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Dark Heresy: Purge the Unclean
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/23/2015 10:25:06
This work contains three linked adventures which will take a party of Acolytes to some quite unsavoury corners of the underbelly of the Calixis Sector. They are all suitable for characters of Rank 5 or below, and follow on quite nicely from Illumination, the introductory adventure at the back of the core rulebook, thus helping you to get your campaign off to a flying start. However, they are open enough that it's a trivial matter to retool them to take place elsewhere if you do not happen to want to use the Calixis Sector. Again, although linked, you do not need to run all of them if you campaign takes a different direction, and each provides suggestions for further adventures and special notes for those who want to exploit the various factions or Ordos within the Inquisition.

There's a brief introduction explaining all this, then it's on to the first adventure, Rejoice for You Are True. This takes the Acolytes to Scintilla, the capital of the entire Calixis Sector, to investigate a burgeoning new cult called the Joyous Choir. They believe that the main purpose of the Emperor is to ensure that all citizens of the Imperium are happy and hence hold that they should be contented with their lot, whatever it might be, to gain his favour. It's proven popular amongst young nobles and middle-echelon individuals, who seek to become True (as the cult terms it) through attending workshops and individual sessions run by cult Counsellors. Unfortunately, a few members have gone missing, and it is this along with discovery of xenotech devices that has led to the Acolytes being sent to investigate.

The Acolytes will be able to use a variety of routes to investigate, including posing as ‘visiting cousins’ to the noble and thus getting the opportunity to infiltrate the upper echelons of the cult, as well as wandering the streets to find out whatever they can about it. This is definitely an adventure for players who enjoy interaction, investigation and intrigue. There is a lot of atmospheric description to help you set the scene and create a convincing alternate reality for the Acolytes to wander through, and vividly-described NPCs for them to meet. There’s even a pamphlet that the Joyous Choir hands out on the street for you to give them, while there are many unusual rules and customs to catch them out. Make sure you have read the adventure thoroughly beforehand so that you know what they are! There's a lot going on (and a lot for you to keep track of), but there is plenty of advice as to what the Acolytes might do and how to deal with it in their quest to find out what's really going on.

The second adventure is called Shades on Twilight. It's a classic action adventure where the Acolytes are sent to explore a mysterious space hulk that has just emerged heading straight for Scintilla - so they are under pressure to find out what's going on, retrieve anything useful and ensure that it does not hit the sector capital! Pressure indeed, a scant 15 hours are allowed for them to complete their work. There are all manner of threats and downright oddities for them to contend with as they explore. Again, the adventure is well-resourced to enable you to run it to good effect.

The final adventure, Baron Hopes, takes the Acolytes to Sepheris Secundus, a planet where downtrodden serfs live a life that is only slightly less hard than that of mutants. A Baron there attempted - heretical idea! - to better the lives of the mutants but was eventually dealt with, however now the mutants have formed a 'terrorist' group, the Broken Chains, which has been causing trouble - and it seems that even once killed they won't stay dead. Or at least, a recent photograph shows someone believed killed. The Acolytes are sent to find out what's going on in what appears to be another investigative adventure, but which will soon turn to full-blown horror as the investigation turns into an exercise of pure survival!

All three adventures can be summed up with terms like 'atmosphere' - as well as providing plenty of action they also give a real feel for what this alternate reality, the world of Warhammer 40K, is like, highlighting the curious mix of priviledge and constraint that is the Inquisitors' lot within it. They should contribute well to a memorable campaign.

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Dark Heresy: Game Master's Kit
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/20/2015 08:47:23
This product has two components: a Game Master's screen and a book containing an adventure and some additional rules. Depending on whether you've gone 'dead tree' or electronic, you either get a cardstock screen and printed book or two separate PDFs to download.

The screen has some useful tables - the ones you are likely to need most often during combat - on one side and some quite dramatic art on the player-facing side. If you have gone for the electronic option, you'll have to print these out and stick them on card for the full effect, of course. Whilst pleasing to the eye, the art is dark and will use up a lot of ink - it may be best to have it done at a copy shop, or decide that you just want the tables for your own convenience. They are in greyscale, clear and easy to read.

