Questions tagged [dark-heresy-1e]

For questions about the first edition of Dark Heresy, the first Warhammer 40K RPG in the series. Players act as agents of the Inquisition, the secret police force of a galactic empire. The first edition of Dark Heresy was originally published by Black Industries in January 2008; however, Black Industries was shut down days after Dark Heresy's public release, and the rights were transferred to Fantasy Flight Games a month later.

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How exactly does the “Tearing” property work?

There is some ambiguity in the Tearing property. The Dark Heresy Rulebook states that: These weapons roll two dice for Damage and choose the highest. Rogue Trader, Deathwatch and Only War are ...
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Does command skill give bonus to shooting?

If I command a fanatic NPC it looks like I get a +5 bonus per success level to skills. Does this bonus work for shooting/ballistic tests?
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How many psy powers can a psyker use each round of combat?

We're playing in Warhammer 40k Dark Heresy 1st Edition world. I'm a psyker and I have many psy powers which are stated as half focus. Our GM has not had much experience with psykers. He says I can ...
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Crimson Guard v Explorator?

Long story short, my Explorator was re-made into a Crimson Guard, and now I have the opportunity to "multi-class" as an Explorator again. As a Crimson Guard, they are generally more "combat focussed",...
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How can I protect myself from Perils of the Warp?

Ok, I understand that the cause of Perils is based entirely upon the luck of the dice, and that a Psyker can purchase abilities to reduce the chance of being affected by/invoking the Perils of the ...
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Can I “brace” with an Integrated Weapon?

I have an Integrated Lathe Las-Rifle in my arm, and as a Crimson Guard, I have purchased a few upgrades to assist by Ranged ability. (Sights, aiming implants etc.). However, the idea of "bracing" ...
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What are the official sources of vehicles in Dark Heresy?

The 2nd edition of the Dark Heresy RPG Core Rulebook has many pages worth of rules for vehicles. It then backs this up with the stats for a car, a bike, and a tank (technically an APC I suppose, but ...
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Combats are difficult to compensate for my tank character, but the rest of the crew suffers

Ok, I get it. The GM has to suffer through players constantly picking on him, killing all his characters over and over again, so of course he's going to put up a fight. Now for some context. We're ...
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How can I upgrade my weapon to be un-damageable?

So I have (or unfortunately "had") an Omnissiah Axe. In our last game, we came across what we perceived to be a Necron Pariah. During the battle, it completely destroyed my axe through the use of ...
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How heavily are the 'Mind Cleansed' affected by their 'Shards of Memory'?

Quick backstory: In an old game, I played an Explorator by the name of 'Hadden Torian'. This character, through his adventures, became ever so slightly insane (cough); through his exposure to the ...
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How are characters converted from Dark Heresy 1st to 2nd edition?

Is it possible to convert characters from previous edition to current one? How is it achieved?
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Does making an Overwatch attack end the Overwatch?

In the two versions of WH40K Roleplay I have access to (Deathwatch and Only War) the Overwatch action is presented with largely identical text, as follows: The active character guards a specific ...
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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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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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How to build a flexible and scalable system for PCs' NPC organizations? [closed]

Background: I am preparing to run a campaign using Dark Heresy Second Edition. Although this is nominally an investigative game, several key non-combat mechanical systems are either anemic or missing ...
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Whose skull should/could I use?

Being a Tech Priest in the Dark Heresy/Rogue Trader universe, my (personal) first and foremost need is to accrue Servo Skulls. I have already acquired one, and I am already lining up plans for another....
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How can I make sure my minion stays in my control?

So, following up a question determining whether or not a Servo Skull had any sentience, (which after talking to the DM and accruing quite a few insanity points determined that in this case, he would ...
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How much does Power Armour increase your movement?

The Power Armour states that it increases Str by 20 and movement by 1, and goes on to say it also increases the size category of the wearer by 1. The size category chart states hulking gains a +1 ...
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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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Where are the stats for the Condemner Boltgun?

The Agent of Reliquary 26 in "Dark Heresy: Daemon Hunter" has the possibility to receive a Condemner Bolt Gun and Silver Stake. I looked in all the books I could, but could not find any mention of ...
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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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Mission Allowance house-rule ramifications

I'll preface by saying I'm not sure if this question belongs here. The asking help page indicates it's borderline acceptable, so I'll just post this here and see how it goes. A slight problem we've ...
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What are the major changes in 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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Any recommendation for a Dark Heresy character generator/manager? [closed]

We run a post apocalyptic "Fallout" style campaign in Dark Heresy with some friends. After a while situations like characters got lost or chewed by my dog, led us wondering if there is any Character ...
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Recommended Tools and macros for Dark Heresy in Roll 20 [closed]

Our group is currently meeting for a Dark Heresy campaign on Roll20. We have found some interesting tokens, built a few macros and the character sheets and we are learning more about the internal ...
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Dark Heresy Situational Corruption points

I am currently GMing a campaign where, in one particular session, the party found a book that describes dark rituals, interrupted a summoning ritual and encountered some Horrors. I'm new to the ...
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Does “Disarm” need a to hit roll?

Dark Heresy page 114 says that, when engaged, you just spend a full action and make an opposed WS check. There's no to hit/parry roll, right? Can the opponent parry?
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What can I use for sci-fi ambient music? [closed]

Another DM I know recently taught me to use ambient music, especially during combat, to keep players more focused on the game and for general atmosphere. That's all fine and simple for fantasy, ...
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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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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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Which skills are exclusive to a class in Dark Heresy?

In Dark Heresy your skill choices are determined by your class and rank. Which skills (not talents) are unique to only a single class? Assume just the core Dark Heresy manual for reference. To ...
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Adding Tau to Rogue Trader?

A friend of mine is thinking of starting up a Rogue Trader game. I've played Dark Heresy before (only 1-2 sessions though), and I've recently seen this home brew for dark heresy. I'm really ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I balance the darkness of Dark Heresy with my 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 ...