5 on Friday 04/03/22

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 Eldar Codex for Warhammer 40,000 – The new Eldar (Aeldari? Feh…) codex is a hotly anticipated one for fans of the pointy-eared space-elves of the 41st millennium. Yes indeedy! The biggest surprise for me is the size of the thing. The girth! It looks to be a weighty tome with a lot of content:

Let’s just take a moment to admire the cover art, too. Gorgeous, innit? Games Workshop has been doing well with their Codex cover this edition, and they really hit it out of the park with this one. The early reviews have been pretty promising and the army does seem like a lot of fun. For me, the most interesting proposition is still either a Harlequin force or a Wraith-based one.

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Soulmuppet releases physical edition of their RPG, Orbital Blues –

Orbital Blues is a rules-light (this is a big plus for me!), lo-fi game of cowboys in space. In describing itself tonally, it invokes the titles of Cowboy Bebop, Firefly, and Guardians of the Galaxy. I love the idea of a gig-economy-based RPG in a run-down sci-fi setting. This is potentially very cool:

If those words sound familiar to long-time readers, its because I’ve written them before, last year, when I linked to the PDF edition of the game. Now the physical copies are making their way to UK retailers, and it’s pretty tempting. I like the heft of a physical book, and I love the idea and the art style being used here, so maybe it’s something I can look into…

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Mantic launches Kickstarter campaign for their Umbrella Academy board gameI do like me some Umbrella Academy. This time last week, I flagged up the preview that Mantic had released for their UA game and, this week, it’s time to link to the Kickstarter for it.

Now, let’s just skip over the fact that I don’t think Mantic (or Queen Games, or CMON) is a company that should be using Kickstarter, and that Kickstarter as a platform is just awful and owned by garbage people! Yes, that’s important, but I don’t want to write 2,000 words on the matter. The game looks decent. The miniatures look fantastic. It’s worth a look.

Kickstarter campaign on the go for Pirate Borg RPG – I’ve mentioned before my interest in Mörk Borg. I can’t claim to know a lot about the game, but the visual tone has really intrigued me. Now, there’s a pirate version incoming!

The production values in this book seem pretty good, and as with Mörk Borg I really like the visual style they’ve gone for. The player-facing rules sound like they’ll help with engagement, as I’m not sure that it’s all that interesting to sit and wait for a GM to spend ages rolling a bunch of dice. The promise of naval combat is also interesting.

USAopoly releases an oversized, Critical-Role-themed D20 – Right. Okay. Give me a second…

Let’s start positively. It’s a big dice with a nice, clear font. There is something satisfying about a big dice. The chonk! The clatter as it hits the table! Yeah!

Now, I can understand that people like Critical Role. There are a few actual play shows that I really love. What I don’t get is the sheer amount of hype that goes along with the show. I like that they are putting out their own books about their setting as it’s clearly what their fans want. That’s great! Well done! I don’t like the Wizards of the Coast are publishing book about their setting. Accessories like this are a bit of fun, and that’s cool as well. I do like the object. I think it’s telling though that it’s being published by USAopoly though. They are, along with Steve Jackson Games, one of the premier purveyors of tabletop shovelware.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

Explanations are Needed @ Scent of a Gamer  I’ll actually be writing my own post about this topic in the coming week. Suffice it to say that I’m pretty disappointed in the whole situation around the Speedpaints. First, there’s the product itself. It just doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, as highlighted by posts like this. The second is how it was received by the community before release – again as discussed here. The third is the irresponsible early reviews by many who either did not discover the glaring flaws in the product or, worse, omitted or downplayed them.

Going 4-1 with Bonesplitterz and Kragnos @ Plastic Craic I’m having a lot of fun with Kragnos at the moment. I had a really good game with him last night where he and ironjawz absolutely dominated. I’ve long liked the idea of Bonesplitterz, so it might be fun to try something like this. The list is useful, but the writer’s explanation of the reasoning behind it and of how he used it is actually all the more valuable. The rundown of the various games played was also really fun to read. I have £60 in store credit sitting that might find its way to some Boarboyz…

Tabletop Gaming and Social Media @ Kevin with a K This is just a really nice story about the writer and his father. I worked with my own dad when I was younger and there’s something special about it. Thanks for sharing this story.

Fembruary 2022 Round Up @ Convert or Die – This is a cool selection of miniatures for #Fembruary. My favourites are the Battle Sister, the Chaos Warriors, and the woodland witch with the feathery wings. All the minis look great! I did a couple of Fembruary miniatures, myself.

Undaunted: Normandy coming to Steam Early Access @ Dude! Take your turn! Hey, I mentioned this game last week! Undaunted is one of several wargames about which I am decidedly curious. The deckbuilding mechanism is a particularly potent selling point for me. I’ll need to check it out on Steam!

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On No Rerolls this week, I shared a hobby update from the previous week. I also finished some miniatures! First were some Frostgrave miniatures, and then some Troggoths. Satisfying! I’m also going to link my army planning post from the previous week again, just because I’m pretty proud of it!

Catch ya’ll next week!


  1. Thanks for the mention!

    One small correction, though. Undaunted is put out by Osprey Games, not GMT.

    I know, I’m such a GMT fanboy that it’s surprising that it’s not GMT, but it isn’t. 🙂


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