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Dark Heresy Second Edition: Core Rulebook


Dark Heresy Second Edition is a roleplaying game of danger, mystery, and brutal violence set in the decaying far future of Warhammer 40,000. Players take on the role of defenders of humanity and embark on hazardous adventures into the dark heart of the 41st Millennium. As an Acolyte of an Inquisitor, you’ll serve at the front line of a great and secret war to root out dangers that imperil all of humanity.

The 448-page, full-color Dark Heresy Second Edition Core Rulebook contains everything you and your friends will need to serve the Emperor in the Askellon Sector. Rules for character creation, combat, and adversaries are supplemented by informational source materials that will help Game Masters bring the Askellon Sector and its horrors to life. The Dark Heresy Second Edition Core Rulebook can be used to enjoy enjoy standalone adventures and ongoing campaigns in the grim future of the 41st millennium.


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Aidan F January 12, 2023 1:17 pm UTC
echoing the sentiment of others that I want a print on demand version, Please!
I first played this years ago back when it first came out, and I'd love to have a physical copy in my collection
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Jacob T July 21, 2022 1:03 am UTC
This version is so immensly superior to the dumpster fire that is Wrath and Glory that I'd laugh if it weren't so sad.
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Benjamin W February 23, 2022 10:21 pm UTC
I wish this book had a POD version. It goes for an extortionist rate 2nd hand. The current amazon price is $1,325.99
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Alex A November 28, 2021 3:58 am UTC
Hello! Any errata corrections has been included in this release or not?
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Neil S July 11, 2021 2:06 am UTC
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Nicolas F December 04, 2020 2:54 am UTC
Are all the adventures published prior to the 2nd edition compatible with that 2nd edition?
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Saif Addin E November 11, 2020 10:33 pm UTC
I would like a hardcover version please!
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Lord H December 16, 2019 7:26 pm UTC
Where is a pinted version? even a nice plastic comb ring bnider kind fo book with nice full color cover be awesome!
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Kyle Z September 04, 2019 10:51 am UTC
Really wish we get a reprint.
(Cry in W&G)
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Jeremy H August 17, 2019 2:43 pm UTC
Probably a silly question... but I see a ton of DH stuff on Humble Bundle now. I also see that this PDF has been updated in 2019 but was added in 2014. So, I can assume there have been revisions? The reason for my concern is that I splurged on the DH 1st edition hardbacks and was really disappointed at the awful editing. I sold them pretty quickly. Ideally I would like to get a product that doesn't have similar errors. Are the PDFs offered over on Humble Bundle up to date with whatever has been tweaked here on OBS?
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Marco G August 22, 2019 6:31 am UTC
No they have not been changed at all. All they did is change the Trademark window in each book since it's cubicle 7 now instead of ulisses or fantasyflight. They likely contain the latest errata(ffg usually updated the pdfs accordingly). The Humble Bundle ones are the same as the ones you can buy here.
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Nick C May 21, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Hi there, is there any chance of a print on demand version? I'd really like to try and get physical copies of these games.
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Eric S May 22, 2018 1:34 pm UTC
Hi Nick,

As you can see from some of the comments below, we don't have the original layout files, just the final digital versions. It would take significant effort to convert all of those PDFs into print-on-demand. It's not impossible that we might do that sometime in the future, but right now all our efforts are focused on Wrath & Glory.
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Nick C May 25, 2018 12:24 am UTC
Okay, that's totally understandable. I just find it sad that the only way to get physical copies of some of these is to shell out for scalpers. I hope you come back to them after launch, and I look forward to getting my grubby mitts on Wrath and Glory soon!

PS, on a related note, what's your stance on printing these out for personal use?
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Zachary H April 11, 2018 1:00 am UTC
Quick question for the publisher:

Will the rest of the books be getting a 2nd Edition as well?
(ie. Deathwatch, Only War, & Rogue Trader)
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Ulisses S April 11, 2018 7:14 am UTC
No, as FFG is no longer the license holder for the 40k RPG license. But there will be a new game line called Wrath & Glory for 40k by the end of 2018.
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Jordan D January 14, 2018 8:54 am UTC
Rules on shooting are a little confusing,
The game has rules for shooting INTO combat, ie shooting into a melee that contains both friends and enemies, but not rules for shooting a gun WHILE IN MELEE, either at your melee opponent, or at some other enemy in the distance.
I had to generate my own house rules since there is a rather glaring gap here that has not been fixed in errata:

Ranged Weapons In Melee:(House Rule, Since rules don't say)
Pistols can be used in Melee combat, rolling on BS to hit.
You do not receive the point blank bonus.
However, this means you can be parried (since you are effectively making a Melee Attack with BS instead of WS).
Ranged Weapons can be used in Melee combat, rolling on BS to hit.
You receive a -20 modifier due to the unwieldy nature of using a rifle in combat.
Again, this means you can be parried.

Firing OUT of melee combat:
No penalties or bonuses, just fire as normal.

Some...See more
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Chris B April 13, 2019 6:59 am UTC
Rules are actually on page 226 of the book. To quote:

"Ranged attacks cannot be made if the attacker is engaged in melee, unless he is firing a Pistol-class weapon. "
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Jordan D May 06, 2019 5:20 pm UTC
Thank you! This is great since it makes pistol weapons much more useful!
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