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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition

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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition


  • EDITORS NOTE: Welcome current, future, and prospective players! I'll be attempting to flesh out this wiki for the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This will be specifically for the second edition of the game.

Please feel free to contribute as if I do this myself, it will take quite ( a lot) of time.

I'm still deciding how I want to split this wiki up and not just dump a ton of information up front so, changes to formatting may be a bit jarring in these early stages.*

The complete series of books for this edition of WHRPG are openly available with a quick search with your preferred search engine, so I won't really use this space to detail every rule. I wish to give an overview so you can see how the game would be played, some cheat sheets, FAQ, and clarifications that tripped me up when playing. I welcome and even urge you to contribute to the FAQ section (coming soon!) as well. The more of us on this, the better it is for everyone.

How the Dice Mechanics Work

A thing to note about dice in WHFRPG, is that the system uses a "percentile" based system. Don't worry, put the calculators away and wipe up the sweat. It's easy stuff, and when you're using the rolling system provided by, it makes it even simpler than it would be if you were playing offline. Here's how it works:

Your character will have a list of traits, or stats. These are things like Weapon Skill, Ballistic Skill, Strength, Intelligence etc. Theses stats or "characteristics" as the game officially calls them, are rolled up during your character creation process. Now I'll explain more about this later, but for now, Let's assume you have a character with a Weapon Skill of 30. The way dice work in this systems is that you roll d10's. Sometimes, you will be asked to generate a number between 1 and l0. To do this, simply roll one die and read the result. When you roll this way, try to roll as high as possible (unless stated otherwise)

The other type of dice roll in WHFRPG is called a percentile roll. A percentile roll uses two d1O to create a number between 1 and 100. Now you *may* be tempted to say that you can just roll a 1d100 and be done with it. But no, do not do this. There are many times and situations where you literally need both numbers separated. We'll come to those situations later, but for now... just roll the 2d10, and the chatroom roller will add them together for you anyway.

TL;DR - Roll 1d10 for simple things, and 2d10 for things like attack,and skill checks, xd10's for spell casting (it's up to the pc how many to use)

The Playable Races

The character creation process starts with an important question: What race do you want to play? In Warhmnmer Fantasy Roleplay, you can choose from four: Dwarf, Elf, Halfling, and Human. Each race has different strengths and weaknesses. An overview of each race is below. The bonuses, and abilities of each I'll lay out in the later section.Once you've read these over, pick the race that appeals to you most. Then you’ll be ready to move on to the next step, generating Characteristics.


Dwarfs are a short but burly and resilient race of warriors and craftsmen. Most live under the mountains in mighty holds, with mines extending deep beneath the earth. They are immediately recognizable and short-tempered and they are legendary for their ability to hold a grudge However, Dwarfs are a courageous people and undeniably loyal to their friends and allies. They are struggling to preserve the remnants of their mountain kingdom from Orcs, Goblins, and other foul creatures. Dwarfs have strong ties to the Humans of the Empire and many are now a part of Imperial society.


Elves are a lithe and graceful race easily recognized by their pointed ears and hawkish features. They have a glorious yet tragic history and are renowned for their archery, learning, and wizardry. Elves have an innate understanding of the ways and currents of nature, particularly the forest and the sea. They despise those that destroy the purity of nature, be they proud Humans, greedy Dwarfs, or evil Ores. V/hile they can be aloof, they have sacrificed more of themselves for the good of the world than the other races can ever know.


Halflings are a small but dexterous race who look like Human children to the untrained eye. The fact that they cannot grow beards only reinforces this impression. Although they tend to be pot-bellied, since they eat twice as often as any other race, they are capable of great stealth. When combined with their well known skill with the sling, Halflings can prove to be surprisingly stubborn opponents. They are, however, largely a peaceful people, content to farm, eat, and smoke pipe weed. They are proud of their families and all Halflings can recite their family lineage back ten generations or more.


Humans are the most common race in the Old World and the founders of the Empire. W/hile they are neither as tough as Dwarfs not as wise as Elves, Humans are a vibrant and energetic race that has achieved much in a short time. They are tremendously adaptable, which is both a great strength and a serious weakness. ‘Whilst many heroic Humans have fought against the tide of darkness, it is an uncomfortable truth that they also provide the lion’s share of the hordes of Chaos.

