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    Godgolden got a reaction from Joeker in TV Shows on a 40K World   
    Genius!
     
    Grand Cruiser Galactica
     
    The story of a lost Grand Cruiser being chased by Ironmen at the height of the Dark Age of Technology as they search for Holy Terra
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    Godgolden reacted to Egyptoid in Adeptus-Mechanicus Generator   
    a while back on Dark-Reign there was a random Ad-Mech generator
    with tables to make an Engineer with which to torment your players
     
    I have hacked those text files into an XLS spreadhseet.
     
    located here
     
    see if you like it or if its worth a **** to you
     
    screen shot

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    Godgolden got a reaction from Egyptoid in Adeptus-Mechanicus Generator   
    This is pretty dang sweet.
     
    Wonderfully interesting
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Wayfinder in Gregors Temptation, a 40k food menu.   
    So, I had an amusing fancy, just a handout below of some themed food items of Gregors Temptation, a 40k Restaurant on footfall.
     
    Gregors Temptation
     
    Beverage;
    The Redemptionist Recaff Suprise
    Maccabian Juice
    Black Blood Liquor
    Golden Throne Beer
    Cog Sweat Ale
    Obsidian Raenka
     
    Main;
    Malfian Devilled Eggs with Catachan Sauce
    The Little Chaos Soufflé with Liquid Heresy Liqueur
    Clixian Grox Cheek with Footfall Algae Stir-Fry
    Pilgrim Pancakes with Purified Cloud Crystals
    Writ of War with Infernus Sauce
    Crispy Razorwing
    Void-Whale Steak

    Desert;
    Underdeck Delight
    Omnissian Muffins with Thrice-Blessed Oil of the 17'th Law
    Stryx Clone Cake Trio
    Frontier Jelly
     
    Sides;
    Gregors Dark Secret Sauce
    Deal Breaker Gravy
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Talon of Anathrax in Don't You Love It When...   
    For me, is when a plan comes together.
     
    All the hard work, prep, lore, story telling, manipulation, blood and tears are worth it when an Arch completes perfectly.
     
    Normally completely different to how I imagined.
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Lynata in The Haedwinds of 40k (Retcon)   
    Enjoy what you can of 40k, they have been adding silly stuff for a while now, I am concerned they would do such wholesale butchering of established and interesting fluff to no doubt replace it with a less cool, more campy alternative.

     
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    Godgolden got a reaction from LoneKharnivore in Gregors Temptation, a 40k food menu.   
    So, I had an amusing fancy, just a handout below of some themed food items of Gregors Temptation, a 40k Restaurant on footfall.
     
    Gregors Temptation
     
    Beverage;
    The Redemptionist Recaff Suprise
    Maccabian Juice
    Black Blood Liquor
    Golden Throne Beer
    Cog Sweat Ale
    Obsidian Raenka
     
    Main;
    Malfian Devilled Eggs with Catachan Sauce
    The Little Chaos Soufflé with Liquid Heresy Liqueur
    Clixian Grox Cheek with Footfall Algae Stir-Fry
    Pilgrim Pancakes with Purified Cloud Crystals
    Writ of War with Infernus Sauce
    Crispy Razorwing
    Void-Whale Steak

    Desert;
    Underdeck Delight
    Omnissian Muffins with Thrice-Blessed Oil of the 17'th Law
    Stryx Clone Cake Trio
    Frontier Jelly
     
    Sides;
    Gregors Dark Secret Sauce
    Deal Breaker Gravy
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Errant Knight in Rogue Trader 2, What would you like to see?   
    On that thought Errant
     
    Clovis Munitorum-Pattern: specializes in easy supply (decrease quality and increase availability)
    Doru-Pattern: Has no specialty, they are the defacto basics for any PeeDeeEff, expect comments from your peers
    Fykos-Pattern: Spcialises in bespoke hunting tools (Increased range and stopping power)
    Khayer-Addin-Pattern: Masters of the art (increased protection/stopping power, reduced weight and always customised, 3 steps harder to purchase) expect comments from your peers
    Orthlack-Pattern: Specialises in sustained heavy ordnance (Increased capacity)
    Takara-Pattern: Specialises in Las weapons of all kinda (Increased reliability and always upgraded in some fashion)
    Westingkrup-Pattern: Simple high quality stopping power (Increased damage, decreased availability)
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Utherix in Elite advances, question...   
    Screw all this noise, find it on someones tree, double the xp cost, move on!

    =D
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Egyptoid in Elite advances, question...   
    Screw all this noise, find it on someones tree, double the xp cost, move on!

    =D
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Decessor in PCs who like to park themselves on the Ship (revisted)   
    I think absent mindedly making 'your npc people' fail this sort of thing is alittle disingenuous, if the players put hard work into it then they send 'the right men' etc sure they may not reap as much as if they personally did it, but it should absent mindedly be a total loss, or make it a command test or extended social test to get effect your men, using them as a remote 'hand'.
     
    'Forcing' your players into being cool is alittle iffy.
     
    Then again if they send in a bunch of white shields into the 'deep dark' then sure, total loss should be expected.
     
