News for August 2011
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Announcing Hostile Acquisitions, a supplement for Rogue Trader
Rogue Trader | Published 18 August 2011

“An honest life is no life at all, all duty and servitude and struggling to survive at the feet of someone born to better. A dishonest life is the way to live—no preacher expects a thief to tithe, and the authorities have no claim on moneys stolen. Of course, you need a quick wit to survive… few are happy to find themselves a few thrones lighter, and the Magistratum don’t take too kindly to thieves.”
    –‘Fingers’ Deru, Scintillan pick-pocket

Rogue Traders are accustomed to earning their livings in the grey areas of the law, but a few brave or foolhardy captains take it a step further...

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the next supplement for Rogue Trader, Hostile Acquisitions! Within this detailed book, players and GMs will find all they need to run a campaign on the far side of Imperial Law. From new characters and equipment to creating nemeses and running games based on criminal enterprise, Hostile Acquisitions is an invaluable resource on those Rogue Traders who are more rogue than trader. 

Crime often pays

For more on Hostile Acquisitions, let’s hear from the lead developer of Rogue Trader:

Hostile Acquisitions has some particularly exciting aspects that were deviously fun to work on. One was the new character alternate career ranks, such as the Swashbucker, the House Operative, and the Cold Trader. These new alternate career ranks are highly flavourful, and allow you to make a character with a distinctively “scoundrel” bent. The House Operative is especially interesting, because it allows players to make characters who are essentially secret agents for a more powerful entity. They might even be working for the Rogue Trader’s dynasty’s interests, rather than the Rogue Trader, so players may take the role of an agent who may be secretly working against his own boss. 

Another fascinating part of Hostile Acquisitions is the Nemesis Origin Path. A modification of the popular Rogue Trader Origin Path system, the Nemesis Path helps GMs craft a custom made adversary for their groups. The Nemesis Path actually ties into the Origin Path that the players fill out, so that the choices they make can determine the type of adversary they’ll go up against.

Of course, this is only some of the new content in this book. Hostile Acquisitions has new gear and starship upgrades to facilitate piracy and smuggling, a section on Imperial adversaries and details on Imperial Law, guidelines on how to run a “con” game, and a list of mythical treasures waiting to be “liberated.”

Hostile Acquisitions is a guide to crime for Explorers with a flexible sense of morality. A catalog of valuable treasures wait to be “liberated.” In short, Hostile Acquisitions is proof that in the Koronus Expanse, crime often pays.

Keep checking back over the coming weeks as we preview Hostile Acquisitions, and look for it on store shelves 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.

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Published: 9/3/2011 4:24:02 PM

Why buy what you can take by force

Ryan the Lion
Published: 8/24/2011 3:05:45 PM

This looks to be another fantastic supplement for RT.  The idea of crime in the Imperium of Man is definitely intriguing.  I wonder if my group will be swayed by the promises of vast riches at the expense of a flawless criminal record...

Published: 8/22/2011 4:08:14 PM

"Say "what" again. Say "what" again! I dare you. I double-dare you, motherfucker! Say "what" one more goddamn time!"

It will be interesting to read the con game part.

Published: 8/22/2011 3:09:47 PM

Badass cover art!

Can't wait for the book to come out!


Published: 8/22/2011 11:05:25 AM

Now this looks promising. I hope the new career ranks are available at low levels (rank 1 or 2, not 5). I like the sound of the Nemesis Path. Also makes it more likely to let Orks and Kroot in on the game, IMHO, as these appear to be even less law abiding citizens then normal ROgue Traders tend to be!

Published: 8/20/2011 2:22:22 AM

There will be new ships?

The House Operative seems interesting.

Published: 8/19/2011 7:29:48 PM

about time this book came out. cant wait too learn more about the cold trade and all that other good stuff

more stuff for schips damm i already have so much problem picking what i want compared too what i need

Nova Nagilum
Published: 8/19/2011 2:51:44 PM

Haha! That's funny, the first thing I was thinking of was how good the other piece of artwork looks - this is the first time I've seen anyone accurately paint robes in a while - how they're actually pulled down by gravity: a very realistic-looking scene.

But yes, the cover's pretty awesome too! :D

Published: 8/19/2011 6:10:03 AM


I reckon that Rogue Trader on the cover looks like someone who's already above such pity things as money...

What he actually says (shouts) goes like this: "Don't you dare, scum! DON'T! TOUCH! THE COOKIE!!!" :D

Anyway, the cover is great and and I'm looking forward to this book.

Published: 8/19/2011 5:56:48 AM

I love the cover: "I said gimme the freaking money!!!"

Published: 8/19/2011 4:54:25 AM

This might come very handy ot use DH-players if it gives some insight on the cold trade. After all, shutting down a smuggling operation is a very investigative thing

Published: 8/19/2011 3:49:08 AM

 This is one book i'm looking forward to and the fact that the law book comes out for DH at the same rough time which means your judge in DH can chase your smuggling rogue trader in RT :o)

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