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Pictors Studio30 Apr 2018 11:58 a.m. PST


From humble beginnings it is now a multi-million dollar enterprise that dominates the miniature gaming market.

Here is a feature on it from the BBC.


Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian30 Apr 2018 12:15 p.m. PST

Nice one. Thanks.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2018 12:27 p.m. PST

Good for the lads! I never new Ian when he had hair. Seeing him with hair on his face and on the top of his head threw me a bit for a loop.

The Beast Rampant30 Apr 2018 12:34 p.m. PST

Very interesting, but it cut things a bit short. I would like to have heard more.

As an aside, I have no clue what *Laura Croft* had to do with the founding of Games Workshop. Media types miss no opportunity to be condescendingly ignorant. But at least "World of Warcraft" and "Mazes and Monsters" didn't find its way into the mix.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2018 2:06 p.m. PST

Where would we be if they hadn't created the hobby? =D

Ghostrunner30 Apr 2018 3:25 p.m. PST

Or introduced the concept of a 'Space Marine'?

Pictors Studio30 Apr 2018 3:36 p.m. PST

We would be without many, many, many of the people in this hobby.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2018 4:01 p.m. PST

Ah, yes – fond memories of Rogue Trader and beakies

Good times, good times

Tgunner30 Apr 2018 5:28 p.m. PST

I feel old. I can remember a time when the White Dwarf had articles about Dungeons and Dragons.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian30 Apr 2018 5:41 p.m. PST

Tgunner, and Traveller and… Heck I even wrote one!

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2018 7:20 p.m. PST

Lara Croft is in the piece because Ian went on to run Eidos in Wimbledon after leaving GW. That has nothing to do with Games Workshop, but that didn't stop the reporter from making a leap in logic.

PzGeneral01 May 2018 4:16 a.m. PST

OMG….this year will be 40 years out of High School….. old fart

chromedog01 May 2018 4:33 a.m. PST

WD had articles for D&D, Paranoia and other games because GW had the print licence for them in the UK/Europe at that time.

So it was still a "house organ" even then.

waaslandwarrior01 May 2018 8:16 a.m. PST

There is a very good-looking book coming out soon, about the first years of Games Workshop.

Should anyone be interested, see

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2018 8:38 a.m. PST

I am no fanboy but I've been playing their games since 1987 so I wish them the best of luck.

Vis Bellica01 May 2018 11:46 p.m. PST

No 1 Dalling Road, Hammersmith.

Where it all started for me: Basic D&D and then the thrill of saving for and then buying the Advanced Player's Handbook, the GM's Guide and the Monster Manual.

Centurio Prime03 May 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

Not bad for a company that has been about to go under every single year since about 1992… that's how long I've been hearing it from the business experts on the Internet….

Basha Felika03 May 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

I remember trips up to London to visit Dalling Road, and then on to Peckham and Victoria for the two gaming shops there.

billthecat03 May 2018 6:33 p.m. PST

Only the same company in name…

Pictors Studio03 May 2018 7:57 p.m. PST

You could say that about most big companies that have been around for 40 years.

Baranovich08 May 2018 7:46 p.m. PST

Great history of a gaming company that all too many gamers don't fully appreciate or understand!

Oh, but wait…they're "about to go out of business"…for the thousandth time, lol.

Thanks for the link!

Part time gamer22 May 2018 11:55 p.m. PST

Where would we be if they hadn't created the hobby?
Well I'd hardly go that far. As wargaming is far older than 40 yrs. Sooner of later someone would have come up with the same basic concept.

As to the 'experts', someone once made the statement (general paraphrase):
"An expert is just that, one that's lost his "Spurt" (enthusiasm), so they just make up what they don't actually know."

Don Cossack23 May 2018 7:34 a.m. PST

Aw, to heck with "someone's" quote, PTGamer. If he hadn't said it, someone else certainly would have! What's the big deal? Why even attribute it to "someone" when "someone" else was going to say it anyway? :D (Just kidding around, buddy.)

Rudysnelson23 May 2018 9:02 a.m. PST

Never heard of Games Workshop until they gained control of Citadel. Not an impact in the USA when I started in the 1970s. I bought plenty of miniatures before they came along and never bought their stuff for my personal collection. And I stocked stocking their stuff in my store in 1985 when they began all of their purchase policies.

So no they did not start the hobby.

Pictors Studio23 May 2018 2:12 p.m. PST

I don't believe that. Wargaming has not been around longer than Games Workshop. There may have been some sort of proto-wargaming but not actual wargaming. GW came up with that.

Ghostrunner23 May 2018 2:14 p.m. PST

HG Wells is laughing at you.

(I suspect Flashman 14 was being sarcastic with his comment, above. I know I was.)

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 2:22 p.m. PST

I have been wargaming since 1969 and it was 'old' at that point in time.
Just sayin'.

alpha3six23 May 2018 3:58 p.m. PST

Putting aside the repetition of tired memes and the airing of old grudges, when did GW ever claim to have invented wargaming?

They promote the GW Hobby, which is a form of wargaming, and very rarely acknowledge the existence of non GW wargames, but that hardly constitutes an attempt to take credit for or claim ownership over wargaming as a whole.

Rudysnelson24 May 2018 5:11 p.m. PST

T^SR produced historical games before D&D.
Cavaliers and Roundheads was 1973-4
Tricolor napoleonics was 1975, Panzer Warfare was 1975 and others. On the game side several companies are older than GW. Avalon Hill is obvious but SPI asw well. I got my subscription to S&T in 1970.
Pictors and others drank the kool-aid.

Rudysnelson24 May 2018 6:57 p.m. PST

My store in the beginning was called Walker's Gift Shop. Later I would restart it in 1983 when I got out of the army to Time Portal. So I bought my first stock of games and miniatures in 1971. So even I have been in business longer than GW. LOL.

alpha3six24 May 2018 7:28 p.m. PST

The video plainly says GW owes its initial success to snagging the exclusive European distribution rights for D&D. No one is taking credit for pioneering wargaming.

Zephyr124 May 2018 8:55 p.m. PST

"They promote the GW Hobby, which is a form of wargaming, and very rarely acknowledge the existence of non GW wargames,"

And often their own discontinued games… ;-)

soulman25 May 2018 11:10 a.m. PST

There was also a shop in oxford street i think it may have been virgin in the 80`s. Upstairs had computer games and in the basement was the rpg and minis. In big glass units… But i cannot find out pictures or info for that period.

Asteroid X25 May 2018 9:34 p.m. PST

It's actually a pretty amazing story of two lads being in the right place at the right time willing to take risks and follow what they clearly love!

This really is one of those stories that is exceptionally rare (throughout history!).

Then to have their creativity able to not just be put to use, but to make a living through it.

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