Character Stats

Your PC is defined by Characteristics, which represent your character’s raw ability in a variety of physical and mental areas. These are broken into two groups, the Main Profile and the Secondary Profile. The Characteristics in the Main Profile are rated on a scale of O-100, with higher scores being better. The characteristics in the Secondary Profile are usually rated on a scale of 1-1O and again higher scores are better. Here's a sample of what your character's profile may look like:


If you all are familiar with D&D and most any other roleplaying game, these stats should be moderately familiar, but provide a slightly bit more granularity in my opinion, than the D&D stats.

Main Profile Stats

Weapon Skill (WS) - This is your characters innate skill with a melee weapon. Doesn't specify strength, but just overall how handy you are in close combat.

Ballistic Skill (BS) - This is your character's innate skill with a ranged weapon. Like Weapon skill, it's how good, and skilled you are at the art of long ranged weapon handling.

Strength (S) Your characters overall strength and physical ability to move things, and brawniness.

Toughness (T) Represents your characters ability to withstand a blow, take a hit, resist poison, not faint from blood loss etc.

Agility (Ag) Represents your characters ability to move quickly, reflexes, dexterity, and reaction to events.

Intelligence (Int) Represents your character's intellect, ability to reason, power of deduction and knowledge of the world around him/her.

Will Power(WP) Your mental toughness, resolve, determination, and ability to withstand mental stress.

Fellowship (Fel) Represents your charm, leadership, personal charisma, and social acumen.

Secondary Profile Stats

Attacks (A) This is your character's ability to strike and how often those strikes land. This is the maximum number of attacks you can make in a round.

Wounds (W) This is your character's general vitality, and "HP". How much damage you can take before falling.

Strength Bonus (SB) This is your character's ability to inflict damage and wounds to a target. Derived from your character's Strength.

Toughness Bonus (TB) Derived from your character's toughness. Used to resist damage from outside attack.

Movement (M) Your speed to move across land. Mainly used for combat scenarios.

Magic (Mag) Represents your character's magical power. This is rare trait to acquire and is generally dependent on your career and training.

Insanity Points (IP) Represents your character's state of mind. The more points you acquire here, the more your character loses his sanity and can be influenced by...darker forces.

Fate Points (FP) Fate is your luck, and "destiny". Can be used to avoid some pretty awful things like...death.

Generating Character Stats

So, your starting Characteristics are heavily influenced by your characters race. To generate the Characteristics of your character’s Main Profile,you’ll need two 10-sided dice. Or..if you're using Roll20's chatroom, you need that button that you click that says 2d10 :P The Main Profile stats are 2d10, + whatever racial bonus you get. The different rolls that you need per stat are given on the table 2-1, that I've included below. Match the Stat with the race that you chose and look at the modifier. For example To roll your Strength, if you were an Elf, you would roll 2d10 and add 20.

Most of the secondary profile stats are derived from your prior rolls, and table numbers and racial traits. Here's how you determine each:

Attacks The base number of attacks that you get is always 1. This can be modified with the choice of a career that adds to this value.

Wounds (W) You would roll 1d10 for this and then consult the table 2-2, "Starting Wounds". I've included it below for reference. Wounds are basically the "Hit Points" that your character has.

Strength Bonus (SB) This number is the first digit of your Strength Stat from your Main Profile. (Hopefully it's atleast higher than 19 then!)

Toughness Bonus (TB) This number is the first digit of your Toughness stat from the Main Profile.

Movement(M) These are given to from your race. As before the table is below.

Magic (Mag) Everyone starts with 0 but your career will determine your bonus. (surprisingly Elves don't have an innate magical ability)

Insanity Points (IP) Starts at 0 (thankfully!! Though starting out with an insane character would be fun...hmm)

Fate Points (FP) To generate this, roll 1d10 and consult the table 2-3 which I have put below.



Don't forget! If you don't like the way one of your stats came out, you can invoke the rule of Shallya's Mercy and go for the base stat of your race + 11 instead!


