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: 8/18/2011 11:04:00 PM

I read scary rumors and such that the blood ravens are a Thousand Sons loyalist Chapter. Oh the horror! Oh the Tragedy, oh the Pain.

Published: 8/18/2011 10:01:51 PM

Sweet Zombie Jesus!  Want YESTERDAY

Published: 8/18/2011 8:41:41 PM

Hurray for Salamanders! This pretty much seals the deal for me getting a game going (or getting in on a game) of Deathwatch.

Published: 8/18/2011 8:00:58 PM

Iron Hands, Salamanders, and White Scars; those five words might drag me kicking and screaming into the Deathwatch RPG yet...  I generally don't care for Space Marines but those three chapters have managed to earn my begrudging fondness.

Published: 8/18/2011 7:35:15 PM

This is what Rites of Battle should have included.

Mr. Grimace
Published: 8/18/2011 7:06:00 PM

 I cannot put into words how awesome this supplement looks...let it arrive quickly...

Published: 8/18/2011 6:44:05 PM

Nerd mode ON

Ahahah, foolish Iron Hands! Ferrus Manus was a weak, and he was slayed by the great Fulgrim. Then the Champion of Slaanesh brought the stupid and bald head of Manus to the Warlord Horus. Ferrus Manus will never be restored back to you!

Nerd mode OFF

Steve Erhardt
Published: 8/18/2011 6:18:54 PM

Looking forward to another outstanding addition to the line.  Still... be nice to get a supplement that includes Blood Ravens.  *wink wink, nudge nudge*

Published: 8/18/2011 5:57:53 PM

Ohhhh! Salamanders! At last! 

Published: 8/18/2011 5:45:46 PM

I am full of glee!

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