"There are no depths which we may fly above, no chasm we may bridge. It is our duty to fall into the pits, and there drag the unworthy before Judgement."
      –Arbitrator Linger

The Calixis Sector is plagued with heretics, recidivists, and the unworthy...and they all dwell beneath the faithful servants of the God-Emperor, eroding the backbone of the Imperium’s war machine. Whether it is a planetary noble skimming off the top, or a seditious terrorist planning the destruction of an entire Hab-block, it is the Adeptus Arbites who bring them to judgement.

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Book of Judgement , a supplement for Dark Heresy !

Book of Judgement is a guide to crime and punishment in the Calixis Sector, and provides a powerful resource for Dark Heresy campaigns that feature Imperial Law as a story foundation. This detailed supplement contains new rules, backgrounds, alternate careers, and equipment for playing Acolytes with legal authority or a criminal past, and provides players with information about the Adeptus Arbites’ mission to bring order to the Calixis Sector. Game Masters of all experience levels will find expanded Investigation rules and a new adventure, Jurisdiction, that plunges the Acolytes into a conflict between three of the Imperium’s most powerful organisations.

A Council of Judges

For more on Book of Judgement , here’s a word from Dark Heresy ’s lead developer:

I count myself extremely lucky in having worked with the team responsible for Book of Judgement . In addition to such veteran talents as Graham Davey and Charles May, the group was joined by Matthew Farrer, author of the Shira Calpurnia novels from Black Library. It was a great pleasure to dive into the Adeptus Arbites of the Calixis Sector with the assembled team of writers and I can’t wait for this book to be in the hands of players.

We worked tirelessly to stuff this book full of useful tools for GMs and Players alike. All the usual suspects are here: new Cell Directives, Alternate Career Ranks, Backgrounds, and, of course, tons of background information on the precincts of the Lex Calixis. A chapter focused purely on the creation of compelling mysteries distills over fifty years of combined GM experience, offering exciting ways to craft your own mystery and drive a game session forward through the players’ actions. We even included Jurisdiction, a full adventure focused on the overlapping interests of three Imperial factions.

One of the pleasures of creating a book like this is getting to truly delve into the ancient histories of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Games Workshop has been crafting this game world for over two decades, which provides a wealth of information. Having an opportunity (or a responsibility) to read everything I could about crime and judgement was an quite an experience. The bleak, dare I say grim, nature of justice in the dark future is filled with twists, turns, interpretations, and executions. Bringing that feel to Book of Judgement was, frankly, a lot of fun!

Keep checking back in the coming week as we offer previews, and look for Book of Judgement on store shelves in the fourth quarter of 2011!

Dark Heresy is a roleplaying game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, a setting in the grim darkness of the far future. Players take on the roles of Acolytes serving the Inquisition, rooting out heresy and corruption from within the galaxy-spanning Imperium of Man.

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