Warhammer 40,000 is a Miniature war game created by Rick Priestly and produced byGames Workshop. The first edition of the rulebook was published in October 1987; the latest edition is the eighth, which was published in June 2017.
As in other miniature wargames, players enact a battle between opposing forces using Minature Figurines of warriors and models of fighting vehicles. The playing area is a tabletop model of a battlefield, comprising models of buildings, hills, trees, and other terrain features. Players take turns moving their model warriors and vehicles around the battlefield and pretend the models are fighting each other. The outcome of each fight between the models is resolved through a combination of dice rolls and simple arithmetic.
Warhammer 40,000 is set in the distant future, where a stagnant human civilization is beset by hostile aliens and malevolent supernatural creatures. The models in the game are a mixture of humans, aliens, and supernatural monsters, wielding futuristic weaponry and magical powers.
Warhammer 40,000 is one of the most popular miniature game in the world It has spawned a number of spin-off tabletop games. These include Battlefleet which simulates spaceship combat; and Space hulk which simulates indoors combat. It has also spawned a large number of video games, Finally, it has spawned a large body of novels and comic books, which develop the fictional setting in detail.