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For questions about the second edition of Dark Heresy, the first Warhammer 40K RPG in the series. The second edition was published by Fantasy Flight Games in 2014. Players act as agents of the Inquisition, the secret police force of a galactic empire.

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Can I boost my Terminator armour "Force Field" roll with a Fate point?

The Terminator armour in Deathwatch has a special ability that works similar to a force field (Deathwatch Core Rule Book p. 164): [...] the Crux Terminatus on every Terminator’s shoulder plate serves ...
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What does this the DH 2e's Mounted Warrior's 'each advance' mean?

Mounted Warrior Requirements: Rank 2 (Trained) in any Operate skill or Rank> 2(Trained) in Survival skill, BS 30 or WS 30 Apptitude 1 Weapon Skill / Ballistic Skill Aptitude 2 Offence Reduces any ...
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How might investigating a prison break be accomplished? [closed]

I can't think of a way to concisely fit my entire question in the title, but here goes. I'm currently running Dark Heresy 2e for my group, as my second time GMing a game (the first time was short-...
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How does damage work in Dark Heresy?

I've read through the Dark Heresy combat rules and damage section but I'm still not entirely clear how it all works. Say that Bob the guardsman has 10 wounds and 3 toughness: The situations I'm ...
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Was there a talent that let you roll operate with intelligence instead of agility?

I'm planning out a character for a Dark Heresy 2e game, and I remember there being a talent that let you use an interface port to operate a vehicle with intelligence instead of agility if you could ...
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Is there any way to gain an evasion reaction when using All Out Attacks

I'm playing a character with a focus on all out attack actions. This allows me to hit hard, but comes with the downside of being incapable of evading attacks. In general there are three types of melee ...
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What is the difference between an MIU and Interface port?

Long story short, What is the difference between an MIU and Interface port? What situation would you use either in and how do they work lore wise?
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How can an Acolyte mitigate or avoid the damage received from Fire Shield?

Fire Shield relevant text: While this power is in effect, any character in range and line of sight that successfully strikes the psyker with an attack immediately suffers Energy damage equal to ...
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How to make an ill-assorted group work together

I'm running a Dark Heresy V2 campaign and am up to four sessions. The characters are: a former trade-princess now seeking revenge for the Inquisitor who raided her family (because of shady ...
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Can Civilians own Power Armour?

Can civilians own Power Armor? I don't see anything exactly prohibiting civilians from owning it (besides cost), but I was curious if I'm missing something. I know civilians can be armed on a world ...
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Craftsmanship of Bionic Respiratory System?

I was reading about the cybernetics available in Dark Heresy 2E and found this for Bionic Respiratory System: Good bionic lungs count as a full life support system—if for any reason the user’s own ...
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Can a Medicae test for First Aid be retried after failure?

Can a Medicae test for First Aid be retried after failure? Specifically, within the next 24 hours. The reason I ask is because of the following quote within the First Aid description. A given ...
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Use of the Manipulate Flame psy power as a reaction to incoming flame?

Manipulate flame usually allows you to extinguish or manipulate flame up to a number of metres equal to the psy rating used on the power. This seems like it would be ripe to be used as a reaction to ...
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Using Defensive Stance and Counter Attack together?

Defensive stance grants an additional evasion reaction and causes incoming melee attacks to be made at a -20 penalty. The tradeoff for this is that you can't attack (I'm paraphrasing the rule while I ...
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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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How obvious is a psyker when using powers?

I play a psyker in Dark Heresy 2nd Edition and using mainly the Divination tree. What I want to know is if other characters or NPCs in visual or auditory range can notice that I am using a power, ...
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Can a character operate their weapon through both an MIU and an MIU Weapon Interface?

A 'Good Craftsmanship' MIU: grants a +10 bonus to commune with machine spirits and for Tech-Use, Operate, Logic, Inquiry, and Ballistic Skill tests made as part of interfacing with the MIU ...
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Are the number of bonus DoS granted by Unnatural Characteristics (half UC value) rounded up or down?

Unnatural Characteristic (X): One or more of the creature’s characteristics is unnaturally enhanced... Successful tests using a characteristic tied to this trait gain a number of bonus degrees of ...
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Can a Free Action be taken between Aiming and Attacking without losing the benefits of aiming?

Aiming as a half or full action grants a bonus to the next attack made, and: The next action the Aiming character performs must be an attack (Standard Attack, Semi-Auto Burst, Lightning Attack, ...
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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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Conversion: How much of it should I do? [closed]

I want to run an XCOM rpg using the Dark Heresy 2e system. The players take on the role of XCOM operatives completing covert and overt missions against the alien menace. While converting the armory is ...
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Does having two Best-craftsmanship bionic arms grant +20 to strength tests made with both arms?

Dark Heresy Second Edition Would each arm's +10 bonus to strength tests made using the arm stack with each other when using both arms to lift something? Best craftsmanship bionic arms provide a +...
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Do Mechadendrite melee weapon attacks benefit from the +5 WS bonus for Good craftsmanship?

Second-edition Dark Heresy. From craftsmanship: Good: An eye towards balance and design means this weapon grants a +5 bonus to all Weapon Skill tests made with it. From the cybernetics section:...
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Does gaining Unnatural Strength from two sources cause them to combine?

Say if a character with Unnatural Strength (1) puts on power armour, again granting him Unnatural Strength (1). Is the second instance invalidated, or do they combine into Unnatural Strength (2)? ...
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What's the difference between Tech-Use and Trade(Armourer) in terms of crafting/assembling equipment from parts?

When acquiring materials for crafting, determine the item’s Availability and then decrease it by one level (i.e., Average items become Common, Common items become Plentiful, etc.). The character ...
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What determines whether you are familiar or not with a device?

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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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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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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