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Gav Thorpe

Gavin Thorpe — more commonly known as Gav Thorpe — is a long-term contributor to the development of both the game and background sides of Warhammer 40,000, as well as other Games Workshop properties.


Born in Hertfordshire, he joined Games Workshop in 1993.[1] He stayed with the company for fourteen years, holding various positions, ultimately being most well known as a games developer, background designer and author of background fiction. He left Games Workshop in 2008 to concentrate on being a full-time author. He has produced many novels and stories for the Black Library.[2]

Gav Thorpe worked in almost all aspects of Games Workshop, making his way up from assistant games developer to being placed in charge of the Warhammer Fantasy games system for some years. He also contributed to the development and design of several editions of Warhammer 40,000, as well as creating articles for White Dwarf magazine and perhaps most importantly, being the originator and lead developer of the Inquisitor games system. One of his last positions before leaving Games Workshop was an oversight role over all Games Workshop background and IP. His influence on the development of the Warhammer 40,000 background continues at present with the publication of his work for the Black Library.

He currently lives in Nottingham, and should you wish to inquire as to the current status of Dennis, his infamous mechanical hamster, he can be found communicating with fans in various places online.

Games Workshop

Rule Books

Other Books

White Dwarfs

Black Library Works

Single Novels

The Last Chancers Series

Legacy of Caliban (Novel Series)

Horus Heresy Series

Path of the Eldar (Novel Series)

Rise of the Ynnari

Space Marine Battles (Novel Series)

The Beast Arises

Dawn of Fire

Short Stories


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