The Wrath and Glory Core Rulebook comes in at over pages, making it a weighty tome. The reason for this is that it on top of all the usual rules expected for an RPG, it also includes the full rules for several races and different character types. Wrath and Glory allows you to play as one of 31 different archetypes, which are split into 5 different species' Human, Chaos, Eldar, Ork and Space Marine.
Humans are also split again into 6 different organizations. The available archetypes are:. Games of Wrath and Glory are set into one of five tiers, which sets a limit and tone to the adventure.
Tier 4 includes Primaris Marines and Inquisitors, so know it's a high-level game and lower Tier characters, like a Tier 2 Sister of Battle would get a boost in terms of stats, abilities, and wargear in order for them to play at that level. It also means that players will know the level of enemies they will be facing going in, and the GM can set the threat of them accordingly. The different Tier's are essentially a shorthand listing of the starting points value for a player -character build. Once a Tier for the campaign is set, it's fixed for the campaign, characters can gain ranks within the Tier during the campaign, but won't change Tier.
Players are able to play lower Tier characters in higher Tier games by taking an Ascension package, which gives bonuses along with the extra points from the build costs to bring your lower Tier character into line.
The core Wrath and Glory mechanic revolves around D6s and looking for a certain amount of successes or Icons. A roll of a 4 or 5 is one Icon, and a roll of 6 is two Icons. Tests in Wrath and Glory require a certain amount of Icons to pass a standard test requires 3 Icons , so the amount of dice you roll for a test has an input into the chance of success or failure.
One of the dice in the pool is always a Wrath dice and should be a different color from the other dice in the pool. A roll of a 1 or a 6 on the Wrath dice has positive or negative consequences that add to the scene and can be used by the players or the GM to add effects or positive or negative outcomes. The levels of rules beyond that are just used to add detail in terms of damage and options. There are a few details to remember in terms of character options and what they do, and that's what adds the complexity to Wrath and Glory. The core system in Wrath and Glory is fast, it involves smashing together some numbers, rolling that many dice and looking for 4s, 5,s or 6s and noting the number on the Wrath dice.
The D6s make it very entry level friendly, but what we like most about it, is that it feels like Warhammer 40K.
There are rules for mobs included, and chipping away at a horde of Orks with your crew of lasgun wielding Guardsmen by throwing down some D6s is what it's all about. If there are any 6s in a players pool, beyond what is required to achieve the task, extra options open up to the player in terms of improving how they achieve the task, known as Shifting. This could be simply doing something better, with more flourish, or faster. In combat, it could be more damage, or maybe the attack affects more enemies than originally intended.
Outside of combat, commanding a group of Guardsmen with a shifted roll could lead them to being truly inspired by you, and give them a bonus beyond them simply doing what you told them. Several types of optional decks are also used in Wrath and Glory , and we were given access to PDFs of the cards as part of the review.
The Wrath deck serves to add some flavor to critical hits there is a Critical Hit chart in the Core Rulebook if you don't wish to use the Wrath Deck. An example of a card from the Wrath deck is Merciless Strike, which deals a mortal wound to the receiver of the attack.
The Campaign deck includes cards that can be used throughout play and offer bonuses, challenges or direct influences on the game. Our favorite example is the 'I am Alpharius' campaign card, which can give the player who plays it, insight into someone who might not be what they seem. Examples of other available decks are the Perils of the Warp or Gear decks.
All the decks aim to speed up gameplay and improve interactivity and are completely optional, as charts, tables, and details are included for those that don't wish to use them. Some of the game rules are clearly written with miniatures in mind and work very well if you like to include miniatures in your system. Ranges are clearly laid out for movement and weapon ranges.
The issue we found in our test games is that combat can be pretty brutal, and in smaller encounters, ranged weapons clearly dominated over those who were solely dedicated to close combat, as the fights were usually over by the time the two forces engaged in close quarters. It was only when situations began in close combat that our melee experts were able to act fully, or in larger encounters where our enemies weren't removed so quickly.
We usually opted for a more abstract range system, and only counted range specifically when it really fed the narrative.
Having a physical representation of a horde of Genestealers rampaging towards us on the table, with an accurate distance in squares, as we tried to cut them down did add a significant level of drama to our game. If your group aren't using miniatures though, having specific ranges for some weapons does feel odd. For example, the Assault Bolter has a range of 36m and the Boltgun 40m. Keeping track of the last 4m when using abstract range bands is interesting and some house rules or hacking may be required for those not using range specific game mats. In terms of entry-level, if run by an experienced GM, the players could all be first-time tabletop players and would still pick up the system very quickly.
The system and the D6s used throughout make it very beginner friendly. For a beginner GM though, there is a lot to take in coming straight into the Core Rulebook and starting with the planned Wrath an Glory Starter Set would be a better product as it contains pre-generated characters and a full adventure, as well as beginner rules.
After that, moving across to the full Wrath and Glory rules would be straight-forward. The layout of the book isn't as polished as we'd like and that might have something to with the sheer amount of information that's in it.
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Perhaps it was their lack of progress, or perhaps GW felt their product wasn't up to standard, or maybe something else altogether. Now, I'm a FFG diehard. I even have a copy of the free RPG day Wrath and Glory adventure "Blessings Unheralded" that I was trying to play with some friends and pass judgement on the game that way.
Even if I had by doubts about Ulisses Spiele, I'm still sad to hear this. Dark Heresy is the reason I'm here! And to have no "active" 40k rpg systems is a real loss for the setting. There is no doubt in my mind that the old FFG 40k RPGs will be made available again some time in the future; near future hopefully. Agreed, but Cubicle 7 is still releasing the Warhammer Fantasy roleplay games. They might pick it up. At the very least, I'm sure down the line we will see a new one.
Tabletop RPGs are major gateways to miniature sales, and it would be insane for GW to never try again. I was always going to prefer the FFG games but they had ADB writing some stuff apparently and a fair bit of art made for it, even those comics by the Eagle Ordinary artist.
Sorry to see that come to nothing late in the day. The ffg games were at least good. WG was "easier" but soooo clunky to navigate that it was slower. That's layout issues more than anything, I've been running it a while and the hardest thing is looking something up in the book.
What the fuck. Wrath and Glory like just came out. Came out last GenCon so 9. Even then, it didn't look like the situation where you would front the company any kind of money for a pre-order or kickstarter. My guess is US are going out of business or being bought out. It's not too late if you know someone who owns the pdfs or books! Oh my, thanks for the heads-up! I've just snatched a hardcopy off of Amazon before everything goes out of print and the second-hand prices shoot through the roof, like it happened with all the FFG stuff.
Looks like it's official now: Cubicle 7 is picking the game up. Seems like a pretty huge change. It seems less like there was a loss of license and more of an issue with lack of available hands to support the game. I'm sure the old 40k RPGs will be back in the future.
Maybe we'll get lucky and FFG will be given back the license. It seems over the past few years there has been more inq28 warbands featured in the white dwarf.
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That's is as its not supported Maybe inquisitor 2. The models not so much, but make it at 28mm and suddenly its viable again. Cake Day.