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Warhammer Fantasy is a high fantasy fictional universe created by Games Workshop and used in many of its games, including the table top wargame Warhammer Fantasy Battle, the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP) pen-and-paper role-playing game, and the MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Warhammer is notable for its "dark and gritty" background world, which featured a culture similar in appearance to Early Modern Germany crossed with Tolkien's Middle-earth. "Chaos" was central to the setting, as the forces of Chaos are unceasingly attempting to tear the mortal world asunder. The world itself was populated with a variety of races such as humans, high elves, dark elves, wood elves, dwarfs, undead, orcs, lizardmen, and other creatures familiar to many fantasy/role-playing settings. Read more...

Warhammer 40,000 is a miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop. The game was developed by Rick Priestley as a science-fiction version of Warhammer Fantasy Battle. The first edition of the rulebook was published in October 1987. The latest edition is the eighth, which was published in June 2017.

A game of Warhammer 40,000 is a miniature simulation of a terrestrial battle between two or more armies. Players use miniature models made of plastic or metal that represent futuristic warriors and fighting vehicles. The playing field is typically a tabletop diorama of a battlefield, comprising scale models of buildings, hills, trees, and other landmarks. Players take turns to move their models across the playing field and pretend that the models are shooting each other. The outcomes of fights between models are determined by dice rolls. Read more... {{Box-footer]]}}

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Tyranids are a race in the fictional Warhammer 40,000 setting, the Tyranids are a nomadic alien race comprising many genetically engineered forms. They are the "Great Devourer" and are the "most alien race" in the Imperium of Mankind. They are an "elemental force" that seeks to consume all in their path, draining all planets of any possible resource with horrific speed.

Tyranids were first described in Rick Priestley's Rogue Trader, the first edition of the Warhammer 40,000. At that time, they were not an emphasized race in the game, instead representing a limited number of occasionally-encountered alien antagonists. In later editions the Tyranids became a playable race in their own right, popularized by a number of successful board games.

The Tyranids are all of a basic genetic stock, characterized by six limbs, both an endoskeleton and an exoskeleton, external skeletal features distinct from an internal skull, five carapace plates on their head and a series of spiracles on their heads and at the base of their tails. Tyranids are controlled by a gestalt metaphysical entity thought to emanate from, and exert cohesive control over, all Tyranid individuals through psychic manipulation. The Imperium calls this the "Hive Mind".

In terms of the terrestrial Tyranid's encounters with other species, generally in conflict, the Hive Mind is explained as filling the roles of social hierarchy, linguistic communication and military command and control as used by other races.

More about: Tyranid genetics, Warrior Genus, Tyranid Hive Fleets, Warhammer 40,000.

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Steve Jackson (born 1951 in Manchester, England) is a games reviewer and writer. He is one of the best known authors in the gaming industry.

In 1975, he founded the company Games Workshop with Ian Livingstone, and the two created the line of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks published by Penguin Books.

Jackson now works at Lionhead Studios, which he founded with Peter Molyneux. He is also an honorary lecturer at Brunel University in London, teaching the Digital Games Theory and Design MA.


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....that Nemesis Crown is a massive narrative campaign created by Games Workshop for their Warhammer Fantasy (setting). The campaign will revolve around the various Warhammer Fantasy races trying to obtain the Nemesis Crown in all-out warfare, similar to the "Fall of Medusa V" Warhammer 40,000 online campaign.

....that Games Workshop has not acquired the rights to produce works based on The Silmarillion, which is currently the exclusive property of the Tolkien Estate? It has, however, acquired the rights to produce a skirmish war game based on The Lord of the Rings, films.

....The first edition of Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, was published in 1987?

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