    Gm's taliing about rocks falling and people dying has always irked me.
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Decessor in Rogue Trader Reference Spread Sheet of Everything Ever...hopefully   
    Was using your tool, perhaps you could put a simple chart under Acquisitions going into detail about acquiring ship components from various facilities (BK)?
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    Godgolden reacted to Major Kimenth in Rogue Trader Reference Spread Sheet of Everything Ever...hopefully   
    Hi All, 
     
    So for ease of reference in his up coming RT game my partner has transcribed the following from all the Rule / adventure books at his disposal (at least 90% - 95% of the published works) in to a single spreadsheet:
     
    Acquisitions Craftsmanship & Qualities Alternate Career Ranks Weapons Upgrades Armour Gear Cybernetics Starship Hulls Starship Components Starship Upgrades Torpedoes & Attack Craft Combat Actions Psychic Disciplines Navigator Powers  
    ------EDIT------
     
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0bebs1mkw1ogyma/AABIWNNkFVGVHoCJUhsCSlpsa?dl=0
     
    ---------------------------------
     
     
    If you notice any errors or missing items please let me know and we will look into it.
     
    I hope this is helpful.
    Major Kimenth
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    Godgolden reacted to Gavmando in Rogue Trader Reference Spread Sheet of Everything Ever...hopefully   
    Awesome job mate. Thank you.
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    Godgolden reacted to Errant Knight in My House Rules   
    I've gotten a lot of private messages and a couple public requests asking about my house rules, so I'm just starting a thread to post them.  These are the ones that work for me.  They aren't all mine.  I've borrowed liberally from others on this same forum.  It might take me several posts to add all the files I'm using.  I might just give links.  Some of these are incomplete, some are deliberately vague.  Here they are as they appear on my website in roll20.  I'd just post the link to there but those of you that use that medium will understand that I don't want traffic in an ongoing campaign.  Some of this material is specific to the campaign in question, but I'll leave it there to provide would-be roll20 GMs an idea of the info they might want to provide prospective players.  Most, if not all these house rules originally had explanations attached to them.  My players told me they weren't necessary so I took them out.  It would seem they didn't appreciate reading a book after reading a book to play a game.  Go figure.
     
    House Rules
     
    These are the House Rules that I intend to use. They are negotiable to a certain extent. Let me know if you see any possible issues. I've playtested most of them. The rest I have as good advice from people on various forums, mostly FFG's.

    Game sessions will be twice per month on Friday nights. I'm planning on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, but that part is entirely negotiable, and somewhat mutable. Game sessions will be from 10 PM - 1 AM EST, or 3 AM - 6 AM GMT (not including Daylight Savings Time).

    Mathhammer is taken into account, but not adopted in its entirety. Most of these changes are put in place to bring starship combat in Rogue Trader more in line with combat from Battlefleet Gothic.

    I fully encourage players to find ways to break the rules. I will usually provide a fix by reinterpreting the rules, but sometimes I just have to make some House Rules. If I have to make House Rules to fix something you broke, then I will reward you. Rewards are usually a permanent bonus to acquisition tests for your character. Don't break the PF/AP system. I already know it's broke and I do have a fix but it will change other parts of the game we probably really don't want to change. I don't recommend trying to break the personal combat systems. It's my experience that parties tend to bring along waves of NPCs with them and firefights follow horde rules or narration scenes. Don't expect to get too fancy.

    Starship Combat
    Macrocannon and bomber damage is calculated per hit. Armor is -12. Torpedo damge is -12. Lances have no range modifications and each strength point fires separately. DoS count only for crits. Broadsides' Strength are halved and fire twice (STR 5 broadsides would fire at STR 3 and STR 2). Shields go down for the entire round. The Abstract Method is used to keep track of small craft losses. Attack craft used in battle always make a maintenance check after that battle. Small craft form Wings made up of squadrons. A Wing can have as many squadrons as Flight Crew Rating/10 (rounded down). The damage of bombers is 1d10 + Flight Crew Rating/10 (rounded down). Ships firing or being fired at are at -10 for augur checks. Light Cruisers have a 90 degree turning rate. Profit Factor/Acquisition
    Ship Purchases/Sales/Prizes – Purchased ships cost PF equal to 10% of their SP cost, including components. Ships can be sold for an equal amount. Both sales and purchases can be further modified by skill checks. Prize ships added to your fleet reduce PF by 5% of their SP cost, to account for maintenance, salaries, ammunition supplies, etc. Repair and recruitment are handled separately. Colonies – I use Stars of Inequity, but had to simplify. Some of these rules are too cumbersome, some are just destructive, some break the PF system too quickly. In the new system PF is easier to generate at lower levels of colony growth and follows the Law of Diminishing Returns. Growth is greatly slowed. Much depends on the number of ships that visit your colony(ies). Space Docks and Stations increase PF. Orbital Defense Platforms decrease PF. Planetary defenses decrease PF. Ships that voyage with your flagship might reduce your PF if they aren't "working" ships. Working ships are those with components that enable their mission (ships on Trade Endeavors need cargo hold components to be considered working ships). Ships working independent missions (i.e. background endeavors) require components that enable those missions. "Escorts" for convoys on Background Endeavors reduce that Endeavor by 1-3 PF each. When making Acquisitions, if you miss the check by 5 DoF, a Misfortune (Rogue Trader p. 284) or Unwanted Attention (Into the Storm p. 223) will be generated. Initial Acquisitions - Your Initial Acquisition is NOT limited to single items. Your Dynasty's starting PF can grant you additional Initial Acquisitions. PF < 28, 1 Initial Acquisition PF 28-43, 2 Initial Acquisitions PF 44-59, 3 Initial Acquisitions PF > 59, 4 Initial Acquisitions Generally speaking, personal acquisitions can be made once every week in a suitable market. Large-scale military acquisitions and starship components can only be made once per month in a suitable market. Personal Combat
    Righteous Fury grants a 1d5 crit against most opponents. Monstrous Creatures don't suffer critical hits. Instead, ignore their toughness bonus. They have many more Wounds, though. I don't keep close track of Extras (Mooks, Joes, etc.). They just get put out of commission unless they're fanatics. Ranged attacks follow the newest rules (i.e. Only War and DH 2.0). Standard Attacks are at +10. Semi-Auto fires at +0 with an extra hit per 2 DoS. Full Auto fires at -10 with an extra hit for every DoS. Dramatic Moments
    Dramatic Moments are special one-use abilities that play like cards do from other games. You earn Dramatic Moments by being cool, doing things in-character that are disadvantageous in terms of metagaming, and simply making us all laugh. At the end of each game session, each player gets to nominate or vote for one player they think added the most to the session. The player with the most votes gets a Dramatic Moment, GM breaks ties. The GM also gets to award a Dramatic Moment. Dramatic Moments are generated randomly. Each is self-explanatory. They have obvious times to be played.

