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Necromunda is a tabletop skirmish war game produced by Games Workshop. In Necromunda, players control rival gangs battling each other in the Underhive, a place of anarchy and violence in the depths below Hive City. Necromunda is the world that the games occurs on and is the same world from the Warhammer 40,000 universe and likewise the play centres on 28mm scale models.



Necromunda box-cover.jpg
1st Edition Box art
Manufacturer Games Workshop
Preceded by Confrontation (game)
Scale 28mm

Unlike Warhammer 40,000, Necromunda focuses on how your gang develops and grows in campaign style play with gang fighters gaining experience and serious injuries along the way. As gang fighters continue to gain experience, they may pick up characteristic increases or skills such as Infiltration, Rapid Fire or Weaponsmith, making them more versatile and deadly. You may also send these gang fighters out to work territories or forage, together with credits earned for successfully achieving certain objectives in scenarios, for example, collecting loot counters during a Scavengers scenario, you may purchase new recruits, weapons, equipment and other rare finds. Rules-wise, the game draws heavily from second-edition Warhammer 40,000, and the ruleset is commonly considered to be better-suited for the type of skirmish games Necromunda encourages.

Necromunda stands out from other games by Games Workshop by the way the table is laid out. In most Games Workshop games the table is mostly flat, with the only terrain features being a few hills, trees, and maybe a bridge or a building. However, in Necromunda you can play in large buildings which may have many floors, as well as have bridges and walkways connecting the buildings together. There is other terrain such as chemical wastelands, barrels, watch towers, abandoned factories and other dystopian environments that add a large amount of variety in playing areas.

Games Workshop's Specialist Games division occasionally publishes new rules as part of Fanatic Online, as well as making weekly news updates. They have also published the full rules for the game for download (as a PDF file), referred to as the Necromunda Living Rulebook. As is implicit in the name, this document is updated every two years, the changes based largely on the work of avid volunteers and playtesters in the official Specialist Games forums.


There are many gangs that try to control the streets of Necromunda:

  • Enforcers: The Law of Necromunda
  • Redemptionists: Fanatical priests
  • Spyrer: Children of Hive Nobles sent down to prove their worth by hunting in the Underhive
  • Ratskins: Primitive natives of the Hive Bottom
  • Scavvies: Diseased and ghoulish creatures



Black Library has published a variety of novels based in and around Necromunda's largest hive, Hive Primus. Listed from earliest publication: