Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay

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Game Editions

Four distinct editions of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP) have been released.

First Edition

The First Edition was released by Games Workshop in 1986. Two epic campaigns were released for the first edition - The Enemy Within released by Games Workshop and The Doomstones Campaign by Flame Publications.

The First Edition setting is similar to the early Warhammer background, including notable characters like Constant Drachenfels and a dark renaissance interpretation of Bretonnia.

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay First Edition features a d100 (percentile) system with attributes based off of the Warhammer Fantasy Battles stat line. Characters also have fate points, which help save characters from death or other grisly fates. Characters begin with a very basic career - anything from a bailif to a rat catcher - and progress to move advanced careers, if they survive. The game included four basic races: Dwarfs, Halflings, Humans, and Elves.

Second Edition

The Second Edition was released by Black Library and Green Ronin in 2005. Two epic campaigns were released for second edition - Paths of the Damned and The Thousand Thrones.

The Second Edition setting takes place following the Storm of Chaos with much of the Empire's eastern front in shambles, The nation of Kislev in disrepair and Chaos cults boldly acting throughout the Old World.

The Second Edition system features an updated and streamlined version of the earlier percentile mechanics.

Third Edition

The Third Edition was released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2009.

The Third Edtion setting takes place in the 8th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles Setting, where the Old World is on the brink of the Storm of Chaos.

Warhammer Fantasy Battles Third Edition features a drasticly different rules set, utilizing a hybrid of board game mechanics to speed up game play and track character status easily. Rather than a percentile system, Third Edition uses a unique dice pool to determine successes. Fate points are removed, but replaced with party mechanics that make characters more powerful through cooperation. The game includes a different spread of races - Dwarfs, High Elves, Humans, and Wood Elves.

Fourth Edition

The Fourth Edition was released by Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd in 2018. The Fourth Edition setting has stepped back slightly in time from the previous versions and now takes place in IC 2510, with a variety of information from across the history of Warhammer. For instance Constant Drachenfels is firmly part of the timeline but the descriptions of the Elves and their gods are from the more recent 8th edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles and related material's background.

This Edition has a further update of the earlier percentile mechanics in the 1st and 2nd editions, together with new aspects such as Success Levels and Advantage. Characters can be from several races: Humans, Dwarfs, Halflings, High Elves and Wood Elves.