Warhammer 40k D&D 5E – Character Sheets & the God-Emperor’s Golden Throne (Hack #20)

In the grim dark future there is only war.

If you came here to see the Golden Throne statted up, I have lied to you for The Inquisition would never allow for such heresy to exist, even for an instant–instead I am sharing a hyperlink to the Google Document that contains a metaphorical object of narrative might: the ENTIRE Warhammer 40k D&D 5E Hack! While I love having lots of site traffic from folks clicking about from entry to entry, I don’t make any coin for it and (more importantly) I want people to be able to easily enjoy this project.

This is now as accessible as I can make it. I very much want to work on official Warhammer 40k material again, so unlike the Street Fighter D&D 5E PDF I am not building this into a snazzy file and I further request that nobody else does (lest Black Library or Games Workshop take ire).


A fellow heretic visiting the blog made a Warhammer 40k D&D 5E character sheet for his group’s Deathwatch game! ❤ Thank you Thanasis!
Here’s the original PDF file character sheet by Thanasis
Here’s a pretty image if you have a work printer 😉




Before you throw your hands up in the air and cry out that this is heresy, hear me out–I got to work on Black Crusade, it is one of several awesome Warhammer 40k RPGs, and I loved the opportunity to be a part of Tome of Decay, but it’s not always easy to sell your group on trying out a new system. The hacks in this series are a way to crack the door open for Dark Heresy or any of the other awesome tabletop RPGs set in the grimdark future. By all means please go to Mire and fight the Lutomorbus rocking your d100s (and d10s, and tell me about how it went!), but if you have players reticent to pick up Only War or what have you, try breaking them in with the material found here.

Besides–it gives us something to enjoy while we all spin our wheels waiting for Wrath & Glory to come out [GENCON 2018 WOO!], and when it *does* hit the table your D&D group will be raring to go! 😀


Now that I’ve written 30,000 words on this particular blog series, I’m going to wax on a touch about the experience. Before I forget though–friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or add me on Google+ if you want to stay up to date with what I’m doing (which invariably means fun freebies *cough cough*).

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  1. Thank you for reading this blog.
    I have been suitably impressed with the response folks have had to the Warhammer 40k D&D 5E Hack and it’s been great getting feedback, more here than any series before it. I liked doing the Street Fighter builds and I look forward to getting Hyper Score Marvel going again but by the God-Emperor I do love me some grim dark future war, and it warms my callous heart to know other people have been getting enjoyment out of this.
  2. The WH40k Community has been way more supportive than expected.
    This isn’t my first rodeo in the Imperium and I knew going in that it could be an uphill battle in places, but much to my surprise the WH40k fandom has been way cooler than I thought they would be!
  3. I need to improve on my design scope.
    This isn’t a new problem by any means but it reaaaaally stands out here. I did manage to keep this inside of 20 posts as originally planned, but some of them (like the Assassinorum) really took up momentum and here we are with like half a novel worth of game mechanics. Fortunately I am confident I will get use out of these in the future (if you haven’t gotten to play this hack yet it is very fun–think more Ciaphas Cain/late 80’s Imperium as opposed to Ibram Gaunt/2000’s-and-up Imperium) but game design doesn’t pay a lot and I really ought to be focusing more on projects that put food on the table. Damn you, Warhammer 40,000, damn you for being so god damned delicious.
  4. Systems-based blog series require a greater investment than I want readers having to make.
    One of the most frequent comments about the hack is the power armor not having a high enough AC, and if you just look at that they definitely seem weird or weak. They are balanced heavily against the Targeted Hits mechanic, but to know that you have to have read (and remembered) the first post in the series or to go down halfway through it to find out about that aspect of the hack. All together in a book (or, say, this handy Google Document) that’s going to stick way better than it does in an article series.
  5. This is the surface. I am only scratching at the surface of this thing.
    I’m not doing any more Warhammer 40k D&D 5E Hack posts–this is the last one. Eventually I’ll start a Starfinder-Warhammer 40k series, but that is many, many months from now. That said there’s a lot I didn’t cover here because it’s meant to be light (and if you strip away the player-centric mechanics or all the bestiary stuff, it’s going to be about 50/50 so 15k words which isn’t insane), and it would be SUPER COOL to fill in those gaps. If you end up making eldar, or tau, or orks, or necrons, or another aspect of the setting that isn’t covered already then please let me know and we’ll get them in here!
  6. I am so relieved it is over.
    Like I said I need to get food on the table and this project (like all my projects! AUGH!) took on a life of its own then carried me along with it. I am so over-the-moon happy that people have been enjoying this and using it, and I am proud to bring more gamers into the beautifully decrepit grim dark future of the Imperium of Mankind through the dice of Dungeons & Dragons. I know I said it up top but I’ll say it again–thank you for reading the blog. 😀


PS:intended to finish this series to coincide with Book of Exalted Darkness‘ release, but I ended up going way way way past where I was supposed to stop. By the time this post goes up I’ll be done with the last read through of the manuscript’s 239,000+ words and into layout, so come by again in a month or so. 😉


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