5 on Friday 13/05/22

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 army set for Warhammer 40,000’s Chaos Knights – Okay, this is a bloody nice set that is pretty sorely tempting. The thing is, I know I don’t use my existing 40K stuff, so it seems irresponsible and wasteful o buy more. It’s pretty, though… and I have a known penchant for large models

Seriously though, reading the reviews of the Codex, this seems like a fun force. Three of these boxes would give you pretty much all you need, with options for two different types of force; either one focused on fewer, larger knights, or on more wee guys. Great set.

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Wizards of the Coast releases 5E supplement, Monsters of the Multiverse – Yay, more bestiaries! I do love me bestiary, and the D&D ones have been consistently good in this edition. Well, actually, they’ve been consistently good over many editions. WotC know how to put together a big ol’ book of monsters.

This one is pretty weighty, offering over 250 different creatures. One of the big selling points is the consolidation of many of the previously-published races, bringing them into one book. I’m all in favour of this sort of streamlining. I’m a few books behind now in D&D. I think I’m still to pick up Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons and Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos. Gotsta catch up!

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Steamforged to release their newest Epic Encounters pack, Island of the Crab ArchonI can’t say, in all honesty, that I’m the biggest fan of Steamforged Games. I think they mostly put out licensed miniature shovelware. Occasionally they do something cool, though. Epic Encounters is one such range. A themed set of miniatures for your RPGs, with a particular focus on 5E. Their latest offering from this range appeals to me.

Glory to Blobdoolpoolp! The best RPG campaign I’ve played in heavy featured crabby themes thanks to the involvement of the dread Goddess, Blibdoolpoolp, so I have a real soft spot for all of these crabby-type beasties. I’ve liked all of the Epic Encounters sets, but this one is the most tempting one that they’ve put out!

Fey-themed 5E bestiary, Monsters of Feyland 2, up on Kickstarter – Another cool, wee bestiary. This is an independently-produced one that is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Y’all know my love of anything fey-themed, so this is definitely one to watch!

With over 100 monsters, spread out over 140 to 160 pages, this is a pretty decent size for an independent 5E supplement. The artwork in the previews seems really cool, and I love the fact that there’s some Alice in Wonderland-themed content in there. Yeah, I love a good bestiary…

Steve Jackson Games re-releases Discworld Also on DriveThruRPG – As mentioned, this is less of a release than a re-release. I actually have the old GURPS Discworld book. I don’t know that I’d play it, as it is still GURPS, which really counts against it. It’s a great book, though. It’s well-presented and full of really good content. It’s actually painful to day nice things about anything from Steve Jackson Games. Ugh. Anyway, Discworld Also is the supplement that was released. I don’t actually own this one, so the re-release has piqued my interest, at least somewhat:

Among the content added in the supplement, is the Lost Continent of XXXX (and, I hope, the infamous Bugarup University). The Last Continent was one of my first Discworld novels, so it’s appealing to re-live that through an RPG. There are also loads of career templates in there, which are really interesting. They include careers such as Sentient Animal, Agatean Tourist, Barbarian Hero Wannabe, Pictsie (woot!), Igor, and a Small God. A print-on-demand option is also available for this book, which just makes it all the more tempting 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:

Salvage Crew @ Miniature Giant  I’ve kind of committed to some really cool projects for this year. I think Stargrave might become a focus for next year, thanks in large part to posts like this one which really act to whet the appetite. The two crews shown in the post are gorgeous.

Actually, why don’t I like D&D5e? @ Slice of Beast I like 5E. I’m leveling a character up in preparation for a game as i work on this post! I’m a bit sick of D&D being the go-to system for everything locally, though. Ugh, come on, people. There are so many great other games and this post really hits the nail on the head. Different systems are the answers to different questions. Different RPGs do different things. They scratch different itches and it frustrates me that people are so slavishly devoted to one game at the expense of a lot of quality games that might better suit the game they want to play.

Coffee Talk – April @ True Line of Sight More wonderful and inspiring Stagrave content. It’s always fun to read not only where someone is with their hobby, but also their thoughts and reasoning on what they’re doing. My favourite models from this post are the brightly coloured bounty hunter, the Reaper stuff, and the Porigota.

Miniature Philosophy @ Swords after Dark – This is such a nice post. I agree completely with the sentiment and I appreciate the healthy suggestions on how to approach the hobby.

Learning to use a Lightbox @ According to Gamer Dad I’ve been using a cheap lightbox for a wee while not, but I’ve not found it to be super consistent. I definitely agree with the author that there’s a bit of trial and error in getting it right. Keen to see what he manages to come up with.

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It’s been a quiet week on NoRerolls. I’ve actually made no progress at all as I’ve been utterly floored by Covid. I actually think this might give context to how I’ve been feeling for the past couple of weeks…

Oh, well. Feeling a lot better today than earlier in the week!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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