The adventure is called Maggots in the Meat. It's set on Acerage, a backwater planet within the Imperium with a feudal ruling structure and hordes of quarrelsome lordlings perpetually squabbling over who is in charge of what, even more so since the High King died without troubling to name a successor! However, this is of no direct interest to the Imperium as long as tribute is paid and the world's surplus food output supplied...

The adventure itself begins with the party of Acolytes (it's suited to 1st or 2nd rank ones) being sent to investigate reports of 'unnatural' attacks on citizens of one lordling's domain, rumours of 'daemons' and 'monsters' fly around and it's their job to get to the bottom of them. Needless to say, the region in which they will have to conduct their investigations is being fought over at the moment.

There's a lot of atmospheric description of the areas they have to visit, along with people to interact with and rumours to pick up in the course of their investigations. Enough is provided to enable you to steer them in the right direction to the source of the problems, and there are plenty of opportunities to brawl along the way, never mind the likelihood of a spectacular combat with said source once they find it. It's a good open-ended adventure with options for you to take it in whatever direction you please, including suggestions for further adventures.

There's also an Appendix which contains details of a xenos (alien) race, rules for creating your own aliens - which can, of course be a sentient race or 'monsters', alien animals to fight, as you need, and a section on poisons and toxins. This includes a list of 'Infamous Toxins of the Calixis Sector' and their effects.

The adventure is good fun, with plenty going on yet open enough for you to run it in a fairly sandbox style to enable the characters to conduct their investigations however they please. The xenos generation system is excellent, and should come in useful whenever you need an alien monster (or race).

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Dark Heresy: Core Rulebook
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/19/2015 10:22:03
This massive tome launches the Warhammer 40K Roleplaying line, something long-awaited by those who'd watched the richness of the setting unfold around the original minitatures skirmish game. Unsurprisingly, it begins by explaining the underlying concepts of that setting, clearly enough that even those of us uninterested in miniatures can understand. Set in the 41st Century, it paints a bleak picture of galaxy-spanning warfare across decaying worlds where much of technology has been lost, presided over by an undead - or at least, not properly alive - emperor, who is as much deity as ruler.

Interestingly, characters are not the iconic 'Space Marines' of the skirmish game, but acolytes of the Inquisition, whose role is to search out threats to the Imperium of Man from within and without. The first part of the book explains how to create your character and shows how the game is played, with later chapters detailing the role of the Game Master, providing a lot more information on the setting, and even an introductory scenario to get things going.

The character creation process is laid out clearly in Chapter 1: Character Creation. It is a six-stage process beginning by determining your home world. You next work out your 'characteristics' or capabilities both physical and mental and then choose a career path to follow. Next you have points to spend on skills (or improving characteristics if preferred) as well as money for weapons, armour and other equipment. That's the main number-crunching part of the process. Then you need to flesh out the character a bit, deciding everything from what he looks like to how he behaves and thinks, maybe even his hobbies or favourite food! Each choice made has a bearing on what comes after, and in the main you have the option of making a choice or rolling random results, although you do have to roll characteristics. Plenty of detail on all the options is provided to help you make up your mind, and it's written in such a way that you are absorbing background on the setting as well - neat!

Chapter 2: Career Paths comes next, giving a wealth of detail about what the path you have chosen to follow has to offer, both now and in the future as your character gains experience. Each is unique, indeed each character on that path can choose a different route, and it is worth studying your chosen one thoroughly from the outset. The entire process of advancement is described here too, it's complex but elegant and quite easy to follow once you get the hang of it. Again, the background is woven in seamlessly so as you read you discover more about your niche within the setting.