    Ship Components
    Teleportarium – Into the Storm has limiting factors on p. 150. I use all of them. Astropathic Choir Chambers are necessary to gain the effects of the Astropathic Relays found on p. 163 of Rogue Trader. To recap them... Astropathic Choirs - for each Astropath in the Choir, add +1 to Psy Rating (max. +10). If "Pushed" beyond this, weaker members of the choir are in risk. Dispersal Scoop - Psyniscience +10 to detect astropathic signals. Hexagrammatic Warding - all rolls on the Psychic Phenomena and Perils of the Warp tables are at -10. Focus Power tests are +10. Psychic powers have their range increased by 5 VU's. Pilots Chambers add +5 to Flight Crew Rating. Miloslavs no longer have x2 speed Small Craft Repair Decks add +10 to the Acquisition roll for maintenance. Landing Bays hold twice as many squadrons of Aeronautica instead of double-sized squadrons. This affects large-scale land warfare. Nova Cannons have 1.5 listed maximum range (i.e. 60 for a Mars-pattern) Miscellaneous
     
    Playing Aliens - No. Well, maybe, but probably no. Let's just stick with no. Crossover Characters - No. Well maybe, but probably no. Crossover characters with psychic abilities? NO. Space Marines? NO. No Psychic or Navigator powers outside the core rules may be chosen without previous permission. Don't purchase the Commerce AND Barter skills. They do the same thing. Halo Barges are larger than in published materials. They carry 4 different types of standardized cargo containers: bulk storage, tanker, passenger, and troops. It takes about an hour to switch a single craft's container. Bulk storage is good for about 100 tons of cargo, 2 armored vehicles, 5 walkers, or 10 bikes. Tankers also carry around 100 tons, but usually include pumping and fire extinguisher systems. Passenger containers seat about 100 people in relative comfort, while troop containers can carry a company in cramped conditions. Warp Travel – I like the idea of common reverses and setbacks from Warp travel, but I don't like the frequency of catastrophes in Navis Primer. The core rules didn't have enough detail for my last group, so I made up new charts that borrow much from both books, but require less die rolling than Navis Primer. Experience - Experience telescopes. This serves two purposes. New characters develop quickly so we can get into the meat of the game faster, and if you lose your character it won't hurt as much. I like to see early development. At the same time, I like plenty of playtime in the mid-to-high levels. Sessions 1-5 = 1000 XP each Sessions 6-10 = 900 XP each Sessions 11-15 = 800 XP each Sessions 16-20 = 700 XP each Sessions 21-25 = 600 XP each Sessions 26-30 = 500 XP each Sessions 31-35 = 400 XP each Sessions 36-40 = 300 XP each Sessions 41-45 = 200 XP each Sessions 46+ = 100 XP each Navigation
    You can chart Warp Routes and you can chart systems. Both requires successful use of the Astrography skill. Charting Warp Routes gives advantages in Navigation (Warp), travel times, and AP bonuses (as listed in Into the Storm). Charting systems affects Navigation (Stellar), in-system travel times and modifies the following types of encounters: radiation bursts, solar flares, gravity tides and riptides, asteroid fields, ice rings, dust clouds and rings, gas giant rings, and nebulae.

    Routes of the Koronus Expanse
    The Maw – the Maw, from Port Wander to Footfall, requires a single success to navigate. If any navigation test fails it is an automatic Warp Storm encounter. The Navigator can avoid the Warp Storm by dropping out of the Warp to any of the Stations of Passage. This can be done 4 times in a single passage, but no station can be visited more than once. and once bypassed cannot be chosen. The Station of Passage are, in order, The Battleground, The Witch-Cursed World or The Temple, and The Hermitage.
     
