Warhammer 40,000

An image of an army of Space Marines and other Human miniatures from Warhammer 40,000

Warhammer 40,000

September 6, 2022

By: Andrew Stretch

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An image of an army of Space Marines and other Human miniatures from Warhammer 40,000
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Games Workshop
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September 1, 1987
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Warhammer 40,000, also known as Warhammer 40k, is one of the most popular Wargames in Tabletop history. While the first edition of the rules was originally published in September 1987 the game continues to be wildly popular around the world with the Ninth Edition being released in July 2020.

Warhammer 40,000 takes place in a warped future where all manner of aliens and cryptid creatures have started coming out of the woodwork to try to take on humanity, but we're not taking it lightly. Gather up your units from the different factions including the Imperium of Man, Necrons, Orks, Tyranids, T'au, and more to battle it out across a tabletop battleground.


Warhammer 40,000 itself is a far future spin-off of its medieval counterpart, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, but 40,000 itself has created a number of different spin-off tabletop titles including Space Hulk and Battlefleet Gothic. There are even more spin-offs in the video game realm including the 2022 release of Warhammer 40,000 Darktide.

The different editions of Warhammer 40,000 released in the following years:

  • First Edition - 1987
  • Second Edition - 1993
  • Third Edition - 1998
  • Fourth Edition - 2004
  • Fifth Edition - 2008
  • Sixth Edition - 2012
  • Seventh Edition - 2014
  • Eighth Edition - 2017
  • Ninth Edition - 2020

Developer Quote

Welcome to Warhammer 40,000, the thrilling hobby of tabletop wargaming! The game is set in the grim darkness of the far future, where mighty armies clash on countless war-torn worlds and Humanity stands alone, beset on all sides by the threats of the heretic, the mutant and the alien. There is no mercy. There is no respite. Prepare yourself for battle.