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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay First Edition Core Rulebook


Fully OCR'd, bookmarked and cleaned up to look amazing, the first edition of the seminal Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay comes to PDF!

We’ve painstakingly scanned every page, and created a PDF that maintains the appearance of the original. This does make for a slightly larger file than we’d normally produce, but on this occasion, we think it’s worth it for all the great First Edition feel! The PDF is also extensively bookmarked for ease of reference.

We released a version earlier in the year via Humble Bundle that did not have the colour plates of the Games Workshop edition, but this new PDF does have all those glorious colour plates we know so well.

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Tyler C January 07, 2022 11:18 pm UTC
Do print on demand. Everyone wants it lol
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Paul E March 08, 2022 1:29 am UTC
It would pretty much be an automatic purchase if that happens.
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Benjamin W December 08, 2021 5:58 pm UTC
Not that it will ever happen, but I would also buy this PoD
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Paul E August 16, 2021 2:46 pm UTC
As others have mentioned, a PoD version (of quality) will be an immediate purchase.
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Jason D July 25, 2021 10:20 am UTC
+1 For PoD!
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Kamil B March 31, 2021 3:34 pm UTC
The day you offer this as PoD, I'm buying it.
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Andrzej Z March 18, 2021 8:11 pm UTC
Any chance for a PoD? I need to have a physical copy :)
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February 19, 2021 10:21 pm UTC
This is the book that started it all for me. While everyone else was doing Traveler, Spell Jammer, or D&D, I was reading and studying this book. It was hard for me to get the whole game system, but the few books I had made for hours of entertainment for us. We loved the Doom Stones Campaign as well as Empire in Flames, but all the crazy adventures I came up with allowed me to flourish as a writer, artist, comedian, and story teller. I love the system and the painless combat process that kept the story moving, this system made death gritty and other times horrific. Oh the memories of happier times..
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simon W March 09, 2021 8:50 pm UTC
Jamie? Is that you?
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Mark J May 06, 2019 3:51 pm UTC
The content is great, it's Warhammer after all. But there are parts in the scan where the text is barely legible. Not sure if C7 or anyone, could have done it any better, but regardless, it's a bit of a disappointment. The majority of the scan is absolutely fine, but it definitely has a few rough spots here and there.
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Gregory J December 22, 2018 3:31 am UTC
I have wanted to read this book, for almost 30 years. (I've known a few people who played/had copies. But, not many stores in my area ever carried it. And, when it was discontinued, it became expensive and rare.) I truly feel that ive missed out on something unique, with this game. It still breaks my heart.
This file is very large and difficult to download. The listing states that it is for a PDF format file. But, whenever I use the DL link, the file I get is an HTML file, that links to a PDF file that I cannot download. (Or, which is corrupted, if I CAN get it to dl.)
Is this supposed to work this way? What am I doing wrong?
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Robert H January 16, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
My British friend at the time we played D&D (mid-80's) introduced us to a RPG from the UK. I'm sure it was Warhammer. Did this game edition come with an adventure called "Ziggurat of Doom"? I remember the rulebook as only being black and white.
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Emery C January 24, 2018 7:45 am UTC
Ziggurat of Doom was a sample battle scenario setup in the first Warhammer Fantasy tabletop wargame with 5 dwarves making a last stand against some goblins hunting them.
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Robert H January 24, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
So first edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battles (WFB), the forerunner of Age of Sigmar, and not the RPG game?
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Robert L March 20, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
The first edition was a little confused as to whether it was an RPG or a miniatures war-game in that it was sold as an RPG but it really wasn't. With the subsequent release of Forces of Fantasy - army lists for the game - it quickly solidified into a miniatures war-game. This leaves it, I think, in an odd way, as the first version of both the RPG and miniatures game.
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Pierre S December 20, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
What does OCR mean?
I think that, if the .pdf file size is 80 MB or more, it runs really slowly in my Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet, and the pages take several seconds to resolve when you turn them. It may be even worse on older tablets.
A .pdf of Shadowrun, with 500 pages and color plates, got by with 50 MB.
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George F December 21, 2017 4:43 pm UTC
OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition.
The file is a scan of the book and OCR software was used to that text can be selected and copied into a word document.
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Matt K January 14, 2018 1:12 am UTC
GeoCentric D is correct, however he fails to mention the main benefit to GMs: the ability to search text in the document. With OCR PDFs, you seldom need to consult the index to find a rule - just use your PDF reader's "find text" feature and you can be at the relevant place very quickly.
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Alexander W December 20, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Hello guys do you have plans to make this a print on demand? That would be super cool.
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George F December 15, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
This is great! I received this in the Humble Bundle along with the 2e set.
Since you've got the rights for 1e & 2e, I have 2.5 questions:
1: Do you have the rights for 3e?
1.5: If so, will you be making them available as well?
2: Are you working on a 4e release?
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Anthony W December 08, 2017 2:49 am UTC
The PDF still needs a few tweaks to make it sympatico with the corrections article "A Fistful of Misprunts" from White Dwarf #92
Note: this isn't Cubicle 7's fault, for some reason the Hogshead version of WFRP (which they have PDF'd perfectly) didn't include these fixes.

