Wrath & Glory uses an easy-to-learn control system based on pools of six-sided dice. Its innovative and versatile mechanisms are great for role-playing newcomers as well as veterans alike and also provide a strong narrative focus to bring the 41st millennium to life in all its gothic and sinister splendor.
Whenever characters deal with their countless enemies and other terrible challenges, pools of six-sided dice are thrown to decide on success or failure. Here, results of 4 and 5 are referred to as “icons”, 6en are considered “sublime icons”, which are worth 2 icons. If you get enough icons to reach the difficulty of the job, the test is successful.
One of the dice in the pool is always the so-called “wrath cube”, which adds narrative elements to the result: If it shows a 6, the plot has positive side effects, if it shows a 1, complications occur. Both of these results can have both narrative and mechanical effects, but in any case they enrich the current scene and the gaming experience of all involved.
In combat, for example, this can lead to unexpected events: you fired your bolter at a vile chaos cultist and rolled a complication? Well, you probably struck down the opponent, but unfortunately your bullet hit the promethium tank behind as well, and now half of the ship’s corridor is on fire! A new strategy must be …
In addition, tests with particularly good results can be used to further enhance the effect: any excess sublime icon can be “transformed”: either to get more information, to improve the quality of the attempted action, or to advance faster or in combat to cause greater damage. You see – every single dice roll has a lot to discover!
This is the foundation of all the mechanisms in the game, whether it’s social interaction, man-to-man combat (or mutant / monster / xenos / demon), use of psychic power or space combat. Right, you read that right: The basic rules let you portray the bloody scuffle as well as battles between titanic spaceships in the cold emptiness of space. And of all the gruesome critical hits, the disturbing events of the dangers of the warp and the vile mutations that threaten the impure and careless, we have not even started!
Wrath & Glory is filled with the temptation of the unknown, the battle roar of heroic warriors and the laughter of dark gods – do you dare to oppose the horrors of the 41st millennium?