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What determines whether you are familiar or not with a device in Dark Heresy 2e?

The Heretek background gets the Master of Hidden Lores bonus which states you get a +20 for Tech-Use tests to comprehend, repair, use, or modify an unfamiliar device if I have a relevant Forbidden ...
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What is an appropriate encounter in Deathwatch [duplicate]

I am wondering how to judge what kind of encounter will be right for my group. I would like to design challenging encounters, but not ones which will be impossible or far too easy. How will I know if ...
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How is a Servo-Arm used as a weapon?

My player has a Techmarine with a Servo-Arm, but I can't find statistics for it or what kind of action it takes to use in combat. In the talent description of Mechadendrite Use on page 123 it states: ...
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Deathwatch 'Lead by Example' Squad Mode Ability

I have a question concerning the Squad Mode Ability stated in the title. As the rules state, Chapter Squad Mode Abilities can only be used and taken benefit of by members of the specific Chapter. ...
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Mechadendrites in dark heresy: sourcebooks and guidelines

Short version: Besides the 5 mechadendrites in the core book "Dark Heresy", where can I find additional mechadendrites? Does it exists any guidelines for house-ruling additional mechadendrites into ...
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Would Dark Heresy or Only War work better for a primarily story-driven campaign? [closed]

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons RPG so far but I have always been a big fan of the Warhammer 40k universe. I was wondering whether Dark Heresy II or Only war are better for my group? The ...
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Black shield in deathwatch

I am a deathwath player and I play a librarian from the Dark Angels chapter. But my character found out about the dark secrets of the rock (mainly Luther and Lion) and as a result I became a black ...
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Are imperial saints related to sensei?

Before his ascension to the Golden Throne, God Emperor of Mankind fathered many children - Sensei - that have part of his power, including extreme long (if not outright immortal) life span. ...
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Are 1st edition Dark Heresy modules/adventures compatible with 2nd edition?

Are older Dark Heresy modules/adventures compatible with the newer rule set? If not directly compatible, can they be made to work with a couple hours of effort to edit or rewrite the older sections? ...
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Why do Necron immortals have movement 5?

Necron immortals are listed with 5 as base movement and I don't understand why: They have only 35 Agility, with Size 5 (Hulking) which gives them +1, but this only gives them 4. I don't see any other ...
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Is exiting the Warp inside a solar system as catastrophic as entering it from inside one?

In Warhammer 40k, the established canon requires that a ship attempting to enter the Warp must travel outside of a solar system before activating its warp drive. It is accepted that attempting to jump ...
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How do Untouchables affect orks?

I'm designing an encounter with orks for my Rogue Trader group, but I am unsure how to treat the interaction of untouchables and/or blanks with orks, who don't normally exhibit psyker capabilities ...
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How many Ship Roles can one character cover?

In the book Into the Storm for Rogue Trader, on page 225, Ship Roles are introduced. There is a lot of overlap between different roles, and I'm wondering how many roles can a single character have? Is ...
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Do miniatures for the WH40K Primarchs exist?

This is not a question asking where they are/where to get them. This is not a "Let's go shopping" question I'm merely wondering if there are any miniatures for the WH40K Primarchs, and if so, for who ...
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What is the status of all the Primarchs?

I'm not too caught up on the 40K Universe, though I have heard, through the grapevine things like "The Lion has awoken..." Being a Dark Angels fan, that certainly caught my attention. So what is ...
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How easy is it to create a Space Marine?

After finding a dead Deathwatch Space Marine aboard a derelict Inquisitor Space Hulk that was wiped from all records by the Inquisition due to Heresy and Chaos involvement and doing little more than ...
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What's the fastest a Space Marine can run in Deathwatch?

Some effort has gone into calculating how fast the theoretical Brother Flash of the Blood Angels can run, but rule interpretation, determining the order modifiers come in and if they add up or ...
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Is a Servo Skull still “alive”?

So I have recently come into the acquisition of my first Servo Skull (yay!), which is actually the skull of one of our other comrades. To be specific it's the skull of a Psyker who fried himself with ...
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What makes a Servo Skull fly?

I was having a discussion about how many attachments a single servo skull could carry, and the topic led onto how a Servo Skull actually stayed afloat. One theory was that it used a jet-based ...
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Does corruption affect the choices you make?

We have begun to take a trip into the mind of our Rogue Trader, and in his self-discovery, he has quite plainly taken the path of Chaos, and is taking corruption points by the handful (took 30 in one ...
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How does the (Main Weapon) tag work in Only War?

I haven't been able to find any explanation on what the significance of the tag (Main Weapon) is or how it affects the rules except that it obviously point out the main weapon in a regiment. Which ...
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What causes intoxication for Dark Eldar?

Ok so in our adventures, I found a Flask of unknown contents. Long story short: wanted to know what was in it, so I put a bit in the Dark Eldar's food, next thing we know, he's passed out cold from ...
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Would it be worthwhile handing a Servant of the Emperor back to the Inquisition?

After some investigation and thought on the subject I hope this question is within the bounds of what I can ask... So here goes: I am wondering what the outcome would be for dealing with the return ...
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What's a good insult for a Tech Priest to say to a non-mechanical entity? [closed]

I have found myself with my crew in an unfortunate circumstance, and it has developed to the point of high tensions, when everything and anything could go wrong if handled... indelicately. However ...
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Can the Dark Eldar Be be aligned with Chaos?