    Sub-Sector                                     Routes                                  Astronomicon
    Winterscale's Realm                        Stable                                   Visible
    Ragged Worlds                              Unstable                                 Obscured
    Heathen Stars                                 Stable                                    Visible
    Accurse Demense                           Unstable                                Obscured
    Cinerius Maleficum                          Unstable                              Obscured
    Cauldron                                        Surly                                   Shrouded
    Foundling Worlds                           Surly                                    Obscured
    Unbeholden Reaches                       Haunted                                Shrouded
    Rifts of Hecaton                             Haunted                                Lightless
     
    I won't show my charts here but the steps are largely the same.
    Step 1. Determining the Time and Distance
    Step 2. Diving the Auguries
    Step 3. Entering the Warp & Locating the Astronomicon
    Step 4. Steering the Vessel & Warp Encounters
    Step 5. Leaving the Warp & Determining Time

    Charting Warp Routes
    Charting new routes requires successful use of the Astrography skill.
    Warp Gates are +30 to your skill check
    Stable routes are +10 to your skill check
    Obscured routes are -10 to your skill check
    Shrouded routes are -30 to your skill check
    Imperial Date Class 0-2 +10 to skill check
    Imperial Date Class 3-5 -10 to skill check
    Imperial Date Class 6-8 -30 to skill check
    Imperial Date Class 9 -50 to skill check
    Lightless routes cannot be charted (there are myths and legends of exceptions, of course)
    Success results in starcharts of Poor Craftmanship plus one level of quality per 2 DoS.

    Elite Advances
    Elite Advances for Skills cost 300 XP. You can't purchase the +10 advance unless you're at Rank 4 or are willing to suffer 1d10 Insanity, and can't purchase +20 until Rank 7 or suffer the same fate. Elite Advances for Talents cost +100% XP. You can't purchase them at a rank earlier than their usual career can, unless you are of that career. You can reduce the XP cost to 150% if you are willing to pay 1d5 Corruption.

    Alternate Career Ranks
    I'm not fond of these, but I'm open to using them. They will be strictly controlled and people who want to build a character with multiple alternate career ranks will likely be disappointed. These are to be used to give flavor to a character story, not grant characters powers they don't usually have access to. If all you're looking for is a unique talent, consider going the Elite Advance route instead.

    Origin Paths
    Follow these strictly. I'm sure there are some great stories to explain why a character might deviate from them, but I'm equally sure those same stories can be told within the origin path. Some Lineage combinations will not be allowed. Some are just too unbalancing. If your Origin Path duplicates a skill without advancing it, I will advance it (e.g. If you get Language - High Gothic twice, it will advance to +10).

    Armsmen, Household Guard, Companions, etc.
    Armsmen are the armed crew members, the policemen of your ship. These are the people with access to an armory of some type. They are 5% of the crew. This number can be increased with the acquisition of more equipment.

    The Household Guard your Dynasty begins play with is equal to your starting PF x 10. The Household Guard is more highly trained and better equipped than your Armsmen. Their numbers can only be increased through military acquisition.

    Each character gets 40 companions to start with. If you play an Astropath, your Choir has to come out of that 40. If you play a Navigator, your relief must come from that number. Each character can have a number of specialists to help them out with their duties, people much like themselves, but with lesser or fewer attributes, skills, and talents. These specialists will be the source of highly trained NPCs as the game progresses. The rest are toughs, mercenaries, and hired assassins that are devoted to keeping your character alive. These are more highly trained, equipped, and motivated than your Armsmen or Household Guard. In addition, I want to see NPCs with names and connections to your character. I don't want to see a party full of orphan stories. Bring the family along: spouses, concubines, children, siblings, family retainers, fill them out and give them life.

    Game Play
    I foresee lots of exploration (ruins and stellar systems), colonization, establishment of trade routes, starship combat, intrigue, alien contact, and mysteries. There is opportunity for both large fleet battles and for massed ground combat. I don't foresee lots of personal combat. The potential will be there, of course, but it's my experience that RT players like to send in the hired help first, and either is fine with me. Sometimes, character involvement will prove necessary. I want to hear from every player what they like in a campaign, and the role they picture their character in as the most beneficial to the party. I will be tailoring encounters to make sure all played careers are involved in every story.
     
    The following are links that further explain some of the above rules.  These are usually seperate posts on the webpage, though some are deliberately hidden from the players (e.g. Navigation encounter charts - I don't want the players thinking in terms of die rolls for this)
     
    The Telescoping Experience System is designed specifically for this game.  In my experience campaigns run for 2 years before someone moves, gets a new job, etc., and the game needs to end or falls apart.  This seems to be changing with venues like roll20 permitting people in far-flung cities to play consistently, but I'm keeping the format.  The experience system is designed, then, to provide 2 years worth of play-time.  Your mileage may vary.
     
    Dramatic Moments - This section is still under construction, but here is the link
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1oPwcmyRVqh6G6azwZbB4aj_TGhSxRaZn6BMHB5orFjE&authuser=0
     
    Here's another entirely different posting in the House Rules section, called Character Classes.
     
    This section may take some time to develop. Some character classes can be be done on the fly. Some need an extensive background to make the story work. I'll pay the line out as I write to see how it develops.

    Rogue Trader - Rogue Traders are not an absolute necessity, but they do make the best captains. They have the best social skills. They have useful knowledge skills. They are excellent at melee combat and can, with work, make good shots. A Rogue Trader's background story can determine much about the rest of the party. Their story often determines the Warrant Path, the Dynasty's past and current fortunes, and influences the motives of other party members. Another aspect to consider is the Lord Captain's influence on the backgrounds of the multitudes of NPC's. Consider the crew of a Rogue Trader that makes their fortune by smuggling versus the crew of a Rogue Trader that makes their fortune by trading legally. You probably just had pictures in your mind of two very different crews. Now consider the crew of a Rogue Trader that makes their fortune off conquest. You can see just how influential this character can be to the course of the game. Keep in mind that every single player could be a Rogue Trader. They might all be scions of the Dynasty. It's not uncommon in games to see the Dynasty's fleet grow to large numbers. Each one needs a captain.

