News for November 2010
Your Future Lies With The Chapter 22
Announcing Rites of Battle, an upcoming supplement for Deathwatch
Deathwatch | Published 17 November 2010

“Your future lies with the Chapter. The past is dust. Build upon that foundation and you shall stand tall amongst your Battle-Brothers.”
      –Chaplain Gotthold of the Black Templars

The Deathwatch stands vigil over some of the most dangerous regions in the galaxy, sentinels against the vile forces of hostile alien races and ancient tombs best left undisturbed. The Imperium has endured for ten thousand years thanks in no small part to the secret victories of the Deathwatch over the foes that would see the Emperor’s realm cast down and destroyed. The Space Marines of the Deathwatch cherish each such hard-won victory, for the galaxy is a vast and dangerous place, with numerous aliens, heretics, and daemons clamouring to take the place of each defeated enemy. To stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Deathwatch is to hold back serried tides of inhuman foes time and again, struggling to survive against the galaxy’s most deadly of threats. It is an honour that each and every Deathwatch Space Marine bears with pride.

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Rites of Battle, a supplement for Deathwatch! First previewed in Litany of War, Rites of Battle provides a host of additional options for players and GMs alike. This book expands on many of the ideas, themes, and systems present in the Deathwatch rulebook and offers means to enrich and add detail to the adventures of a Kill- team in the Jericho Reach.

The Space Marines of the Deathwatch safeguard the Jericho Reach against the galaxy’s deadliest foes. Do not falter: arm yourselves with the best wargear and abilities the Deathwatch has to offer!

A host of new character options allow for increased personalization with thorough “Create Your Own Chapter” and “Alternate Specialities” rules. Plus, play a member of the Imperial Fists Chapter or one of the Successor Chapters that send Space Marines to the Deathwatch.

Vehicle rules add a new dimension to gameplay and expand possibilities for adventure. Battle alien tanks with your Land Raider or prowl behind enemy lines with a Land Speeder Storm. Gain access to an extensive new armoury of weapons, armour, and relics from the armouries of Watch Fortress Erioch, or earn new special honours and distinctions to reflect your Space Marine’s glorious victories.

A valuable handbook for Space Marines of the Deathwatch, Rites of Battle contains everything needed to prepare a Deathwatch Kill-team for any mission. Keep checking our website for more, and watch for it later this winter!

Deathwatch is a roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of the bio-engineered super-soldiers known as Space Marines. United with their battle-brothers, players will complete extraordinary missions involving some of the greatest heroes and deadliest opponents the Warhammer 40,000 universe has to offer.

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Published: 5/2/2012 4:56:58 PM

I realize this is quite late, and may be unnecessary, but I feel it needs to be corrected just so no one gets confused.

Kabal wrote: "I dont think you'll see anything about the Sisters of Battle in a Deathwatch suppliment, as they're part of Ordos Hereticus along with the Grey Knights."

While the Sisters of battle are part of the Ordo Hereticus, the Grey Knights are a part of the Ordo Mallueus: the department of the Inquisition charged with hunting down demons.


Published: 1/9/2011 9:37:17 PM

Wrong Ordos, Caddok. I dont think you'll see anything about the Sisters of Battle in a Deathwatch suppliment, as they're part of Ordos Hereticus along with the Grey Knights (despite actually being a militant arm of the Ecclesiasty), not Ordos Xenos, as is the case with the Deathwatch.

That being said, I cannot wait for this to come out.

Published: 12/18/2010 3:01:17 PM

I wish they would just do the other 5 first founding chapters, to establish a baseline, as well as the rules for creating your own.  A book with rules for vehicles should include the White Scars.

Published: 12/17/2010 1:02:59 PM


No he has eough blood give him pizza then he wlll be fine

But really we are talking about making some of your ow chapters here, Iron Snakes, Salamanders and the Angry Marines.  But quit getting your panties in a bind and enjoy the great stuff these peeps are putting out.

Published: 12/8/2010 5:33:27 PM

 Me and a friend created a write up for his favorite Space Marines - The Night Lords! He wanted to play a "Black Shield" and that was the Legion he wanted to do so we sat with the rulebook and looked at what we know about the Night Lords and tried to make it like they had it in the rulebook. I can't wait to go over it after this book comes out and see how it holds up. Of course I myself would like these rules to create stuff to do a Pre-Heresy, non Deathwatch Campaign. Maybe set just before Istavaan and the players have to decide if they go with the Corpse Emperor or with the guys who were right, and side with Horus.


(yes, I meant DORK!)

Published: 12/3/2010 5:32:38 PM

@ Arag

I disagree there, the section in the Litany of War preview seemed to suggest chaplains are going to be an alternate specialty. We might just have a skull headed, black armoured, emperor lovin, crozius flailing, super kill guy running around really soon. Then the world would be complete...

Published: 11/30/2010 7:35:28 AM

I'm hoping for a little Sisters of Battle action. :P

Published: 11/28/2010 5:37:42 PM

Im really hoping they have good rules for making one of the 995+ chapters not included in the main rulebook. Im a Dark Angel diehard, but I have friends who are not worthy of membership in the Inner Circle. ;)

Published: 11/25/2010 7:21:12 AM

major Drool cant wait love looking at kit books , sad i know but hey I'm a nerd and proud of it

Published: 11/19/2010 5:43:16 AM

Dreadnaughts seem like they would be too overpowered for a PC character but I WANT ONE!

Marines dont just requisition Dreadnaught armor. They have to achieve serious amounts of glory for the empire and then get beat NEARLY to death (or at least close enough to death to require near total body replacement).

RP'ing that would take some serious work ....

Published: 11/18/2010 8:53:42 AM

I thought it likely Chaplains would be included, but they're not mentioned in the blurb, so I guess that's coming later. I can live without Chaplains though, and it sounds like there should be plenty of useful stuff in this book.

Published: 11/18/2010 5:33:46 AM

 Hardback pwn... i need it now!!!!!!!

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