Warhammer FRPG 2nd Edition Books return to PDF via Cubicle 7
  • Warhammer FRPG 2nd Edition Books return to PDF via Cubicle 7


    Cubicle 7 Entertainment have just made available the range of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition PDFs through Drivethrurpg and RPGNow. Cubicle 7’s highly anticipated 4th edition of the game is based upon the 1st and 2nd editions so now’s your chance to refresh your memory and fill in the gaps in your collection!


    The twenty five titles that have been rereleased in PDF are also part of the site-wide Christmas in July campaign that is currently running across the DriveThruRPG/RPGNow which means they also have up to 25% discount on the prices until 31st July making them even more of a bargain!

    The range was originally designed by Green Ronin Publishing and published by Black Industries, a division of Games Workshop.
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    1. Henry's Avatar
      Henry -
      If it weren't for a lot of last-minute expenses right now (and a commitment to Starfinder) I'd be all over this! I have the core stuff I need in hard copy, but there are a few holes left in my collection when GW dropped 2e.

      One of these days, I'll get my Pathfinder group on-board with WFRP; there are a few who keep talking about how magic should be more unpredictable and less formulaic, and how some combats or things like falling damage aren't real-world lethal enough, and I SO WANT to show them the answer to their musings...
    1. TrippyHippy's Avatar
      TrippyHippy -
      Excellent! If we could also get the 1st edition books - especially The Enemy Within campaign.....
    1. pogre's Avatar
      pogre -
      In a campaign right now and my players love it. I own it all, but I am happy to see them available again. Hopefully, this will be a launching pad and basis for the fourth edition.
    1. Arilyn's Avatar
      Arilyn -
      Quote Originally Posted by TrippyHippy View Post
      Excellent! If we could also get the 1st edition books - especially The Enemy Within campaign.....
      Loved that campaign. Went through it as a player, and had a blast. Still consider it one of the best published adventures I've seen. Huge soft spot for Warhammer. Couldn't get into the old DnD rule set back in the day. Warhammer got me hooked on RPGs, and I give a lot of credit to "Enemy Within."
    1. Ghal Maraz's Avatar
      Ghal Maraz -
      I sincerely doubt they'll release 1st edition PDFs, as those have never really existed in an official form, so C7 would have to find some mint copies of the original publications by GW or Hogshead Publishing and physically scan them. I doubt they have the resource and the manpower to do them in a convenient way (and we also don't know if their license would allow that).

      And, Henry: it's GW (Games Workshop, the U.K. company), not GDW (Game Designers' Workshop, the USA company famous for Traveller)!
    1. TrippyHippy's Avatar
      TrippyHippy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ghal Maraz View Post
      I sincerely doubt they'll release 1st edition PDFs, as those have never really existed in an official form, so C7 would have to find some mint copies of the original publications by GW or Hogshead Publishing and physically scan them. I doubt they have the resource and the manpower to do them in a convenient way (and we also don't know if their license would allow that).
      Their licence would allow them to do that (why wouldn't it?), and those files would not be hard to come by. Moreover, the Enemy Within ought to be available. It's a classic.
    1. unnatural 20's Avatar
      unnatural 20 -
      Maybe they will release The Enemy Within under their new edition ruleset.
    1. Henry's Avatar
      Henry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ghal Maraz View Post
      And, Henry: it's GW (Games Workshop, the U.K. company), not GDW (Game Designers' Workshop, the USA company famous for Traveller)!
      Oops! Slip of the keyboard. Thank you!
    1. Ghal Maraz's Avatar
      Ghal Maraz -
      Quote Originally Posted by TrippyHippy View Post
      Their licence would allow them to do that (why wouldn't it?), and those files would not be hard to come by. Moreover, the Enemy Within ought to be available. It's a classic.
      Whatever the licence does actually allow, we can only guess. Having the right to distribute 2nd edition materials doesn't automatically mean having the right to do the same with 1st edition ones too. GW is heavily jealous and overtly protective of its IP, so I'm not that sure C7 has any right to books whose fluff is divergent in a lot of ways from the canon of the Warhammer World post-WHFB 4th edition.

      Moreover, releasing PDFs obtained through some able Google-fu could be not necessarily in appliance to a signed contract!

