News for November 2011
The Chosen of the Emperor 10
First Founding, a supplement for Deathwatch, is now available
Deathwatch | Published 16 November 2011

“We are the chosen of the Emperor, whose wisdom made us whole; we are the sons of the Primarch, whose flesh gives us life; and we are brothers of the Chapter, whose honour makes us Astartes!"
      –First Chant of the Neophyte

First Founding, a supplement for Deathwatch, is now on sale at your local retailer and through our webstore! The First Founding Legions were crafted by the Emperor himself in the image of his twenty Primarchs. They forged the Imperium in bloody combat as they waged the Great Crusade across the galaxy. Many Space Marines fell to the maligned seduction of Chaos during the Horus Heresy, but those that stayed loyal formed the base from which all Space Marine Chapters would be created. Those Chapters that still hold the loyalist Legions’ names and colours are the oldest and the most revered of all the Adeptus Astartes.

First Founding details the nine Chapters directly formed from the loyalist Space Marines Legions, and includes new rules from solo modes to new advances specialities. Of these nine Chapters, First Founding features the final four Chapters not discussed in previous Deathwatch rulebooks. This exciting supplement includes the background of the nine Traitor Legions and their fall to the seduction of the Ruinous Powers. Additionally, for the first time in Deathwatch, First Founding provides new rules for Battle-Brothers to have followers.

A word from the developer

For more on First Founding, here’s a word from Deathwatch’s lead developer:

The Battle-Brothers of the Deathwatch owe their heritage to a myriad of diverse chapters from across the Imperium. Of these chapters, none are more revered than those that owe their namesake to the original Space Marine Legions that fought in the Great Crusade. From the wild Space Wolves of Fenris, to the cold and calculating Iron Hands of Medusa, the chapters of the First Founding have a long and glorious legacy.

First Founding is all about those Space Marines who owe their name to the legendary First Founding Legions. It provides rules for playing as Battle-Brothers from the four First Founding Chapters never before detailed in the Deathwatch line: the Iron Hands, the Raven Guard, the Salamanders, and the White Scars. The book also includes new rules for the other five First Founding Chapters, including some all new chapter-specific Advanced Specialties and Chapter Relics.

As we made this book, we worked to explore the relationships between Battle-Brothers of these different chapters. First Founding contains an entire chapter devoted to the experience of joining the Deathwatch, and serving along Space Marines of all different backgrounds for the first time, helping players to get even more personally involved with their character during his service in the long watch.

Finally, First Founding contains a gripping adventure that sees the Kill-team working alongside forces from three different Space Marine chapters. As these chapters’ combat philosophies begin to clash, tensions rise, and it is up to the Kill-team to mediate between the chapters and determine the fate of an entire world.

Read our previews, Iron Hands and Upon the Shoulders of Primarchs, then visit your local retailer to bring First Founding to your Deathwatch campaigns!

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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Published: 1/10/2012 12:42:42 AM

This along with Hostile Acquisitions will be my next pick-ups for my rapidly growing line of FFG WH40K games. Iron Hands and Salamanders Finally Yay!

Published: 11/20/2011 12:41:16 PM

Tell us more  in the Forums please, Mr Grimace! 

Mr. Grimace
Published: 11/20/2011 12:53:09 AM

 I have it. This book is amazing. I can not say enough good things about it. Buy it fans of the genre.

Liu Jen Hao
Published: 11/18/2011 4:50:07 AM

Smashing news, Chaps!!

So, any news of PDF release dates for this totally righteous book?

Published: 11/17/2011 8:53:21 PM

Can't wait for this to get here in the mail.

Published: 11/17/2011 3:06:47 PM

Or X-Mas is nearing. ;)



Published: 11/17/2011 5:28:50 AM

That was fast.  Looks like the time getting goods to market has made a major improvement. 

Mr. Grimace
Published: 11/16/2011 5:08:32 PM

 Yay! I hope Black Crusade sees a Legion book equivalent. 

Published: 11/16/2011 5:02:36 PM

As I said before, you statted up the two chapters I admit a small begrudging fondness for.  FFG might have drug me into the Deathwatch RPG kicking and screaming yet.

Published: 11/16/2011 4:31:04 PM

fantastic news! really been looking forward to this one!

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