Friday, December 11, 2009
Although the new Rogue Trader from Fantasy Flight is by no means a new release, I just now got around to picking up a copy of it this week. "Wow", is all I can say about it. Just the sheer size, weight, and feel (yes, as in texture) is impressive, then you open it up and are given a feast of the senses (yes, new book smell and all) of its innards.
Beautiful artwork, easy to reference tables, amazingly written fluff, background, and mechanics, the list goes on and on. Many naysayers, myself included, were leery about the move from Black Industries to Fantasy Flight Games. Dark Heresy was more of a stepchild, given custody to FFG by the state, and they've done what they could with it (don't get me wrong, Dark Heresy rocks too), but now the FFG team has been able to strut their stuff and show off their own biological offspring to the gaming world at large.
In almost every way, this game is everything Dark Heresy isn't, and in the mechanics department, it seems there's been some key tweaking based on feedback from issues with DH. My "reviews" are more 'touchy-feely' than crunchy, but suffice it to say, if you're into sci-fi roleplaying, this is the book for you, even if you're not boned up on the vast fluffverse that is the 40k juggernaut. It would work equally well suited to many different mindsets for a campaign; exploration, conquest, mercantile, and the like.
I've posted my pic next to the original Rogue Trader, which wasn't an RPG, per se, but it did have enough elements in it where it could be seen as such. Obviously it's the grandaddy of 40k and I would be remiss not to include it for posterity.