5 on Friday 24/06/22

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 General’s Handbook for Age of Sigmar – The release of a new General’s Handbook is always a big deal. It changes the direction of the game, reshuffles the meta (a term I find problematic for a few reasons), and generally makes us re-examine how we construct our armies and play the game. The one’s gonna really change things up.

This book promises to switch the focus of the game from the big beasties to the rank and file. Ended has the age of the monster. I’m not convinced that I love all of the new bits and pieces, and I’m particularly iffy about tripling the value of some units on objectives, but I still like most of what I’ve seen. I hope my copy arrives tomorrow, as I do have an army list to put together for a tournament next weekend.

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USAopoly releases Disney edition of Smash Up – You know, it’s pretty obvious – and has been for some time – that as soon as you see the USAopoly (“the Op”) logo on a game that it’s probably just shovelware. Usually this is an established game that is now being licensed out to any and every possible property until there’s just no value left to be squeezed out. Can you say Munchkin? Fluxx? Talisman? Codenames? Now, let’s add Smash Up to that… illustrious list.

To be fair, this isn’t the worst matchup that could have been applied. Fancy Playing a Wreck-it Skellington? Big Hero Elsa? The Lion Beast? Yeah, it’s fun gimmick. I’m not the biggest fan of the base game and applying an existing property like this one could give it more of a novelty appeal.

Wyvern Gaming releases their Stargate SG-1 RPGAs a property, I really like Stargate. I especially love it on TV. They took a good film and used it as the basis for a consistently fun and entertaining show. I previously did a review of the playtest edition of this game. Spoilers: I liked it a lot. Now, the physical book is making it to retail channels.

The game felt pretty solid at the testing stage. My group really enjoyed it. I liked running it. It used the 5E system really well. I would love to see some cool supplements arrive for the game over time, as there’s a lot to explore in the Milky Way and Pegasus galaxies (and beyond). Yeah, this is bloody tempting…

Onyx Path releases Relics of Man supplement for Pugmire – Pugmire is a charming game. Like, aggressively charming. I love the concept, the art, the whole package. Little supplements like this add to the overall feeling of the game.

This presents a number of cool objects that are considered relics of man for your doggo to find out in the world. One example of this is the Eye of Radiance. Here’s a snippet from this section of the book:

This 8-page PDF seems like a lot of fun and at $1 is definitely worth a punt to Pugmire players, or at least GMs. Nice content.

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Onyx Path releases Demigod, the third core book for Scion 2E – Another offering from Onyx Path, this is the third core book for the second edition of Scion. I have the first two books and they are beautifully produced. I’ve not yet actually used them, of course. I did play the first edition though, and that was a lot of fun.

Demigod represents the next stage in the development of your Scion, as they really come into their powers. It’s just that order of magnitude greater, you know? I’m also always in favour of more pantheons, giving more great options for what type of God sired you. The Incan pantheon is the one I find myself most interested in exploring. I’ll probably pick this one up at some point – likely after the summer.

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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:

GH23-1: Using Galletian Veterans In Your Lists @ Plastic Craic  My event next weekend will be using the new rules for some reason, and my book will arrive… at some point. Guess I’d better start reading up on how to play the new paradigm. Plastic Craic is one of the sites I really trust for such information and advice. Also, I am a real man, so I am playing Troggs. Just sayin’.

WW2 Fantasy Figures? @ Deathzap Oh, these are cool! I like the contrast between the fantasy figures and the assorted WW2-era firearms, including what looks to my untrained eye like the iconic Tommy gun. Yeah, cool stuff. I especially like the purple on the human troops.

Fiasco! Highschool Beer Run @ Papier Und Spiele God, Fiasco is such a bloody good game. High School is such a good setting for it as well, as it’s such a strange place with odd relationships and some pretty farcical happenings. I say that as a teacher. This is a fun write-up of what sounds like a fun session. I need to get Fiasco back on the table

Starting out in Frostgrave @ foreignartisan – I was speaking to a gaming buddy the other week about getting some Frostgrave or Stargrave on the go. It’d be cool to see what people come up with if we suggest that people go and find some cool, non-GW minis to use for their crew. I’ve got a few ideas myself, though my starting point for getting some models ready for demo games will be the standard kits from North Star. The author of this post has clearly had a good time putting together their initial miniatures, and they do look bloody great.

New Battletome Skaven | Warhammer Age of Sigmar Review @ Sprues & Brews A nice overview of the new Skaven book. Skaven were consistently my army of choice in both Warhammer Fantasy Battles, and Mordheim. They’re just the best. I’d like to think I’ll return to them at some point, but realistically this won’t be any time soon. I do like to keep up with developments though, and Sprues & Brews can always be counted on for some really great info.

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It’s been a quiet week on NoRerolls. It’s been quiet for over a month, actually. I’ll be honest, it’s not been a good time. Between covid, fatigue, and work pressures it’s been a challenging few weeks. Things are picking up now though, so I hope to get more hobbying done and be around here more, too.

Oh, here are some painting contest entries. Winners to follow this weekend.

Catch ya’ll next week!

1 Comment

  1. I don’t know how the Disney Smash Up will work out, but I did enjoy the Marvel one. I’m a Smash Up fan and I thought they did a good job of making it good both for new people to the game as well as veterans. The factions were interesting and the game play worked well. I could see combining them with other Smash Up factions.

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