    Navigator - Some areas of the Koronus Expanse are easier to reach than others. The Astronomicon isn't visible everywhere and Warp currents can change drastically from subsector to subsector. While Navigators aren't essential as PC's, they become critical if your Dynasty wants to explore those hard to reach regions. Plus, the Houses of the Navis Nobilite have a more sophisticated (some might say diabolical) diplomatic network than even the Rogue Traders Dynasties. The Dynasty's flag isn't the only one flying from the ship. So the choice of Navis House also becomes of paramount importance. Navigators make for interesting characters. They have "powers," but they also have unique knowledge skills, and can make very good combat characters, both in melee and ranged combat.

    Seneschal - Seneshcals, like Rogue Traders, have excellent social skills. They tend to specialize in covert operations more than Rogue Traders, though. Few careers have as many knowledge skills as the Seneschal, and none have their knack pursuing the guise of a master spy. These are probably the best choice for a 4th or 5th player in a game, as their utility is second to none. Other careers are more essential, though, so I don't recommend them in a small party. An NPC Seneschal can always be hired (of course then they don't come with generations of loyalty to the Dynasty, either).

    Astropath - There's no overstating the importance of this career. Yes, their position can be filled with an NPC or 10, but NPC's never get the attention to detail that a PC receives, and this career is one where detail can pay off big. The core psychic abilities are probably the best ones. Lots of players like to turn their Astropath into cranial artillery. I feel this is a waste of their ultimate potential, but of course the GM's cooperation is necessary to make the best Astropaths shine. Telepathy is possibly the best skill for spying in the game. Want to know what your rivals are up to? What better way to find out than by reading their minds. It's hard to say whether Telepathy or Divination is the creme de la creme. Knowing future possibilities can pay more dividends than telepathy since not every encounter the explorers might run into involve their known rivals. What about those xenos just over the horizon? Who knows what's going on in their minds?

    Missionary - Missionaries are an overlooked career. They don't have the Rogue Trader's same skill set of knowledges, but they can be every bit as good a leader, and they can come with a very obvious ally in the Adeptus Ministorum. I don't recommend this path for new players, but experienced players could get some real mileage in a game where the Missionary is the Warrant Holder.

    Arch-Militant - This is another career that can make a decent Lord Captain. Yes, they are combat-centric characters, but what if your Dynasty wants to earn its bread and butter through conquest? These characters tend to dominate in mass combat situations as well as dungeon crawls. Still, if you're not experienced then these characters tend to fall into stereotypical roles that might not be as fun to play in a game of as epic a scale as Rogue Trader.

    Explorator - This character class is probably the most essential in most games. Certainly, no other career starts with high tech knowledge like this class does. This is the character that will transform your ship into a legendary beast of war, assuming you can get them to focus on that and not on making themselves into an epic beast of war. Some players like to focus on that aspect. They do well when a teenager is GMing, though they also tend to be annoying in those games.

    Void Master - This is the most ignored of all character classes. I don't know why. Void Masters are the actions heroes of this game system. They can become literally anything. They can even become everything...simultaneously. Certainly, if you are going to start with a smaller vessel that relies on maneuver and gunnery, then this character is essential. Of course, that also means that specialized Void Masters can be hired as NPC's to fill the roles you need them for.
     
    Here are some of my latest thoughts.

    Character Creation

    Flaws - All characters need flaws. This is what drives them forward. Real flaws have no derived benefit. They give other players freedom to react to them, instead of requiring them to react in certain ways or in certain circumstances. The best flaws are not diseases or weaknesses that cannot be helped. They are a choice. They must be a choice or they cannot be overcome. The best flaws are something that can be hidden, at least for a time. They get revealed at some point and the character must now face the reality of that flaw in public. This causes a situation where a character suffers a fall, or finds redemption by overcoming that flaw. Flaws have to hinder those around the character with the flaw. Don’t destroy your character, though. Make them lovable, or at least admirable.

    Minor flaws - imperfections that distinguish one character from another (e.g. noticeable scars, picking one’s nose, a thick accent) Major flaws - greater imperfections that hinder a character’s behavior in some fashion. This should be the driving purpose of a character. It probably isn’t overcome until the story’s climax. The story’s climax might even be the focal point of that flaw. This flaw is what leads the character to corruption or redemption. Examples might be cowardice, an overwhelming need for a particular revenge, or a desire for immortality.
    Tragic flaw - for our purposes, this is the fall that drove your character to their present position. This is the backstory that defines the starting point. If your character has suffered no fall, then the flaw is probably hubris, unless you’ve got some really good storytelling technique.

    Virtues - Just as characters have flaws, they also have virtues. Ideally, their defining virtue is the vehicle by which they overcome their defining flaw.

    Here’s a good place to start...

    http://theshatareu.wikia.com/wiki/Heroic_virtues,_heroic_flaws

    http://www.booklaurie.com/workshops_flaw2.php

    Nine Types and their Common Flaw
    Nurturer - Pride
    Achiever - Deception
    Romantic - Envy
    Observer - Avarice
    Defender - Fear
    Adventurer - Gluttony
    Controller - Lust
    Mediator - Sloth
    Perfectionist - Anger
    Sub-types include Self-preservation, Intimacy, and Social
     
     
    And then there's the pitch, the starting point of the campaign, the long-term objectives outlined for players that want them, with plenty of wiggle room for those that don't.
     
