News for October 2009
Dark Heresy 2009 Adventure Contest 14
This Year's Theme: Radicals!
Dark Heresy | Published 13 October 2009

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Greetings Dark Heresy fans!

This week I am proud to announce the 2009 Dark Heresy Adventure Contest!

The contest for this year has a special theme—the Radical side of the Inquisition! Mutants, heresy, daemons, aliens and much more are all fair game. From Radicals as the protagonists to purging the Radical taint in the name of Puritan ideals, all are up for grabs. Last year’s contest produced some excellent entries, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the adventures for this year!

The official rules are presented below.

Contest Rules and Info:

The Prize

The winning entry will receive a signed copy of The Radical’s Handbook in addition to recognition on the FFG web site. Also, the top three finalist scenarios will be made available for download once the finalists have been announced, so the fans can view them and play the best scenarios submitted. 

You can find the finalist and winning entries for the 2008 competition on the Dark Heresy Support Page.

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: 10/21/2009 5:17:55 PM

I am struggling with this, I am writing an adveture that I think worthy of the contest but I am really going to struggle with the 10 000 word limit.

Did i read somewhere that in the last contest Appendices didn't count to the word limit?

Published: 10/18/2009 9:32:54 AM

Darn this word limit im gonna be stretched to fit everything in Ross

Published: 10/17/2009 7:23:20 AM

actually all three radical factions would get along together really well so yeah they'd probably go drinking

Published: 10/16/2009 4:23:57 AM

I'm glad Aureus you didn't see Ross's post below (thanks Ross), because that's the BEST CREATURE EVER! By the way, probably in the WH40K universe, 'pi' is defined to be 3 by the Ecclesiarchy, though the true value is hoarded by the Mechanicus so that rise in rank allows you to know more decimal places. Anyway...

You're right - having a quick reference to basic stats is a good idea.


Published: 10/15/2009 6:21:30 PM

For the reference issue, I think the safest way to handle it (if we are without guidance from FFG) is to do something like this:


If the Acolytes investigate the basement, they will be assaulted by three wild Farglenax.  For full stats see Creature's Anathema, pg. XX.  Otherwise, the relevant stats for the encounter are below:

WS: 183 BS: 04, S: 40 (8), Ag: 30, T: 12, Per: π, Int: e, WP: -1^(1/2) Fel: 09

Weapons: Teeth (1d5+6); Headbutt (1d10+8)

Traits: Fear 0; Incomprehensible; pointless; unnatural str x2

FFG Ross Watson
Published: 10/15/2009 2:10:55 PM
FFG Staff

You are free to use a page reference if you like to another Dark Heresy product when necessary. Good luck everybody!

Published: 10/15/2009 10:36:24 AM

Brokenspiders: You're right, it'd be nice to have an official guideline on this, since using organisations/plots/creatures from other supplements A: is quick and saves space for what is a rather small page limit, B: ties in nicely with the wider setting and helps add flavour and background, and C: would help FFG by having a nice motivation for everyone to buy their supplements (not that the supplements aren't great enough already!). But who would risk having their adventure vetoed just because they'd used a shortcut?

I also hope Nojo509 finishes that joke ;-)



Published: 10/14/2009 12:11:28 AM

Will the winner (or finalists) have thier adventure redesigned (layout) to match the layout of official dark heresy products (such as the way Trent redid Edge of Darkness)? For that matter, will last year's winner (finalists) ever get this treatment?

Published: 10/14/2009 12:09:30 AM

If we use a creature from Creatures Anathema do we add the stats into the adventure, or put a note such as "See Page XX of Book title"?

Published: 10/13/2009 5:54:27 PM

Oh goody. So a Xanthite, a Recongregator, and an Isstvanian walk into a bar...

Published: 10/13/2009 5:40:01 PM


It is, and as far as I understand the legal side of such things, it cannot be any other way. Take a view from the other side of the table:

FFG builds an adventure, one that will be released AFTER this contest.
The contest happens, the release happens later. all of a sudden there is a law suit because some competitioner claims that the FFG-Adventure Figure of Inquisitor Mermel Lestacius is a rip-off of his Inquisitor Jorodian Ficht. As well as some combound used in the FFG adventure is very similiar to one combound in his adventure.

Same thing could happen with any & every adventure after this contest.
As a company, you have to ways of avoiding such things

a) use very heavy handed disclaimers
b) do not do any contests

Published: 10/13/2009 4:56:33 PM

So the work we submit can be used/changed for profit by someone else (FFG/GW) and we won't even be credited, unless we win of course(But then just on the website).  I ask why would I want that, for a signed book?  So I can say hey this is mine, and you have to buy it from someone else and I don't get credit/money.  Please tell me Im wrong.

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