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Only War Core Rulebook (Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay) Hardcover – 4 Jan 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games (4 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616614692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616614690
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pieboy on 5 Jan. 2013
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The 40k universe contains super humans who can tear open tanks, alien creatures the size of a house and technology advanced beyond the imagination. You are none of this. When the hordes of the enemy come down you hold your ground with faith as your shield and numbers as your sword. You are Imperial Guard.

Only War is a combination of Black Crusade (BC) and Deathwatch (DW). The game mechanics are similar to BC for actions, righteous fury and an 'open' advance scheme allowing to take your character in any direction. The squad rules are dramatically improved over DW as marines don't really need to work together, as guardsmen alone you don't stand a chance. Each player gets a comrade (a.k.a. Red Shirt) and with your comrade you work as 2-man teams, such as Heavy and Loader, Sniper and Spotter, etc. Comrades have the life expectancy of a Spinal Tap drummer emphasized by the Squad sheet the group gets that gives you many rows for 'Name' and 'Cause of death' in the squad.

The Players all come from the same Regiment selected from mechanised Cadians, deathworld Catachans, selfless Death Korps of Krieg, Elysian Drop Troops, Calixis sector's own Maccabian Janissaries, Mordian Iron Guard, guerrilla fighting Tallarn Desert Raiders or Voystroyan Firstborn. There is also rules to make your own and no doubt there will be supplementary books with many more regiments in. Each regiment has rules that will effect all the PCs in stats, roleplaying and equiptment (Catachans are all strength but Mordians come with a Leman Russ Battle Tank as starting gear!).

Each player then selects their duty in the squad from; Heavy Gunner, Medic, Operator (vehicles), Sergeant, Weapons Specialist, Commisar, Ministorum Priest, Ogryn(!), Ratling, Santioned Psyker, Storm Trooper and Tech-priest Enginseer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pierre-Alain on 26 April 2013
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The book is all I expected for. The book in itself is good quality, strong and solid.
As for the content, everything you need to play is inside, clear rules with no surprise (I already own Dark Heresy and have been playing Warhammer 40.000 since 1988). Many regiments to choose from, and you can even create your own (Tanith First and Only or Valhalan Ice Warriors, if you cannot wait for the next game-expansion). Many different classes (Commissar!!!!!!!!!) to choose from (even though you cannot play a sniper... That might be the only reproach I would make, but that is to come in the next expansion as well).
Everything is well explained, with lots of clear examples.
In my opinion, even though the Game Master's Kit is useful, you won't need it for your first gaming sessions.
Great product!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Lean on 20 Jan. 2013
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Been waiting to play as the 'lowly' Imperial Guard for a long while now, I always think the element of risk helps add to role playing games more than being near-immortal heroes, and even though the guard you play are elite, you are nowhere near as invulnerable and things nowhere near as easy as when you play as a hulking space marine or inquisitor lord. Looking forward to some great sessions!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hosking on 8 Feb. 2013
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Only War is perfect for anyone who enjoys the Warhammer 40K universe. Subsequently it is also ideal and highly adaptable as a rule system for a more realistic game if that is more to your taste.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JJ7 on 20 Mar. 2014
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Again brought as a gift for the OH and like all the others he loves it. Cannot fault, would recommend
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