Gavin Thorpe

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Gavin Thorpe
Nationality British
Occupation Game designer, Author

Gavin Thorpe is a game designer who has worked primarily on board games. He has also authored a number of novels and short stories for the Black Library.


Gav Thorpe has been designing and developing products for Games Workshop since 1994.[1] His credits include the Inquisitor skirmish game, as well as work on several editions of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, and supplements for both game systems.[1][2] He also designed the board game Gobbo's Banquet, and has written more than half a dozen novels for the Black Library.[1] He also wrote the script for the Mark of Chaos computer game.[1]

Thorpe lives in Nottingham, England.[1]


Legacy of Caliban Trilogy

  • Ravenwing (January 2013)
  • Master of Sanctity (June 2014)

Last Chancers

  • Thirteenth Legion (December 2000)[3]
  • Kill Team (October 2001)
  • Annihilation Squad (March 2004)
  • Deliverance (short story)
  • Liberty (short story)

Path of the Eldar

  • Path of the Warrior (July 2010)[4]
  • Path of the Seer (September 2011)[5]
  • Path of the Outcast (September 2012))[6]

Short Stories

  • Aenarion Published in Issue 12 of Hammer and Bolter October 2011[7]
  • The Divine Word Published in Black Library Weekender Anthology November 2012[8]


  • Space Hulk: The Novel (July 2010)[9]


In reviewing the Warhammer novel The Blades of Chaos (2003), critic Don D'Ammassa wrote that it is "better written than most similar novels", although it has "little to offer readers who aren't fond of this subgenre."[10] D'Ammassa also reviewed The Heart of Chaos (2004), stating that "Thorpe always does a competent job and this one has a rousing finish."[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e Thorpe, Gav (2007). "Hammer of the Scots". In Lowder, James. Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Green Ronin Publishing. pp. 142–145. ISBN 978-1-932442-96-0.
  2. ^ "Storm of Vengeance is a game that is fiendishly addictive". Lincolnshire Echo. 10 April 2014. p. 59.
  3. ^ Thorpe, Gav (2011-12-01). Thirteenth Legion. The Black Library. ISBN 978-0-85787-466-5.
  4. ^ Thorpe, Gav (2011-07-01). Path of the Warrior. The Black Library. ISBN 978-0-85787-988-2.
  5. ^ Thorpe, Gav (2011-09-01). Path of the Seer. The Black Library. ISBN 978-0-85787-318-7.
  6. ^ Thorpe, Gav (2012-08-01). Path of the Outcast. The Black Library. ISBN 978-0-85787-801-4.
  7. ^ Thorpe, Gav (2011). Aenarion. The Black Library. ISBN 978-0-85787-098-8.
  8. ^ Thorpe, Gav (2012). The Divine Word. The Black Library. ISBN 978-1-78251-175-5.
  9. ^ Thorpe, Gav (2011-07-01). Space Hulk: The Novel. The Black Library. ISBN 978-0-85787-466-5.
  10. ^ D'Ammassa, Don (January 2004). "The Blades of Chaos". Chronicle. 26 (1): 33.
  11. ^ D'Ammassa, Don (December 2004). "The Heart of Chaos". Chronicle. 26 (12): 45.
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