News for January 2011
Many Rites, Many Battles 24
A designer diary for Rites of Battle, an upcoming Deathwatch supplement
Deathwatch | Published 14 January 2011

Greetings, Deathwatch fans!

Rites of Battle, an important upcoming sourcebook for Deathwatch, will be on store shelves within a few weeks. Rites of Battle fills an significant niche in the game line by providing additional options for players and GM’s alike, plus plenty of additional rules, background, and setting information about the Deathwatch and the Jericho Reach. This book is a comprehensive guide for any Deathwatch campaign.

An outstanding writing team was assembled for this project, consisting of Owen Barnes, Andy Chambers, Ben Counter, Graham Davey, Lee Gunby, Andy Hoare, Jason Marker, Sam Stewart, Andrea Gausman, Tim Huckelbery, and Kevin Rubitsky. Many of you will no doubt recognise some of these talented writers! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of their specific contributions. Today, let’s begin with an overview of what Rites of Battle will bring to your Deathwatch campaign.

Rites of Battle contains 256 pages of content, and the writing team filled every page with new material for any Deathwatch campaign. Chapter I includes rules for the Trials that a Space Marine must pass as an Aspirant in order to be accepted into the Chapter, a section detailing the celebrated Imperial Fists Chapter, and a description of how to integrate Successor Chapters into your game. In addition, Andy Hoare crafted something many fans are really looking forward to, a thorough system to create your very own personalised and custom Space Marine Chapter!

Owen Barnes wrote in an earlier designer diary about the sections for Honours and Distinctions, and he also created some expanded rules for using Renown that go along with other additional rules for Solo and Squad Mode abilities. Yet another helpful section of the book involves Advanced Specialities, including rules for advancing your Deathwatch Space Marine into some specialised roles such as the Deathwatch Chaplain and the Deathwatch Keeper.

Chapter III focuses on expanded wargear options, including a robust description of the various marks of Power Armour that the Adeptus Astartes have used down through the millennia, and additional relics to enhance the abilities of your Kill-team.

Next, Rites of Battle contains a thorough set of vehicle rules and vehicle stats for the Space Marines, Chaos, and Tau forces. The book concludes with a look inside the mysterious walls of Watch Fortress Erioch, featuring profiles of many of its denizens, including Inquisitors, Space Marines, and more shadowy individuals who remain within the halls of Erioch for a number of reasons.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll have more designer diaries about Rites of Battle from the writing team, plus previews and much more! Stay tuned to the Deathwatch website for more information to come. For the Emperor!

Deathwatch is a roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of the bio-engineered super-soldiers known as Space Marines. United with their battle-brothers, players will complete extraordinary missions involving some of the greatest heroes and deadliest opponents the Warhammer 40,000 universe has to offer.

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