5 on Friday 01/10/21

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 Ork Hunta Rig for Warhammer 40,000 – How many weeks have I been talking about Ork/Orc/Orruk releases from Games Workshop? I don’t expect it to continue much longer, but it’s been a truly fantastic run! If this is the end, then at least the Hunta Rig means that I’m ending it in style:

The new Beastsnagga stuff for the Orks is all pretty fantastic, and I especially love that they have brought Squigs back into 40K in a big way. Squig should be in 40K. Squigs should be in Age of Sigmar. Squigs should also be in Malifaux, Dropzone Commander, Warmachine, Crisis Protocol, Dreadball, and Bolt Action. I just feel that we need more squigs. Also, you know, the whole model is really cool, but I just like to focus on the squig!

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Days of Wonder releases Play Pink set for Ticket to Ride – I own a lot of Ticket to Ride. I own too much Ticket to Ride. I don’t yet own the smaller games in the range, like the New York and London editions. This means I will likely buy yet more Ticket to Ride. The most recent Ticket to Ride stuff added to the Ticket to Ride range by the Ticket to Ride people is a charity-themed set of pink trains:

There’s not a huge amount to say here, really. Trains. Stations. A score marker. Pink. $2 to charity, which is pretty reasonable given the low RRP. yeah, nice wee set.

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Modiphius releases new edition of Achtung Cthulhu on DriveThruRPG Welcome back to the secret war, friends! Achting Cthulhu was the RPG that brought Lovecraftian horror into the already pretty horrific World War II. Now, Modiphius are releasing a new edition of the game:

The game uses the well-established 2D20 system, which is Modiphius’ in-house system of choice, so the rules will be pretty solid. The book will also be beautifully produced because… well… Modiphius! The book is a little smaller than I’d have hoped, reading the page count, but I hope they’ve managed to make it nice and content-dense. One to watch, most definitely.

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Raging Heroes to release Dark Fairytales range of 3D-printable miniatures –  Raging Heroes makes consistently awesome physical miniatures. I’ve got of their sci-fi stuff and I was impress with both the sculpts and the quality of the casting. They look fantastic. I’ve long been aware of their 3D-printable minis, but I’ve only occasionally taken a close look at them. This current offering looks pretty great:

The twisted fairy tales theme is quite topical RPG-wise, given the recent release of D&D’s Feywild book. I think you could do a really cool, twisted Fairytale-themed game and the miniatures would just really make it all the more special.

Grim Noir RPG released on DriveThruRPG – I like detective-y, mystery-ey roleplaying games. I think a good mystery gives a solid structure to a game, and that’s not something to be sniffed at, y’know? I’m also not above judging a book by its cover and this cover is, clearly, beautiful:

This is a GUMSHOE-based game, meaning that it’s been built specifically to facilitate this theme of mystery, in the same way as other GUMSHOE games, such as Trail of Cthulhu, Night’s Black Agents, Bubblegumshoe, and The Esoterrorists. There’s a link to a free example case on the DTRPG page, so check that out if you think this looks cool.

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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:

Raise your Game: Board game nights to help Dementia UK improve lives– Part 2 @ GeekNative  Aw, this is nice. Just a wee article about turning your board game night into a fundraiser for Dementia UK. I’d love to see if there’s enough interest in my remote, little corner of Scotland to run such an event.

3D Printing – Oh, THERE’S the rub! – 3d Printed Miniature Review @ The Hobby Sasquatch Yeah, I know that in any post of Facebook or Reddit that mentions GW or 3D printing, there immediately appears a huge mob of 3D-printing evangelists, but then articles like this come along. The author seems to have made the most of it, which is good, but I’ve found most prints that have any sort of slender components to be incredibly brittle and easily broken. But, you know, 3D printer go brrrrrr and all that…

Blyatsk Junction @ Trackside Picnic Yeah, this is a cool-sounding scenario. I really like the idea of Zona Alfa and I think that the idea of a Metro-centric scenario or campaign is pretty much perfect. The author is making really good progress on his terrain, here.

JOHN BLANCHE – A LIFE IN WARGAMES @ Woehammer – John Blance has had a huge influence over the worlds of Warhammer. His artistic style has been the creative lifeblood of the Warhammer aesthetic. This is a fun article that acts as a short profile of the man and his role in Games Workshop’s history.

What’s Old is New Again – A Review of Call of Cthulhu Classic @ Rolling Boxcars This is a solid review of the digital edition of the Kickstarter rewards for Call of Cthulhu Classic. The author has a much, much longer and deeper history with the game that I have, so it’s great to read a review from someone who has that real foundation, y’know?

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This week, it’s been pretty quiet. I have a couple of posts in progress, but have not had much time to finish them. Maybe next week? We’ll see!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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