History TabletopGame / RogueTrader

29th Apr '16 11:27:53 AM SwordsageRagnar
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* EasyLogistics: A necessity in terms of rules, given the additional need of book keeping by players and GameMaster already regarding their ship (and it's crew population and morale). Otherwise the game would devolve into one massive pile of accounting. Also explained via the Profit Factor system which doubles as Currency and Influence in game. Essentially, a Rogue Trader houses are so rich, that the question is not "How many Thrones does this costs?" but rather, turning to their book keepers and going "Do I have enough to buy this without bankrupting us, and know the right people, yes or no?"
** Ships in general are presumed to have 6 months (Terran-Standard) worth of supplies to maintain proper operations without docking at a Space Port or orbiting a world which can provide such supplies, though it is extendable with upgrades. This counts for keeping the crew fed and healthy, as well as keeping machinery and systems working with proper functionality. Every month beyond that time limit, begins imposing Morale loss, and misfortune of the GM's choosing to represent the limited remaining supplies.
** All of the Explorers (Players) personal guns are presumed to have enough of their default ammo type on the ship, allowing to resupply them at any time they're on board. Additionally, any successful acquisition test to obtain any particular consumables, like special ammo types, grenades and other things (Med-kits, Combat-Stimms, etc), are also presumed to have it sufficiently stocked on the ship as above. This means the only thing limiting how much of each a player has at any one time before visiting their ship's armory, is weight, common sense, and the GM's discretion. One optional rule recommended by the rule book, is that unless a player specifies otherwise, to follow the "Rule of Three"[[note]]three reloads for each of their weapons, three of each type of grenade they carry, and three doses/servings of other consumables[[/note]]. Compare that to the other Warhammer 40,000 [=RPGs=], where players routinely have to roll Requisition tests for any item, including ammo for their guns based on individual amounts (I.E. 2 magazines worth of ammo)
27th Apr '16 11:37:36 PM FearlessSon
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* MildlyMilitary: Controlling the crew of a Rogue Trader's ship requires a great deal of group discipline (especially as many dynasties' vessels are decommissioned military ships) but Rogue Traders are not part of the Imperial military. As a result, how tightly a Rogue Trader holds the reigns can very quite a bit.
18th Feb '16 10:13:08 AM Dalillama
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* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Though technically heretical, the so-called "Cold Trade" is a thriving grey market for alien artifacts that are discretely sold as curios to wealthy collectors among the aristocracy in the nearby Calaxis sector. The ForbiddenFruit allure of owning objects that are technically forbidden but hard to enforce ([[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney especially on the extremely wealthy]]) is something those with the means pay well for, and this can be a great source of profit for Rogue Traders who refuse to let pious prohibitions get in the way of their success.

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* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Though technically heretical, the so-called "Cold Trade" is a thriving grey market for alien artifacts that are discretely discreetly sold as curios to wealthy collectors among the aristocracy in the nearby Calaxis sector. The ForbiddenFruit allure of owning objects that are technically forbidden but hard to enforce ([[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney especially on the extremely wealthy]]) is something those with the means pay well for, and this can be a great source of profit for Rogue Traders who refuse to let pious prohibitions get in the way of their success.
12th Dec '15 1:44:41 PM FearlessSon
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* PlanetSpaceship: The Galean Sphere, an asteroid hollowed out and built entirely over by Dark Age of Technology era humanity, with any crew it once had long since abandoning it, though its arcane automated systems still maintain it. At some point, and by unknown means, it drifted into the [[PortalNetwork Eldar Webway]], where it was found by outcasts from [[Characters/Warhammer40000DarkEldar Commorragh]] who were driven out by viscous Kabal politics. They set up a ViceCity there called the Nexus of Shadows, establishing it as a port for the slave trade between many different species, allowing them to profit off the sale of beings sentient and otherwise and indulge in their sadistic sport at the same time. While its presence in the Webway means it does not have a defined location in real-space, most of its shortest real-space termni are in the Kronus Expanse.

