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So I saw that Green Ronin will be publishing a set of three RPGs for the 40k universe next year. One for an Inquisitor setting, a second in a Rogue Trader/alien pirate setting, and the third in Deathwatch Space Marine setting. The first one is set for release next year with 18 months between subsequent releases. What are your thoughts? I haven't played RPGs in a long time so I'm somewhat ambivalent to the whole thing.

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Ever since reading Dan Abnett's books I've loved the 40k universe. Still hasn't gotten me to play the game, but I have a lot of novels, and even some of the art books. And of course miniatures. Who could resist?

 

I've been thinking about working on an RPG setting myself for a long time. Glad to see someone else is doing the work. Quite frankly, I'm surprised no one did this earlier. Especially after the Inquisitor game came out it seemed like they were headed in this direction.

 

The setting is huge, and with all the novels and source books there is a wealth of material. I hope the 3 RPGS are all the same rules and just different settings. It would suck if you couldn't combine them easily. The 40k universe is big enough and varied enough that you could pretty much do whatever you wanted with it. I will definitely be checking this stuff out.

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Oh, I was decidedly 'meh', but I didn't realize the deathwatch was a separate setting, and not just a character type in a wider campaign.

 

Now I'm one or two notches above 'meh', but still not thrilled. GW blew a good thing with Inquistor three years ago. they're going to have to mend some fences to get the wider segement of their fanbase thinking about a 40k RPG.

 

That said, it's not like they don't have an extensive line of miniatures to support it...

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Well if they are anything like the other products that they've produced that aren't Fantasy or 40K they will suck as much money out of you as they can with the basic stuff and then disappear. It may even get regulated to the specialist games where you can try and get some published little pamphlets about all these models you can convert and new rules so you can beat up on the army with the last set of new rules. Ypu won't actually be able to get any of this at your FLGS but don't worry their mail order will be more than happy to get all that out to you.

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Huh? I have a folder of Specialist Games rules I downloaded from the official website for F.R.E.E. Theoretically, I can just go play Warmaster with my 15mm fantasy armies and never touch the GW figures...

 

If the RPGs get relegated to Specialist Games, then that'll mean we can get the rules for F.R.E.E.

 

IIRC, and I'll have to check, but a lot of the rules from BFG magazine made it onto the website as PDFs as well...

 

Personally, I think its great! I really like the WFRPG book, and enjoy the magic system (although I wish they would've taken it one notch further...). I look forward to it...

 

Damon.

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While actual physical product support for the Specialist games stuff is mediocre at best, the free online content cannot be beaten.

 

That said, this is being done by a Licensee, not by a GW_Owned entity, so Green Ronin's staff have something more of an interest in keeping it lively.

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I'm with the "you can get Inquisitor for free" crowd, and just play it with the ton of 28mm stuff I already have. They had a ton of role-playing add-on elements in White Dwarf at the time.

 

It might be an interesting window/substitute into the rumored hyper-detail stuff to come though. :B):

 

Later

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I've always thought that the original Rogue Trader materials would be a good project for a publisher to translate/upgrade into a modern RPG and am glad that Green Ronin has picked it up. Excellent setting with pretty much unlimited sci-fi possibilities...and of course miniatures for every conceivable skirmish you could come up with pretty much. Everything except skirmishes with women, as GW sorely lacks in the female department of their miniature ranges. Only the poor lonely Adeptus Sororitas are around to represent the fairer sex in the 40k universe.

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Green Ronin is good. The 40k universe is very detailed and interesting. The problem is that of rank. Most players have no interest in playing a subordinate character and any marines or IG will have leaders and followers. Same is true of an Inquisition cell. I had tohught about using Space Master to run in the 40K universe, but I was going to have the players be Eldar on various aspects and one a warlock and so on. They are much more democratic and more easily morphed into a pc group.

 

I think Green Ronin will do a decent job and I will buy them for a good read and to remember the good old days of the late 80's and 90's playing my Eldar and Chaos against my bro's Space Wolves and our friends and their orks, eldar and marines.

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