News for October 2011
Fleecing the Faithful 5
A preview of Hostile Acquisitions, the upcoming Rogue Trader supplement
Rogue Trader | Published 27 October 2011

“We wretched souls here on the frontier of the Imperium are all but lost as we face unspeakable horrors, unfathomable temptations, and threats to our very humanity. It is only by the merciful vigilance of Saint Drusus that we are brought safely through the storm.”
      –‘Sister’ Styliane, relic peddler in Footfall

Greetings Rogue Traders!

Back in August, we announced the upcoming release of Hostile Acquisitions, a supplement for Rogue Trader that’s devoted to those earning their livings in the grey areas of Imperial law. From new characters and equipment to creating nemeses and running games based on criminal enterprise, Hostile Acquisitions is an invaluable resource on those Rogue Traders who are more rogue than trader.

We’ve since heard from contributing writer Nathan Dowdell, who gave us a look at less-than-legal weapons and equipment, as well as the threats that criminally-minded Explorers may face. But how might a (more or less) law-abiding Rogue Trader start down the path to illegitimate operations it the first place?

A life of crime

Among its nearly 150 pages of helpful content, Hostile Acquisitions offers eight engaging Alternate Career Ranks. Rather than redefining existing characters, these optional careers represent a way for players to supplement their current skill sets and personal stories.

Today, we’re pleased to offer a look at one of these Alternate Career Ranks: The Drusian Charlatan (pdf 1.9 MB). Traveling the Imperium selling false relics of the revered Saint Drusus, these swindlers make their living taking advantage of the devout, yet hapless, masses. Alongside other Alternate Career Ranks such as the Swashbuckler and Manhunter, Drusian Charlatans offer a unique opportunity for deeply thematic play and interesting plot hooks.

Keep checking back for more on Hostile Acquisitions in the coming weeks, and look for it on store shelves later this quarter!

Rogue Trader is a roleplaying game set in dark gothic far future of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. Players take on the roles of explorers aboard a Rogue Trader's ship, searching for profit and adventure while discovering new alien cultures and threats in the uncharted regions of space.

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Published: 12/12/2011 7:03:40 AM

I agree, Zarkov N! I hope these will add additional detail and character to our PCs just as they promise.

Zarkov N
Published: 11/30/2011 5:06:51 PM

Looks neat!  A little of #1, a little of #2.  I like the idea of an optional career as an island break, rather than a path that thou shalt be dedicated to forthwith.

Published: 11/19/2011 12:34:33 PM

I don't care for ranks or careers anymore, give us "Black Crusade Style" of making characters in Rogue Trader.

Uncle Screwtape
Published: 11/9/2011 11:59:41 PM

 a Swashbuckler career? I'm intrigued!

Published: 10/28/2011 4:38:12 PM

Interesting. I like it when the alternate ranks are available at lower levels.

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