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* PlanetSpaceship: The Galean Gaelan Sphere, an asteroid hollowed out and built entirely over by Dark Age of Technology era humanity, with any crew it once had long since abandoning it, though its arcane automated systems still maintain it. At some point, and by unknown means, it drifted into the [[PortalNetwork Eldar Webway]], where it was found by outcasts from [[Characters/Warhammer40000DarkEldar Commorragh]] who were driven out by viscous Kabal politics. They set up a ViceCity there called the Nexus of Shadows, establishing it as a port for the slave trade between many different species, allowing them to profit off the sale of beings sentient and otherwise and indulge in their sadistic sport at the same time. While its presence in the Webway means it does not have a defined location in real-space, most of its shortest real-space termni are in the Kronus Expanse.
6th Dec '15 6:34:02 PM FearlessSon
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* PlanetSpaceship: The Galean Sphere, an asteroid hollowed out and built entirely over by Dark Age of Technology era humanity, with any crew it once had long since abandoning it, though its arcane automated systems still maintain it. At some point, and by unknown means, it drifted into the [[PortalNetwork Eldar Webway]], where it was found by outcasts from [[Characters/Warhammer40000DarkEldar Commorragh]] who were driven out by viscous Kabal politics. They set up a ViceCity there called the Nexus of Shadows, establishing it as a port for the slave trade between many different species, allowing them to profit off the sale of beings sentient and otherwise and indulge in their sadistic sport at the same time. While its presence in the Webway means it does not have a defined location in real-space, most of its shortest real-space termni are in the Kronus Expanse.
2nd Nov '15 12:02:15 AM Deblin
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** Partially averted if a player is the Navigator. Since no one else can drive the ship, the mutiny has to pretty much put up with whatever your demands are (such as "don't kill the captain, just lock him in his room") until you reach a major port at minimum, at which point replacing the crew by more violent means becomes a viable option.
21st Sep '15 10:47:22 AM MarqFJA
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** [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace The Processional of the Damned, in the Accursed Demesne]]. A dark star sits at the center of the system and has an unknown pull into the warp as well as on the material plane, drawing ancient ships, space hulks, and even planets to it from the warp, each joining a long ring of matter slowly orbiting around it. The flow of time is somehow distorted here, with ships closer in to the dark star more ancient those those further out, even if they are of newer manufacture. Those who have visited it report the echos of voices on vox transmission given out long ago, that seem to reach out and cut off unexpectedly, and those who see it for themselves report a sense of [[EldritchLocation a dreadful intelligence watching them]]. Deeper in the Processional are what are called the Hollow Men, voidsuit wearers who emerge to break down ships that get near. No one knows where they come from or why they do what they do, and all the voidsuits they wear seem to be [[AnimatedArmor empty]]...

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** [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace The Processional of the Damned, in the Accursed Demesne]]. A dark star sits at the center of the system and has an unknown pull into the warp as well as on the material plane, drawing ancient ships, space hulks, and even planets to it from the warp, each joining a long ring of matter slowly orbiting around it. The flow of time is somehow distorted here, with ships closer in to the dark star more ancient those those further out, even if they are of newer manufacture. Those who have visited it report the echos of voices on vox transmission given out long ago, that seem to reach out and cut off unexpectedly, and those who see it for themselves report a sense of [[EldritchLocation [[GeniusLoci a dreadful intelligence watching them]]. Deeper in the Processional are what are called the Hollow Men, voidsuit wearers who emerge to break down ships that get near. No one knows where they come from or why they do what they do, and all the voidsuits they wear seem to be [[AnimatedArmor empty]]...
21st Sep '15 10:30:03 AM MarqFJA
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** Dross, a planet among the Heathen Stars. Remarkable in that the world has strange lightening storms that defy conventional logic and meteorology, occasionally sending bolts into low orbit to strike ships that get too close. Any landing is almost certainly doomed to failure and an ignoble crash. The surface is inhabited by survivors of those wrecks who regard the many derelicts on the surface as holy sites, and give praise to the "Sky Father" for delivering them new ones. They will defend such sites violently, and often war with each other over ownership of any of these various wrecks.

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** Dross, a planet among the Heathen Stars. Remarkable in that the world has strange lightening lightning storms that defy conventional logic and meteorology, occasionally sending bolts into low orbit to strike ships that get too close. Any landing is almost certainly doomed to failure and an ignoble crash. The surface is inhabited by survivors of those wrecks who regard the many derelicts on the surface as holy sites, and give praise to the "Sky Father" for delivering them new ones. They will defend such sites violently, and often war with each other over ownership of any of these various wrecks.
6th Sep '15 6:17:33 AM justanid
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[-''For the original ''Rogue Trader'' see the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' , this article is for the 2009 {{Tabletop RPG}}''-]

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[-''For the original ''Rogue Trader'' see the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' , this article is for the 2009 {{Tabletop RPG}}''-]
6th Sep '15 6:17:16 AM justanid
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The name ''Rogue Trader'' refers to two different games associated with the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. The original ''Rogue Trader'' was the first edition of the ''Warhammer 40,000'' tabletop game, while the current ''Rogue Trader'' (2009) is the second of a series of ''Warhammer 40,000'' tabletop roleplaying games. While its sister game ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' casts the players in the role of Inquisitorial Acolytes and focuses on themes of corruption and conspiracy, ''Rogue Trader'' is a game of exploration, adventure, and the horrors of the unknown, following one of the eponymous Rogue Traders and his crew as they explore the uncharted depths of space for gold, glory and the God-Emperor. Something like a DarkerAndEdgier ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- or, as some put it, MirrorUniverse ''Franchise/StarTrek''.

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The name [-''For the original ''Rogue Trader'' refers to two different games associated with see the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. The original , this article is for the 2009 {{Tabletop RPG}}''-]

''Rogue Trader'' was the first edition of the ''Warhammer 40,000'' tabletop game, while the current ''Rogue Trader'' (2009) is the second of a series of ''Warhammer 40,000'' tabletop roleplaying games. While its sister game ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' casts the players in the role of Inquisitorial Acolytes and focuses on themes of corruption and conspiracy, ''Rogue Trader'' is a game of exploration, adventure, and the horrors of the unknown, following one of the eponymous Rogue Traders and his crew as they explore the uncharted depths of space for gold, glory and the God-Emperor. Something like a DarkerAndEdgier ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- or, as some put it, MirrorUniverse ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
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