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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My Fascination with Warhammer 40K

Recently, I was reminded of my love of the Warhammer 40K universe. I powered up Steam and played one of my favorite games Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War (the original). Yes the newer version Dawn of War 2 is fun as well, but the play type changed to focus on battle and less on building your base etc. I'm rambling. One of the reasons that I was reminded of my love for the game was the in depth history that comes with the world (originally a table top game with paintable miniatures). The history of The Empire of Man, the Golden Throne, and all the Astartes of the Imperium. This in depth look at this Science Fiction/Fantasy amalgam always hooks me deep. I research to find book and online resources, and when I do, I read the information for hours before I realize that I need to go to bed. The creators of this universe knew what they were doing when they created it.

I wasn't an early recruit. I joined the semi-fan ranks perhaps eight years ago, when Dawn of War first came out. I didn't run out and buy the miniatures or anything like that. I didn't even know the miniatures existed until around five years ago. I think the whole miniature tabletop movement is probably way beyond my capabilities. While it is interesting, I feel it begs for a more die hard fan than I am capable of (it is pretty intimidating to me). Back to my main point. If you are interested in building a believable universe with the potential to create tons of books or even a universe where others can write in to add to the cannon, you'll want to research the Warhammer 40K universe to see the amount of detail and potential they created there. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Here are a few links to help your research:

Warhammer 40000 Wiki

Warhammer Lexicanum

Games Workshop - Warhammer 40K