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Warhammer 40,000
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Warhammer 40,000

Warhammer 40,000 (informally known as "Warhammer 40K") is a tabletop miniature wargame, produced by the British gaming company Games Workshop. Play centers around 28mm scale (approximately 1:65) miniature figurines which represent soldiers, creatures and vehicles of war. The setting is science fiction (military science fiction genre).

Table of contents
1 An Overview of Warhammer 40K
2 Other Warhammer Games
3 Current State of Play

An Overview of Warhammer 40K

Each player chooses an army from the official list (see below) and constructs an army of pewter and plastic miniatures representing the various units in that army. Rules for constructing armies are contained within the Warhammer 40K rulebook, and army-specific "Codices" that contain specific units and rules for each race.

Play is divided into turns; with each player choosing specific actions for all of his units on his turn, and using dice to determine the results of those actions. Each match, at the onset, is assigned a set of rules and a goal (collectively called a "scenario") specific to it. The simplest of these is a basic "cleanse" mission, which ends after six turns, the victor being declared based on the control of the four quarters of the board; more complex goals can include night fights, take-and-hold missions, and various others.

Some players organise a series of scenarios (called a campaign) where two or more players fight against each other in a number of battles. These campaigns may feature their own special rules, and are tied together by a storyline, which might alter according to the results of each scenario when it is played.

Other Warhammer Games

Warhammer 40K is the science fiction companion to its sibling game, Warhammer Fantasy. Warhammer 40K allows for less regimental, formation-based movement, and deals with more advanced weaponry. Other miniature-based games in the Warhammer 40K universe include Battlefleet Gothic (a spaceship wargame), Epic 40,000 (a much larger scale war simulation, with much smaller individual miniatures), Necromunda (gang fighting in a large underground slum) Gorka Morka (similar gang fighting based on a desert planet, with a focus on scavenging) and Inquisitor (an even smaller scale fight simulation, with relatively large models).

Current State of Play

As of late 2002, Warhammer 40K is in its third edition. Fourth edition is scheduled to be coming out in late 2004. New players wishing to start playing should expect to spend upwards of $200-300 US dollars for a reasonably sized army (1000-2000 points worth of models), including costs for rulebooks, and paints.

Several computer games have also been based on Warhammer 40K, such as Fire Warrior, Chaos Gate, Space Crusade, and Dawn of War. The popular computer game Starcraft is also thought by some to have been largely copied off of the Warhammer 40K universe.

Armies

Non wargame products

Include books, comics and art albums. Books include the
Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett.

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