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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.


Games Workshop was originally an importer of American board games and RPGs. When they became publishers of the UK based role-playing 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.

During the 90s, following a management buyout in December 1991, the company refocussed on their most lucrative lines, namely their miniature wargame 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. Games Workshop expanded in Europe and the USA, opening new branches and organising events. In October 1997, all UK-based operations were relocated to the current HQ in Lenton, Nottingham.

By the end of the decade, though, the company was having problems with falling profits being blamed on collectible card games.

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.

Miniatures games

Games Workshop originally produced miniature figures via an associated, originally independent, company called Citadel Miniatures (of which Marauder 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.

Main Production

The following games are the main production lines of Games Workshop.

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • Warhammer Fantasy, replaced officially by Age of Sigmar
  • The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game and The Hobbit

Specialist Games

The following games are official spin-offs games that are intertwined with the main production lines.

Out of print

The following are older, out of print spin-offs of Warhammer 40,000:

  • Battlefleet Gothic - focuses on space combat
  • Epic Armageddon - uses smaller versions of models to fight larger battles
  • Space Marine: an expansion to the epic-scale Adeptus Titanicus introducing troops
  • Advanced Space Crusade
  • Space Fleet: predecessor to Battlefleet Gothic
  • Tyranid Attack
  • Ultra Marines

Licenced games

These games were not made by Games Workshop but made by other toy companies and available in stores other than Games Workshop and specialist gaming stores.

  • Space Crusade
    • Operation Dreadnought: an expansion for Space Crusade
    • Eldar Attack: an expansion for Space Crusade

Computer Games

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)

Other media

Many comics and novels have also been produced based on the Warhammer universes, published by the BL Publishing.


Games Workshop's best known magazine is White Dwarf, which in the UK has reached 354 issues. Seven different international editions of White Dwarf are currently published, with different material, in five languages. Originally a more general role playing magazine, since around issue 100 White Dwarf has been devoted exclusively to the support of Games Workshop properties.

Games Workshop also published Fanatic Magazine in support of their Specialist Games range, but it was discontinued after issue 10, though it lives on in electronic form. Fanatic was preceded by a number of newsletters, devoted to the particular games.

There was also the Citadel Journal, intended as a "deeper" magazine for modelling enthusiasts and more experienced gamers. It often featured unusual rules and armies, and was occasionally used as an outlet for test rules. Under some editors, they also published fan fiction and fan art. It was taken over by BL Publishing.

External Links

Games Workshop has expanded into several divisions/companies producing products related to the Warhammer universe: