40K RPG: Wrath & Glory Announced

It’s time to explore the Grim-Dark from a different angle with a brand new RPG – it’s Wrath & Glory time!

Games Workshop has a new Role Playing Game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe on the way. Check out the official announcement below:

via Warhammer Community

A new Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game is coming – soon, you’ll be able to dive into the 41st Millennium in Wrath & Glory. Tabletop roleplaying is a very different experience from wargaming – rather than commanding your forces from above, you’ll be able to inhabit characters of your own design in imaginative collaborative storytelling.

Wrath & Glory is currently in development at Ulisses North America, an experienced designer and publisher of several popular roleplaying games. We can’t reveal anything more at this point, but watch this space for updates and news, and get ready for your own adventures in the 41st Millennium.

That’s not a ton to go on. Luckily, Ulisses North America has a bit more info from their website and press release:

WARHAMMER 40,000 ROLEPLAY to be developed by Ulisses North America

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 11, 2017 – US game publisher Ulisses North America announced today it has been granted the publishing rights to the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay product line from UK miniatures company Games Workshop. Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay is the RPG product line associated with Games Workshop’s highly successful Warhammer 40,000 tabletop miniatures game.

“Acquiring the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay game is a tremendous step forward for Ulisses North America,” says UNA Studio Director Timothy Brown, “one that boldly complements our existing The Dark Eye, Torg Eternity, and Fading Suns roleplaying games. It underscores our commitment to quality RPG game worlds and products going forward. Warhammer 40,000 is a personal favorite of mine, one I’ve followed from its beginnings, and for me, to carry it forward as its universe further evolves, is fan-boyishly exciting.”

Ross Watson, who will be taking the role of Product Line Developer for Ulisses North America, says, “I’m incredibly excited to be helming Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay for Ulisses North America. This is a fantastic opportunity to re-visit a setting I know and care about a great deal. I’m honored to be leading the charge with this game, and it is thrilling to design an RPG to bring people into the grim darkness of the far future.”

“Being entrusted by Games Workshop to develop the new Warhammer 40,000 RPG is a tremendous honor for us,” says UNA CEO Markus Plötz. “I have been dreaming of this opportunity since the day I picked up the original Rogue Trader rule book. Combining the knowledge and ability of Ross Watson as the lead designer, Ulisses’ experience in publishing high quality RPGs, and the phenomenal Warhammer 40,000 universe can only result in a premium game. We want to make this the game the fans have always been looking for.”

Ulisses site also has a very handy FAQ if you’re curious about more info. We dug into it to learn a few more key tidbits:

Q:How is it related to the 8th edition of the tabletop miniatures game Warhammer 40,000?

A:The events that are occurring in the Dark Imperium of Warhammer 40,000 8th edition forms the central backdrop for Wrath & Glory. Characters adventuring into the Dark Imperium witness firsthand the dire threat that the Great Rift brings to the galaxy.

Q:What does it have to do with the FFG RPGs?

A:Wrath & Glory is an entirely separate game line from Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, and the other RPGs developed by Fantasy Flight Games.

Q:What system does Wrath & Glory use?

A:Wrath & Glory has a brand-new game system involving dice pools of d6s to represent your character’s abilities. The game focuses on highlighting brutal combat, fast action, and a deep immersion into the setting of the 41st Millennium.

So there you have it! The setting is in the current 40k timeline, it’s a new D6 system that incorporates a dice pool, and it’s separate from the RPGs developed by FFG.

As an avid 40k/RPG fan I’m looking forward to this one. I enjoy learning new mechanics and systems but really it all boils down to the play group when it comes to RPGs – and my group will get a kick out of this one!


What do you think of this new RPG on the way for the 40k Universe?

  • SilentPony

    Uh…don’t like a dozen of these already exist? Or have I just been hallucinating Deathwatch night with the group?

    • BClement

      Q:What does it have to do with the FFG RPGs?

      A:Wrath & Glory is an entirely separate game line from Dark
      Heresy, Rogue Trader, and the other RPGs developed by Fantasy Flight Games.

      Reading is hard.

    • yorknecromancer

      All those games are now defunct and out-of-production.

