Recon Squad is an unofficial, fan-made variant of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game. It is a simple set of rules and missions tailored for skirmish level play. All of the usual 40k mechanics apply so there is no new core gameplay to learn. But each model acts independently, moving about the board and fighting on its own rather than as part of a unit. Each player typically only fields a handful to a dozen of models, some of which are given unique special abilities. Matches generally take well under an hour to play. Grab your favorite sergeant and his best warriors and take them on a mission---the fates of entire sectors hinge on the mettle of such recon squads!
The Recon Squad PDF contains a default mission that works well for pickup games. The Legacies 40k skirmish narrative framework includes seven more thematic scenarios, and ties them all together in a simple multi-player campaign of squads working to accomplish special missions and earn their place in history.
A lengthy post discussing some of the design rationale for Recon Squad is up on tjkopena's blog. It also compares Recon Squad to Games Workshop's traditional and current Kill Team rules.
Although the Recon Squad rules are short and simple, it can get confusing applying them to the codexes. Answers to the most common questions have been collected in a seperate Frequently Asked Questions PDF. Please also feel free to post questions in the comments at the bottom of this page!
Recon Squad is a totally different way to play 40k. Matches are fast and tactical, and the boards usually denser and more varied in terrain. Craft an elaborate game world and have your favorite unsung heros fight it out inside!
- 2015/05/21: The Necron specific codex adaptation for Reanimation Protocols was removed, as that rule in the codex is no longer contingent on other models being present. The Dark Eldar codex adaptation for Power from Pain was also removed as that rule in the codex is now based on the turn number rather than kills.
- 2015/01/09: Initial release.
- Rules Design: Joe Kopena, Colin Kielick, and the Philadelphia Area Gaming Enthusiasts (PAGE)
- Text & Photos: Joe Kopena
- Cover Art: Luke Walker
Recon Squad is obviously completely unofficial, unauthorized, and unaffiliated with Games Workshop. All models depicted above are also all obviously Games Workshop intellectual property. Adepta Sororitas, Adeptus Astartes, Astra Militarum, Blood Angels, Chaos Daemons, Chaos Space Marines, Dark Angels, Dark Eldar, Eldar, Grey Knights, Necrons, Orks, Space Wolves, Tau Empire, Tyranid, Forge World, Games Workshop, Warhammer, and all associated marks, names, races, race insignia, characters, vehicles, locations, units, illustrations, images, and models from the Warhammer 40,000 universe and game are either ®, TM, and/or © Copyright Games Workshop Ltd 2000. Used without permission, no challenge to status intended, all rights reserved to their respective owners.
Recon Squad is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It has been produced using solely open source tools. The document and image sources are available on GitHub.
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