I saw this picture today (great piece imo), which sparked a thought; Can/would Dark Eldar align with Chaos? Dark Eldar: Mark of Nurgle by Beckjann By my understanding, they hate Chaos just as much ...
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Can Dark Eldar hide their signatures?

In the events of our game, we have come across several situations where blips have come up on our scanners, for a split second, and then vanished. One such occurrence was on our ship's radar, looking ...
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What effect does the warp have?

In our game, we have entered an area that (not confirmed) has been affected by the warp. The main discrepancy is there are 3 different things, happening in different time frames; at the same time. ...
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Are all descendants of a Heretic Gene-seed corrupt?

We have come across a dead Space Marine, Gene-seed apparently still intact (no holes to say it was removed), and for the most part, the party says they want to retrieve the seed and return it to the ...
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How long do Dark Eldar live for?

We're playing a Dark Heresy/Rogue Trader RP, and we have recently come across what remains of a Dark Eldar attack. All were dead, fairly fresh, but no way to tell how old the corpses were. However, ...
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Would an Inquisitor's warband be dispatched to fight the taint of Xenos?

I'm rather new to Dark Heresy - would the Inquisition get involved in fighting a Xenos threat instead of your garden-variety Chaos-cult? I'm looking to GM a slightly wider range of campaign-arcs, ...
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Dark Heresy 2nd edition vs. 1st edition

Dark Heresy 2nd edition has recently been released. What are the major changes in 2nd edition?
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Are hand grenades the same as the ammunition for grenade launchers?

In Only War, do grenade launchers use the same grenades as the ones you can use as hand grenades? What about the auxiliary grenade launcher / underslung GL?
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What ammo does a launcher-type regimental favored weapon come with?

In Only War, two classes, the Weapons Specialist and the Heavy Gunner, can start the game equipped with Launcher-type weapons. The errata has clarified that class equipment comes with three 'clips'. ...
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What simple and rules-light system can be used to play WH40k? [closed]

I want to play a game set in the WH40k universe, where we play as Space Marines. Too bad that DEATHWATCH and WH40k for d20 are too rules-heavy and my players won't read that. It must be really lite: ...
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Smaller bolter patterns?

The Exlorator comes with a default "boltgun", but as it is described in the book, it is a smaller (or normal-human adapted) version of the regular bolter that the Adeptus Astartes use (which is called ...
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How do I adapt enemies to the current party's level?

My party is currently quite strong in combat (specially thanks to an Ogryn Arch-Militant), so it's been hard to make them sweat in combat. The "default" enemies the main corebook gives have laughable ...
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Mechanicus and armor

How does exactly armor works with an Explorator? Technically, won't the implants and mechadendrites interfere with the armor? Are they able to wear it normally? (let's say, a carapace armor or such)
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Are the percentile-based Warhammer 40k RPGs suitable for high-level play?

In percentile-based RPGs, there seems to be a fundamental problem with high-level play. Consider this, from any of the Warhammer 40k RPGs, such as Death Watch: My character has 70 WS(weapon skill), ...
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Is it possible to dual wield a pair of two-handed weapons?

I've been looking for a few weeks now, I've read a lot of the book and have tried searching online, but I haven't been able to find anything about wielding two two-handed weapons, one in each hand, or ...
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What skill should a Tech-priest use for reprogramming machines?

What skill should one use for tasks that require reprogramming machines or (apparently) designing entirely new software? Tech-use and Security seem to operate on a mechanical/physical aspect, as all ...
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How effective would a mech be in a city environment? [closed]

By mech, I mean any bipedal war machine of around 22ft height. We all know tanks are notoriously bad fighting in a city. They lost Hitler Stalingrad, and by extension, the War. Why is this? Is ...
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W40K: Arbitrator not very successful

Some months ago I joined an advanced (in term of career) W40K/Dark Heresy campaign with an Arbitrator, the master is good and the players are funny and prepared. But honestly I'm not sure how an ...
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Can a Space Marine or Chaos Space Marine take off his armour?

In Black Crusade's character generation it's said that the weight of a Chaos Space Marine is 500–1000 kg, depending on the armour. I have always wondered, can a Chaos Space Marine or a Space Marine ...
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Images depicting the average citizens and their life in the Warhammer 40k universe

Which (rpg) books related to the Warhammer 40k universe have images depicting the "average" citizenry and cities of the Empire and their daily lives? In case there are no official sources, please ...
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Grenade throwing: when even a miss is usually still a hit

An 'average' Deathwatch space marine can throw a grenade at a standard range of about 30 metres (which actually means up to 60 metres without incurring a Long Range penalty). On page 151 it is stated ...
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Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?

I've frequently heard the Basic Role-play system and Dark Heresy described as deadly from a combat perspective. I think those are both percentile systems. Is that typical of percentile systems or is ...
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How is threat determined in Dark Heresy?

In Dark Heresy, you can gain a bonus to your melee attacks if you outnumber an opponent two to one or three to one. Are opponents threatened if a player is next to them or do they have to have ...
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How does automatic weapon fire interact with the scatter property?

I am confused how to determine hits from a combat shotgun in Dark Heresy. How does the scatter property interact with an auto-fire action when attacking?
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Damage focused Imperial Guardsman character build

With the Dark Heresy books currently available, what character options do I want to invest in to be as effective as I can be with a lasgun, in combat, as an Imperial Guardsman? Assume the build is ...
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Does the latest print edition of Dark Heresy contain errata?

Does the most recent printing of Dark Heresy have the errata worked into it? I am using a damaged, first print run, Fantasy Flight Games copy of the book and want to know if it would be worth buying ...