Date Posted: 24-07-2020

Free RPG Day – Rain of Mercy

Free RPG Day – Rain of Mercy

Cubicle 7 are delighted to support Free RPG Day 2020 tomorrow – July 25th!

Free RPG Day provides free exclusive printed content for a wide variety of tabletop roleplaying games, via friendly local games stores around the world. As we recently released Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory in PDF, we thought an introduction to that world would be the perfect addition to Free RPG Day!

Rain of Mercy is an entertaining introduction to the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium and Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory. The booklet — available only as part of Free RPG Day — is a short primer on the world of Warhammer 40,000, the glorious Imperium and its many foes, and the forsaken Gilead System trapped by the Great Rift. It also includes an action-packed adventure using simplified game rules so you can start playing immediately. 

In advance of its release writer TS Luikart discusses the Rain of Mercy below!

I have many gaming books on my shelves, but very few that’ve taken as much punishment over long years of heavy use as my original copy of Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader.[1] I bought it the day it came out in the United States, and though it survived many a 40K engagement, I broke its spine constantly lying it flat while working on Dark Heresy, the first (official) 40K RPG. The Emperor does look out for his true servants though — I actually won a brand-new copy in a raffle from Forge World when they reprinted it a couple of years ago.[2]

While I’ve gotten a lot of use out of many portions of the original Warhammer 40,000 — the section I’ve read (and reread) the most is the postscript author’s note from Rick Priestley on the technology of the Imperium. I’ve found more useful inspiration in those back five pages than I’ve found in whole other books. An idea that came to me from reading them was, in fact, the spark that led to Rain of Mercy, Cubicle 7’s introductory Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory adventure coming out on Saturday, the 25th of July for Free RPG Day.

Free RPG Day is an excellent  program run by some old friends of Cubicle 7. It’s an opportunity for gamers to try out new RPGs for free and hopefully generate some (safe, masked) foot traffic for your Friendly Local Game Store — which could likely really, really use it this particularly difficult year. 

You may have heard about another ‘little’ 40K thing coming out on Saturday. That would be Indomitus — the heavily anticipated 9th Edition of Warhammer 40,000. I’d like to tell you we did it on purpose. You may think we cast our Portents of Amul well, that our cross-promotional skills are second-to-none, that we cut a Dark Deal with the Ruinous Powers…

Nope, it’s more a Ranald thing. Blind spectacular luck. 

Rain of Mercy is an entertaining introduction to the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium and the Gilead System — the setting for Wrath & Glory. It includes an action-packed adventure set on the overly populated Shrine World of Enoch.[3] Rain of Mercy uses a simplified version of the Wrath & Glory ruleset meant to quickly introduce new players to the game’s grim themes. Folks that have already purchased Wrath & Glory will doubtless still get some intriguing and esoteric lore out of Rain of Mercy[4] — though I rather hope that if you already own the game, you’ll consider letting a fresh recruit pick up Rain of Mercy, or at least commit to inducting a few new folks into the ranks!

For those of you living in a Friendly Local Gaming Store desert, show up late to find all copies already vanished, or who have to remain home to safeguard loved ones, we see you. Our deal with the Free RPG Day folks is that the print booklets are exclusive to the event; however, in about a month we’ll put up the PDF for everybody. In the meantime, if you want to check out a free Wrath & Glory adventure, download The Graveyard Shift from our webstore here.

—TS Luikart

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[1] My copy of Deities & Demigods is held together with duct tape.  Cthulhu and Melnibonéan Mythos for the win!

[2] The Forge World adepts were very amused when they found out who I was and sent me a nice note.

[3] The adventure includes four Player Characters, each of which has their own unique assets.

[4] That’s how we roll.

Find out more or pre-order the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory Rulebook on our webstore here and stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay updates soon!

Did you know that the Wrath & Glory Errata is out now? Get all the info here.

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