The next few chapters continue in similar vein, with detailed examinations of skills, talents, equipment and psychic powers, if you are lucky (or unfortunate?) enough to have any. Throughout, it is explained how each one will work both mechanically and in character, enabling you to use them to good effect in play. The final part of the opening section is Chapter 7: Playing the Game which draws everything else together and gives you the lowdown on how to make everything work. Examples and advice abound, and although there's no substitute for trying it all out, preferably in the company of someone who already understands it, this chapter provides a good start.

Then comes Chapter 8: The Game Master, which seeks to provide aspiring Game Masters with what they need to know to run the game effectively. It is comprehensive, starting from the basics and hence being suitable for someone who has never GMed before, as well as providing system and setting specific information to empower you to run Dark Heresy well. There is a wealth of material here and it will repay careful study (along with the rest of the book, as the GM, of course, needs to have a thorough grounding in rules and setting alike).

The next three chapters provide more detail on the background and setting, looking at life in the Imperium, the Inquisition itself and one part of known space, the Calixis Sector. Unlike many combined rulebooks (i.e. those intended for both GM and player) which divide into a 'Player' section and a 'Game Master' section, these are of equal use to both players and GMs despite being located after the chapter dedicated to the art of game mastering, certainly the chapter on life in the Imperium. The GM may choose to reveal the inner workings of the Inquisition through role-play, if the characters begin as new recruits to its ranks, and likewise may wish to restrict knowledge of the Calixis Sector until the party actually goes there.

Chapter 12: Aliens, Heretics and Antagonists provides a bestiary and details of those whom the characters may encounter in their travels, with particular note - of course - to those who they might be investigating for heresy or who would provide opposition.

Finally, there is a full-blown adventure, Illumination, to get your campaign off to a good beginning. It's a tale of treachery and dark secrets to be uncovered, with action and danger aplenty, showcasing many of the perils that the average Inquisitor faces on a day-to-day basis. A bunch of newly-recruited Acolytes (guess who?) are sent to escort a senior Inquisitor as he heads up an investigation of a barbaric world... but they have to get there first.

As well as providing all the game mechanics necessary to play the game, this richly-presented tome provides an excellent introduction to a darkly fascinating setting. Whether you are a long-time player of the skirmish game wanting to know what else those characters do but brawl or a role-player looking for a vivid and rich setting with depth, this is worth checking out.

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Rogue Trader: Drydock
by Jason P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/13/2015 12:23:16
The better part of useless. It does not describe a single thing. At best it give only the most basic stats on anything. If you really wanted to build a ship this is not even worth the download, thank god its free...

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Black Crusade: Game Master's Kit
by francesco b. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/22/2015 19:58:15
If you run Back Crusade this is totally worth it to buy.

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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition: Core Rulebook
by Gibson B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/22/2015 13:07:21
My go to Fantasy Roleplay system. Lots and lots of information on the Warhammer World is out there. The system is simple enough that roleplaying becomes the goal, and not messing with the rules.

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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Hero's Call
by Björn P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/18/2015 11:18:28
Unfortunately this electronic version does not inculde the cards.

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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition: Renegade Crowns
by Timothy S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/13/2015 19:50:22
One of my favorite titles for campaign building in the Old World of WFRP. Easily extendable to other systems when used as a guide to developing a region for exploration and more. I'm currently running a campaign in a Renegade Crown developed completely from this book.

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The End Of The World: Zombie Apocalypse
by Jason W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/26/2015 19:05:55
AWESOME. The game is simple, yet elegant. The rules are a watered down version of FFG Star Wars...the best parts. Instead of using specialized dice, you use regular 6 sided dice. There's some good iOS apps to simulate rolls, including Genius Dice, which lets you set the different dice and colors.

I see this game as a great gateway RPG. It's easy to get friends to join, because they just play themselves. The lands and locations aren't hard; it's just outside your door, and the dice mechanic is so easy that most people understand it after showing them an example. Also, zombies are such a fad, most people will be intrigued by the premise.

If you're on the fence, grab it. I am very happy with it.

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The End Of The World: Zombie Apocalypse
by Charles U. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/20/2015 22:10:14
The end has come...

