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Games Workshop is a British game production and retailing company. Games Workshop is one of the largest games companies in the world, and is the dominant company in the miniature wargaming hobby. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange with symbol GAW.
Games Workshop was originally an importer of American board games and RPGs. When they became publishers of the UK based roleplaying magazine White Dwarf, Games Workshop created a national chain of gaming stores in the 1980s. Their publishing arm also created UK reprints of famous but expensive to import American RPGs such as Call of Cthulhu, Runequest, Traveller and Middle-Earth Role-Play.
During the 90s, following a management buyout the company refocussed on their most lucrative lines, namely their miniature wargame Warhammer lines. The retail chain refocussed on a younger, more family-oriented market. The change of direction was a great success with a rising share price and growing profits, in spite of the fact that it lost the company much of its old, loyal fanbase. The complaints of these old customers led a breakaway group of GW employees to publish Fantasy Warlord in competition with GW, but this met with little success. Games Workshop expanded in Europe and the USA opening new branches and organizing events. By the end of the decade, though, the company was having problems with falling profits being blamed on collectible card games such as Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon.
Recently the company has been attempting to create a dual approach that will appeal to both older, loyal customers while still attracting the younger audience. This has seen the creation of initiatives such as the "Fanatic" range that supports more marginal lines with a lower cost trading model.
Currently in Production
The following games are in production and widely available.
The following games are considered "specialist" and are not necessarily available in Games Workshop stores. They are however available through mail order and are supported by the specialist games division of Games Workshop. Note also that some of these games (e.g. Necromunda) are available only as rules and miniatures, not in the "boxed set" form that they originally took. They are all set within one of the universes of the main games.
- Blood Bowl - an American football style game
- Mordheim - a skirmish game
- Warmaster - a game for fighting larger battles with smaller miniatures
- Battlefleet Gothic - a game based around spacecraft combat
- Epic Armageddon - a game for fighting larger battles with smaller miniatures
- Inquisitor - a skirmish game using larger more detailed miniatures
- Necromunda - a skirmish game
Lord Of The Rings
- Battle of Five Armies - a game for fighting larger battles with smaller miniatures
Out of print
- Advanced Heroquest
- Kerrunch (Simplified version of Blood Bowl)
- Sea of Blood
- Plague Fleet
- Mighty Empires
- Mighty Warriors
- Warhammer Quest
- Advanced Space Crusade
- Digganob (an expansion for Gorkamorka)
- Space Fleet (Simple spaceship combat game from before Battlefleet Gothic)
- Space Hulk
- Tyranid Attack
- Ultra Marines
These games were not made by Games Workshop but used Games Workshop style models (usually of lesser quality) and concepts with simplified game systems. These games were made by mainstream toy companies and avaliable in standard toy and department stores rather than just in Games Workshop and specialist gaming stores. They are clearly set in Warhammer worlds.
- Space Crusade
- Operation Dreadnaught (Expansion for Space Crusade)
- Eldar Attack (Expansion for Space Crusade)
Role playing games
Several of the miniatures games (e.g. Inquisitor) involve a role playing element, however Games Workshop has in the past published role playing games set within the Warhammer universe. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is coming back into print with a new edition on March 29 2005. It is being published by Black Industries, a Games Workshop subsidiary.
Out of print
Games Workshop had a strong history in boardgames development, alongside the miniatures and RPGs. Confusingly, several may have had roleplaying elements, or for that matter had miniatures included or produced.
Out of print
- Battle for Armageddon
- Chaos Attack (Expansion for Battle for Armageddon)
- Blood Royale (multiplayer, battle and resource game of medieval Europe)
- Chainsaw Warrior (solo play game)
- Chaos Marauders
- Cosmic Encounter (under license)
- Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
- Dark Future (similar to Car Wars)
- Doctor Who - The Game of Time and Space (1980)
- Doom of the Eldar
- Fury of Dracula
- Horus Heresy
- Judge Dredd (see 2000 AD character Judge_Dredd for background)
- Kings and Things (under license)
- Railway Rivals
- Rogue Trooper (another 2000 AD related game)
- Super Power
- Talisman (3 different editions)
- Valley of the Four Winds
- Warlock of Firetop Mountain
- Warrior Knights
Games Workshop produced (at least?) one computer game in the early years
- Chaos Sinclair Spectrum (multiplayer turn based "board" game)
Many computer games have been produced by third parties based on the Warhammer universes owned by the firm. These include: (Miniature game they are based on is included in parentheses after the game name)
- Dark Omen (Warhammer Fantasy Battles)
- Shadow of the Horned Rat (Warhammer Fantasy Battles)
- Space Hulk (Space Hulk)
- Space Hulk - Vengance of the Blood Angels (Space Hulk)
- Final Liberation (Epic 40,000 - Space Marines, Imperial Guard, Orks)
- Fire Warrior (Warhammer 40,000 - Tau)
- Dawn of War (Warhammer 40,000 - Space Marines)
Games Workshop originally produced miniature figures via an associated, originally independent, company called Citadel Miniatures (of which Maurauder Miniatures was an imprint) while the main company concentrated on retail. The distinction between the two blurred after Games Workshop stores ceased to sell retail products by other manufacturers, and Citadel was effectively merged back into Games Workshop.
Games Workshop has faced criticism for selling particularly expensive miniatures, and also constantly updating their games, making older versions of the rules and minatures redundant. Despite this, their miniatures are acknowledged as being of particularly high quality.
Games Workshop's best known magazine is White Dwarf, which in the UK has now passed 300 issues. Seven different international editions of White Dwarf are currently published, with different material, in five languages. Originally a more general roleplaying magazine, since around issue 100 White Dwarf has been devoted exclusively to the support of Games Workshop properties.
Games Workshop also publish Fanatic Magazine in support of their Specialist Games range. Apparently Fanatic will be discontinued after issue 10. Fanatic was preceded by a number of newsletters, devoted to the particular games.
There was also the Citadel Compendium, intended as a "deeper" magazine for modelling enthusiasts. This is no longer published.
In conjunction with the production of cinematic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Games Workshop acquired the rights to produce a skirmish wargame based on the films, and also on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. The rights to produce a roleplaying game version of the films were sold to another firm.
Games Workshop Group PLC
Games Workshop has expanded into several divisions/companies producing products related to the Warhammer universe.
- Games Workshop produce the tabletop wargames, Citadel miniatures and the Specialist Games range.
- Sabertooth Games produce the CCGs and The Lord of the Rings Tradeable Miniatures Game.
- BL Publishing is the publishing arm of Games Workshop.
- Warp Artefacts produce merchandise based on Games Workshop's intellectual property.
- Forge World make complementary specialist resin miniatures and conversion kits.
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