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 a Warhammer Underworlds: Nethermaze – Harrowdeep and the Rivals format rekindled my interest in Warhammer Underworlds. This upcoming Nethermaze set has combined that interest with some truly great models to create a pretty irresistible package:
The set of models I am particularly excited about is the Skaven warband. I mean, just look at these chaps!
Gorgeous, innit? These are really special models, and I’m excited to see them built and hit the table. I don’t say painted, because, well, my progress tends to be a bit slow! It’s been a long time since I last played Underworlds, so I’m arranging a reintroduction game at the local club.
5E Pets supplement, Can We Keep It?, up on Kickstarter – Pets! Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of adding lots of extra creatures, NPCs and the like to D&D. I like simplicity and they tend to add a lot of clutter. That said, I have friends who would love this book:
There seems to be a lot of content here, with over 50 pets that can be tamed and used in your games. There are also new rules to add some depth to the relationship between pet and master, such as morale and maintenance. There’s also an adventure here for the discerning pet owner.
Iconoclasts campaign for Delta Green now available on DriveThruRPG – Delta Green is a fascinating game, or at least a fascinating setting. Presenting a modern take on the Cthulhu mythos, the range does a fantastic job of developing a truly threatening environment for players. Iconoclasts is a new campaign for Delta Green.
I’m sure the campaign is great, but what I want to comment on is something else; something that this game and Call of Cthulhu both do really well. In addition to the book itself, the download comes with a ton of handouts. This will help to really set the scene for your players and help to run an engaging game.
GMT Games releases a new edition of their 1848: Australia board game – Oh, GMT Games… How I love thee, but how rarely you get onto my table. I’ve still got a stack of unplayed GMT Games titles on my shelf. Despite this, they continue to have the temerity – the nerve – to continue to put out interesting and appealing games. Truly shocking behaviour.
This is really interesting as it’s all about building railways, running them, and profiting from them. It’s like Ticket to Ride, all grown up. I should specify that I know this game is nothing like Ticket to Ride mechanically, and it has a lot more complexity to it, but thematically it feels like an evolution. I like that idea.
Iron Kingdoms: Requiem now available on DriveThruRPG – As much as Privateer Press seems to have dropped the ball since the release of the third editions of their wargames, Warmachine and Hordes, they have a decent setting on their hands. I love several of the factions and the nature of the world. I really like that one of my favourite species in the game, the Trollbloods, is featured right there on the cover:
It’s nice to see Privateer Press do more RPG material, as I’ve enjoyed previous editions of Iron Kingdoms, and I do enjoy the setting. I don’t know that I’d have a group for this game, but I’m still tempted to pick it up. I know the art will be amazing as well.
Blog Posts & Articles
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Warscroll Statistics @ Woehammer – Interesting. These files are definitely interesting, giving an expanded view of the attack potential and resilience of the units they cover. Of course, there’s more to the picture than these stats, but it’s a great starting point for weighing up your options when building your lists.
It isn’t OCD @ Pile of Dice – As I suggested in a previous post when discussing ADHD and my work with neurodiverse individuals, I get quite annoyed by the misrepresentation of serious conditions. This post really chimes with me and I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with the author.
What do you think this mini is supposed to be? @ Grumpy Gnome – I really like conversions. I like taking a stock miniature and changing it up, really making it your own. The author of this post took a plain, stock soldier miniature and properly kitted it out. There’s so much personality on display here.
Grant’s Top 10 Wargames of 2021! @ The Players’ Aid – An interesting list. Having not picked up many board games recently, let alone wargames, I’ve not tried any of these titles. Of the listed games, there are a few that I find particularly interesting. I love the specificity of Soldiers in Postmen’s Uniforms, which is about an assault on a Polish Post Office at the start of the Second World War. It’s just such an interesting scenario. With my love of card-driven games, Red Flag Over Paris: 1871, The Rise and Fall of the Paris Commune also really appeals to me. That it promises to be a short, punchy wargame is also a huge plus. I’m also really interested to look into their top game, which I won’t list here. Suffice to say that it covers a historical event about which I really don’t have much knowledge. It would be interesting to learn more.
More Witch Hunters @ The Immortal Frequentist – Wonderful, characterful miniatures. Well painted and well presented, and supplied with some good commentary, this article is a wee delight.
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Catch ya’ll next week!