“We are at war with forces too terrible to comprehend. We cannot afford mercy. Mercy destroys us, it weakens us and saps our resolve. Put aside all such thoughts. They are not worthy of Inquisitors in the service of our Emperor. In our resolve we reflect His will.”
–The Verses of Inquisitor Enoch, canto XLVII

The Dark Heresy Second Edition beta period has been extended, and significant changes are being made based on fan feedback. For more information regarding these changes, please visit this news article.

Dark Heresy Second Edition is an upcoming Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of characters working to root out heretics and other threats to the Imperium. As Acolytes (or even as Inquisitors), the Player Characters will bring the light of the Emperor to the far reaches of the Askellon Sector, an all-new setting. This, along with a new system for psychic powers and updates to first edition’s character creation and combat systems, Dark Heresy Second Edition a perfect choice for longtime fans and newcomers alike. As an Inquisitor or one of his Acolytes, the fates of billions are in your hands. Do you have the courage to fight for the soul of humanity?

As part of the Dark Heresy Second Edition beta test, you’ll provide valuable information for the Inquisition, as you help us to craft the best possible final product.


Why is FFG developing a second edition of Dark Heresy?

In 2008, Fantasy Flight Games acquired the rights to publish Dark Heresy, a game designed by Black Industries. Since that time, we have designed and published Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, Black Crusade, and Only War, along with supplements for all five core rulebooks.With the significant experience we’ve acquired in developing the Warhammer 40,000 roleplay games, and by listening to thousands of active Dark Heresy players over the years, we’re proud to have crafted a new edition which updates and builds on the original game experience. In this beta, veteran Dark Heresy players will discover a familiar core system that still uses percentile dice to resolve tests, but with updated and new rules.

Does this mean the other Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay games will soon receive new editions?

No. Dark Heresy is a great game, and its rules system has been a terrific achievement which marked the beginning of the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay line. However, as the oldest of the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay games, Dark Heresy needed updating and refreshing to bring it in line with the gameplay of the more recent games. So, we have no plans to be launching new editions of the other existing games. In fact, we’re really pleased with the success and positive player feedback from the recently released Only War game and we hope to be supporting that edition for many years to come. 

Will Dark Heresy Second Edition be compatible with the first edition core rulebook and its supplements?

While the percentile dice system is still at the heart of the core mechanic, Dark Heresy Second Edition introduces a number of core upgrades, changes, and improvements that make it incompatible with first edition Dark Heresy.

However, the background and setting material from all first edition books can certainly continue to provide valuable plot hooks and campaign ideas. Since the newly introduced Askellon Sector exists alongside the more familiar Calixis Sector, owners of the previous edition can adapt their new campaigns to include elements of both settings!

What about the Calixis Sector?

The Askellon Sector

Dark Heresy Second Edition introduces a new setting: the Askellon Sector.

Askellon is an ancient region, pre-dating the Imperium itself, and its history is filled with secrets and lies that have stained every generation. As if to compound its woes, the sector is cursed with a seemingly unending Warp storm known as the Pandaemonium that waxes and wanes across the millennia. With each passing century it grows ever more intense and dangerous, raging like a hungry beast that seeks to devour the entire sector.

Askellon is a major part of this new edition, as it allows for the exploration of entire new cultures and peoples, and also introduces new adversaries. Within the sector, players will see a host of new characters, organisations, cults, and more to ensure their Acolytes have no shortage of heresies to investigate and eradicate.

Many veteran Dark Heresy players conducted their investigations in the Calixis Sector, the setting for the original game. While the Askellon Sector is the locale for the new edition, the Calixis Sector is still a vital part of Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay. All Calixis Sector material can still be used to generate new adventures using the second edition rules.


The addition of the Askellon Sector in Dark Heresy Second Edition does not invalidate the Calixis Sector material, but rather expands options for GMs and players. Whether exploring the brand new Askellon Sector, or using existing Calixis Sector material to inform game play, Dark Heresy Second Edition provides even more opportunities to discover and eradicate heresy across the Imperium.

Can I play as an Inquisitor?

Yes! Dark Heresy Second Edition includes three Elite Advances. With the GM’s permission, Player Characters can become Inquisitors, Psykers, or Untouchables.

What is the Dark Heresy Second Edition beta test and why is there a cost to participate?

The beta test is a chance for players to carefully play through the game system and help us ensure an enjoyable roleplaying experience.This test allows fans to play the game before the official release and allows us to address any issues that may be found.

The Dark Heresy Second Edition beta is a complete, 337-page playable version of Dark Heresy Second Edition; the only difference is that it omits certain art pieces and background lore that will be present in the final version. This product has already undergone extensive development, playtesting, and refinement, and we have no doubt that it’s ready to provide hours of enjoyment. What’s more, Dark Heresy Second Edition beta test participants have an opportunity to experience the game months before they otherwise would with Seeds of Heresy, an adventure created exclusively for the beta test!

As an added benefit, anyone who downloads the Dark Heresy Second Edition beta from or will receive a $20 discount on the pdf version of the Dark Heresy Second Edition Core Rulebook when it becomes available. Simply download the beta, and when the full rulebook goes live, you’ll receive the necessary coupon code for use on or (check your drivethrurpg, rpgnow, and email account settings to ensure you are able to receive these emails).


How do I join it?

Simply download the game, play some sessions, and offer your feedback! The Dark Heresy Second Edition beta is available for download through and

How often should my group plan on playing?

As often as possible! It would be ideal if your group makes time to play at least four sessions over the course of the beta period (ending 01/07/2014). Before your first session, it is a good idea to prepare by reading through the rulebook to make sure things go smoothly. Since you will only have about eight weeks to submit feedback, holding a session every week would be best.

What should my group be looking for as we play?

The most important part of this beta test is to make sure the game is enjoyable. Don’t let your group get held up by trying to proofread every paragraph of the book. Instead, play through the game as if you just bought it from the store and note anything that causes a problem, dispute, or conflict during gameplay. It is not necessary to keep track of everything that happens during each session your group plays.

How do I submit my feedback?

There are two main methods for you to submit your feedback about this beta. First, we have created a special section on the FFG website for the beta ( that will be updated weekly with the latest news and game updates from the development team. There is a public forum where players can discuss the beta test with the other people involved, post questions and feedback, and read news updates from the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay team.

Second, you can submit any specific reports or feedback directly to the development team at the beta test e-mail address ( When submitting your feedback via e-mail, it is most helpful to us if you consolidate multiple questions and comments into a single message, rather than sending a separate e-mail for each question or comment.

When do I need to submit my feedback?

The deadline for all feedback on this beta test is January 7, 2014.


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