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From the Past to the Future with Dead Stars 24
The Haarlock's Legacy Concludes!
Dark Heresy | Published 05 May 2010

by Ross Watson

+++Incoming Astropathic Transmission+++

Greetings, Dark Heresy fans!

The climactic finale to the Haarlock’s Legacy trilogy looms on the horizon! In Dead Stars, the unspeakable secrets of Rogue Trader Solomon Haarlock are revealed at last, and the Acolytes investigating his disappearance must make a dire choice that will affect the future for millions of Imperial citizens. With the fate of the entire Calixis Sector at stake, will the Acolytes stand in the way of Haarlock’s return, or will they allow the consequences of his vengeance? Find out in Dead Stars!

A New Challenger Appears!

Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, including the Dark Heresy, Deathwatch, and Rogue Trader lines, has been experiencing some amazing success. In fact, they have been so successful that FFG has recently hired another full-time developer, Mack Martin! As the developer of Dark Heresy, Mack will be able to devote 100% of his attention to Dark Heresy and lead the charge into the future with many more projects on the horizon. This will also allow me to focus entirely on the Deathwatch line, meaning that all three Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay games will have a dedicated developer.


For me, this is a momentous announcement: I am pleased to “pass the torch” to my friend and colleague Mack Martin, who is taking over as the Lead Developer for Dark Heresy beginning this month. I have rarely encountered a bigger fan of all things having to do with the Inquisition than Mack, and I am really looking forward to seeing what he has in mind for the future! Naturally, I will be working closely with Mack during the transition, and I hope you will all join me in wishing him the best!

The Next Step

Next week’s designer diary is devoted to Dead Stars and includes more information on the future of Dark Heresy. Until then, may the light of the Golden Throne guide your way!

Dark Heresy is a roleplaying game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, a setting in 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: 5/6/2010 9:10:05 AM

 Congrats and I am so looking forward to this!

Lucas Adorn
Published: 5/6/2010 3:03:14 AM

Welcome & good luck with your new job Mack!

Published: 5/6/2010 2:34:37 AM

Ross has done some amazing work with DH line you have some big shoes to step in too...  

All the best with your endeavours Mr Martin - may the Emperor bless you!

Is there a release schedule of what is planned over the coming year +, if so when can we see it...


Published: 5/5/2010 11:02:28 PM

 Well, people in 40K also are xenophobic fundamentalists, so in general Gibson fits in nicely - however, I'd say Harlock, as a comparatively free-minded (though possibly now daemon-possessed) homicidal maniac should be rather offended at the likeness.

Btw - go FFG with their whole 40K line! I'm glad my hard-earned bucks are going towards them hiring more people. They deserve it!

Published: 5/5/2010 9:48:15 PM

Welcome and Best Wishes!


"Erasmus Haarlock looks like Mel Gibson."

OH! So his machinations are the 40k Version of a drunken rant?



Published: 5/5/2010 7:39:54 PM

good news all round!

Welcome Mack,

really glad to hear they've got a full time dev for each line.

also: I wait with baited breath for next weeks designer diary!

Published: 5/5/2010 5:57:28 PM

Erasmus Haarlock looks like Mel Gibson.

Published: 5/5/2010 5:35:40 PM

 Welcome Mack!

Published: 5/5/2010 4:48:29 PM

 Any news on when this book will be out? Or the fabled Rogue Trader ship book?

In fact, any news on anything new for either line?

Published: 5/5/2010 4:30:07 PM

Congrats Mack!  You have thousands of people dying to know what is coming up after the Haarlock series in finished.  Good luck and I look forward to hear in what direction the Inquisition in Calixis will be moving.


Published: 5/5/2010 3:16:07 PM

Good luck to Mack, I hope he does well! Also good to see/hear that all 3 lines will have their own dedicated lead developers now!

Alluvian Est-Endrati
Published: 5/5/2010 2:27:48 PM

I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on this 3rd book to complete my set. Likewise I am very happy to know that development work is continuing on Dark Heresy even as Rogue Trader and Deathwatch are being worked on as well. Very happy thus far with the 40k RPG line all in all and I hope that the current trend of good stuff only continues.

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