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Black Crusade - The Tome of Decay


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Publication Date July 11th, 2014

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The intoxicating lure of Chaos leads untold millions down the path of corruption, and the noblest of intentions offers little protection against its dark influence. A soldier’s bloodlust, a politician's ambition, a lover’s desire, and even a mother’s whispered prayer over her feverish child – they are all the playthings of the Dark Gods. Why resist? Wealth, power, and happiness await those who serve the Ruinous Powers, and the only price is your humanity.

Black Crusade is a remarkable standalone RPG that offers players an entirely new perspective on the conflict between the Imperium of Man and the forces of Chaos. This groundbreaking concept delivers the unprecedented opportunity to play as a Disciple of the Dark Gods, whether as a Chaos Space Marine or a human Servant of Chaos.

Swear allegiance to your dark masters, and reap the rewards of their favor! The Black Crusade core rulebook contains everything you need to start your adventure in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

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Table of Contents

004 | What’s in this Book?

Chapter I: Nurgle
006 | Inevitable Decay
010 | The Garden of Nurgle
013 | Servants of the Great Paradox
018 | The Countless Ills
019 | Champions of Decay
021 | Nurgle and the Long War

Chapter II: Death Bringers
025 | At the Edge of Despair
030 | Plague Marine
032 | Veteran of the Long War
034 | Warpsmith
036 | Writhing World Sorcerer-King
038 | Death Priest of Mire
040 | Plaguemeister
042 | Decaying Armoury
043 | Melee Weapons
044 | Grenades
044 | Special Ammunition
045 | Cybernetic Horrors
046 | Wargear and Equipment
046 | Diseases
048 | Expanded Rites and Rituals
049 | Forging Daemon Engines
056 | Possessed Heretics

Chapter III: Lords of Entropy
063 | Apotheosis
066 | Advancing as a Daemon Prince
070 | Dark Endowment
074 | Launching a Black Crusade
081 | Running the Crusade
086 | The Pestilent Worlds
087 | Pyurultide
092 | Guelph
099 | The Writhing World
104 | Hindrance
110 | Megaria
110 | Alactia
111 | Mire
112 | Virulous
117 | The Frozen Heart
123 | The Ascendant Spiral

Chapter IV: The Heart of the Vortex
126 | GM’s Brief
127 | The Story Thus Far
127 | Adventure Plot
130 | Part I: Decay
130 | Into the Mire
134 | Part II: Death
135 | The Judgement
136 | The Cost
140 | Part III: Rebirth
140 | Crossroads in the Path to Glory
142 | The Wages of Sin


Lead Developers
Max Brooke and Tim HuckelberyWriting and Additional

Kendall Butner, Tim Cox, Robert Dempsey, Matthew Eustace, Craig Gallant, Jordan Goldfarb, Lee Gunby, Anthony Hicks, Andy Hoare, Mike Myler, and Joe Sleboda.

Editing And Proofreading
Mark Latham and David JohnsonManaging RPG ProducerChris Gerber

Graphic Design
WiL Springer

Graphic Design Manager
Brian Schomburg

Cover Art
Mathias Kollros

Interior Art
Jacob Atienza, Ryan Barger, Dimitri Bielak, Matt Bradbury, Filip Burburan, Vincent Devault, Alexandr Elichev, Sam Flegal, David Griffith, Ilich Henriquez, Nikolaus Ingeneri, Michal Ivan, Mathias Kollros, Sam Lamont, Clint Langley, Daryl Mandryk, Ameen Naksewee Scott Purdy, Christian Schwager, Stephen Somers, Nikolay Stoyanov, Ben Zweifel, and the

Games Workshop Design Studio.

Managing Art Director
Andrew Navaro

Art Direction
Andy Christensen

Production Management
Eric Knight

Executive Game Designer
Corey Konieczka

Executive Producer
Michael Hurley

Christian T. Petersen

Special Thanks
Playtest Coordinator Zach Tewalthomas. "Thunderbolts" Wouter Dhondt with Karel Gheysens, Bjorn Lefevre, Tom Vandenberghe, and Sebastian Van Uytfange. "Eternal Darkness" Erich Vereen. "K293 Storm Troopers" Callam Steward with Kieran Street and William Greenhalgh. "The Hummingbirds" Jan Tahon with Christine Decloedt, Miquel Joseph, Cedric "Ce" Maricou, and Glenn Wybo. "Unrepentant" Lachlan "Raith" Conley with Jordan Dixon, Nicole Gillies, and Aaron Wong. "Fayetteville Black Crusade" Andrew Thetford with Greg Pauley, Lucas James Allen, Whitney Fraker, David Elliot, and Alec MLuta. "Cincinnatus 158" Trevor Stamper with John Olszewski, Louis Barrera, and Michael P. Cosentino.

Games Workshop

Licensing Managers
John French and Graham Nicoll.

Head Of Licensing
Jon Gillard

Games Workshop Business
and Legal AdvisorAndy Jones

Head Of Intellectual Property
Alan Merrett



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