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: 8/20/2011 3:07:29 AM




Published: 8/19/2011 9:15:59 PM

I had begun to dispair this day would never come.  I burn with a craving for this book brighter than a thousand suns, as much as I crave Black Crusade.  Come to me, my... precousss.

In particular I look forward to the Salamanders and I hope the Blood Ravens are in there.  Either way I will finally be able to build the librarian I have desired.  Even better if they include rules for running a single chapter campaign.

Published: 8/19/2011 8:47:43 PM

OH YEAH! really happy about this book! :)

Published: 8/19/2011 5:02:37 PM


Published: 8/19/2011 12:25:20 PM

"It mentioned the 20 primarchs. Besides the loyalist chapters and the traitor marines, there were 2 Primarchs which were never spoken about. It would be great to see some more explanation to what happened to those lost Primarchs"


--The Horus Heresy Books have begun to slowly hint at what happened.  Prospero Burns had the Space Wolves talking about how they were the Emperor's Executioners, and that the Thousand Suns weren't the first time they'd been unleashed on fellow Marines.  The sentiment about the other two showed up in at least one other story (Maybe the Thousand Sons one?), though less certainty about their fate.  Just that they'd had something bad happen.


A short story in the first Short Story collection of the series had Dorn looking at the two empty recesses where the missing Primarchs should have been, and saying to a Custodes or someone similar about how he could feasibly call on those two legions... and that was responded to with a look of horror from the other.  And then Dorn said something like "I know..."  - so that implied that whatever was up with them was either so important, or so horrible, that even in the face of the possible death of the Imperium it was not worth calling on them.  That combined with the Space Wolves comment makes me wonder what the heck was up.  And how they could still be called upon.

Published: 8/19/2011 9:42:19 AM

Finally we'll get some official rules for the Sons of Corax!

Published: 8/19/2011 9:07:26 AM

Finally a book I'm really excited about. I had a bad feeling that the "Not so popular chapters" where going to be left out and we had to produce our own backgrounds for our favorite Space Marines. I'm glad that I painted up a Iron Hand Deathwatch Space Marine!! He really looks good with my 5k army.

So thank you for this book!!

Nerd rage /on

Ferrus Manus's story has changed several times over the past decades and I for one still like the first story where during Istvaan V he isn't killed in battle and retreats with the rest of the Loyal Space Marines. Heck even in the last Space Marine handbook they changed it again and said he was possessed by the C'tan. What will they come up with next ;P

Nerd rage /off

Published: 8/19/2011 5:49:26 AM

Great announcement!  This will be a great job of fleshing out the other founding legions, as well as tell stories about the traitor marines. Also a good aid for the upcoming Black Crusade game for Chaos Space Marines.

It mentioned the 20 primarchs.  Besides the loyalist chapters and the traitor marines, there were 2 Primarchs which were never spoken about.  It would be great to see some more explanation to what happened to those lost Primarchs

Liu Jen Hao
Published: 8/19/2011 3:09:20 AM

Pats Jogatai Khan and Vulcanis on the back and hands each a barrel of Sake.

"Cheers, gentlemen!! Deathwatch will the first RPG of the season to have strong and respectable portrayals of Asians and Blacks!! Barrels High!!"

Published: 8/19/2011 2:08:24 AM

The only thing missing that I would really like to have are rules for the gene-seed of the other 9 Legions. :D 

Published: 8/19/2011 1:48:06 AM

I have... mixed feelings about this book.

We'll just have to wait and see how it turns out I 'spose...


Published: 8/18/2011 11:50:50 PM

I'm thrilled beyond belief that this book is coming out soon!

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