    The Dynasty is ancient. The date on the Warrant of Trade is smudged and faded. Some say it goes all the way back to Malcador the Sigillite. Others say it's an amended Letter of Marque dating to the time of the Meritech Heresies. Those who hold the latter view shouldn't voice their opinions in front of you. Either way, it's a very old document.
    Regardless the origin, it's the past few generations that decided the current fortunes of the Dynasty. Father picked up the broken pieces that were left him and put them carefully back together. He refitted a ship, secured the family's capital and investments, and established new holdings and lines of credit. He stepped on some toes in the process and that's what got him killed. Father didn't have the Ecclesiarchal backing that Grandfather had. Grandfather was a very pious man, Father less so. Now you have the Warrant and it's your job to pick up where he left off.

    Grandfather was the person who really established the Dynasty in the Koronus Expanse. Before him, the Dynasty was entrenched in the Calixis Sector. He inherited young, lived a very long time, and built the Dynasty into a power to be reckoned with. He reinvested all the Dynasty's wealth into new colonies in the Expanse then he lost in it all, and none even know how or why. He just disappeared, along with the fleet he'd carefully built up. The Dynasty's wealth and influence in the Calixis Sector was leveraged against those colonies and when they failed, so did the Dynasty.

    Grandfather was one of the early explorers in the Koronus Expanse. It was he who established the colony of Damaris, probably the Expanse's best-developed Imperial world. The Damaris Run was very profitable in his day, but fell off after he disappeared. None knew the route he'd taken and the well-mapped routes are so long as to remove a good deal of the profit from the trips. In fact, Grandfather had established several colonies that he used to visit on the same voyage, and they are now all lost.

    Grandfather was an explorer, an imperialist, a merchant prince, and a trader militant. He built a Dynasty that was very visible, very powerful, and had many powerful enemies. Father was a smuggler, a back-room dealer, a man who indirectly siphoned off the profits of others. Father was far less visible, but he made powerful enemies just the same. The Lo Pan and Sult Dynasties cornered his ship off Landsunder. The attack was illegal but it might be decades to see justice done. Father died when the bridge was wrecked by lance fire. You were leading a damage control party. Aram Sult called for you to strike your colors. You were just too angry to comply. As your ship fell into the planet a veritable miracle occurred, or maybe it was plain dumb luck. Your ship traveled a perfect slingshot arc and shot your ship hours away from pursuers. You ordered all non-essential systems shut down and went into Silent Running.

    After affecting emergency repairs you set course for Port Wander. There's a naval installation there and the Imperial Navy should protect you from hostile action, as well as provide more permanent repairs. Your old allies, the Marner and Winterscale Dynasties are supposed to be headquartered there, too. Maybe it's time to to renew old friendships. The Winterscales are supposed to be the ascendant Dynasty in the Koronus Expanse these days. The Lo Pan Dynasty employs House Yeshar Navigators, and they can track ships through the Warp. You know your enemies can't be far behind. Maybe it's time to disappear into the Koronus Expanse like Grandfather did. Make a fortune there and return with the wherewithal to turn the tables on Lo Pan and Sult. What you need right now is time and distance.
     
    Acquisitions - tables compiled and condensed, with changes, especially for mass ground combat
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=17CrqNZmazPpI0qhBwK98aGk3Jgexzscj4CIEpNpBwDI&authuser=0
     
    Mass Combat House Rules - this part may be hard to decipher.  I'm on old-time wargamer and know exactly what it says.  Most might have a hard time reading it, but since it wasn't designed for mass consumption, I've never made it more explicit, but I'm willing to enlighten.
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1njT2vbliK1QRUtINoXD7rkdw3WbKExctu_o5fyzZEzc&authuser=0
     
    Ye Olde Warrante of Trade -for those players that want to know the limitations of their document (mileage will vary per campaign(
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SaHb-neu-ezr2Txucddq7_o2CEPEl_93nnTdg5izUCo&authuser=0
     
    Colonization - my rules are super-condensed Stars of Inequity with a large dose of vagueness.  I do this to put a degree of the Unknown in.
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1d5Xyb3p6-ZAJW6kc2Ptu9BE0e9RwCJuvU4-LjcXr_CY&authuser=0
     
    Navigation - my own home brew, that borrows considerably from Navis Primer.  This link has been posted on this forum before, but for those that want it all in one location, here it is again.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-MtWrnHF5DK8DwQ2pT9S1LMBlEK7N5FywZT3DarpwPI/edit?usp=sharing
     
    And just for the heck of it, I'll post the details of the campaign as envisioned.  First there's the file called Powers of the Expanse.  I'm assuming 30k active stars in the Expanse and twice that number of stellar remnants.  Powers lists 60-some RT Dynasties and 20-some Navis Houses, their alliances and rivalries, and something of their numbers and influence.  Also listed are many other organizations that have been presented in FFGs publications.  I've always liked their ideas, if not their execution.  I won't be using any (well, maybe 1) of their published material to send the players on, but most of them are background events to give the campaign flavor.  There is an attempt at cataloguing the total numbers of shipping out there.  This was done only to give me ideas about shipping traffic.  Note that these numbers are considerably smaller than many of the numbers thrown around here, but I wanted a sandbox.
     
