Back in 1987 a friend showed me a copy of White Dwarf magazine where there was a preview of the upcoming Rogue Trader game. It included the picture of the kitbashed Land Raider and the line of disco dancing Beaky Marines in front of it. It looked awesome.
A few weeks later I attended Games Day at the Royal Horticultural Society Halls in London. The game had just been released and the first miniatures were for sale. I picked up a box of plastic Beaky Marines (30 for £10!) and a Dreadnought. This was going to be awesome!
I got home and over the next few weeks assembled and painted the models badly with Humbrol enamel paints, this was going to be awesome!
And then it kind of peetered out. I never actually played the game. Blood Bowl came along and then Adeptus Titanicus and I kind of drifted away from Rogue Trader.
When the rules were published in White Dwarf I started to build an Imperial Guard army, and then drifted away again.
When the rules were published in White Dwarf I started to build an Ork army, and then drifted away again.
I did play a game or so when I GMed a battle between Ork warbands, but then once more I drifted away.
And that’s how things remained, until 2017 when 8th Edition came out. I ended up watching a game of it and was impressed at how much quicker and simpler it was than the original Rogue Trader. A few weeks later due to a gaming drought I ended up picking up the Dark Imperium box set, and then things just grew.
So, here we are. A veteran gamer who’s been around 40k for 31 years but hasn’t really played it very much. I’ve a lot to learn…