[Let’s Study: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4e] Part 3c: Corruption, Disease and Infection

Hey everyone, I hope you’re not hungry when you’re reading this part of the book, because WHFRP’s section on Corruption, Disease and Infection is downright nasty!


Given the presence of the Ruinous Powers of Chaos in the setting, characters of Warhammer Fantasy don’t remain pristine for very long. This edition of the game features two means to gain Corruption: Dark Deals and Exposure.

Dark Deals are essentially a player-prompted reroll of a failed (but clearly important) test, even after spending a Fortune Point to reroll already. To do this, you simply accept a point of Corruption in exchange for another chance.

Exposure, on the other hand is much more difficult to avoid. Corruption acts like a magical form of radiation, and being in the presence of a malign place, object or person is enough to force players to make a Challenging Test for Endurance or Cool to resist it.

Depending on the nature of the Corrupting force, the results range from anywhere from a single point on a failed roll, to gaining Corruption points even with a success!

Effects of Corruption

Corruption manifests both in physical and mental form in WHFRP, where madness might be the cleaner option! The Physical Mutation table for Corruption has such lovely entries like “Inverted Face”, and of course “Weeping Pus.”

Mental Corruption manifests in the many shades of mental decay… an unnatural form of Madness that colors the Adventurer’s days with fear and irrationality.

Disease and Infection

What’s a good dark fantasy game without a large serving of vomit-warm grossness? Honestly, WHFRP kicks into this section with the kind of enthusiasm you’d only expect from lecturers hailing from the Center of Disease Control.

Each and every disease is listed here, with loving detail on how it’s contracted, how long it incubates, how long it lasts and what symptoms they exhibit. The game then goes on to describe each symptom’s mechanics.

I love it, and man I fear for my players if they ever go up against Skaven now.

Next up, we’ll be taking a look at the optional downtime rules that govern events between adventures!

If you’d like to check out the game for yourself, it’s over at DriveThruRPG for $29.99

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