5 on Friday 12/11/21

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 Warcry: Red Harvest boxed set – Warcry is a fantastic game. Last week I commented that I’d like to paint up some Bonesplittas for it. The thing is, I’d also like to paint up some Deepkin for it. And some Bonereapers. And some Gravelords. And some Blades of Khorne. You get the point. Warcry represents, like Kill Team, a great chance to just pick up a few minis that you like, but which you don’t necessarily want to grow to a full army. There are, of course, also a lot of really great miniatures designed specifically for Warcry. This new box is a great example of that:

The Darkoath Warband in this set is absolutely stunning. They’re great on their own and they certainly make me wish that Games Workshop would redo the old Marauder miniatures and release a proper Darkoath army. The spider dudes are also gorgeous, and I find their rules for AoS really interesting. The highlight of the box, though? Yeah, that terrain is stunning. Gief! Gief!

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Z-Man Games releases World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King-themed edition of Pandemic – Pandemic is a solid game. Ever since Z-Man was purchased by Asmodee, they’ve been putting out a fair few different versions. My initial reaction was to complain about shovelware but, after having a look, the versions released thus far actually look pretty fun and interesting. I particularly like the idea of this WoW-themed offering:

Lich King was peak WoW, and the story of Arthas was truly brilliant. It represents a time when Warcraft was really warcraft, without all the dimension-hopping, pocket timelines, planet-soul titans… It made sense. It was interesting. It was fun. Pandemic’s a good game, and I like the idea of the scourge being represented as the “plagues” of Pandemic. As much as I didn’t care about the Warcraft edition of Small World, this game actually looks worthwhile.

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Tales of Arcana, a 5E compendium of new playable races, released on DriveThruRPG So, I’m not actually a fan of flooding a game with too many character choices. We don’t need a million races and classes and subclasses for D&D. If people feel massively constrained by the options that one system offers, is it not worth exploring another system? Except most people just don’t really go beyond whatever they’ve seen on Critical Role or whatever… That said, it can be fun to find a cool, interesting race to play, and this book promises a fair few to choose from:

Over 200 fantasy races spread over just under 500 pages? That’s a lot of content for your $19. I know lots of people who will love this book. I myself am quite interested, as it’s almost like a player character bestiary, and I do love a good bestiary. One feature I really like is the promise of not only an illustration for each race, but an illustration of both the male and female of each. This is a cool addition that can really help to visualise your character.

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Greebo launches Kickstarter for new Chaos Dwarf team –  Greebo makes great alternative teams for Blood Bowl. They just do. They’re always stunning. They’re also a bit pricey, but the Kickstarters do give you a chance to get a bit of a discount. Their latest offering is a beautiful Chaos Dwarf team:

They harken back wonderfully to the style of the old Games Workshop Chaos Dwarfs. They have those beardy ringlets, that heavy armour, those sneaky Hobgoblins. Yeah, the set is really cool. I do wonder how Games Workshop’s set will look when they get around to them. Some of the GW teams, particularly the earlier plastic ones, are a bit bland, whilst other, usually more recent ones, are really cool.

Free League publishes a new edition of Twilight 2000 – Free League makes good books. Free League makes beautiful books. I really like Free League’s various offerings and it’s always cool to see something new, even if that something new is actually a reworking of something old:

Originally released by Game Designer’s Workshop in 1984, Twilight 2000 takes place in the aftermath of World War III. The Free League version will be the 4th edition of the game and will feature a very different ruleset. I’m not super familiar with the history of the game, but the simple fact of who has made this edition has caught my interest. One to watch.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

One Hour Skirmish – Europeans Vs Tribals @ Steinberg Shed Space  I can’t say that I have read or know anything about this book or these rules, but this is a great post about the writer’s experience with them. As always, I’m a sucker for nice pictures and that’s the main reason I’ve enjoyed this post. Lots of amazing pictures. Also, isn’t that water mat the best thing that came out of Dreadfleet?

Dungeonbowl for Christmas? @ Scent of a Gamer A Dungeonbowl Christmas? I can’t decide if this is a set I’d actually pick up or not. I like the idea of it, but I’m not getting many of my existing miniatures games to the table, let alone something new. Cool to see the leaked pages, though. The price seems okay, as well. I’m a little disappointed that it doesn’t look like there are battleforce sets coming this year. I hope this is not true. Even if you don’t buy a set, I like the idea of them and it’s fun to see what gets released and what ones are actually good deals with useful minis.

A Bumpy Ride On a Rehauled Railroad @ Refereeing and Reflection Ooooh, I am so close to canceling the preorder I’ve had for this on Zatu for months. Partially, it’s because I’m increasingly doubtful that Zatu is actually ever going to get copies, and partially because reviews like this one don’t fill me with confidence about the expensive set of books that I’m looking to buy. This is another really fantastic, wonderfully detailed review from Refereeing and Reflection. I feel like reading these reviews is always a bit of a time investment, but I always feel that they’re worthwhile. They’re my go-to source on Call of Cthulhu reviews.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar Warcry Red Harvest Unboxing and Review @ Sprues & Brews – Unlike the review above, this one does fill me with confidence for the product! Yeah, I’ll be ordering this one… Those terrain sprues look fantastic, and I love that all of the core rules are in here as well. A nice review with good, useful pics.

It’s Been Ages @ The Hobby Project Welcome back, man! This is a nice wee post of the writer’s projects over the pas wee while. I especially like those Kharadron Overlords (those ships are gorgeous…) and the Halfling team for Blood Bowl. Thanks for sharing!

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I maintained radio silence on here this week, so I’ve got nothing to share.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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