The End of the World: Zombie Apocalypse is the first of four apocalyptic role-playing games from table-top veteran company Fantasy Flight Games. The first installment, Zombie Apocalypse, shows a very unique take on not just the standard zombie trope, but the table-top RPG in general.

The book is broken up into three major sections: Playing the Game, Running the Game and Scenarios.

Playing the Game introduces the player to the rule-set, covering everything from character creation to conflict and death. Character creation is sleek and streamlined, allowing even first-time role-players to jump into the game quickly. C=Players are strongly encouraged to portray themselves in order to make the action more visceral, but players can certainly make any type of character that they want.

The game system, which runs on d6's, enables fast, gritty combat and harrowing choices. The characters feel much more vulnerable, which combined with the system creates a very tense setting overall. Hit points, the standard measure of nearness to death, is instead replaced by Stress and Traumas. Take too much stress and your character dies, or maybe goes insane. Traumas have in-game penalties to actions, but alleviate Stress. It's an amazing system which has players constantly questioning whether they should convert Stress to Trauma, or ride the fine line between life and death without the penalties associated with Traumas.

Running the Game is a much shorter section, informing the GM how to handle encounters and balance them with narrative, how to handle the menagerie of complex NPC's the characters are sure to encounter during their struggle to survive the gnashing teeth of the undead and how to determine how long a campaign should go.

Scenarios, the last section of the book, is the meatiest. It features five completely different origins for the zombie apocalypse, complete with timelines to demonstrate how a plague-borne zombie virus pans out vice zombies created from the radiation emitted from a fallen meteor.

Each scenario lays out the basic premise, then goes on to explain the truth of the event versus what a character might think is happening. This is followed by a very detailed timeline, starting from the initial outbreak to months or even years in the future.

This is just part of the magic, however. In addition to how events play out during and immediately after the outbreak, each scenario also details how it can be played post-apocalypse.

Each scenario gives a wide range of pre- and post-apocalypse NPC's that the characters are likely to encounter. In addition, there are a large selection of events that the characters could be expected to face, from traffic jams to military evacuations.

All in all, while no game is perfect, this one is pretty close to the mark. With sleek artwork adorning silky smooth pages, there is enough information within the tome of undead to fuel a player's nightmares from now until the End of the World!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
The End Of The World: Zombie Apocalypse
by Joshua H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/17/2015 21:41:59
This is an AWESOME and well thought out End of the World book... the range of set ups, initial events, and then even post-apocalypse scenarios for all 5 situations are just really well written, thought out, and portrayed. I will admit I have not played through these with their RPG system.. so I cannot 100% say that it works on all levels as a gaming system, but just as an awesome and interesting read, a resource for any zombie game out there, and as a thought experiment for how different zombie apocalypses could play out in the modern world; this book is totally worth it and I'm psyched I picked it up.

I can only hope that more End of the World books are this good as I will definitely be buying whatever comes next... my only concern, which was expected based on the wide range that this book covers, is that the GM will have to flesh out the scenarios for their specific party... there is just no way you could expect a book like this to give you 5 full introductory adventures... and I'm fine with that, as the personalization of each group's Zombie Apocalypse should be based on the group and their location and not just a generic adventure... but again, even if I never run this system (which I am going to test out though!), I'll be happy with this purchase.

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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition: Core Rulebook
by Daniel J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/18/2014 23:35:27
It's one of the most amazing game with most amazing features of career.
I hope they release more of this, into something like 2.5ed.
It's a really shame that I couldn't delve more into the world.

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Tannhauser: Revised Rules
by Johannes C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/12/2014 14:43:35
I will make it simple.

If you have the game,
buy this PDF.

Tannhäuser is a fun and zany game.
After half a dozen rounds though, you notice that it could be a little bit more complex,
a little bit less simplistic.
Some tactics are no-brainers,
and rushing in is way too strong of a tactic.

These revised rules fix all of that.
They make the game much, much better.

Things that were preciously broken,
are fixed.
The game becomes more dynamic, and multiple game modes bring a lot of replayability.

