5 on Friday(ish) 08/10/21

It’s Friday (Okay, it’s Saturday, but I feel asleep!), 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 Wrath of Angels for Aeronautica Imperialis – The content of this box was previewed earlier this year when Games Workshop ran their Warhammer Fest event. I remember back in the day that Aeronautica Imperialis was a game made by Forgeworld. There were a ton of resin miniatures for it, and I was quite impressed by the Tau ones in particular. Now, it’s a plastic game, which is better. It’s also a lot more polished, which is nice. Thus far, the new edition of the games has some miniatures from the Imperial Navy, Astra Militarus, Ork, and T’au factions. This latest box contains flyers for the Space Marines and the Eldar:

From what I understand, the Eldar promise to be a speedy, maneuverable faction, which is very fitting. I love the miniatures for the eldar flyers, which are almost as cool as their old Battlefleet Gothic ships. The Space Marine flyers are, of course, satisfying chunky and contrast really well with Eldar, which I think is actually a really good thing when they’re together in a box like this. I imagine that the Stormtalons are, at this scale, a lot less of a pain in the arse to put together as well! So will I be picking this up? Nah. Although the miniatures are lovely, I just find it hard to really care all that much about the actual game.

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Modiphius releases Nebula of Mirrors campaign for the Infinity RPG – It’s a Modiphius RPG, so of course I’m interested. i also really do like the Infinity setting and picked up a few of the books from a friend last year. Now, hey, there’s a new campaign:

Mercenaries, shadowy intelligence operations and ruthless corporate interests ensure a healthy dose of intrigue in this campaign. I love some intrigue in my campaigns, so this is a big plus! I’ve yet to play this, just like most of my other Modiphius games, so I’ll be holding off on picking this up until I see if it gets any traction with local players, but it’s still very, very appealing.

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GM’s screen being released for Cyberpunk Red This seems late. The core book and starter set have both been out for so long. This just seems late:

Yeah, it’s a GM’s screen. Not much to say. It’s been on DTRPG for quite a while, but it’s only now making its way into retail channels.

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Czech Games Edition releases a new edition (Relaunch) of Galaxy Trucker –  Galaxy Trucker. Hm. Galaxy Trucker. Hmmmm. Galaxy… Trucker. Yeah. Okay, so, right, Galaxy Trucker. Right. So, I kind of like this game. At least, I kind of like half of it. I guess there’s a new edition coming?

Galaxy Trucker was an early game for me, and one which I was really keen to pick up. Sure enough, once it arrived I got it to the table quickly (I really miss those days) and had an absolute blast racing against other players to build somewhat ramshackle ships with one arm pinned behind my back. Just to be clear, I absolutely love this part of the game. And then the ships launch…

…And, my God, it’s tedious from here on out. You’ve built your ship, and that was a lot of fun, but then the second half just sees you playing card after card, with each one representing something that happens to your ship in its journey. Note the phrasing. I say “something that happens to your ship”, not “choices you have made” or anything that really incorporates player agency or choice. I mean, sure, I get that your choices were in your ship design and now you’re basically stress testing it, but it’s still dull. Dull, dull, painfully dull.

I dunno, it’s frustrating to go from this great, frantic round of building your ship to… nothing. Sit back and watch. Let the game play itself. Nah, not fun. This game does get brought out quite often, still, largely because I really love building ships, but it hits me as a new disappointment every time we get into space.

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Wizards of the Coast releases new Minsc and Boo book on DriveThruRPG – Minsc and Boo stand ready! Brought to life in the original Baldur’s Gate video game, Misc and Boo have long been firm fan favourites. Now, they are being suitable celebrated with a new book that was quietly released by Wizards of the Coast:

This book is stuffed with cities, monsters, patrons, villains and henchmen. I’ll need to take a look and see if there’s anything I want to grab, here!

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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:

New Models, New Desk @ Musk’s Miniatures  Not a huge amount to say on this one. It’s got a nice wee roundup on what’s going on with the author and sees the beginnings of a new hobby space. I really like seeing people’s hobby spaces, so I’m keen to see a followup showing this desk once the author has fully moved in and occupied it.

Taking a Break @ Plastic Craic Regular readers of 5 on Friday will know that Plastic Craic is one of my favourite blogs and is a big reason that I now have Gloomspite Gitz, Sons of Behemat, Ironjawz, Kruleboyz and am eyeing up some Beastclaw Raiders… Actually, maybe it’s a good thing that they’re taking a break. It might give my wallet some much-needed respite… Hope things pick up for you!

Back to the Primitive – Part 1 @ Convert or Die Orruks! Great to see some savage bois getting some nice painting treatment. I liked these minis when they first came out and they’ve held up really well. It’s pity their rules have not… But hey ho, it’s still great to see some getting painted up.

Oh what a night! @ Dice and Bolter – As lockdowns subside and the world begins to return to some semblence of ‘normal’, it’s great to see lots of lcoal gaming clubs return and share all the cool stuff they’re up to. Some cool tables in this one!

Arkham Horror: Third Edition @ Spalanz I played this new edition of Arkham Horror back when it came out. I enjoyed it, but I’ve never gone back to it due to lockdown. I’d kind of forgotten that it existed, to be honest… This post is a nice wee overview of the game that reminds of why I did enjoy it, and prompts me to try and get it back to the table this year.

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This week, it’s been pretty quiet. I still have some unfinished posts, but just haven’t finished them. I’m also heading away this week, so there probably won’t be anything, even a 5 on Friday. Or there may be. Who knows?

Catch ya’ll when I get back!

3 Comments

  1. Cheers for the shout out! I’m really enjoying painting the Savage Orcs, in fact I’ve got a few more on the desk as we speak. I have heard a few people saying they’ve had a bit of a panning in the latest rules but knowing me by the time I’ve got around to painting an army’s worth of them we’ll be a few editions further on and who knows what the rules will look like by then! 😆

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  2. Thanks for the link, I didn’t think that was my best blog post ever, but I did buy a new desk and some new models and I promise I will put all the paints and tools I can fit on the desk. I’m not sure how much painting I’ll get done, but I do want to chip away and when the restrictions lessen play some games.

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