|Rogue Trader | Published 02 February 2010|
Hello, Rogue Trader fans!
This week I’d like to take some time to talk about our next upcoming book for the Rogue Trader line, Lure of the Expanse.
Lure of the Expanse is actually three linked adventures in one book: Eye of the Needle, The Heathen Trail, and The World Beyond. Each adventure can be played individually, or linked together to form a grand Endeavour that will see the Explorers travel across the Expanse, striving with their competitors, and risking their lives and profits to become legends of the Expanse.
The first adventure begins in the disreputable port of Footfall, at the far end of the Maw. Footfall is where the Koronus Expanse begins, the first port outside Imperial authority. Footfall is a freeport established by the Rogue Trader Parsimus Dewain, and has quickly evolved into a lynchpin of operations within the Expanse. It’s location at the end of the Maw makes it a vitally important station, but does not mean it is a safe place to visit.
Footfall is technically “ruled” by its liege, although the real powers behind the throne are the shadowy organizations that have a stake in the lawless port. Lieges who have exceeded their very limited authority have ended up replaced very quickly by a liege more amiable to suggestions from his hidden backers.
The situation is further complicated by ancient tradition that states that the station is actually ruled by the most powerful Rogue Trader who happens to be in port. Some Rogue Traders, such as the notorious Calligos Winterscale, take this authority literally, and when he is present he presides over the port like an Imperial governor. Most Rogue Traders, however, take a hands-off approach, and so long as the powers of Footfall do not interfere with their affairs, they are happy to leave those powers to their own devices.
Eye of the Needle includes a detailed gazetteer of Footfall, with enough information that GMs can create their own adventures in the lawless port, as well as expanding on the Eye of the Needle adventure if the group wishes. As one half of the ‘gateway’ into the Koronus Expanse (the other half being Port Wander), Footfall promises to be a vital part of many adventures in the Expanse, and beyond providing exciting adventures, Lure also contains vital information about this nefarious port...as well as other fascinating locations throughout the Expanse.
Stay tuned for next designer diary, when I discuss some of the design philosophies behind the Lure of the Expanse adventures. Until then, I wish you clear space and fair sailing!
Rogue Trader is a roleplaying game set in dark gothic far future of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. Players take on the roles of explorers aboard a Rogue Trader's ship, searching for profit and adventure while discovering new alien cultures and threats in the uncharted regions of space.
I'm quickly becoming a fan of the gazetteer sections of these books. I'd love to see a supplement containing a few dozen of them.
Could I point out that the pre-generated adventures really need to avoid the problem with the one in the GM's toolkit, in which almost all the endevours can be essentially rendered trivial if the party deals attempts to complete them after the climax of the book. Much more thought is needed in terms of how endevours are dealt with and how their difficulty can change as a result of unrelated actions.
God i hope soon ...
Do we dare ask for a release date? Hmmmm?