Warhammer or Warhammer Fantasy is a fantasy setting created by Games Workshop, in which many games of that company are set, the best known ones being the Warhammer Fantasy Battle wargame, and the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay role-playing game. There is also a related science fiction setting called Warhammer 40,000.
It is notable for its "dark and gritty" aspect, and its background world, which features a culture very like Renaissance Germany crossed with Tolkien's Middle-earth - with very Moorcockian Chaos forces just offstage or out of sight. It is populated with stock fantasy races such as Humans, Dark Elves, High Elves, Dwarfs, Undead, Orcs and Goblins, Lizardman, Ogre Kingdoms, etc.
The setting has undergone some retcons in the recent editions of the wargame, including changing the Old Slann into the Old Ones, and omission of the Chaos God Malal. In the past, most players of the role-playing game chose to ignore the setting changes, however the current second edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay has been updated to fit the current version of the Warhammer Fantasy Battles world.
Currently there are 15 different supported armies: Beastmen, Bretonnia, Dark Elves, Daemons of Chaos Dwarfs, High Elves, Lizardmen, Ogre Kingdoms, Orcs and Goblins, Skaven, Empire, Tomb Kings, Vampire Counts, Warriors of Chaos, Wood Elves. Then there are some smaller forces including Chaos Dwarfs, Dogs of War, and Kislev.
The world of Warhammer is similar in climate to Earth. In fact, most of its landmasses, (human) cultures and ethnicities in the area are roughly analogous to the geography of Earth. These similarities were originally implicitly explained by reference to a race who went around the universe creating similar worlds. Correspondence between places in the Warhammer world and in the real one, with varying degrees of subtlety includes:
- The Empire and the Holy Roman Empire
- Bretonnia and France or Post-Roman Britain
- Albion and Pre-Roman Britain
- Kislev and Poland/Russia
- The empire of the Hobgoblin Khans and Siberia, Mongolia and Central Asia
- Ulthuan and Atlantis
- Tilea and Italy
- Estalia and Spain
- Lustria and Central and South America
- Araby and Northern Africa and the Middle East
- Nippon and Japan
- Cathay and China
- Khemri and Egypt
- Sylvania and Transylvania
- The Southlands and Southern Africa
- Naggaroth and North America
- Norsca and Scandinavia
- Ind and India
Like 40K, Warhammer is considered expensive, even by collectors. A reasonable army usually costs upwards of $200 (which yields around 1500 points) but some consider this a fair price to pay, for it is still cheaper than many other hobbies.
- HeroQuest and Advanced HeroQuest
- Warhammer Quest
- Blood Bowl and Kerrunch, a simplified version of the game
- Mighty Empires
- Mighty Warriors
Collectible card games
Early in his career, Kim Newman wrote several Warhammer novels under the name 'Jack Yeovil'. Some elements from these books (in particular his heroine Genevieve Dieudonne) later reappeared in the award-winning Anno Dracula series.
The Art of Warhammer contains art from the Warhammer setting.
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