5 on Friday 08/04/22

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 Age of Sigmar boxed set, Arena of Shades: Another in Games Workshop’s never-ending march of (admittedly pretty cool) boxed sets, this offering see the forces of the Nighthaunt face off against the Daughters of Khaine. Both are cool armies, even if not ones that I would collect myself.

So, it goes without saying that all of these miniatures are gorgeous. There’s not much in Age of Sigmar that isn’t great. Well, there’s the Lumineth. They’re pretty awful. But these are all beautiful. As is usual for these boxes, the majority of the models are not new. As usual, there is a new character for each of the two armies. I really love the Nighthaunt one. I could see myself using him as the basis of an Epidemius conversion for my Maggotkin. Unusually, there’s also a new unit in here for the Nighthaunt. They’re a cool, crossbow-armed units of ghosts. Nice to see some ranged stuff for the Death factions!

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Adventures in ADHD module for 5E currently on Kickstarter – The title of this one caught my attention – particularly given my own background of working a lot with neurodiverse individuals. I’m also a big fan of anything fey-based, so that angle roped me in as well. I’m always a bit wary of gaming products that are intended to ‘teach’ me something, and I often worry about the bias that comes with that. I’ve certainly attended a number of events, talks, and conferences on neurodiversity that have descended into agenda-pushing, the presenting of blatantly biased views, and fluffy pseudoscience. By stating from the start that this product is intended to teach the players about ADHD, I was immediately a bit wary.

I think this does come from a positive place. There’s not enough here to say if it comes from an appropriately unbiased or well-informed place, but given the presentation, I’d be willing to give this a chance. It does seem fun, and I definitely agree wholeheartedly with the author that there are a lot of symptoms of ADHD that aren’t as well-known or as well-understood as the more obvious ones by both the general population and those who actually exhibit ADHD. It’s interesting. it’s well presented. it might be worth a look.

Champions of Destruction supplement now available for the Soulbound RPGI love Age of Sigmar. You know this. Within Age of Sigmar, I particularly love the forces of Grand Alliance: Destruction. Of the four armies that make up the forces of Destruction, I have armies for three of them, and have enough unbuilt models of the fourth to complete the set in the future. This supplement brings these forces into the Age of Sigmar roleplaying game, Soulbound, as playable characters. That’s exciting.

DTRPG’s preview of the PDF includes the table of contents, so you can actually see everything that’s in there. Of the available Archetypes, here are ones I’d be most keen to play as:

  • Wurrgog Prophet – Manic Pixie Dream Orruk™
  • Boingrot Bounder – armoured squig-knight
  • Fungoid Cave Shaman – he’s a fun guy… cos, like, fungi… it sounds like… heh…
  • Icebrow Hunter – biggest game hunter and his pet kitty cats

There are loads more in here (over 20, anyway) and a ton of other content. I can’t say I really understand most of it, because I’ve yet to play Soulbound, so I’m not sure of the various systems. I’m delighted that my own favourite part of AoS is being represented now, though!

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Avatars of War releases a batch of new Goblin Characters – I really like Avatars of War, and it was their Orcs and Goblins that initially attracted me to them. Now, most of what I have is their Chaos stuff. It’s cool to see them returning to the Greenskins with an amazing selection of new Goblin bosses:

So, three of these I love, and the other two I like. The two regular goblin bosses are nice models. They’re cool, but they’re not really all that exciting, you know? The two forest goblin bosses are amazing. I love them. I absolutely love them. If and when I ever get around to my spider lads, I could see myself grabbing these. There’s not even a forest goblin boss option (at least an unmounted one) in the Gloomspite army, but I’d still grab them. Finally, the Goblin King is another great mini. If I ever do the Goblin Sky Pirates that I periodically threaten to do, he’ll be getting picked up as a proxy for Gotrek. Yeeeah!

Catalyst releases Emerald City setting book for Shadowrun – I’m a little behind now on my Shadowrun books. If and when I do get around to catching up, this book might take priority over some of the others. I like setting books, and I especially like city books.

Cities are living things, and I find them fascinating, both in the real world and in fiction. How they grow, develop, live, and breathe is and should be unique to each one. Specific to this setting, the idea of the newly-free city trying to walk a difficult balance is something that really appeals to me.

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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:

How to Smash Face with Big Waaagh!: List Tech @ Plastic Craic  Plastic Craic continues to be an alter at which to pray to the God of Destruction. This is a fun article that shares the author’s experiences and thoughts on the Big Waaagh, the combined force for the Orruk Warclans book. There’s a lot of advice here. Some, we’ve heard before. Yes, the Wurrgog Prophet is amazing. Other bits, I hadn’t considered. Oh, yes, that combination of Ironjawz teleportation, the Mirebrute Troggoth and the Fast ‘un mount traits is pretty damn cool. Yeah, a really fun article!

Tray 8 Complete @ Scent of a Gamer I continue to like this author’s tray system. I do need to give it a go. It might bring some order to my hobby life! I like that allows for variety as well as direction. I need that aspect in my hobby. Also, great work on the minis! I really liked the Cursed City stuff in particular.

My Wargaming Journey, a Brief Retrospective @ That 70s Game This is just a nice wee account of the author’s travels through the hobby. It’s nice to see people writing about some non-GW stuff, especially some games I really like. Malifaux is my favourite of the games he mentions, and it’s great to hear about people enjoying it. Thanks for sharing!

Monopoly Reimagined @ North Edinburgh News – This isn’t really a ‘gaming’ article, but it’s an interesting one about our society. I’d actually be more interested to see this plotted against house prices in Edinburgh or Glasgow. I feel it would be more relevant and actually challenge some complacent Scottish voters, having them perhaps consider voting one more than only one issue in every election…

Simulacrum through Cardboard: A Magical Adventure Through Autoethnography @ Made by Andrea A fun, thorough review of Potion Explosion. This game has been sitting on my shelf for about 2 games, but hasn’t been played yet. I really must make an effort to get it to the table, as this review has whet my appetite! Also, any review with lots of great pictures, like this one, is going to be a winner in my book.

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On No Rerolls this week, I posted about finishing up a batch of Brimstone Horrors, and a batch of Pink Horrors.

Between travelling and illness, it’s been a wee while since my last 5 on Friday. I’ve posted a fair bit since then, so let’s see what I’ve been up to:

Busy times! In between it all, I also started a TikTok account for some reason that i can’t immediately think of. Boredom?

Catch ya’ll next week!

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