p45: Skill list: insert skill "Sense Magical Alarm" as skill 105, renumber the rest accordingly.

p56: Insert between Seduction and Set Trap:
Sense Magical Alarm: Characters with this skill are able to sense when an object or area is protected by the Petty Magic Spell Magic Alarm. A successful Int test is necessary to sense the alarm, and the character must be within 2 yards of the protected area to detect the spell. Note that this skill does not permit characters to disarm the Magic Alarm.

p75: Armour & Encumbrance: change 'Toughness x 10' to '(Strength + Toughness) x 100'

p83: Gaining Insanity Points:
Critical Hits: change 'is forced to roll on the...See more
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Anthony W December 10, 2017 11:11 am UTC
Also on Page 40 - Burglar should have skill 'Sense Magical Alarm' added ( as per rear of book career path summaries )
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Mark J December 11, 2017 9:30 am UTC
Page 15
Do Dwarves have animosity to Elves in their Psychology write up?
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Anthony W December 11, 2017 9:48 pm UTC
In this PDF - yes.

This is a recreation of the Hogshead edition ( but Cubicle 7 have added into this PDF the colour plates from the first Games Workshop hardback version to make a "hybrid" book that never actually existed in the past ).

Hogshead only incorporated SOME ( but not all ) of the errata from the White Dwarf #92 errata article ( why they didn't fix everything I don't know ) so there are still some errors in this PDF which I have listed in the top message of this thread. Dwarfs having animosity to Elves is one error that WAS incorporated into the Hogshead version.

No actual physical book of WFRP 1st Edition was ever published in the past with ALL the corrections from White Dwarf #92 but I hope Cubicle 7 could do a few further amendments to this PDF of the missing errors to get a "perfect" WFRP 1st Edition rulebook.
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Anthony W December 13, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Another error in the Hogshead edition ( i.e. this PDF ) is that for some strange reason Hogshead "broke" the Profile for an average human in the Bestiary chapter on page 222. They overwrote it with the Halfling Profile on the previous page.

It should read like the original Games Workshop Hardback page 222 version:

M:4, WS:33, BS:25, S:3, T:3, W:7, I:30, A:1, Dex:29, Ld:29, Int:29, Cl:29, WP:29, Fel:29
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Matt S December 07, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Snagged! Hopefully this will slow the gradual disintegration of my original GW hardback.
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Christopher J December 07, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
My Dwarf Trollslayer from college weeps with joy and plants large, psychotic kisses on Cubicle 7's crew. Except the chicks, cuz that would be sexual harassment and then he would have to resign from Congress. BUT STILL...
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Cubicle 7 E December 07, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Can he even reach? We'll stop there because this conversation feels like it could veer off the cliff of appropriate conduct at any moment. But we're very happy that your Trollslayer is happy, Christopher!
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