Games Workshop, known for producing the Warhammer miniatures games, have announced a line of young adult novels set in that same universe.
In the grim dark future, there is only the power of friendship.
In an unlikely combination of genres, UK-based hobby and games company Games Workshop is partnering with young adult authors to write novels aimed at the middle school crowd. The novels will be set in the notoriously bleak Warhammer universes - Fantasy and 40K, respectively - but will probably be a little bit lighter than fans of the tabletop miniatures and video games would expect.
Games Workshop insists the Warhammer Adventures line, as it will be called, "are perfect for bookworms aged 8-12 who want to read about heroes, aliens and monsters."
"Life in the 41st Millennium is hard. Ruled by the Emperor of Mankind from his Golden Throne on Terra, humans have spread across the galaxy, inhabiting millions of planets. They have achieved so much, from space travel to robotics, and yet billions live in fear. The universe seems a dangerous place, teeming with alien horrors and dark powers. But it is also a place bristling with adventure and wonder, where battles are won and heroes are forged."
The series in the far-future Warhammer 40K universe will be titled Warped Galaxies, and open with "Attack Of The Necron," a story presumably involving the undead, emotionless, nearly-indestructible race of metal skeletons that flay and wear the skin of their enemies in order to induce terror. The Warhammer Fantasy (or Age Of Sigmar) series, Realm Quest, will begin with "City Of Lifestone," and will feature the Darkoath Barbarians, known for "plundering, pillaging, and enslaving whole populations." Fun!
The main characters in the upcoming series are quite diverse, and children will have no problem identifying with one or more of the protagonists before they are slaughtered by chaos demons from the warp in order to feed the whims of Slaanesh. Warhammer miniatures games have tended to be very much male-dominated, both in the lore and behind the table, with a few exceptions. Seeing women, not to mention people of color, so clearly at the front of this initiative is a breath of fresh air for the franchise, and may even indicate a new direction for the games themselves. If the kids who read these books grow up to be players, then we may see a very different Warhammer universe down the road.
The books will be released sometime in 2019. You can sign up for updates here.