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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:55 pm    Post subject: Rogue Trader - Useful Links Reply with quote

This is an informal compilation of links which people may find useful for the setting.

From the Fantasy Flight Games website, I have linked this Random Name Generator for the 40k setting. Not that I am suggesting players should have to use it, though it gives people an idea of the nomenclature of the Imperium:

Random Name Generator

Other players should feel free to link more sites if they like.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for those of you who are unfamiliar with the 40k world check this out. was fan made, haven't read it all, but it fills in a lot of gaps

http://www.electric-rain.net/w40kRPG/Warhammer%2040k%20FluffBible.pdf
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are articles from old White Dwarf magazines about Battlefleet Gothic (a space ship combat simulator in the 40k setting). There is a lot of general information on space travel and the Imperial Navy which may be of some background interest to some players. Also, some of the text in these articles appears verbatim in the Rogue Trader rules:

Battlefleet Gothic
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, Rogue Trader, as it turns out, happens at about the same time as the Dark Heresy game, the books for which were re-released just recently. I tracked down the web-only release (i.e. - Free for download, no copywrite enforced) for the vehicle rules, Dark Heresy - Apocrypha.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.darkreign40k.com/

Looks like a good resource for Rogue Trader and Dark Heresy (mostly Dark Heresy, as it is older), with alot of "extra" fan-made fluff and stats for different characters/creatures in the WH40k RPG universe. It also has an editable .pdf character sheet for Rogue Trader. Huzzah.

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http://www.darkreign40k.com/downloads/character-sheets/rogue-trader-character-sheet-fillable/details-2.html
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Champion.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

excellent, i've been looking for one of those. hopefully this'll tie me over until they have one without watermarks.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to Dorian for the link, here's a fan-made size comparison chart between Imperial vessels. This is really good for understanding proportions, however, it must be noted that the artist has gotten his measurements wrong. All of these vessels should be slightly longer (a frigate is about 1.6-1.8 kms). Though it is correct to assume that an average frigate is the length of a battleship's prow gun.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Accurate length of a frigate is the length of the orange bar above its image
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But not for most of the other vessels.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^The frigate is also listed as a Dauntless class, which is doubled for the cruiser. The cruiser is correctly named.

http://www.dysartes.com/tactics/specgames/tgothimppg2.php

A rather stat heavy tactical comparison of Imperial vessels from the Battlefleet Gothic (and therefore Rogue Trader) rules. The Firestorm class frigate (of which the Invictus Aeterna is a member) receives a scathing review from the gamer on page 3 (escorts).
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't yet played Battlefleet Gothic, so I don't know how the Firestorm really fares. In my experience of well-designed wargames, it's more a question of how you use something, not what its stats are.

I chose the Firestorm class for the Invictus because I believe the ability to field a lance armament clearly makes it the best frigate - lances ignore all armour if they hit (you just have to get the shields down first). Provided you time the macro-batteries to overload the enemy shields first, then hit them with a blast from the lance, you'll be murdering enemy crewmen in the hundreds. An extra macro battery is just not as good as having the lance. And, quite frankly, the Firestorm just looks great.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lances are indeed death incarnate. Haha I thought that might elicit that response. Like Han Solo defending the Millennium Falcon.

"Sure, she may not look like much, but she can make .5 past lightspeed!"

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although she has lost about a quarter of her manuevrability since her fleet days...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Montresor wrote:
I chose the Firestorm class for the Invictus because I believe the ability to field a lance armament clearly makes it the best frigate


Oh damn. He put the Grand Moff Tarkin picture up, and now he's going all Death Star on us.

Stone Magnet wrote:
Lances are indeed death incarnate. Haha I thought that might elicit that response. Like Han Solo defending the Millennium Falcon.

"Sure, she may not look like much, but she can make .5 past lightspeed!"


Don't encourage the descent into Star Wars...

Anyway, the line is "She many not look like much, but she's got it where it counts." The ".5 past lightspeed" is earlier.

Okay, fine... don't get ME started on Star Wars. It's like having a song stuck in your head, only... it's like 6hours long for me.

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Although she has lost about a quarter of her manuevrability since her fleet days...


Which only really means "Don't miss that first shot." Good thing we got us an awesome Gunnery Officer.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrea Chan-Gauthier wrote:
Montresor wrote:
I chose the Firestorm class for the Invictus because I believe the ability to field a lance armament clearly makes it the best frigate


Oh damn. He put the Grand Moff Tarkin picture up, and now he's going all Death Star on us.


I grow tired of these games, Andrea, so I'm going to ask you one more time...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrea Chan-Gauthier wrote:

Anyway, the line is "She many not look like much, but she's got it where it counts." The ".5 past lightspeed" is earlier.


Pssh, i'm allowed to paraphrase the Holy Trilogy if I want. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, it's ON, now.

Hrm... I wonder if I can combine bad haiku and bad Star Wars quotes...
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And if the GM can combine deletion of off-topic posts?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Montresor wrote:
And if the GM can combine deletion of off-topic posts?


Then, I'd have to scroll up to find the GM's off-topic post:

Montresor wrote:
Andrea Chan-Gauthier wrote:
Montresor wrote:
I chose the Firestorm class for the Invictus because I believe the ability to field a lance armament clearly makes it the best frigate


Oh damn. He put the Grand Moff Tarkin picture up, and now he's going all Death Star on us.


I grow tired of these games, Andrea, so I'm going to ask you one more time...

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