With recent announcment of Dark Heresy 2nd edition, it became obvious that the 1E is dead, I wouldn't really mind it if it meant just updating rules for OW/BC level, but apparently will be getting completely incompatible mechanics and brand new sector. Now, I don't want to start any edition wars, I don't consider 2e a bad thing, especially that I don't really know it since I have not bought beta and don't plan to do so, though I'm definitely buying final core rulebook when it will be released.
Even if 2nd edition will be good, there will be probably many of us that will prefer to remain on 1e, maybe some of us will think it has better rules, maybe some of us will prefer to remain in Calixis, maybe some of us just hate change. Doesn't really matter the reason. What matters is that we will remain without having anymore support for our game line. And that sucks, but who can blame FFG for wanting to refresh their best 40k game. Certinaily not me.
However, this leaves us with lots of questions about the Calixis sector unanswered, and while some of them, like the Tyrant Star, should remain so, so every GM could craft his own dark answer, not all should be left in shadows. During all the years when Dark Heresy was published we received some great supplements like Disciples of the Dark Gods or Blood of Martyrs, lots of topics were brought to our attention and described in rich and interesting detail.
So what can we do if we do now? Well, since the Calixis sector has been left unguarded, we should descend on it and make our own supplements. That's right, that's how it was done in ye olden days when game line died. We're rich and creative community with lots of awesome ideas, so why not use it to our advantage? We won't receive much more information about Calixis sector from FFG, only snippets and mentions that will get smuggled in books for other 40k RPG game lines.
I say, let us gather a team of writers and artists, write a supplement and release it for free for all fans of Dark Heresy. While the task may seem daunting, many fans of other games have done so before when their beloved game was killed and so can we. We just need to organise. While I'm aware that many of us have families, jobs, studies and other important matters, we all also have some free time, otherwise we wouldn't play RPGs, right? So, we can devote some of this time for describing a few weapons or planet or something.
How I think it should be done? (By the way, it's just my humble opinion, not a descision of any sorts) We should gather a team who can devote a fair share of their free time for writing and/or creating art, but also accept texts from non-affiliated with team fans. Maybe someone has great idea for a chaotic cult, but doesn't have time to devote oneself to writing a whole supplement, such person can describe his idea and send to creative team for reviewing (to check if it doesn not contradict any official lore or things planned for the supplement) and them accepted.
So what supplements should we create? I think everyone who wants should submit their idea and then let the fans vote for what they want the most right now. Calxis sector gazetteer? Puritan's Handbook? Witch Hunters guidebook? Psykers sourcebook? Whatever gets most votes, should get priority.
I'm not saying such a team would be a stable organized unit that would write supplement after supplement, maybe someone just wants describe few worlds of Hazeroth Abyss, but doesn't care about psykers at all? That's fine. Team for each supplement should be probably created anew. If there will be more than one supplement anyway.
What do you guys think about this?