      Let's see what happens, just hoping GW doesn't play its usual trick with the game/license (I'm quite confident in C7 knowing full well how to approach licensed material and its contracts, as those are the bread-and-butter of the company!).
    1. TrippyHippy's Avatar
      TrippyHippy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ghal Maraz View Post
      Whatever the licence does actually allow, we can only guess. Having the right to distribute 2nd edition materials doesn't automatically mean having the right to do the same with 1st edition ones too. GW is heavily jealous and overtly protective of its IP, so I'm not that sure C7 has any right to books whose fluff is divergent in a lot of ways from the canon of the Warhammer World post-WHFB 4th edition.

      Moreover, releasing PDFs obtained through some able Google-fu could be not necessarily in appliance to a signed contract!

      Let's see what happens, just hoping GW doesn't play its usual trick with the game/license (I'm quite confident in C7 knowing full well how to approach licensed material and its contracts, as those are the bread-and-butter of the company!).
      The 4th edition is stated to be based upon 2nd and 1st editions. It would be a very strange situation for GW to immediately slap a restriction for 1st edition materials when the 4th edition is already going to be divergent from Age of Sigmar.
    1. Ghal Maraz's Avatar
      Ghal Maraz -
      The new edition will return players to Warhammer's grim world of perilous adventure, and takes its direction from the first and second editions of the game.


      Cubicle 7’s highly anticipated 4th edition of the game will take its cues from the 1st and 2nd editions


      Bold mine.


      Those are the only official statements about the game up until now. I won't expect the game to be based (as they've actually avoided this particular expression) on both the previous editions: I fear you're reading too much into those press releases.
    1. TrippyHippy's Avatar
      TrippyHippy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ghal Maraz View Post
      Bold mine.
      Utterly pedantic distinction and it takes nothing away from previous comments.
    1. Feeroper's Avatar
      Feeroper -
      I'm certainly tempted to get the core book - I've never played Warhammer FRP before but I've always admired the tone they have. Is the 2nd edition regarded as a good one?
    1. TrippyHippy's Avatar
      TrippyHippy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feeroper View Post
      I'm certainly tempted to get the core book - I've never played Warhammer FRP before but I've always admired the tone they have. Is the 2nd edition regarded as a good one?
      Yes. It was a full colour book, and for the most part they polished up the system by ironing the system glitches from the first, rather than trying to totally reinvent the wheel. They also introduced a more themed magic system (based upon colleges of colour), which was deliberately chaotic (in the same way wild Sorcerers can be in D&D). The previous system was loosely similar to that found in games like RuneQuest.

      There are some setting changes (evolving with the GW canon), but honestly so minor that you'd have to be a serious grognard to really care that much. 1st edition had a bigger core rules book with more setting, but a lot less supplements, so it balances out.

      The only edition I wouldn't go for is 3rd edition, where they actually did try to figuratively reinvent the wheel.
    1. Henry's Avatar
      Henry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feeroper View Post
      I'm certainly tempted to get the core book - I've never played Warhammer FRP before but I've always admired the tone they have. Is the 2nd edition regarded as a good one?
      VERY worth it, for all the reasons described above.

      Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
    1. Charles Rampant's Avatar
      Charles Rampant -
      The 2nd edition rules were not perfect - they still never really answered the question of why player characters didn't have specific 'adventurer' careers, and Dwarves in armour were almost literally unkillable - but it was a really enjoyable game for me. Easy to run, with a system that is best viewed as a combination between D20 action economy and BRP D100 skills, and a setting that is redolent in plot opportunities.
    1. Flexor the Mighty! -
      Why would they need specific adventurer careers?
    1. Staffan's Avatar
      Staffan -
      Quote Originally Posted by TrippyHippy View Post
      The only edition I wouldn't go for is 3rd edition, where they actually did try to figuratively reinvent the wheel.
      The best thing about Warhammer 3rd ed is that it acted as a testbed for the system that became Star Wars/Genesys.
    1. aramis erak's Avatar
      aramis erak -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feeroper View Post
      I'm certainly tempted to get the core book - I've never played Warhammer FRP before but I've always admired the tone they have. Is the 2nd edition regarded as a good one?
      All three editions have their fans.

      Many fans of 1E and 2E actually liked 3E...

      2E is a more flexible engine, but 1E has a slightly darker and more slapstick feel.
    1. Giorgicus's Avatar
      Giorgicus -
      A very positive development; I look forward to more news on the new version of this game.
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