during an introductory game of the Dragon Age RPG. It was fine. I’ve not played it enough to really have a strong opinion on the game, but I certainly don’t remember disliking it. I feel that if you’re interested at all in this system, this post is worth a read. The author is generally positive about the game, but is also willing to point out plenty of flaws and make suggestions for what can be adapted by your group to make the game run better.

[V:tM] A Vampire: the Masquerade Watch List @ Malediction Dot Games Something I quite like about World of Darkness rulebooks is that they often had media suggestions. They gave you an idea of what media really encapsulates the feel of the game, at least as intended by the writers. This post replicates those recommendations. I feel that I’m pretty confident with how a game of Vampire should feel, but I’d definitely point a new player or (more importantly) a new storyteller to this post.

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This week, I have been following Games Workshop’s Gen Con reveals and having a wee think about why I’ve not been talking as much about board games of late.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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