So aside from your main and secondary profile stats that you generated, your race also comes with some abilities that you get. It gives each race a unique flavor from each other. As the list is a bit long, I will not be posting each of the races starting Skills and Talents here, but note that the are on page 19. Also as a GM atleast for myself, I would recommend the idea of letting players have a bit of freedom with these starting abilities. Look at it this way, a Dwarf raised in one part of the world is going to have different language, and skills than a Dwarf who grew in a different area. Everything comes into play in the skills we develop and learn, even things like climate, terrain, political views, etc.. So I figure if the player character can justify it with a backstory, then allow them to maybe swap a skill or talent out for one more suited to the origin of their character.

What are these alleged racial traits? Well, your character gets two types. Skills and Talents. Skills are things learned. Either by being born into a certain race, or learned by developing the skill due to a career, or just a skill that you cultivated due to your environment. Skills are split into Common Skills and Advanced Skills. Common or basic skills are things that any 'ol fool can attempt (at a -30% penalty) even if he doesn't have that particular skill. They represent things that you can try valiantly even if you're untrained in the art. Then there are Advanced Skills, where they actually require your knowledge and training to perform. For these, you must actually have bought or have a class or race that has that skill. Advanced skills literally can not be attempted without them. Some of these I have problems with, and as a GM you should feel empowered to switch some around if you feel an advanced skill should be considered common. Below is a list of the basic and advanced skills from the Core Book. Skills.png


The other set of bonus you receive is something called a Talent. Talents are different from skills in that they really aren't something that you test for, it's more of some ability that you naturally possess. For example, if you choose an Elf as a starting race, you automatically get the "Excellent Vision" talent, as well as "Night Vision". If you picked a human, you get to choose your talents! Goes to show how versatile humans can be. Talents can give you some really interesting abilities and a very good way to carve out the uniqueness of your character. The same rules apply as for talents. You get a few depending on your race/career, and then from there you can buy them for 100 XP each. Talents though don't stack, so there is no "talent mastery". Though as a GM, you can change this. Some talents, lend themselves to the idea of being able to 'master' and perhaps gain an additional bonus, or extra attack. Here's a list of Talents from the Core Book:


Leveling Up aka "Advancing" Your Character

So if you're familiar with the sort of "gold standard" of RPG's Dungeons and Dragons, then the mechanics of increasing level and stat points have set the way for many many carbon copies. This is something is changed up in WHFRPG. There actually are not real levels in the game per see. The experience systems works in a very free form way, and it actually took a few read throughs to 'get it'. It basically amounts to this... The GM is given discretion to hand out XP as he see's fit. But as a scale characters can 'spend it' 100XP at a time to increase certain stats, or buy skills, or enter new career paths etc... See the table below for the list of how to use garnered (and hopefully well earned!) xp:


As show above, the PC's can choose how to spend their gained experience points. Generally GM's should let their PC's spend it hamper free, but things like career changing may require additional requirements such as actually having access to the training required, or tutelage of studying under someone to learn the art. To not get in the way too much of gameplay I wouldn't put *too* much into this though, as it may deter players from actually trying to advance.

A brief look at each option... For 100 XP you can take a +5% to a main characteristic stat. Now you can't just choose any stat you want. It has to have one that has option to increase. It will depend on your career which ones are available to increase. An example below is from the Baliff Career:


So for example, the Baliff here, after obtaining some XP can choose to spend 100 of it to add +5% to his WS, BS, S, Int, WP, or Fel. That five% advance though may only be applied to one of those, he can not choose to put the 5% increase in T or Ag. Likewise, notice that the WS,BS,S,WP have a +5% while Int and Fel have a +10%. This means that those can advanced twice, at 5% at a time (and for another 100 XP of course!) Like the other stats, you can only do this in 5% increments. So if you wanted to max out your Fel, you would first spend 100XP for the first 5% on Fel, then later on, another 100XP for the final +5% in Fel.

As the 3-1 Advancing chart above shows, you could also spend 100 XP on adding a +1 to your secondary stats. The same rule applies, you can only buy the +1 advance to stats that have a +x number. So you can't add a +1 to Mag if your a baliff.