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The Specialist Games Range, formerly known as Fanatic Games, is a division of Games Workshop that offers additional games set in the worlds of Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, and The Lord of the Rings specifically to those who are seeking a greater tactical challenge than what is provided by the core Games Workshop games. It is in this way that Specialist Games mostly appeal to more veteran gamers.[1]

Nearly all of the Specialist Games rule manuals are available to gamers directly from Games Workshop's website. There is a good deal of additional material available as well.[2]

Games Range

The range is known for, as previously mentioned, games that take place in Games Workshop's core game universes, but most of the games contained within the Specialist Games range are meant for either massive conflicts (such as Epic, Warmaster, or The Battle of Five Armies) or small skirmishes (such as Mordheim or Inquisitor).

Warhammer 40,000

Warhammer

  • Blood Bowl - A miniature tabletop game based on American football, set in the world of Warhammer and played at 28mm scale.
  • Mordheim - A miniature tabletop wargame set in the world of Warhammer involving skirmish combat at 28mm scale.
  • Warmaster - A miniature tabletop wargame set in the world of Warhammer meant for playing massive battles at 10mm scale.

The Lord of the Rings

  • Great Battles of Middle-earth: The Battle of Five Armies - A miniature tabletop wargame set in Middle-earth, revolving around the Battle of Five Armies and other events in The Hobbit. It is set at 10mm scale.

Hobby support

Main article: Fanatic Press

Up until the 1990s there was frequent support for the Fanatic games range in the White Dwarf magazine. From 2000 to 2004, most hobby content was published in a number of short-lived hobby magazines:

Battlefleet Gothic Magazine Battlefleet Gothic
Exterminatus Inquisitor
Firepower Epic 40,000, the 3rd Edition of Epic
Necromunda Magazine Necromunda
Planet Killer Battlefleet Gothic
Spike! Magazine Blood Bowl
Town Cryers Mordheim
Warhammer Epic 40.000 Magazine Epic 40,000
Warmaster Magazine Warmaster

These individual magazines were replaced by Fanatic Magazine and then ultimately by Fanatic Online in 2004, a free online-magazine which covered the entire Fanatic games range until its cancellation in 2008. Since then, only a limited amount of gaming material for each game (such as rulebooks) is available for download on the official Games Workshop website.

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