On the Passing of WFRP, 2e

January 30th, 2008

The excellent run of Black Industries is soon to come to an end. Dave Allen announced here that BI is going to fold this year. Apparently The Thousand Thrones, which I wrote a chapter of, will be the final WFRP product released.

I have mixed emotions. I am grateful to Black Industries for the creation of so many excellent WFRP products (I just now purchased Night’s Dark Masters to complete my 2e collection). I am grateful to Games Workshop for giving WFRP another chance. I am disappointed that the line won’t continue, but I have no doubt that WFRP will live on.

Oddly, the pending demise of Black Industries has rekindled an interest in finishing my own stab at a WFRP epic adventure: Stones & Sigils. I’m not sure I have the time to do it with so many other projects on the table right now, but I would like to complete it at some point, especially since after the release of TTT, WFRP2e will be entirely fan-supported until GW decides that the time is right to support the RPG side of their business again.

In the meantime, I’d love to see a resurgence at Strike to Stun. Hopefully Warpstone will continue. Liber Fanatica would be a natural rallying point by which fans could make their articles, adventures, and rule tweaks available to the rest of the community.

This isn’t the first time WFRP has gone dark (it’s the fourth, for those of you who are counting), and I’m sure it won’t be the last. So, once more unto the breach, dear friends.

4 comments to “On the Passing of WFRP, 2e”

  1. Wow, you wrote a chapter? I am really looking forward to that campaign. I plan to play in it then run it. I have to say when I read the announcement of the demise of BI my stomach was sick. I immediately bought up any Dark Heresy I could find since it appeared my Amazon order was not going to ship. I anticipate reading your chapter in TTT.

  2. Yes, I wrote Chapter 2. It was a great experience and I’m seriously disappointed that it won’t be happening again.

    I bought Dark Heresy, too. If you look hard, you should be able to find my name in the playtest credits. 🙂

  3. I love warhammer rpg, and it´s too bad they will not develop it further. I hope some other company picks the line in the future.

  4. I hope someone picks it up too. It just doesn’t seem that GW is interested in RPGs at all right now — I guess they’re focusing on their core miniature business again. Hopefully things will change sometime soon, but in the meantime we’re in the wilderness again.

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