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1o05rQibSrT5IPwXmqbPH_g5jYOlIhieIh_WqVzYVC3s&authuser=0
     
    And just in case the question comes up of how I plan a campaign, these two files outline the progress of the campaign and the treasure map that permits it.  There are choke points, but since I dislike linear adventures there is lots of room for deviation.  The first file is a prediction of the initial stages of the campaign (still being played out), and a description of the Sandbox Cluster, a small grouping of 9 star systems inside a supernova bubble surrounded by a warp storm.  This limits the scope of the campaign, gives plenty of room for exploration and exploitation, lots of treasure, and intrigue in boatloads.  Much of it probably won't happen but I wanted to cover all my bases in at least outline form.
     
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lq8pr5KjWd0bc23S-uDcvjfSzLhPUGDuvwt5Is4WPaY&authuser=0
     
    This second file is an unfinished interpretation of the Star Map, the driving plot device in the campaign.  Both the Star Map and all the star systems are generated on Paint.  I then imported them into roll20.  That venue gives me the advantage of being able to layer all the map information like a GIS map, giving the players a little bit at a time as they discover it.
     
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1W30R8sO6voKyspf7dO3ETOTn4EEEahJSXQyztpd8fVs&authuser=0
     
    There's a ton more files I have but they are largely works in progress.  I detail individual dynasties, navis houses, and other organizations as I need them.  I also have a file of "common ship designs," which are anything but common, and largely swiped from other published material, but they give me something to work with for encounters.
     
    As a last comment, I have liberally borrowed from Quicksilver and Erathia in their posts on this forum.  Both have loads of good suggestions.  I also use the thoughts of Philip Sibbering on his webpages, Philverse, as I love his interpretations of 40k lore.
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    Godgolden got a reaction from MisAnThropic2 in Elite advances, question...   
    There will be a cost for the skill/talent in another career, if that's what you mean the other above have covered the rest.
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    Godgolden reacted to Errant Knight in Good starting ships   
    Well, I've run a few games of RT now, and I definitely have a favorite ship flavor.  I hope future groups decide to go this way and I'll actively encourage it, though not require it.  First, I love the Conquest.  IMNSHO (really, I'm not so humble), it captures the flavor of the RT Dynasty I like to see; ancient, mucho prestige, short on capital.  Just the same, the best group ship I've run was a cruiser.  It was kitted out with several poor craftsmanship components in order to make the PF/SP ratio work best (they wanted small craft capability with enough PF left over to replace losses with).  It never ceased to be the main ship of the dynasty, simply because it had the potential to be wicked but started out in such disrepair that it took forever for them to replace the bad with good, and add the remaining shiny bits they desired.
     
    As far as the rules argument goes, I'm solidly on both sides.  People come to game with expectations and those expectations are centered upon a common set of rules.  I'm pretty much a RAW GM, EXCEPT my house rules, which are clearly stated on my website for all to plainly see, and there are several pages of them.  Sorry FFG, but your play-testers were not as rigorous as mine.  My players broke your rules out of the starting gate in the first game I GMed.  I kept copious notes then and now and I add house rules to every new game...lots of them.
     
    I like drama in my games.  I don't mind killing PCs.  If they do something foolish it's their fault, but I've been known to approach a player and say, "I want to kill your character for some good plot stuff.  What do I need to offer you?"  I've never been turned down.  I often ask the group if they want to play something out (usually mass combat) or just come up with some loose die rolls and narrate through it (usually mass combat).  I've seen it go both ways and I let majority decide in those cases (I can think of a couple times I needed a consensus instead of simple majority rule).
     
    And yes, character and dynasty (or sub-group) development are important.  But if you only get enjoyment from buffing your stat-line or getting new shiny bits you might want to look for another game.  I consider Contacts, Henchmen, Allies, and treasure maps (thar be dragons heare) to be ample reward and development for many situations.
     
    And Traejun.  Heehee.  I can remember a bit over a year ago when certain people thought I was a bit harsh on a couple posts.  I remember relaying that any GM or player might get a bit impatient or testy after answering the same question a couple hundred times, or that they might get loose eye sockets from rolling their eyes the next time a Monte Hauler came to the forums with their "my paladin has a +7 unholy sword of unicorn-slaying and I can't challenge the group" problems, or that a segment of the hobby is still in their literal phase of development and you've gone and progressed to a more abstract way of playing, and that...occasionally...you'd just have to sound off and tell them what you really think.  Welcome to the club.  And you've only been doing this for 20 years?  Wait till it's been 30 years.  Wait till it's been 40.  You don't have any choice there, so just wait.
     
    I just started my 5th campaign of RT a little over two months ago (we meet bi-weekly - I'm an old guy with a life and career now).  My players have an age range of over 30 years.  The youngest is 23 and the son of the oldest player in the group.  The group has very different styles.  I have a 50-yr old "that guy" and a 30-something that only perks up when combat is imminent.  The 23-yr. old is the most technically inclined (engineering grad student).  I see major challenges in my near future.  They asked for help designing their ship and ignored pretty much every piece of advice I gave them.  And that's ok.  They'll do fine even if they will struggle at the outset.
     
    Lawyers aren't well-liked.  Some people become jags because they're lawyers.  Some people become lawyers because they are jags.  Never marry one.  It's plain hell to live with someone who always needs to be right.  Divorce lawyers are about the worst of the lot but even rules lawyers are an unwelcome annoyance.  If it's your first game then let them cite and spew and come to forums like this often to get the scoop.  Develop your own house rules and let them be known to all ahead of time.
     
