About Games Workshop
Best known for their Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000 tabletop wargames, Games Workshop have published numerous wargames, board games and computer games since the company's foundation in 1975.
The company started out selling boards for traditional games like Go, but soon became the official British importer for the new American role playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. The success of this game pushed Games Workshop towards producing their own fantasy and science fiction based games.
As well as publishing their own rulebooks for games, in 1979 Games Workshop put up the money to found Citadel Miniatures to produce the figures used to play their role playing games and wargames. This company has since become a subsidiary of Games Workshop but the miniatures and paints it produces are still marketed under the Citadel brand.
Warhammer Fantasy Battle was launched in 1983 and continues to be one of the company's most successful products. It is a wargame played using Citadel miniatures on a tabletop or other flat surface and is set in a Tolkien-style fantasy environment. Warhammer 40,000, launched in 1987, relocated the fantastic armies of Warhammer to outer space in the far future. Both of these fantasy universes reached a wider audience with the launch of the Hero Quest and Space Crusade board games in the early 1990s.
From the 1980s on, Games Workshop have been involved with numerous computer game adaptations of their products. In the new millennium they have also produced the official Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game to tie in with the blockbusting films.