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In Rogue Trader, you take on the role of a Rogue Trader and his most trusted counsellors, empowered by an ancient warrant of trade to seek out profit and plunder amongst unexplored regions of space. Your ship will take you to new worlds and uncharted reaches of the void, where you will encounter rivals, pirates, aliens, and possibly even creatures of the warp. You will acquire and spend great wealth and riches, and fame or infamy will follow. You will discover ancient and forgotten mysteries and search out the unknown to find lost human worlds or never before seen celestial phenomena. You must survive the dangers of space, for beyond the threat of vacuum and deadly radiation lurk things Man was never meant to find. 

To be part of a Rogue Trader’s crew is to stand on the threshold of nearly unlimited opportunity. Vast profits await for you and your fellow Explorers to find and claim. Fame and fortune reward the bold, but the unwary find only an anonymous death.

• Fast character creation to get you into the game quickly, including a lifetime of possibilities with an expanded origin path system.

• Dynamic rules for all eventualities that let you handle everything from social interaction to deadly fast-paced combat, starships and psychic powers to a system of profit and influence.

• Comprehensive background on Rogue Traders, written by Warhammer 40,000 novelist and GW Design Studio member Andy Hoare.

• Build your own starship or begin play with one of the six pre-generated vessels.

Begin your players’ path to wealth and glory with a complete starting adventure that puts the Explorers right into the middle of the action. The Rogue Trader core rulebook contains everything you need to start your adventure in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

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Ernest C June 22, 2022 3:53 pm UTC
any POD? :(
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Kevin D October 16, 2021 9:48 pm UTC
When Boarding , it says the ship with the larger crew population value gains a bonus in the opposed test +10 for every 10 points over the enemy ship it has, and if a ship has higher hull integrity value, it also gains a bonus +10 for every 10 higher crew population it has. However , Crew Population is a percentage, not a number. So you can have the silly situation of a Grand cruiser getting beat in boarding action by a Raider, and the Grand Cruiser suffering as much percentage damage of Crew Population loss as if it were just another Raider that was in a boarding action with the victorious Raider. Am i misunderstanding something here?
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David P May 03, 2021 12:08 pm UTC
Are Orks playable?
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Michał M May 05, 2021 5:51 pm UTC
Yes, you are looking at the into the storm supplement for normal orks, and navis primer has rules for weird boyz
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Stuart M N May 15, 2020 8:48 pm UTC
So far very disappointed, no working links.
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Marcelo S January 28, 2020 5:10 am UTC
should I buy this or Wrath & Glory?
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Josh P August 02, 2018 1:31 am UTC
Is there any plans to offer Print on Demand for this product?
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Radoslaw C June 02, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
It is disappointing that these PDFs lack digital tables of contents and are encrypted in a way which prevents me from easily creating it myself.
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Andrew M October 09, 2021 9:31 pm UTC
This might help.
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Eric S October 06, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
We uploaded the two files that were available to us from the transfer. The smaller one is the same except that someone started to add links but did not provide any actions for the links. So if you don't mind seeing links that don't work, the smaller one should be fine.

If there is a general consensus that this doesn't bother anyone, we can remove the larger file. But in the meantime we will leave them both up.

-Eric for Ulisses North America
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Daniel D November 04, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Is it possible this book could be updated so that links on the table of contents work?
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Ulisses S November 05, 2018 10:18 am UTC
Sorry, we only got the PDF files and not the whole layout files for the 40k game lines, so our options are very limited.
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Stuart M N May 15, 2020 8:47 pm UTC
I second what Daniel D asked. Can we have updated files with working links.
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Michael M October 06, 2017 3:48 am UTC
I have a question for Drive Thru: What is the difference between the two files? One is the 'complete' version. As far as I can tell they are both the same (401 pages with artwork) except the complete is a larger file size.
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Andrew M March 16, 2020 6:40 am UTC
I assume that the graphics are at a higher resolution in the larger PDF. Good for faster machines. The smaller one is better for tablets and phones.
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Michael M October 06, 2017 3:44 am UTC
In my opinion, this is the best rules set out of the 40k rpg series. You can have the feel of Firefly...but you are in a massive city-sized starship crewed by thousands...yet it is the actions of a few (your party) that make all the difference.

The ruleset can be a bit daunting but is still very rich in the fluff and background that makes 40k one of the best known universes out there.
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Michael D December 21, 2014 7:10 pm UTC
When making an RPG adaptation of a miniatures wargame, nuance and crunch in combat is expected. You have to do the source material justice, and since "In the 41st Millennium there is Only War", a 40K RPG is always going to put the violence centre stage. But there's a difference between presenting tactical options and needlessly complicating things, and crunchy should not mean clunky. The sheer number of difficulty modifiers in Rogue Trader is impossible to remember, necessitating reference material at every gaming session. Combine that with incredibly long lists of skills, talents and wargear, and the "strategy" of Rogue Trader's combat is more about knowing all the rules and remembering which apply than it is about skillful manipulation of your environment.

Still, it's 40K, and as a fan of the wargame since I was 12, nostalgia mandates I give it a pass. It's clear the creators love the universe too, because that grimdark flavour leaks from every page, with in-universe quotes accompanying...See more
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