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Targetdrone.gif This article is about the skirmish game. For other uses of Inquisitor, see Inquisitor (disambiguation).
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Designer Gav Thorpe[1]
Manufacturer Games Workshop[1]
Released 2001[1]
Scale 54 mm[1a]

Inquisitor is a narrative skirmish game based on Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 Universe.

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Players choose a warband, usually made up of an Inquisitor and his/her henchmen, but also potentially led by any of a huge variety of rogues and heroes from throughout the Imperium such as Rogue Traders, Space Marines or Tech-priests. It even offers the chance to take on the guise of some of the Imperium's greatest enemies, such as Chaos Sorcerers, Genestealer Cult Leaders or twisted Mutants.

The Game

The game supported by Games Workshop's Specialist Games division, which periodically released new rules for the game through their website. The game is intended for older wargamers, aged 16 and up.[1]

The Inquisitor Rulebook was available as a hard copy from Games Workshop, or as a .pdf from the Specialist Games website. It gives very rich and detailed information about the Inquisition and the WH40K universe in general.

Inquisitor uses a rules system based around the throwing of two 10-sided dice (known together as a d100), generating a percentile value, with one die representing the "tens" and the other representing "units". Standard six-sided dice are used for several of the game's mechanics also.[1]

There are, technically, no limitations on the effective power and equipment of a player character - there are no hard and fast rules that prevent a player from creating a character armed with terrifyingly potent combinations of equipment and skills, although the game rulebook includes an optional "points" system that the organisers of a campaign might use to limit or guide their players. The expectation is that players exercise common sense when creating their characters. Unlike a tactical wargame or Role-playing Game, Inquisitor describes itself as a "narrative" skirmish game, and the emphasis is on spinning a good story along the lines of a great action movie or adventure novel, rather than focusing on winning at all costs.[1]

Source Books

There are a few additional companion rulebooks for the Inquisitor game:

This book details the background and history of the Thorian philosophy and those who follow it. Amongst other topics, the book focuses on the efforts of Promeus, a semi-legendary figure from the earliest days of the Imperium, and his desire to revive the Emperor of Mankind from his half-life existence on the Golden Throne. It traces his, and his followers the Promeans', attempts to achieve their end and conflict with their allies and later rivals led by Moriana. After thousands of years, the two factions slowly disappear, but their history and achievements have paved the way for two new factions, the Thorians and the Horusians, to rise and seek out a new way to approach the divine nature of the Emperor.[2]

The book details additional characters and how the followers of the Thorian philosophy interact with other Ordos of the Inquisition. It also provides additional weapons and powers to be used by the newly introduced Thorians.[2]


There are currently three campaigns in the game and each has a Conspiracies book:

  • Inquisitor: Conspiracies - The Cirian Legacy: details the planet of Cirian V that is controlled by Tech-Priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Inside are 3 individual campaigns, lists and details on important characters, groups that deal with Cirian V, and background on the Scarla Sector surrounding Cirian V. The campaign begins as a simple mission for the players to discover why the Adepts of the Conclave have ceased paying their Imperial tithes. But as things get nasty - in a mess of rioting miners, psychotic tech-priests and hallucinogenic smoke - will the players notice that something even more sinister is afoot?[1d]
  • Inquisitor: Conspiracies - Death of an Angel: contains three different campaigns. Set on Karis Cephalon, the campaign guides the players both as allies and opponents in a storyline that begins with a simple mutant uprising, but swiftly turns sinister. Who is trying to release the daemon Phraa'gueotla and why? And can there really be any substance to rumours of a pre-Imperial superweapon - the Angel - hidden somewhere beneath the planet's surface?[1d]
  • Inquisitor: Conspiracies - Heavenfall: contains two campaigns with details on important characters and background. The machinations of Inquisitors Scarn and Lichtenstein have collided on the once-beautiful Equinox. But with a rogue assassin on the loose and the enigmatic Eldar taking an interest in a world that was once theirs, the players will have to keep their wits about them to get away from this one...[1d]


Player characters are usually represented in-game by 54 mm miniatures purchased from Games Workshop, roughly twice as large as the standard 28 mm Heroic scale of WH40K miniatures. The models available represent existing characters (such as Witch-hunter Tyrus, or Inquisitor Eisenhorn) presented in the rulebook. Players wishing to depict their own unique characters are generally required to extensively convert their models, or give them unique paint schemes. However, the distances given in the rulebook are written as yards, so that players can use any scale of miniature they wish, including the same models with which they play standard Warhammer 40,000.[1b]

There are many different groups that players can play. Presented here are the archetypes represented in the Rulebook:

  • The Inquisition: They are an order that defends the worship of the Emperor of Mankind and defends the Imperium from its alien and heretical enemies.[1c]
  • The Adeptus Astartes: They are the "Space Marines," a legion of warriors that serves the Emperor of Mankind and operate as a powerful army of genetically altered super humans.[1c]
  • The Adeptus Mechanicus: They are the engineers of the Imperium and are focused primarily on technology and research.[1c]
  • The Rogue Traders: They are bands of merchants or similar people whose allegiance may vary.[1c]
  • The Cultists and Fanatics: They mostly serve the Ecclesiarchy and worship the Emperor of Mankind.[1c]
  • The Imperial Guard: They, like the Adeptus Astartes, are the army of the Imperium but they tend to be normal humans.[1c]
  • Desperados: Like Rogue Traders, their allegiance may vary.[1c]
  • The Enforcers: They serve the Imperium but may also operate as independent/rogue groups under the command of a disloyal commander of an individual ruler of a world.[1c]
  • The Mutants: Mutants are humans either warped by the power of Chaos or mutated due to genetic deviancy. They are hunted down by Inquisitors who deem any mutation as a threat against humanity and the Imperium.[1c]
  • The Ecclesiarchy: The priest/religious organization of the Imperium and worship the Emperor of Mankind.[1c]
  • The Arco-Flagellant: Heretics deemed by the Ecclesiarchy to gain redemption through using themselves as mindless living weapons against the enemies of the Imperium.[1c]
  • The Assassins: Trained warriors who specialize in assassinations in the name of the Emperor of Mankind.[1c]


See also


In White Dwarf 257 (UK) Gac Thorpe explained the background and design decitions for the game,[3a][3b] and John Blanche discussed the art and worldbuilding in the game.[3c]


  • 1: Inquisitor Rulebook - Interior/Table of Contents
    • 1a: Introduction
    • 1b: Characters
    • 1c: The 41st Millennium
    • 1d: The Gamemaster
  • 2: Thorian Faction Sourcebook, (Saved archive page, dated July 2013, last accessed 9 September 2015
  • 3: White Dwarf 257 (UK)
    • 3a: pgs. 10-13 - What is Inquisitor: an Introduction to the New Game
    • 3b: pgs. 16-17 - Battle for the Emperor'sSoul: the Thoughts and Ideas Behind Inquisitor
    • 3b: pgs. 58-61 - John Blanche on Inquisitor

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