TL;DR: Play materials for a Fate hack of Dark Heresy. Enjoy.
A year ago, I was planning on running demo games at conventions featuring the Open Content from War of Ashes: Fate of Agaptus. The Advanced Conflict rules, which are now also available from Randy Oest’s awesome Fate SRD website, are intended to support miniatures as an integral part of of Fate. Since we have approximately 30,000 points’ worth of miniatures in the house — you think I’m kidding, but I’m not — it seemed like the grim, gothic future of the 41st millennium, as seen in the Warhammer 40,000 miniatures combat game and the Dark Heresy role-playing game, was a perfect match.
Of course, health issues soon forced me to cancel my convention plans, but now that I am recovering and convention season is upon us, I decided to go back to packaging the game for quick-start.
First, the pitch:
Fate of the Inquisitor
Inquisitor Lucanus has led you, his retinue, to the Hive World of Corundum IV amidst an ongoing Genestealer invasion to retrieve a priceless relic from the foul xenos. Now the Inquisitor has disappeared during a brutal firefight and the ensuing cave-in, and you are chased by a Genestealer cult. Will you find your master again? Complete his mission? Call for help? Or die bravely but pointlessly?
I made templates for nine types of player characters, using a playbook format like the one used in games Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA). The rules are pure Fate SRD, but I hope the playbooks make character creation quick and easy for time-constrained one-off games.Each comes with a choice of names, looks, customizable aspects, and stunts. The playbooks include:
- Imperial guard
- Ogryn Bodyguard
- Ratling Scout
- Sanctioned Psyker
- Sister of Battle
I also modified the appearance of the blank character sheet from War of Ashes: Fate of Agaptus. Then I made a cheat sheet of the Advanced Conflict rules I am using, and a table sign. All of these are available on Google Drive.
- Character Playbooks (Google Doc)
- Blank Character Sheet (PDF)
- Special Rules (Google Doc)
- Table Sign (PDF)
I have not yet put any effort into creating well-formatted single-page folding sheets because I expect mistakes may be pointed out and it’s easiest to update text prior to layout. Also, not a big priority right now.
Your comments are welcomed!
5 thoughts on “Fate of the Inquisitor”
This is a very cool idea. ^^ WoA’s minis rules seem ideal for 40k RPGs. Have you considered using the rules for attracting the attention of gods as well? Remember that an open mind breeds heresy ~
The Toolkit’s mass battle rules may also be useful for conveying the feel of a “small-scale” 40k skirmish, without having to teach everyone to read statlines and roll cover saves!
Is it okay to ask which army is your favourite? I’m kind of an anime nerd, so I’ve always been partial to Tau. (Also when I’m describing WoA to people, I keep comparing the Kuld to Tyranids.)