The weight of the book was the first thing I noticed. It’s a hefty book. It’s a nicely-bound 400-page, full-color book, filled tons of gorgeous images. They did an awesome job putting this puppy together and you’d be proud to have it on your coffee table (assuming your friends and family know you are a big gaming geek, that is). The second thing I noticed was the FOUR PAGE INDEX in the back. Nice job!
Here’s a shot of the new Rogue Trader next to the old one. The new cover art is gorgeous!
I had a ton of fun with Rogue Trader’s character creation! Using an innovative tool, called the Origin Path, you trace your character’s path from origin word to career path. The Origin path really made the character creation step interactive and fun for everyone. It was quick, easy and intuitive and led to lots of laughing and fun “background incidents” floating around the table. When the characters’ origin paths began to intersect, the players worked hard to figure out how their characters knew each other. I’ve been playing role-playing games for decades and I’ve NEVER seen anything like it. Best. Character. Creation. Ever.
In our last game, even mentioning that you were going to use auto-fire created a clamor (and lots of social pressure to not damage the ship). I’ve already noticed that auto-fire is becoming an “emergency only” option.
Rogue Trader isn’t your average role-playing game. You sit at the head of an ancient world-spanning and extremely powerful dynasty, so concepts like “searching the bodies for spare change” don’t work in the context of the game. To deal with that dramatic shift in resources, the designers came up with another innovation — Profit Factor.
To increase your Profit Factor, you take on Endeavors. Each endeavor is something of a business venture – an investment of time, resources and political/military power with the end goal of turning a profit. As a GM, I design the Endeavor and the various Objectives needed to accomplish it. Once they collect enough Achievement Points, the Endeavor is complete and they gain the benefit from it.
So if you like Warhammer 40,000 and role-playing games, then Rogue Trader is definitely the game for you.