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An Introduction to Warhammer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Earl Cadfael   
Thursday, 15 September 2005
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An Introduction to Warhammer
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The Warhammer Armies pt.1
The Warhammer Armies pt.2
6th Edition RulebookW​​​​arhammer is a game of fantasy battles in which the players paint large armies of model soldiers and then use them to play out battles against each other. The player who inflicts the most casualties is most often the winner. The game simulates movement, combat, shooting and magic spells with a system of game turns, phases and die rolls. There is plenty of opportunity for strategy, tactics and luck. The game also opens the gates of a complete hobby where you will want to collect and paint a lot of models. The game is produced by Games Workshop, a British games company that also sells several other games (including the similar Warhammer 40,000). Games Workshop also publishes a monthly magazine called White Dwarf that has a lot of invalueable information for any Warhammer player. Warhammer is currently in its 6th edition and it is wise to check that any supplements or models bought are compatible with these latest rules.

GW History

In my collection I have an old Games Workshop catalogue. It was probably published in 1981. It tells the story of how GW was founded by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone in 1975. They started as importers of American games (among them Dungeons & Dragons).

In 1977 the first issue of White Dwarf was published and in 1979 GW obtained licenses to print the Dungeons & Dragons and Traveller games. In 1980 GW published their first games titled: Dr Who, Apocalypse, Valley of the Four Winds and Warlock. In 1981 GW had 22 employees and two shops.

The catalogue goes on to describe several games, among them the four above, AD&D, Traveller, Runequest and several others from TSR, GDW, Chaosium and other companies. One page is devoted to Citadel miniatures.

Moving through my game collection I find an old Monster Manual for the AD&D game. It was printed in December 1978 and has soft covers. It is interesting to note that it bears GW's logo right next to TSR's on page three. A small note says: "Published in the UK under licence from TSR HOBBIES, INC".

My collection of White Dwarf starts off with issue 24 (April/May 1981). It has a lot of articles for D&D, including an adventure called "The Lair of Maldred the Mighty". There is also a one page ad for Citadel miniatures, but no mention of Warhammer.

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