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Warhammer goes roleplaying

18/03/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Next year, 2007 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first publication of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 game system. March 2007 will also see the release of Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay (40KRP).

Rumours have been circulating in the roleplay community for many years about such a game. Now Black Industries has revealed that it really will be happening, and in a way no one is expecting. Because there won't be one 40KRP game, but three.

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Heresy will be the first 40KRP game, allowing players to take on the role of an Inquisitor's retinue. Their task is to uproot the taint of Chaos in Imperial society, to smash dark cults and foil sinister plots. It's a game of investigation and will be an introduction to the dark and gothic universe of the 41st Millennium.

Dark Heresy is just the beginning, however. After this basic game, two further games released eighteen months apart will allow the players to progress and explore the universe first as Rogue Traders and alien pirates, and eventually experienced players will be able to roleplay the warriors of the Adeptus Astartes Deathwatch.

All three games use the same game system, which is itself based in part upon the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Players will be able to progress from one system to the next, as they gain experience and a measure of understanding of the universe of Warhammer 40,000.

Each of the games will consist of a core rulebook accompanied by regular releases of sourcebooks and adventures.

Game design is being handled by Green Ronin, the team who helped create the new version of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay in 2005, and much of the background is being handled by the Black Library's team of writers.

For more information as it becomes available keep an Inquisitorial eye on www.blackindustries.com

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