      The original 40K RPG was Dark Heresy, published briefly by an imprint Black Library created specifically to publish tabletop RPGs. That imprint lasted all of a few months.

      Then, Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) got the license from GW to create 40K and WHFB themed products, including card games, board games, and the aforementioned RPGs. FFG’s content was, per the company’s output, fairly exceptional, and the games were solid fun.

      Then, FFG lost the license (apparently due to a mutual parting of the ways on both sides), and all their old games are now no longer in production – nor will they likely ever be again. As a consequence, GW – who are a business which exists to make money – have decided that as the FFG RPGs sold so well, there’s a market for them, and so they have issued their 40K license to a new company, for the purposes of producing a new RPG.

      As has been mentioned above, this new RPG, the unfortunately-named Wrath and Glory, will utilise an entirely different system from the D100 system favoured by the previous games. As a result, backwards compatibility with previous products and lines will be an impossibility.

      Finally, the goal here is obviously for GW to profit from its highly lucrative Warhammer properties without having to do extra work themselves – which would be a distraction from their core games, and, ultimately, not the kind of product they’d be interested in selling anyway.

  • Tanfew

    Dice pool d6 gameplay. Hmm. Well the worst that could happen is i check it out and it’s not good.

    • Ironchestnut

      The good news is, most 40k players already have loads of d6’s to throw around.

      • euansmith

        “I’m going to haque the servo-loque on the portal.”

        “Right, rolls 36D6…”

    • Pools of D6… meh, if it’s as tediously slow as Shadowrun I’m definetely sticking with Dark Heresy. We’ll see.

    • Luca Lacchini

      There are a number of really good d6 based RPGs like Blades in the Dark, A Song of Ice and Fire, Kuro, the various AGE titles, but I honestly can’t see any of them as a solid foundation for a 40K title.

  • Pcm979

    I wish it wasn’t so, but FF had essentially abandoned their 40k lines anyway. It was about time to give it to someone who still wanted to make the product.

    • BClement


      FFG and GW parted ways almost a year ago. I wouldn’t call it “abandoned the lines” so much as didn’t want to re-up the license. They have a couple other IPs to work with and they didn’t need GWs IP anymore.

      • Pcm979

        Are we really going to argue over semantics? That’s a war nobody wins.

        • Mat McFarlane

          That’s hardly semantics. for whatever reason GW and FF parted ways after releasing a ton of support for each RPG.

          How many more Dark Heresy 1st/2nd edition books did you need?

          Also suggesting FF abandoned it casts them in a negative light which is much different from what actually happened.

          Not semantics.

          • Pcm979

            See, we’re discussing feelings now, and that’s going to get us nowhere.

  • Crevab

    I wonder how much Ulisses outbid FFG by

    • BClement

      they didn’t outbid FFG – FFG and GW parted ways a while ago. The license was up for grabs and Ulisses went for it. I hope it turns out to be good because those FFG books were all pretty high quality.

      • Crevab

        Less than a year ago. I doubt it’s unrelated

        • georgelabour

          Yes. It couldn’t possibnly be that FFG had acquired another major sci-fi setting and was producing their own miniature and RPG games for this….

          You know, one that involves space wizards battling an evil empire. Possibly using glowy swords of energy, and fighters named after alphabet characters…

          • euansmith

            Space Wizards versus an Evil Empire? That’s never going to catch on. 😉

  • georgelabour

    Considering i rank Rogue Trader as one of my top five RPGs I’d love to run again I do hope they include the options for that in this new game system.

    There’s just something about basing your purchases around how many planets you own instead of the cliched coins and gems system that my group loved.

    Also, orks, kroot, and navigators all hanging out together and playing Pirate.

    • Luca Lacchini

      I loved how many (not all) of the titles could be mixed and matched to make a grand WH40K game.
      Rogue Trader, Only War and Dark Heresy are excellent combined together.

  • ZeeLobby

    What will make or break the setting is how close GW gets their own writers involved…

  • Hendrik Booraem VI

    The last D6 pool RPG I played was The Star Wars RPG in the late 80’s by West End Games. It was pretty good as I recall.

  • Xodis

    This will be interesting at least as a good read if not to play.