News for December 2012
Steel Your Nerves
Announcing the Upcoming Release of Hammer of the Emperor for Only War
Only War | Published 07 December 2012

“This ain’t training, trooper. This is the real thing. Those are real bullets and real bombs. This is war. If you want to make it through the next few hours alive, you better do exactly as I say and exactly as I do.”
      –Sergeant Rince Klebb, Baraspian 3rd Rifles, shortly before his death

The soldiers of the Imperial Guard stand resolute against the horrors of the galaxy. Arm yourself with new weapons and training to overcome the odds and vanquish your foes!

Only War is coming in just a few more days, and now, Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce its first handbook!

Hammer of the Emperor is a handbook for the brave soldiers of the Imperial Guard. New options for regiment creation and mixed regiments, along with details on renowned regiments like the Attilan Rough Riders and Tanith First-and-Only, give players unique ways to wage war in the 41st Millennium. Plus, enhance your missions with new Advanced Specialties, an expanded armoury, rules for Mounted Combat, and much more!

Holding the Line

For more on Hammer of the Emperor, here’s a word from lead developer Max Brooke:

The Imperial Guard is the largest fighting force defending the Imperium of Mankind from the myriad of horrors that threaten it. As such, the men and women of its incredibly varied regiments are at the forefront of conflicts across the galaxy, giving their lives on stark battlefields far from their home worlds to safeguard the Imperium. Hammer of the Emperor is dedicated to these soldiers of the line, the Imperial Guard troopers who struggle through the most dire situations and foes the galaxy can unleash upon them with nothing but their lasguns, their wits, and their sheer determination.

Hammer of the Emperor covers a number of famous regiments from across the Imperium of Mankind, including the swift Attilan Rough Riders, the deadly Tanith First-and-Only, the intractable Valhallan Ice Warriors, and others. It also includes new Home Worlds, new Doctrines, and regimental Drawbacks, both to create these legendary regiments and to expand the options of players and Game Masters creating their own unique regiments. On the subject of creating unique regiments, Hammer of the Emperor includes rules for creating Mixed Regiment formations that allow for Guardsmen from different regiments to serve side-by-side.

Another major aspect of this book comes in the form of Advanced Specialities. These new options for seasoned Guardsman characters allow veteran troopers to gain new Specialities such as Brawler, Field Chirurgeon, and Sharpshooter, helping them either focus their abilities or expand into new skill sets to better serve on the battlefield. Beyond these specialized resources, Hammer of the Emperor has potent options, including a broad array of Talents, Comrade Orders, and wargear to help Player Characters of all Specialities wage war in the 41st Millennium.

Finally, to accompany new cavalry regiment options like the Death Riders of Krieg, Hammer of the Emperor includes rules for Mounted Combat, allowing troopers from Rough Rider regiments to fight from the backs of powerful steeds.

Hammer of the Emperor is full of new options to help players overcome the odds on the harsh battlefields of the far future, and I'm very excited to hear about the characters, regiments, and stories that people create with it.

Steel Your Nerves, Guardsman! Hammer of the Emperor is coming late in the first quarter of 2013, but in the meantime, check back for updates and further announcements.

Only War is a Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of soldiers in the Imperial Guard, the galaxy-spanning armies of the God-Emperor. In the face of overwhelming opposition, Guardsmen fight against mankind’s many enemies for the very survival of humanity and the continuation of the Imperium’s dominance over space.

    
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