Voyage of the
Ave Aquila Stella Rubra Phallus Maximus
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Piercing the Koronus Expanse, Penetrating the Halo Stars…
Adventures of some small name Rogue Trader’s punk kid and his rag tag crew as they make their fortunes in the grim-dark dark grim void of the 41st Millennium. Looting in the name of the emperor and making dick jokes.
What is Rogue Trader?
Good question. I’ll let Fantasy Flight Game’s marketing department to the speaking for me:
In Rogue Trader, you will assume the roles of a privateering merchant prince, or “Rogue Trader,” or one of his trusted counselors. You are empowered by an ancient warrant of trade to seek out profit and plunder amongst unexplored regions of space, outside the Imperium’s grasp. Your ship will take you to new worlds and uncharted reaches of the void, where you will encounter rivals, pirates, aliens, and possibly even daemons of the warp. You will acquire and spend great wealth and riches, and fame or infamy will follow in your footsteps. You will discover ancient and forgotten mysteries and search out the unknown to find lost human worlds and never before seen celestial phenomena. You must survive the dangers of space, not only the threat of vacuum, cold, and deadly radiation, but the things that lurk in the dark void between stars that man was never meant to find.
To be part of a Rogue Trader crew is to stand on the threshold of nearly unlimited opportunity. Vast fortunes await on the edges of the galaxy, if you and your fellow Explorers can muster the courage to find and claim them. Renown and riches reward the bold, but the unwary find only an anonymous death.
A Rogue Trader’s true reward lies beyond fame and fortune, however. A Rogue Trader who can take risks and wrest them into profits by skill, luck, or sheer force of will enjoys something few humans in the 41st Millennium even know. A Rogue Trader’s life is one of adventure and true freedom, the freedom to choose his course, and to see the consequences of his choices for good or ill. This is not to say, however, that the course is not fraught with peril. Foul aliens, pernicious raiders, and even other Rogue Traders will stand in your way on the path to greatness. Your wits and courage will be tested to their utmost limits. To survive is to face even greater challenges—and to wield even greater power.
- Source: Quick Start Rules Pg. 2
Something Awful describes the game as follows:
In Rogue Trader, you are the psychopathic bridge crew of the USS Enterprise, busting into star systems with blinged-out spaceships and blowing people up until they give you money, or Profit Factor. There may be some trade negotiations and politics as well, but honestly, when you have a hammer that’s five clicks long and blows up moons, everything looks like a nail.
Generally, everything about 40k, it’s ships included, is pretty ridiculous.
Just imagine Star Trek but bigger and more skulley
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