News for November 2011
No Peace Amongst the Stars 13
Announcing The Jericho Reach, an upcoming Deathwatch supplement
Deathwatch | Published 11 November 2011

“There is no peace to be had amongst the stars. The sum total of human endeavour must be bent towards the singular goal of survival, and to falter in this task for even a moment is to court the extinction of mankind. We cannot permit laxity or negligence of any kind, for it is the duty of every man and woman in the Imperium to lend their every effort to the matter of survival."
      –Confessor Corvinus

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of The Jericho Reach, a supplement for Deathwatch! This comprehensive tome provides in-depth information on the struggles of Kill-teams currently operating throughout the Reach. Each chapter delves into detail on the personalities, planets, and themes of a specific salient, while providing players and Game Masters alike with important resources for integrating the setting more deeply into their campaigns.

What’s more, The Jericho Reach includes a full adventure. When Watch Fortress Erioch receives an astropathic distress signal from deep inside a Tyranid-infested planet, the Kill-team is immediately dispatched to investigate. Now, they must fight their way through monstrous adversaries while working to uncover the source of the strange message. But can they solve the mysteries of this war-ravaged world in time?

A word from the Watch Captain

For more on The Jericho Reach, Deathwatch’s developer agreed to share his insights:

For nearly half a century, the Achilus Crusade has raged through the Jericho Reach, forging a new Imperial sector from the ashes. But now, the Crusade has faltered; the devouring Tyranids, cunning Tau, and fiendish armies of Chaos have proved a worthy match, and the Crusade teeters upon the brink of disaster. Only the Space Marines of Watch Fortress Erioch, whose treacherous missions bring them to every corner of the Reach, can hold back the tide of xenos threats.

Earlier this year, The Achilus Assault took an in depth look at the Achilus Crusade and the history of the Imperium’s epic struggle to bring the light of the Emperor back to the stars of the Jericho Reach. Today, the Deathwatch team is proud to announce The Jericho Reach, a new sourcebook for the Deathwatch line that delves into the current struggles of the Space Marines of Watch Fortress Erioch against the xenos that threaten the Reach from all sides. 

In this latest addition to the Deathwatch line, detailed descriptions of planets, personalities, and adversaries from all corners of the Reach allow GMs and players to embark on deadlier and more diverse missions than ever before. Secretly aid the armies on Khazant by performing surgical strikes into the heart of the enemy territory, combat the insidious Tau on their worlds beyond the Greyhell front, and face off against some of the largest beasts of the Tyranid swarm.

Additionally, as Kill-teams fight against the many xenos that threaten the Imperium, they learn their tactics and strategies, and become even more efficient at hunting them down. The Jericho Reach presents a myriad of new abilities for Battle-Brothers to gain as they learn from conquering their foes. Powerful new solo modes, squad modes, oaths, and demeanours all become available as the Kill-team completes missions against specific adversaries.

Look for The Jericho Reach on store shelves early next year, and save the Imperium from the xenos threat!

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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Dok Martin
Published: 11/12/2011 3:00:16 PM

I must say I am surprised and impressed. Though the order of releases is debatable - this book should have been released right after Rites of Battle - the strategy behind it is not. Very neat. Definite buy.


Published: 11/12/2011 2:12:39 PM

Thanks for the clarification, I think that was necessary to understand the difference. I don't think the text conveyed that properly.



Published: 11/12/2011 12:02:31 PM

Definitely looking forward to this.  My RT campaign doesn't really have a great deal of focus on Jericho, though that will start to change in the future as the players really take up the mantle of the Haarlocks and complete the Legacy campaign.

After that, where they go is up to themselves, but the Reach certainly has many, many opportunities for the militant trader and this book will only add more.

Published: 11/12/2011 8:13:56 AM

Absolutely right Nathan. I, personally, am not exaggerating when I say this is the best book in the DW range. Page after page after page of just wonderful new stuff, both from a fluff perspective and a rules perspective.

But to attempt to answer AK's first question:

1. How does this book differ from the Achilus Assault? I don't think that this is entirely clear in spite of the text.

It's different because it's focus is the Deathwatch. The Achilus Assault was a world-building book that got us up to speed, described the foundations of the Crusade in the Reach as well as its history, personalities, adversaries and the current goings on from a high-level broad brush strokes level. This book looks at the Reach from the point of view of the Deathwatch itself. That's why this book is so important to the Deathwatch product line. The Achilus Assault, as good as it is, just introduced us to the Reach and how things operate. The Jericho Reach goes on step further by showing us how the Deathwatch interact with the Reach.



Published: 11/12/2011 7:30:43 AM

A good book, this - lots of content, delving into the war-torn present-day of the Jericho Reach from the perspective of Astartes forces, and the Deathwatch in particular, in the Reach. A GM with this book won't be lacking for plot hooks and locations for his campaign...

Published: 11/12/2011 6:48:09 AM

Hi Ak-73: I say give 'em the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe it'll start as another bughunt but end up as something else entirely...



Published: 11/12/2011 4:46:37 AM

This s.h.o.u.l.d. have been published first of a.l.l. the supplements. I'm thinking of calling Deathwatch "The Backwards Planning Game".

Published: 11/12/2011 2:27:11 AM

I had longed for something like this for a very long time... for the Calixis Sector. *sad sad me*
Well, perhaps some of it is "stealable".

Published: 11/12/2011 2:23:50 AM

Okay, two questions/remarks from a customer perspective:

1. How does this book differ from the Achilus Assault? I don't think that this is entirely clear in spite of the text.

2. Another Tyranid mission? Really? I'm not going to post spoilers but let's just say that Tyranids have made an appearance quite frequently in DW products. I understand they are the major xenos threat in the reach but it's getting old already.


Anyway, looking forward to it already.



Published: 11/12/2011 1:30:47 AM

Oh, this book is going to be perfect for any ongoing stuff I will use.

Published: 11/11/2011 9:12:47 PM

Hell yes! Best Deathwatch book in the range, bar none. I cannot wait for this to come out!!! Super-excited about this one... and I never say things like 'super-excited', so that tells you how pumped I am for this book.


Mr. Grimace
Published: 11/11/2011 5:32:22 PM

 Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Might be interesting.

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