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Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader
Rogue Trader FCover.jpg
Author(s) Rick Priestley
Editor(s) Games Workshop
Cover Artist John Sibbick
Released September 1987
Pages 287
ISBN 1-869893-23-9
Followed by Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition Rulebook

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, sometimes just referred to as Rogue Trader, was the first core rule book for the Warhammer 40,000 game.


Rogue Trader was published in 1987 and written by Rick Priestley, and was quite different to future versions of the game. Largely a cross between Role Playing Games and Table Top Battle Games, rather than an out and out Table Top Battle Game, Rogue Trader contained much more background on the wider universe, races and technology found in the Warhammer 40k universe than later editions did, and for this reason is considered a prized collectors' piece.

The game is described as a fantasy game set in space, a sort of science-fantasy. The aim was to create a medieval attitude to the background : fear, superstition, self-sacrifice, and common acceptance of death.[1] Combat follows the tried and tested Warhammer Fantasy Battle system, adapted for the technological weapons of the setting, but it can be played with a dozen of models, as opposed to the hundreds required for Warhammer Fantasy.[1]

The book is considered much less imperio-centric than later editions, as it employed a much broader spectrum of views within the narration than was common in future versions and proactively encouraged mixed faction forces.


Rogue Trader had six sections-

  • Rules for combat
  • A scenario featuring Crimson Fist space marines against Orks on Rynn's World
  • A section detailing equipment
  • A section on the backround
  • Special rules for advanced gamers
  • A summary including all of the charts in the book.

Authors, Artists and Staff

During the production of this book, the following persons were involved considerably.

Other Media

Youtube : Retrohammer 5: Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader Rulebook 1987 (2017)