Questions tagged [warhammer-40k]

Warhammer 40,000 (40k), by Games Workshop, is a line of far future tabletop games, and their associated setting.

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What happens to psykers when a black ship doesn't collect them?

Allegedly a planet is only visited by a black ship once every 100 years or so. So what happens to psykers found when there is no ship slated to come by anytime soon? After all, they can't just let a ...
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Are living saints daemon princes of the Emperor?

I was looking at the living saint unit and according to their description, their belief in the God Emperor was so great that they tapped into the Warp without being aware of it, and acquired the ...
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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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What happens if a psykers psi rating falls below zero due to an untouchables presence?

I was looking through the rogue trader book and in it there is the untouchable package which lowers the psi rating of psykers around you for each rank you possess in it. What happens to a psyker if an ...
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What are abjurations and how do they work? [closed]

So... I got into WH40k and I've noticed something called 'abjurations' being described a lot in the lore. Can anyone explain these daemon repelling ward-generating magical words to me? I can't find ...
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How is movement distance calculated with my jump pack?

We have been playing a Deathwatch campaign for a while. I am an Assault Marine with Agility 50, and I'm starting to think I've been underselling myself on movement this entire time. So far I've been ...
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What was the initial relationship between the Emperor & the Chaos Gods?

Considering that the Emperor seemed to need the power of the Chaos Gods to build the basis of the imperium. (I think there are some references about this in the book, ‘The sigilite’) Is there any ...
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How are Psykers detected/found?

We were playing a Black Crusade roleplaying game (I am the GM), and the discussion came to how the Imperium finds the Psykers hidden within the populace. The Lexicanum wiki states on their info about ...
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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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If a character is hit multiple times by a crippling weapon, does the crippling effect stack?

My regiment has variant pattern autoguns with the crippling(2) quality. If I shoot an ork once and deal damage and one of my squadmates also hits the ork with his autogun, does the ork take 2 or 4 ...
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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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In Only War, when a character is created with Starting Skills, are they trained in these skills?

In Only War, during character creation, most guardsmen and support specialists have certain Starting Skills. Does a character with a starting skill start with that skill "Trained" (+10 or whatever) or ...
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Why are Ogryn accepted in the Imperium of Man?

The standard pillars of the Imperium of Man stand as Purge the xenos/burn the heretic/kill the mutant. So obviously they violently oppose all mutant races, heretics and aliens. But the Ogryn are ...
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What does the rending weapon property do?

We have weapons that have "rending" but we can't find out what rending does. Anyone know?
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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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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. I'...
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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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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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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 ...