News for August 2011
Loyal Legions and Traitors 46
Announcing First Founding, a supplement for Deathwatch
Deathwatch | Published 18 August 2011

“Only when by the power of our hate we have truly shed the prison of our flesh, shall we be judged worthy to stand at the side of the returned Primarch. Every foe I slay, every stone I cast down, makes my hatred purer, and the day Ferrus Manus is restored to us a day closer.”
–Iron Father Klaanu Johar

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of First Founding, a supplement for Deathwatch! 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.

Exploring their heritage

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. 

Today I’m very excited to announce the latest sourcebook in the Deathwatch line: First Founding. As you may have guessed, 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 they fight for the fate of an entire world. 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.

Look for previews in the coming weeks, and prepare for First Founding to be released in the fourth quarter of 2011!

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: 9/21/2011 8:50:57 PM



The Magenta Naked Mole Rats....


You sir, have created my next Deathwatch Character.

Published: 9/18/2011 1:23:10 PM

 I hope we see some successor chapters from the four detailed in this book.

Published: 9/5/2011 6:30:53 PM

I love how FFG just dives into the rich lore and universe of 40K. The more information I get, the richer I can make my player's experience. This supplement will be a great way to learn more about the First Founding Chapters. Plus, extra stuff to add to character growth? Hah! I can't wait.

Published: 9/5/2011 2:40:47 PM

@Master Khaine

The Blood Raven are a successor chapter of the Thousand Sons. It is hinted in the book A Thousand Sons of the Horus Heresy series. The five cult of the Thousand Sons are the Corvidae, the Pavoni, the Raptora, the Pyrae and the Athanaeans. The word Corvidae means ''Raven'' and their symbol is a black raven's Head.

And this is an absolute indicator, because the Thousand Sons and their patron deity Tzeentch have no other connection towards ravens? With the same logic we could "prove" that all the various imperial organizations really worship Khorne because they all use skulls in their heraldry. There's only a finite amount of sufficiently kewl and badass animals before you get to The Magenta Naked Mole Rats.


@Captain Ventris

I think it's fairly probable that most of the specializations will be the missing chapter-specific ranks like Rune Priests and Iron Fathers. Personally, I like the fact that FFG waited with those until the later supplements and instead published stuff that everyone can use.

Captain Ventris
Published: 8/28/2011 10:03:24 PM

Ooooh, new Advanced Specialties? Wonder what those could be? Possibly more chapter-specific specialties, i.e. Rune Priests or Iron Fathers, perhaps? I really don't know. Maybe some more Deatwatch positions? After all, the Keeper is original, so who knows what else FFG's got in store? Either way, really excited for this book, and a new mission is always a plus.

Published: 8/27/2011 1:46:51 PM



I think it would be interesting to see guidelines for how to RP within a more Codex Following environment.  Yes, we have the rules.  But advice for how to make everyone being part of the same Tactical squad interesting.  Obviously one could still be a Devastator then and be the Heavy, but still...


Also, it would be awesome to see rules for selection, and Scout to Rank 1 Deathwatch.  Since even the Rank One sorts in the game are supposed to be veteran Marines, maybe not Veteran proper, but still quite experienced, having mostly gone up from Scout through Asssault and Devastator to advance to Tactical Squad (In Codex Chapters, obviously the Space Wolves have their own progression). 


But yeah, rules are there for the Assault, Tac, or Devastator squad.  Let's just give guidelines to make a game of moving through the ranks fun.  All your PCs selected at the same time.  Let rivalries develop, grow up through the same squads as tends to happen.  and a sort of AScension for becoming Sergeants and maybe even Captains that still know each other.


Brother Chaplain Magister
Published: 8/27/2011 12:23:13 AM

 @Mr Grimace: what rules do you need? You have settings you can use, either from DW or RT or DH. You have the chapters, and the specialties. You have wargear and the squad mode abilities. What else do you need? You replace the Inquisition with a Captain or Chapter Master and ready to go. The rest is up to you. 

Mr. Grimace
Published: 8/26/2011 12:23:07 PM

 I would like some rules or outlines for running a one chapter non deathwatch space marine campaign. I could not be less interested in rules for Blood Ravens. 


Published: 8/26/2011 11:04:52 AM

The Blood Raven are a successor chapter of the Thousand Sons. It is hinted in the book A Thousand Sons of the Horus Heresy series. The five cult of the Thousand Sons are the Corvidae, the Pavoni, the Raptora, the Pyrae and the Athanaeans. The word Corvidae means ''Raven'' and their symbol is  a black raven's Head.

Liu Jen Hao
Published: 8/26/2011 1:40:31 AM

Well, until recently, we all knew that one of the "missing" Primarchs' names was Sigmar. (Smirks)

Published: 8/24/2011 11:43:41 PM

" If you had read the Horus Heresy Books, you would have known that the two unaccounted chapters were destroyed during the Great Crusade by order of the Emperor himself. I couldn't tell you in wich book this is said..."


Prospero Burns, the Thousand Suns one, and the Word Bearers one all allude to this.  And ALL have a different story.


At least two other times in the series it comes up as well.  The Short Story in the first Anthology where Dorn says he could possibly even call back the two missing ones but got a reaction of horror.  As though they're doing something very important (Or it's that scary that it could be done...)  One other time, in the Mechanicum Book something is mentioned too, I can't remember what it was, but it was crazy, and doesn't necessarilly agree with the other mentions.  So I think it's safe to say we still don't have a true answer, just a lot of things mentioned that it could be.

Brother Chaplain Magister
Published: 8/24/2011 11:23:08 PM

 @Dulahan: the name of the Blood Ravens turned up a lot sooner then DoW hit the shelves, they are successors of an unknown chapter. Also GW owns all the rights regarding WH40K, but lend the rights to other companies (THQ, FFG and so on) as the franchise requires it. I have seen the name of Andy Chambers somwhere on this site and old fans (as myself) know that he has a history with GW and WH40K (I loved the stuff he made - battle reports ans a lot more) and now works on WH40K RPGs. 


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