|Rogue Trader | Published 18 July 2011|
“The Expanse holds treasures beyond anything even a Rogue Trader can imagine. Sometimes the cost of acquiring such treasure is madness and death. I am willing to pay such a price.”
–Rogue Trader Hadarak Fel
A powerful force has awakened from its slumber somewhere deep within the Hecaton Rifts, and if left unchecked it will spell certain doom for the denizens of nearby sectors. As this ancient evil threatens to destroy both the Koronos Expanse and the Calixis Sector, can you and your fellow Explorers learn the truth of its mysterious origins?
Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Fallen Suns, the third and final instalment in The Warpstorm Trilogy for Rogue Trader! A lost Eldar Craftworld has begun a dark voyage of death and disaster, and only the Rogue Traders of the Koronus Expanse stand in the way of its rampage. Journey into a perilous realm of madness and ancient hate; from Footfall to the Serpent’s Cradle and beyond, you must make common cause with allies old and new if they are to survive. The fate of the Koronus Expanse hangs in the balance!
Fallen Suns can be played as a standalone adventure, or as part of the gripping series of adventures that began with the events of The Frozen Reaches and continued through Citadel of Skulls.
The Final Culmination
In The Frozen Reaches, you and your fellow Explorers assisted the beleaguered world of Damaris in its fight against the Ork Warlord Snokgritz (an attack that suggested far darker forces at work). Then, in Citadel of Skulls, your hunt for answers brought you to the world of an infamous Chaos-blessed pirate lord. In Fallen Suns, these ominous events will culminate in an adventure that will shape the future of the Koronus Expanse.
The heretic fleet of the Faceless Lord seeks to claim the Craftworld’s power...can you survive the exciting conclusion to The Warpstorm Trilogy? Keep checking back for more, and look for Fallen Suns at your local game store in the fourth quarter of 2011!
Rogue Trader is a roleplaying game set in dark gothic far future of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. Players take on the roles of explorers aboard a Rogue Trader's ship, searching for profit and adventure while discovering new alien cultures and threats in the uncharted regions of space.
Like it or not, after 25 or so years (I think?) I just don't think a suddenly mixed race (as in mixed human races) look would work for 40K. The 40K setting has never been shown to be that, for it to suddenly start being so on a large scale now would ... jar imho. I don't see why this would be a problem anyway, anymore than the Matrix being pretty largely mixed race (except for Neo and Trinity, and the villains) in it's look and characters for example. I personally think it's not impossible that the Imperium (or an earlier Terran state) WAS racist, and perhaps wiped out non-whites, or gengineered them out perhaps. It wouldn't be out of keeping with the Imperium morally. Bottom line 40k is what it is.
Could be that the majority of people in the 40 k universe never see the star their world orbits, whether its a forge world, hive world or imperial world. Many of them are so overbuilt that only the select few who are noble born live high enough in the habs to see it let alone develop different skin pigmentation from it. In short, this is just a GAME. It is only what we the players make out of it. Damn, that sounded high-handed and geeky! Sorry everyone.
Then why do they depict pasty, paleskinned humans usually (LOL)?
To Grand Inquisitor Fulminarex: (chill-pill dude, chill)
Got a life already, thanks! (ROLF)
I was, of course, speaking about the human on the cover, the other one's plainly an "alien". This subject has been brought up to FFG. They usually accommodate, but seems GW is calling (all) the shots.
& I believe soon England would be as diverse as, let's say France, BTW (which is überkwl).
Truth is , most artist by nature paint/draw their own race unless asked to do otherwise. 40K, being a game from England is going to have a strang Anglo influence on it. Sorry. Yes it would be nice to have multiple races/ethnicities show up. But they are there. Sarvus Trask looks more Mediterrainean then Anglo, Chorda looks fairly asian, the White Scars are Asian.
I would recommend you write a letter to GW directly instead of just here. If you want more support, start a thread on one (or all) of the 40K RPG forums on the FFG site asking for petition signatures as a request for "more diverse art". But you have to be careful, once it comes off that you are accusing someone as a racist or a biased slant, its hard to convince them you were not saying anything of that sort.
Anyway, not sure I will get this book, so far the Adventures for the 40K RPGS have been very, well, bad.
I think that the issue of the "snails pace" would be improved if they didn't make these announcements so EARLY. If they waited an extra 4-6 months to announce new products, we wouldn't be the wiser & it wouldn't seem to take so looooong to get these books.
Im not argueing for changing the cover (which I actually really like) or for dark skinned Eldar, im sure the reason for the overabundance of white skin tones is that it is what the artists are most used to and thus better at.
I would just like to see a few people who have different skin tones and features, I think it would help me to invisage those people in the setting and thus I think it would be a useful visual tool. Its not like its shoehorning something into the background that isnt there, we all know there is a wide range of skin tones and features in the 40k verse, some more visual depictions of this would be useful to me.
The cover is nice looking, but the complaint is fair. 40K art features a lot of people in the light skin tone range. And yes, space elves derived from Nordic and Celtic myth pretty much count as white people. That isn't to say I'm suggesting there is some kind of racist conspiracy, just that a little more variety when it comes to depicting race would be an improvement.
I might be confused, but is it true that this third book is announced before the second is available? Rogue Trader: Citadel of Skulls" has this "coming soon" attached to it.
It is really disgusting to lower the standards of a discussion which is NOT racially biased into a racially biased one. Tell FFG they need to have the artists paint more ethnic looking people on the books, or is an Elf, an Ork, or a Tyrannid not ethnic enough for you? They are all alien races are they not? Get a life
realy plz tell me we are not going too have a useless race debate going on for in the 40k uni?
you got everything walking around from 4 foot sneaky thiefs, too brute feral warriors too the orgyn shock troops and space mariens and a mllion worlds too pick from. and still the race thing comes out?
yes there not a lot of dark skined ppl in the art, i don`t know why that is. you want more dark skined ppl in 40k go draw some.
back too todays real topic cool bean an other book i wont be seeing for a long time yet. personaly more intrested in that background books then the atfenure book but thats just me
Would like to see the second book in the series before they announce the 3rd. FFG seemed to have sped up their process a bit but recently it seems to have returned to its usual pace of a snail taking the scenic route. I know its not them its their printers/shipping firm but its quite irritating, you think it would be for them as well as its a delayed return on their investment.
Also it would be nice to see some more artwork of ethniticies in 40k, its a bit on the white side in general.
@LETE: of course there'll be definable races in the 41st Millennium. They just won't be anything like the ones we know today because of thousands of years of divergent evolution on a million different planets.
And one of the people on that cover is Eldar, and they're all that colour.