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 Necromunda: Ash Wastes – The latest Necromunda expansion, Ash Wastes looks a lot of fun. It’s the first that we’ve really had a significant foray beyond the confines of the Hive City. With that freedom and exploration also comes vehicle combat:
The set is pricey at £180 retail, but it’s damn nice. The terrain, slightly Ewok-ish though it may be, is really nice and I love the hangs, vehicles and beasties that are included in the set. A really tempting proposition!
2022 Big Box edition of Carcassonne released by Hans Im Gluck – I don’t often buy ‘big box’ editions of games. I don’t really need expansions for most games. Carcassonne isn’t really an exception to this. I don’t think Carcassonne is generally helped by expansions. Simplicity is what I love most about the game. That said, do I own a Carcassonne big box? Well, yeah…
It’s a nice set, and I do like the options. Some people also like adding a few more features, and I can appreciate that urge. I also really love the cover of this latest edition of the Big Box. It’s so much cooler than the usual mashing-up of box covers, showing the art from the game itself. Really cool.
Green Ronin releases 5E sourcebook for their Blue Rose campaign setting – Blue Rose was first put out in 2005 by Green Ronin. This romantic-fantasy game was based on the D20 system, so it’s not a huge surprise that we’re now seeing a 5E edition. Natural evolution, I suppose.
This actually came out a wee while ago, but it’s only now making it into my preferred retail channels, so it’s new to me!. I don’t know a huge amount about this game, but I appreciate any different take on the fantasy genre. Sword & Sorcery is brilliant, but not all games need to fit this particular genre, y’know?
The Town of Grexdale 3D-printable terrain up on Kickstarter – Yet another really great set of 3D-printable terrain on Kickstarter. There are so many of these sets, but I always like when small publishers push out interesting stuff.
I really liked this publisher’s previous Kickstarter for their Spiritdale range. In all honesty, I actually much prefer their Spiritdale stuff, but that’s just because that range was a little more unique. The Grexdale stuff is a great range and definitely worth a look to any 3D printing fan. Nice, big buildings, here!
UFO Press releases their Shattered City RPG – I do like fantasy art with a bit of chonk to it, so this cover grabbed my attention. After looking into the game a little, it kept my attention. The PDF has been out for some time, but the physical copies seem to be arriving now.
There’s a lot here that ticks some major boxes for me. First of all, the collaborative process of building and defining a city. That’s one of my favourite parts of the Dresden Files RPG. The core idea, of this being about a city under occupation, is also one that I adore. This just seems really cool.
Blog Posts & Articles
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
ARMY ON PARADE – KRULEBOYZ @ Woehammer – Orruks! Gotsta love ’em. Gotsta. Some good progress here on a Kruleboyz army. I really love the pop of those yellow details against the darker colours on these minis. Pop! Looking forward to seeing more of these dudes.
Slaine: Kiss My Axe! Starter Set Review @ The Sentry Box – I’ve previously shown some interest in this release, and it’s great to see sets starting to appear in the wild. I’ll be honest, I am in the author’s second classification of humanity, but I’m keen to learn! These minis do look great, and the review definitely whets one’s appetite…
15/25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge @ Azazel’s Bitz Box – Yeah, this is a nice wee bit of terrain. The Battlefield in a Box range has been around for a good while but has never quite caught my full attention. Azazel seems to be working his way through the range with a series of reviews. This’d look good as terrain for my Soulblight Gravelords, I reckon.
Painted Blightlord Terminators @ The Bovine overlord – First of all, I love the Blighlord Terminator miniatures. Second, I love ‘different’, non-typical colour schemes. These minis look great in red, which is not a colour in which you often see them. The green also really pops. It stands out and totally draws the eye. Yeah, damn cool, these!
What’s Next for the Blog; and Vale, Gates of Antares @ Plastic Craic – Plastic Craic continues to be a perennial favourite blog; always insightful and entertaining. The author is taking a short break, but leaves with some thoughts on, among other things, Beyond the Gates of Antares. I maintain that this is a terrible name for a game, but meh, who cares? It’s not a game I’ve ever been especially interested in and it has Mantic-worthy levels of inconsistency in miniature quality. There are some really cool models in that line and a lot of real stinkers. I never knew much about the rules though, so it’s interesting to read about the potentially-prohibitive levels of crunch in there. Whatever the case, it’s always a pity to see a game getting killed off in front of us.
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Catch ya’ll next week!