News for October 2010
Know Your Enemies 10
A glimpse into The Creature Guide for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay | Published 29 October 2010

New enemies emerge from the darkest reaches of the Old World...

One of the most fundamental elements of any roleplaying game is the adversary that must be overcome by the players. Sometimes this adversary appears in the form of social challenges, puzzles, or maze-like dungeons that must be navigated. However, more often than not, players are faced with deadly combat against foes that show no mercy. These terrible foes are what make fights memorable, and now Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay GMs will have many more options when choosing enemies to pit against their players.

The Creature Guide, coming to store shelves soon, is the third of the core set Guides, the new hard-cover books containing all the core WFRP rules and information. Previously we looked at the Player’s Guide, containing pertinent player character information, and then the Game Master’s Guide, which holds the necessary GM materials (for an overview of all of these core products, visit the WFRP description page). Within The Creature Guide lies an expanded bestiary and many new concepts that make building encounters easier than ever! With rules on building encounters and utilising the new components found in The Creature Vault, this Guide is an invaluable tool.

Introducing dozens of new enemies and adversaries to your game, The Creature Guide gives GMs many more options for populating their stories, battles, and adventures. This comprehensive bestiary is organised alphabetically by creature category or classification (i.e. Beastmen, Greenskins), and each category contains various types of adversaries and how to use them in your game. You can see a few sample pages by clicking the links below:

A sample of chapter 3, The Bestiary (pdf, 1.5 MB)
A sample page from Creature Statistics (pdf, 740 KB)

One of the new concepts in The Creature Guide is the introduction of Group sheets. These can be found in chart form in the back of The Creature Guide and in component form (sheets) in The Creature Vault. These Group sheets are similar to the Nemesis Organisation sheets found in the Game Master’s Toolkit expansion, containing the rules, flavour, and common bond between the creatures within that Group. Want to pit your players against a horde of Greenskins? Simply refer to the Greenskin Group sheet which contains all the rules that will govern your Greenskin war party and you’re ready for battle!

Next week we will look at The Creature Vault and see how these Group sheets - combined with the new Creature cards - can move all of your creature information from book to cards and sheets, giving you a visual way to create and run your encounters.

Also found in The Creature Guide are handy appendices that compile the information from the creature Action cards, group sheets, and Creature cards (which contain all key creature stats) which can be referenced on the fly. Combined with a master index in the back of the book, these appendices are great resources to reference material found on the cards and sheets from The Creature Vault.

Check back next week as we take a look into The Creature Vault to learn more how GMs can now build and run their combat encounters using only the information on the included components!

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a roleplaying game that sets unlikely heroes on the road to perilous adventure, in the grim setting of Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy world. Players will venture into the dark corners of the Empire, guided by luck and Fate, and challenge the threats that others cannot or will not face.

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Published: 10/31/2010 12:06:13 PM

I am absolutely loving that they are releasing hardcovers for the new game. While I love box sets I am a big fan of having hardcover rpg books.

Nova Nagilum
Published: 10/30/2010 3:29:41 PM

I'd love to see the fimir make a return. That might be my favorite monster of all time (other than vampires of course). I'm hoping to see more creative expansion when it comes to monsters - D&D, and many other rpgs tend to have a bit more variety when it comes to the various creatures that can be discovered and fought. And while some of them have certainly not been all that amazing or beneficial to their respective games, the myriad number of beasts adds to a sense of otherworldly mysticism and deeply rooted mythology. I'd like to see area-specific monsters, perhaps with some sort of consistent history on how they came into existence from the times when chaos first arrived and affected certain regions - sort of like how the titans influenced the world of Greek myth. Daemon-spawned races of Araby and Cathay, and secret deep-dwelling monsters of the Dark Lands or the Mountains of Mourn.

But yes, I'd be enthralled just to see the fimir make a comeback.

Published: 10/30/2010 10:21:46 AM

Yeah. Going to have to get this one. Course, Ill be using lots of post it notes to cover the rules LOL.

Published: 10/30/2010 1:55:26 AM

That's not a Zoat that's a Dragon Ogre. I think it even Shaggoth.

Published: 10/30/2010 1:41:00 AM

Wait a moment... is that a ZOAT on the cover?! Does that mean that the mighty FIMIR is lurking between the covers, too?!

Published: 10/30/2010 1:39:22 AM

Amazing! Excellent! Those background information, those arts and everything - WOW! FFG send it to the store as soon as You can, please! Can't wait for this Creature Guide & Vault! I want them all and I want them now! :D

Published: 10/29/2010 9:45:27 PM

 I'm hoping that there are horses as well as boars, Cold Ones and wolves.

Published: 10/29/2010 8:38:31 PM

digging the art on page 17

Published: 10/29/2010 5:40:45 PM

Excellent ! From all the three guides/vaults this is the one I'm waiting for !

Published: 10/29/2010 5:14:49 PM

Aiiieee!  Here be dragons!  Flee for your lives! 

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