    Where roleplaying and rollplaying are concerned, nuture your garden of RP friends through the years and you'll always find an enjoyable "next game."  These aren't styles so much as phases of life we pass through, and some people take longer than others to potty-train.  In the final analysis, you're the GM because a) you probably know the rules the best, b) you have creative juices, c) everyone thought you were responsible enough to have things ready for the next session, and d) you have an immeasurable quality that teaches other people how to behave in a group setting.  So teach them how to play.
     
    But don't feel like you have to be nice about it every time.
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    Godgolden reacted to InquistiorCalinx in You know you're playing Rogue Trader when…   
    When your ship has the "Blasphemous Tendencies" Machine Spirit Oddity, the "Temperamental Warp Engine"/"Haunted" Past History, and is named the Event Horizon. 
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Egyptoid in Gregors Temptation, a 40k food menu.   
    So, I had an amusing fancy, just a handout below of some themed food items of Gregors Temptation, a 40k Restaurant on footfall.
     
    Gregors Temptation
     
    Beverage;
    The Redemptionist Recaff Suprise
    Maccabian Juice
    Black Blood Liquor
    Golden Throne Beer
    Cog Sweat Ale
    Obsidian Raenka
     
    Main;
    Malfian Devilled Eggs with Catachan Sauce
    The Little Chaos Soufflé with Liquid Heresy Liqueur
    Clixian Grox Cheek with Footfall Algae Stir-Fry
    Pilgrim Pancakes with Purified Cloud Crystals
    Writ of War with Infernus Sauce
    Crispy Razorwing
    Void-Whale Steak

    Desert;
    Underdeck Delight
    Omnissian Muffins with Thrice-Blessed Oil of the 17'th Law
    Stryx Clone Cake Trio
    Frontier Jelly
     
    Sides;
    Gregors Dark Secret Sauce
    Deal Breaker Gravy
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Nameless2all in Gregors Temptation, a 40k food menu.   
    So, I had an amusing fancy, just a handout below of some themed food items of Gregors Temptation, a 40k Restaurant on footfall.
     
    Gregors Temptation
     
    Beverage;
    The Redemptionist Recaff Suprise
    Maccabian Juice
    Black Blood Liquor
    Golden Throne Beer
    Cog Sweat Ale
    Obsidian Raenka
     
    Main;
    Malfian Devilled Eggs with Catachan Sauce
    The Little Chaos Soufflé with Liquid Heresy Liqueur
    Clixian Grox Cheek with Footfall Algae Stir-Fry
    Pilgrim Pancakes with Purified Cloud Crystals
    Writ of War with Infernus Sauce
    Crispy Razorwing
    Void-Whale Steak

    Desert;
    Underdeck Delight
    Omnissian Muffins with Thrice-Blessed Oil of the 17'th Law
    Stryx Clone Cake Trio
    Frontier Jelly
     
    Sides;
    Gregors Dark Secret Sauce
    Deal Breaker Gravy
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    Godgolden reacted to Egyptoid in TV Shows on a 40K World   
    Little House on the Death World
    struggles of a family w/3 daughters homesteading in Imperial Space.  
    Real Housewives of Necromunda
    spouses of nobles, bureaucrats and guard officers vie for popularity.  
    You're on Candid Auspex
    pranksters catch antics of those who don't know they're being taped.  
    Badlands Skelter's Downhive Monster Show
    House Cawdor & gangs deals with some newcomers.  
    Alvin and the Chimeras
    4 beastmen form a rock band and tour in a used IG vehicle  
    C.S.I: Ultramar
    field police investigate crimes amongst the imperium's finest.  
    Canopus Highway Paladins
    two lovable jet-bike cops patrol the roads of this imperial hive.  
     
    The Young and the Raveners
    Soap opera of a wealthy family that tries to gain political and financial control an imperial colony called Lake Geneva (no relation) but often comes to odds with another "family" of off-world and reputedly tyrannic heritage.
     
     
    Third Boulder from the Fire-Sphere
    Comedy about four Tau trying to blend into an imperial metropolis.  
    anyone got any more ?
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Egyptoid in TV Shows on a 40K World   
    Genius!
     
    Grand Cruiser Galactica
     
    The story of a lost Grand Cruiser being chased by Ironmen at the height of the Dark Age of Technology as they search for Holy Terra
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Lynata in Soooooooo..... How'd Dark Heresy Turn Out?   
    You have Sisters of Battle, they are the counter-point to space marines, I see no issue.
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Gridash in Soooooooo..... How'd Dark Heresy Turn Out?   
    You have Sisters of Battle, they are the counter-point to space marines, I see no issue.
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    Godgolden got a reaction from Erathia in Collect call from the warp, will you accept the charges?   
    Personally I would talk to the GM about it.
     
    If the guy is just bad at roleplaying it isnt his fault, teach him!
     
    If the guy is roleplaying his character as an inept RT then I would imagine he is more than willing to accept any fallout from your in character selves.
     
    When I started RT as a GM, I straight up told everyone that the RT is first amoungst equals, so he is a figurehead but everybody has equal amount of pull, RT decides to vent the lance batteries because a menial down there looked at him wrong, if this is just fun roleplaying a insane RT then fine! if not let people veto him, after all he's giving orders to equals.
     
    Im just worried the atmosphere of your group will become untenable if you kill his character and he's a touchy player, you guys need a conflab about it.
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