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Dark Heresy Second Edition: Core Rulebook
by Roger (. L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/24/2014 07:51:15
http://www.teilzeithelden.de/2014/11/21/rezension-dark-heres-
y-2nd-edition-warhammer-40k/

Ich beschäftige mich eigentlich schon seit dem Anfang meiner „Rollenspiel-Karriere“ mit dem Universum von Warhammer 40k und den verschieden Rollenspielen, die dort angesiedelt sind. Mit Freihändler, das sozusagen ein Schwestersystem von Dark Heresy ist, habe ich auch über zwei Jahre lang eine Runde geleitet und hatte zusammen mit meinen Spielern wahnsinnig viel Spaß dabei.

In einer anderen Runde konnte ich aber auch schon als Spieler Schattenjäger (was eine furchtbare Übersetzung von Dark Heresy ist) erleben und war nicht minder davon angetan. Da nun die zweite Edition endlich verfügbar ist, habe ich die Gelegenheit genutzt, um diese auf Herz und Nieren zu testen.

Die Spielwelt

Den meisten Lesern dieses Artikels dürfte das Universum von Warhammer 40k zumindest grob bekannt sein. Für alle, die sich noch nie damit beschäftigt haben, oder solche, die eine kleine Auffrischung brauchen, versuche ich nun, dieses faszinierende und düstere Setting kurz und bündig zu beschreiben.

Im 41. Jahrtausend alter terranischer Zeitrechnung hat sich die Menschheit über große Teile der Galaxie verteilt. Allerdings gab es in der Vergangenheit einige Umwälzungen kataklysmischen Ausmaßes, so dass die Gegenwart des Imperiums alles andere als rosig aussieht. Das Leben des durchschnittlichen imperialen Bürgers ist einfach, hart und häufig sehr kurz. Die Regierung besteht aus dem Adeptus Terra – quasi der Zentralregierung auf Terra, die sich nochmals in eine unüberschaubare Vielzahl von Unterorganisationen gliedert – und dem Adeptus Ministorum, quasi der imperialen Staatsreligion, die in der Anbetung des Gottimperators besteht. Der Gottimperator – Gründer des Imperiums und der mächtigste Psioniker aller Zeiten — sitzt verwesend und im Koma auf dem goldenen Thron auf Terra, der quasi eine Lebenserhaltungseinheit darstellt. Doch nicht nur das brutale und blutige Regime setzt den Menschen zu, sondern auch die ständige Bedrohung durch Aliens (die hier Xenos genannt werden), Ketzer, Mutanten und Dämonen.

Richtig gelesen, Dämonen: Der Warp ist hier nämlich quasi die Hölle, der von den Chaosgöttern und ihrem Dämonenheer bewohnt wird. Psioniker können die Energien des Warp kanalisieren und formen, was sie zu einer Art von Magiern macht. Sie werden allerdings von anderen Menschen gefürchtet, da sie immer Gefahr laufen, bei einem schweren Fehler die ungezügelte Macht des Warp zu entfesseln, was meistens äußerst unschön endet …

Um diese Gefahren abzuwenden, werden eigentlich ununterbrochen Kriege geführt. Die Hauptlast tragen hierbei die Imperiale Armee mit ihren Abermillionen an Soldaten und die Imperiale Marine mit ihren Kriegsflotten. Die Space Marines sollten an dieser Stelle auch noch erwähnt werden, genetisch modifizierte Superkrieger, die in der Lage sind, gegen die schrecklichsten Feinde der Menschheit zu bestehen. Die Inquisition schließlich beschützt das Imperium vor inneren wie äußeren Feinden, ihr Aufgabenfeld ist nur schwierig einzugrenzen.

Technologie ist für den durchschnittlichen Mensch etwas, das man nicht versteht, sondern etwas woran man glaubt. Das Monopol auf sämtlich Technik hat nämlich der Adeptus Mechanicus, der den Omnissiah, den Maschinengott, verehrt. Durch die zahllosen Kriege und viele andere Katastrophen ist so viel technologisches Wissen verloren gegangen, dass die meisten Dinge nur noch reproduziert werden können, ohne das Konzept dahinter zu verstehen.

