Battlefleet Koronus, the foregoing marks’ respective logos, Rogue Trader, and all .. rules on page of the Rogue TRadeR core rulebook. The powerful Gothic class Cruiser is a familiar sight throughout the Imperium and has a presence. What about a Rogue Trader game mode where you lead a scondrel or a pious rogue trader with a Letter of Marque to expand the reach of the. Rogue Trader fleets on the tabletop game used standard Imperial Navy vessels in addition to their own refitted and customized vessels.

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The subtitle refers to a particular class of character within the Warhammer 40, universe. The existence of a science fiction table top game in development by Games Workshop was made known through Citadel Journal in and Rogue Trader was officially released at Games Workshop’s annual Games Day event in October The game featured rules that were closely modelled on those of its older fantasy counterpart, Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

The gameplay of Warhammer 40, Rogue Trader differs from its main modern-day descendantin that it was heavily role-play -oriented, with great detail placed on weaponry and vehicles and the inclusion of a third player the Game Master in battles, a role not dissimilar from the Dungeon Master of Dungeons rulws Dragons.

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader

Rogue Trader introduced some races that were later removed from the setting, such as Squats Warhammer dwarfs in spaceZoats also present in Warhammer Fantasy Battle and the Space Slann a humanoid frog-like race.

Models which were released for Rogue Trader are no longer produced and are available in private collections with limited runs sometimes sold through the Games Workshop online store.

Like many later incarnations, the Rogue Trader rulebook mostly contained what is often termed ‘fluff’ more properly referred to as ‘Lore’including the historical background of the Imperium and alien races. Information on the Warp was limited and the forces of Chaos were nowhere to be seen; but they were referred to by game designer Rick Priestly in the pre-release announcement, and they did show up shortly after in expansion rule rues which provided not just greater background for the various races and armies but also the first batttlefleet army lists.

Only a small portion of the book contained rules, with a large number battlefleey pages devoted the background of the universe. The fact that the current edition still contains a great amount of ‘fluff’ is a testament to the popularity of this arrangement. Much of the Rogue Trader content is rarely mentioned in modern publications, the tone of which jars with the more whimsical and tongue-in-cheek style of s and early s.

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However, the opening text was nonetheless highly similar to the later editions and of the opening texts of Black Library publications. Also illustrative of the style is that the inside covers of the book were decorated with caricatures of members of Games Workshop staff. Additionally, the physical rule book, itself, was also notorious for poor construction, as the pages almost invariably fell out of the binding.


This led to a variety of repair solutions – such as drilling holes through the book near the binding and binding it with string or ring binders – that, coincidentally, echoed the ramshackle construction techniques of the Orks.

In addition, supplemental material was continually published in White Dwarf magazine, which provided rules for new units and models. These articles were from time to time released in expansion books along with new rules, background materials and illustrations. Ten books were released for the original edition of Warhammer 40, Waaargh – Orks’ Ere We Gohic – Orks in Warhammer 40, and Freebooterz introduced background material for Ork culture and physiology, and army lists for not only the major Ork clans but also pirates and mercenaries.

The Battle Manual consolidated rules for the many weapons of the 41st millennium, and introduced new rules replacing the shooting and hand-to-hand combat phases of the game, while the Vehicle Manual contained a new system for vehicle management, including an inventive target location system which used acetate crosshairs to simulate weapon hits on a silhouette of the vehicle.

Together, these manuals practically form an intermediate edition of the Warhammer 40, rules, between Rogue Trader and 2nd edition. The rule book originally described Rogue Traders as being freelance explorers employed by the Imperium to search for planets outside of the established borders. A Rogue Trader is a trusted Imperial servant, given a ship, a crew, a contingent of marines and the right to go wherever they so desire.

They generally survey uninhabited worlds near to the fringes of Imperial space and on the Eastern Fringes where the Astronomican does not reach. The potentials of new worlds, such as material wealth or knowledge, has stimulated the growth of the Rogue Trader section of society.

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Some have even gone so far abttlefleet to try to cross intergalactic space, although even a mighty psyker is not powerful enough to send back reports from that distance. When encountering new alien species, the Rogue Trader is very much a separate organisation from the Imperium, so they must decide how to react to these new creatures.

If they judge them unworthy they can be destroyed or they can gather information on them and have someone else destroy them. If he deems them useful, he may make contact with them. If they are only useful for their technology or material wealth then they may be raided, the trader returning to Terra laden with rich goods and undreamt of technology.


A Rogue Trader can be in charge of up to a dozen ships, including many transports roge willing colonists and troops. They tend to be individuals who have reached a roue height in the Imperium but for some reason are not considered fit for further advancement. By being offered Rogue Trader status, they can be put somewhere out of harm’s reach, though it strengthens their reputation as outcasts.

They can include overzealous Space Marine Commanders, powerful navigators and even Inquisitors. This profile has been altered as the game and Warhammer 40, universe evolved. For example, in many of the more recent Warhammer 40, novels, many Rogue Traders have been depicted as independent traders who tend to glthic highly illegal or dangerous contraband by running Imperial blockades. Some of these items include, but are not limited to, narcotics, alien technology, and warp-tainted items.

However, some Rogue Traders are more sympathetic to the Imperium, and many Imperial agents such as Inquisitors employ Rogue Traders when they require fast and stealthy transportation. Yet more recent canon depicts the Rogue Traders as an amalgam of the two previous versions. Rogue Traders are given battleflest writ from the Imperium, much like privateersto explore beyond the boundaries of Imperial Space.

This writ passes to the Trader’s descendants. The Rogue Trader and his family, and the vessels they command, which can comprise a small fleet in some cases, are exempt from many Imperial laws and regulations, but is still under Imperial scrutiny.

Rogue traders that dabble too heavily in alien trade, or other “heretical” practices, could still be investigated and executed by the Inquisition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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