5 on Friday 14/01/22

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 new codex for Warhammer 40K’s Genestealer Cults army – I do have a soft spot for the Genestealer Cults.  I like the idea of the alien hybrids, the construction/mining theme, and the whole vibe of the cult.  Now, GW are releasing their 9th edition Codex:

The review looks pretty promising and I’ve ordered my copy. I have plans to start a little cult of my own, and I actually picked up my first set of minis (the GSC hald of the Shadow Throne boxed set) from a friend last night. Hype!

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Lookout Games releases Big Box edition of Caverna Cave vs Cave – Caverna, the game of cave farmers is a wonderful worker placement game that, As I suggested recently, I need to get back on my table. Cave vs Cave is a smaller, 2-player edition of the game. Now, Lookout Games is releasing a Big Box edition of this version of the game:

Yeah, it’s a good worker placement game and the first expansion, all stuffed into the one box. If you really like worker placement games and reckon that this is for you, then it might be worth picking up the base and expansion together like this. More options mean more fun for real worker placement junkies.

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Mongoose releases Third Imperium supplement for Traveller on DriveThruRPGI feel that Mongoose has been doing a good job with Traveller. They continue to put out good book, both physically and in digital form. A recent addition to the range is The Third Imperium, a supplement about the titular political power and terrotory:

The 240 pages of this book are stuffed with content. it promises a wealth of background information, along with playable content like ships, equipment, and the like. Oh, and there’s a map. Maps are cool.

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Hasbro releases new edition of Heroquest – The original Heroquest is considered a classic and it holds a special place in many a heart. The thing is, it’s been out of production for some time, goes for a decent amount on the secondary market (when complete) and is, let’s face it, a bit dated. Not, responding to the wishes of legions of fans, Hasbro is releasing a new edition of the game under the Avalon Hill banner:

The new game seems pretty well-produced. I really like the approach they took with the miniatures. They’re better than the old ones; more detailed, but keeping the same feel and definitely not being overly elaborate or overproduced. The thing is, and this will be a selling point for plenty of people, it’s still Heroquest. And, yeah, Heroquest is fine, but if we’re really, truly honest with ourselves, it’s quite dated. Other games have come along and improved the format. People will still love it, but for me, £100 is a lot of money to revisit these particular memories. I’m sure there are plenty of people who will heartily disagree with me on that.

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Forgeworld releases miniature for Jaghatai Khan, Primarch of the White Scars – Forgeworld have, over the past few years, been releasing miniatures for each of the Space Marine legion Primarchs for their Horus Heresy game. It’s been kind of a big deal, with these legendary characters finally being made into tangible miniatures. Yes, yes, I know some had their own models back in the day, but most did not. Now, they are onto their final Primarch, Jaghatai Khan of the White Scars:

Having recently read Scars, a Horus Heresy book about the Khan’s legion, this is pretty cool. I think his miniature is spot on and really captures his personality. I also think he might be my favourite of the Primarch models.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

Your Kragnos Lists – Plus The January List Building Challenge @ Plastic Craic  I actually used Kragnos for the first time last night. He killed Archaon. That was fun. It’s cool to see the sorts of lists that others are coming up with for him. Of particular interest are the Ogor tribes, and particularly those heavy in Beastclaw units!

Punching Nazis – A Review of Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 Quickstart @ Rolling Boxcars Achtung Cthulhu’s latest edition – using Modiphius’ 2D20 system – looks pretty damn good. I’ve actually got the books sitting here, but haven’t really tried to find a group yet. The Quickstart has a good rundown of the rules along with a ready-made scenario. With a narrow focus on giving you only what you need to immediately get to the table, this seems like a very limited and specific product, albeit one that does – from this review – sound pretty good.

Genestealer Cults Reductus Saboteur @ Hrrk! Just a wee picture sharing post, showing the new miniature for the Genestealer Cults that was released in the Shadow Throne Boxed set. This mini looks fantastic. Also, I do have a specific interest, here…

Top Three AOS Lists from Atomic Age of Sigmar @ Woehammer – I like posts like this. I’m trying to get better at Age of Sigmar, so learning about list construction, good combinations, and how to use a list well once it’s written is always appealing. It’s also nice to see the Bonereapers win something!

2021 Retrospective and 2022 Plans @ Fort Syllabub Another type of post I like is the end-of-year retrospective. This is a fun one, with lots of progress with painting and a reasonably healthy attitude towards buying and painting minis. Thanks for sharing!

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On No Rerolls this week, I’ve thought about a new Genestealer Cults project and shared some progress on my Sons of Behemat. I’ve also added a gallery page for the Sons.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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