In Dark Heresy spielt man ein Mitglied der Inquisition, womit es möglich ist, Abenteuer sämtlicher Art zu erleben, sei es nun Ermittlung, Kampf oder soziale Interaktion — meistens ist es eine Mischung aus allem.

Die Regeln

Die Kernregeln des Systems kommen tatsächlich auf fünf Seiten unter. Die grundlegende Mechanik besteht darin, einen Fertigkeitswert zum Wert der passenden Eigenschaft zu addieren und die Summe dann mit einem W100 zu proben. Liegt der Wurf unter der Summe, gilt er als erfolgreich. Bei Proben, bei denen es auf die „Größe“ des Erfolgs ankommt, werden sogenannte Erfolgsgrade verwendet: Pro volle zehn Punkte, um die man die Summe unterwürfelt, erhält man einen Erfolgsgrad. Das System ist also sehr überschaubar und sollte selbst für absolute Neulinge leicht zugänglich sein.

Weitere Sonderegeln, wie zum Beispiel die Sonderfertigkeiten, werden gut erklärt und machen das System kaum schwieriger.

Die Ausrüstung wird übrigens nicht mit Geld bezahlt, sondern über den abstrakten Wert Influence erworben. Dieser verhält sich im Grunde wie ein Eigenschaftswert, lässt sich aber nicht durch Erfahrungspunkte steigern, sondern steigt oder sinkt je nach Erfolg der Gruppe.

Charaktererschaffung

Die Charaktererschaffung gestaltet sich übersichtlich und nimmt ungefähr 20 bis 30 Minuten in Anspruch. Als erstes müssen die Eigenschaftswerte ausgewürfelt werden, alternativ kann dies auch über ein Punkte-Kauf-System abgewickelt werden.

Dann sucht man sich eine Heimatwelt, einen Hintergrund und eine Rolle aus. Durch diese erhält man nicht nur die Startfertigkeiten und –ausrüstung, sondern auch Modifikatoren auf die Eigenschaften und vor allem die sogenannten Aptitudes. Diese bestimmen, zu welchen Kosten welche Fähigkeit gesteigert werden kann, und wirken somit „Alleskönnern“ entgegen.

Zum Schluss können noch die Start-Erfahrungspunkte ausgegeben werden und Spieler können ihren Charakter über Einkaufsmöglichkeiten aufrüsten, dann ist der Charakter auch schon spielbereit. Die XP sind die Erfahrungspunkte, mit denen man Steigerungen für den Charakter kaufen kann.

Spielbarkeit aus Spielleitersicht

Das Leiten einer Dark Heresy–Runde ist mit relativ wenig Aufwand verbunden. Durch das schlanke Regelsystem sind NSC und Herausforderungen schnell gebastelt und somit bleibt mehr Zeit, um sich auf das eigentliche Abenteuer zu konzentrieren.

Ein ganzes Kapitel des Buches gibt dem Spielleiter hier hilfreiche Tipps und Ansätze. Ebenfalls enthalten ist eine Beschreibung des Askellon-Sektors. Dieser wurde überwiegend nur grob angerissen, um dem Spielleiter Inspirationen zu geben, ohne ihn einzuengen. Der Großteil der gespielten Abenteuer wird wahrscheinlich aus Ermittlungen und Kämpfen bestehen, also dem Genre der Geheimagenten-Geschichten entsprechen.

Inspiration gibt es hier zuhauf, und durch die sehr grobe Beschreibung der Spielwelt hat der Abenteuerschreiber kaum Einschränkungen bezüglich der Schauplätze und NSC.

Spielbarkeit aus Spielersicht

Wie oben bereits erwähnt, ist das System sehr schlank und schnell erlernbar, sodass selbst Neulinge schnell mit den Regeln zurechtkommen sollten.

