News for August 2009
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The Past, Present, and Future of Dark Heresy
Dark Heresy | Published 11 August 2009

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Hello Dark Heresy fans!

Many of you may remember Knowledge Is Power, the 2009 Dark Heresy release schedule that I wrote back in the early days of this year. Knowledge is Power projected the plans for Dark Heresy in 2009, announcing six new books for the line.

Unfortunately, some of those releases have been late in arriving on the shelves at your local game store. Many factors go into the construction of an RPG book, and any snag along the way can cause issues that push the release date back. In this case, we encountered some unforeseen and severe art issues.

The FFG approach is to provide the best-quality game we can. Instead of rushing the books to print, we made sure these issues were resolved before moving forward with the release schedule. This was not an easy decision, but at FFG, we always strive to make the best possible product. You’ll be glad to know that these issues have been addressed, and the Dark Heresy books are proceeding at full steam ahead!

The delays to Dark Heresy have led to some speculation that the Dark Heresy line is being neglected in favor of Rogue Trader. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Dark Heresy is a vibrant game line that has many excellent releases lined up for years to come. Stay tuned to our website and attend the Dark Heresy seminars at Gen Con to hear the latest word. There are many more books on the way to empower the Inquisition’s works in the name of the God-Emperor.

In fact, The Radical’s Handbook is at the printer right now, and hot on its heels is Damned Cities, the second book in the Haarlock’s Legacy series, followed by Ascension—a sourcebook that offers your Dark Heresy characters the opportunity to ascend to higher tiers of power and authority. All three of these books are proceeding at the best possible speed, so keep your eyes on this space for more information, previews, and discussions about the future of Dark Heresy!

Dark Heresy is a roleplaying game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, the grim darkness of the far future. Players take on the roles of Acolytes serving the Inquisition, rooting out heresy and corruption from within the galaxy-spanning Imperium of Man.

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Published: 10/7/2009 6:19:09 PM

So it's been nearly 2 months since this posting. The "At the printer" Radicals Handbook has yet to be released, and there is no word on Damned Cities or Ascension, books that were promised in Fall 2009. But if "At the printer" takes 2 months or more, we won't see either of these books until Witner 2010 at the earliest.

The Laughing God
Published: 8/19/2009 2:13:16 AM

That's good news. How about a revised version of the Knowledge is Power release schedule booklet with all the new and correct dates of publication?

Published: 8/16/2009 12:20:40 AM

That's OK. We never believe printed dates anyway. :) But it's great to know they are close, can't wait!

Published: 8/14/2009 5:09:04 PM

like a Malefic Codex or something? thatd be cool but we would have to wait for after Ascension probably

Published: 8/14/2009 9:13:27 AM

Now all I want to hear is that you're working on more books like Creatures Anathema, maybe it's just the swedish way of doing things but I prefer to just have stats etc for monsters and then make up my own adventures. How about making a second monsterbook with all the greater demons added to it?

Judge Devs
Published: 8/12/2009 3:28:56 PM

As impatient as I am for more DH and RT, I'd rather see a continued commitment to a quality product rather then quanity. There are so many good games out there, without even mentioning all the other good stuff FFG makes on it's own that there is always enough to keep me busy.

Published: 8/12/2009 2:48:52 PM

thanks ffg we nearly killed each other in the forums with that argument, i kept faith!!!

though im incredibly sad that i wont be able to attend the seminars at gencon because im going on sunday....

is there going to be a Dark heresy booth at gencon with possibly a new book?

Published: 8/12/2009 5:15:45 AM

Like the most of you, i prefer await for a good quality book rather to be eager having plenty of poor ones.

Nothing more rageous than a sourcebook whose the correct use needs a ton of errata due to a fast release (which often implies a lack of  coherence and sometimes a lack of  soul )

Published: 8/12/2009 1:58:11 AM


Not pleased about it, but happy to get an update.  Truth be told we are getting ready to top out our promotion scale, and were hoping for some Ascension to relieve that pressure.  We are also trucking right on through the Haarlock Trilogy, and look forward to that as well.

In other words, my group digs these products to the point of frustration when we lack requisite access...much like any other junkies.

Published: 8/11/2009 9:41:09 PM

I agree with the previous comments, Quality trumps quantity. Id rather have one awesome tome of gming power then a million inferior products.

Published: 8/11/2009 5:47:25 PM

Thanks for the Information. Quality above all else. One fine source-book  is worth twenty poor ones.

Published: 8/11/2009 4:00:26 PM

I am happy to hear that the... "imbalance" of the cover you gave to RT and DH is not "due to desgin" but "due to art".
Quality goes first. As long as you can ensure that we do not end up with something needing several errates, I am quiet fine with waiting a little longer.

Happy to hear that "Radicals" is in print. This means I have a chance that copy turns up in germany by september... or that you might give us a glimpse on...let´s say the "content list"? :0)

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