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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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What are the differences in styles of play for the various Warhammer 40k games?

We're looking at starting up a campaign in the 40k system, using one of the following as a main set. It seems like the breakdown is: Rogue Trader -- Ship And Crew Making Money Dark Heresy -- Crew ...
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What is a Standard Template Construct?

So, Standard Template Constructs. The new trilogy of Warhammer 40K books are deliberately vague about what STCs are, exactly, which is certainly cool for purposes of piquing peoples' interests and ...
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What problems can I expect when adding a Rogue Trader / Dark Heresy character to a Deathwatch game?

I'm currently playing in a Deathwatch game, but I'm considering what my next character might be, if my current one sacrifices himself to prevent the release of a ruinous power (as I think might be ...
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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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How can I get a good background on the Warhammer 40K universe?

I have never played the Warhammer 40k minis game, but have come into tangential contact with it over the years. Now that there are 40k video games, I'm trying to get into it. But the problem is that ...
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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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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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Can a psyker mask their presence?

A player in my game has asked if there is a way to suppress or hide the fact he is a psyker. A cursory glance through the books reveals a number of options to empower or alter how their power works, ...
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How can I balance the darkness of Dark Heresy with the humor without getting too goofy?

So I'm a pretty snarky person to start with. One of my big challenges when running Dark Heresy is to get the tone right. I want it to be dark -- the Warhammer 40K universe has plenty of horrific ...
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Use of Inquiry skill to find clues at a crime scene?

So, the Inquiry skill in Dark Heresy reads as if it is primarily used to question people. However, in the Inquisitor's handbook, under the expanded definition for Awareness, the example refers to ...
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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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Psykers in Dark Heresy

Psykers in Dark Heresy roll between one and six d10s depending on their power level to invoke psychic powers. If any of the dice come up as a 9, you must roll on another table for a potential side ...
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What is the quickest way to become a Khorne devoted human?

In Black Crusade, what character progressions do I need to take to be considered a follower of Khorne, as quickly as possible? Assume a non-chaos marine character.
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Repeating The Same Half Action and other Combat Enhancers

When my previous group and I got a hold of the Dark Heresy rulebook (practically the day it came out), we were all pretty satisfied with the rules, with the exception of one. We noticed that the ...
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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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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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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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Deathwatch - Librarian Psyker Powers

Could someone show an example of how psychic powers work in Deathwatch? I am confused because I am used to how they worked in Dark Heresy which is different, the individual powers don't have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is an appropriate encounter in Deathwatch?

I've been reading through Deathwatch and I've finally gotten a grip on the fact that space marines are seriously tough characters compared to the other games in the Warhammer 40k RPG line. The ...
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Rogue Trader: Are new characters considered “trained” in starting skills?

When I made a character for Dark Heresy (many moons ago) I believe that the starting skills listed with the career path were all considered 'trained'. This idea was reinforced by the fact that they ...
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Dark Heresy dual automatic weapons

If a character in Dark Heresy has the talents to wield two weapons and chooses to wield two automatic one-handed weapons, what happens when they declare a full-auto attack action? Will there be two ...
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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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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 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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Lasgun options in Dark Heresy

In the various Dark Heresy books that offer player equipment there are a large, diverse number of lasguns. Most classes get the option to be proficient with basic las weapons. Which 'Basic' class ...
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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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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 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 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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Can I move through an ally in Combat?

The three Warhammer 40k RPGs (Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch) share a somewhat common ruleset, and I believe this question applies to all three. Can I move through an ally in combat?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Deathwatch - Horde Rules

The horde rules in Deathwatch appear to be how the game intends to represent large, tightly clustered mobs of enemies. How do I represent hordes on the table? I use 1m squares. Do I move it as a ...
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Deathwatch Ranks

In Deathwatch I notice there are rank tracks for general space marine, deathwatch, and specialty. When you are rank 1 are you eligible for buying abilities from rank one of all three types?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...