Einzig wenn dem Spieler das Universum noch völlig unbekannt sein sollte, muss er sich etwas einarbeiten, was dank zwei großen, reich illustrierten Kapiteln jedoch angenehm an einem Nachmittag zu schaffen ist.

Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis

Knapp 50 EUR sind zwar nicht wenig, liegen aber noch im vertretbaren Rahmen … vor allem, da hier einiges geboten wird und das Buch wirklich vollständig ist. So sind hier einige Informationen enthalten, die in der ersten Edition nur in Zusatzbänden aufgeführt waren, wie zum Beispiel die passenden Regeln, um selbst einen Inquisitor zu spielen, oder eine Liste mit Fahrzeugen. Beachtet man dann noch die aufwendige Gestaltung mit unzähligen, sehr schicken Illustrationen, dann ist der Preis eigentlich durchaus fair.

Erscheinungsbild

Dark Heresy 2nd Edition CoverDas Buch ist mit seinen 449 Seiten ein stattlicher Wälzer. Es ist alles enthalten, was man zum Spielen braucht, unter anderem ausführliche Beschreibungen zu den Sonderfertigkeiten, dem Imperium an sich und dem Askellon-Sektor im Besonderen. Auch eine prall gefüllte Ausrüstungsliste darf natürlich nicht fehlen, die vom Lasergewehr bis zum Schützenpanzer fast alles bietet. Selbst ein Einführungsabenteuer ist enthalten.

Optisch ist das vollfarbige Werk eine wahre Freude: Auf bestimmt der Hälfte der Seiten finden sich Illustrationen, die durchweg von hoher Qualität und stilistisch passend sind. Die PDF-Version verfügt zudem über ein klickbares Inhaltsverzeichnis, das die Navigation erheblich erleichtert. Sie ist aber nicht in Schichten aufgebaut.

Über die Qualität des Hardcovers kann ich keine Aussagen treffen, da mir zur Rezension die PDF-Version vorlag.


Bonus/Downloadcontent

Neben den obligatorischen Charakterbögen kann man auf der Website des Verlags auch noch Wallpapers und das Character Creation Supplement herunterladen. Dieses enthält Informationen zur Ausgestaltung der Charaktere wie Namenslisten, Mottos et cetera.

Fazit

Es ist ehrlich gesagt schwierig, etwas Schlechtes an Dark Heresy 2nd zu finden. Man sieht hier deutlich, dass die lange Beta mit umfangreichen Tests dem Produkt gutgetan hat. Die Regeln decken trotz der Einfachheit alle Situationen ab, wobei auch Einsteiger schnell den Zugang finden dürften. Eigenschaftswert, Fertigkeitswert und Modifikator addieren und mit einem W100 darunter würfeln: Schwieriger wird es nicht.

Die Charakterschaffung ist nun deutlich freier und auch die Charakterentwicklung ist jetzt stufenlos und somit wenig eingeschränkt. So sind auch ungewöhnlichere Charakterkonzepte möglich, wie zum Beispiel ein Gelehrter, der früher bei der Armee war. Die Beschreibung der Spielwelt ist locker gehalten, und gibt dem Spielleiter viele Anregungen für eigene Ideen. Nebenbei bietet sie auch für 40k-Neulinge einen sehr guten Überblick über das Universum.

Das Buch ist wirklich vollständig und enthält viele Informationen, für die man in der ersten Edition noch Zusatzbände kaufen musste, wie zum Beispiel eine Liste mit schwerem Kriegsgerät und den entsprechenden Regeln.

Auch optisch ist das Buch mit seinen vielen großartigen Illustrationen ein echtes Meisterstück. Von mir eine klare Empfehlung an alle Warhammer-40k-Fans und alle die es werden wollen.

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Rogue Trader: Tau Character Guide
by Kenny A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/21/2014 02:41:17
Fairly decent book for playing Tau characters, however, It was not clear (or at least not clear enough to me) that it did not include rules for Tau spaceships, which is one of the big draws of the Rogue Trader setting in general.

So while the book itself is pretty ok, it's much less than what it could've been.

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