Warhammer is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most popular tabletop role-playing games there is. Part of the game’s charm is that players get to buy their character models completely plain, painting them and customising them themselves. Because of the customisable aspect of Warhammer characters and figurines, players have a lot more control and get much more immersed in it when they are playing.
This post will explore this topic in much greater detail, telling you six things that you ought to know about Warhammer before you head down to your local store and try it out:
Factions and Armies
The first thing you need to know if you are somebody who’s interested in Warhammer is that there are many different factions and armies. Since Warhammer 40,000 is the version of the game most popularly played (and if you are a beginner it’s no doubt the type you will end up playing), you should find an online overview of the Warhammer 40,000 factions and armies just so you can educate yourself and prepare for competitive gameplay. If you do not know what these factions and armies are then you won’t be able to align yourself with ones that appeal to you. There are lots of online and even paper resources that you can use to learn about the game’s different factions. Bear in mind some are more popular than others, like the Eldar or the Tyranids for example.
One of the things that make Warhammer appeal to so many people is that players are able to completely customise their characters. While it is indeed possible to buy Warhammer characters that have already been painted, the vast majority of them have not. If you plan on buying plain ones then you will of course also need to buy the official Warhammer paint containers. Warhammer’s little jars of paint are very affordable and come in a range of colours suited to the game and its different factions. Something else that is great about Warhammer is that players can make their own game mats. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they can turn up to professional games with no mats whatsoever. While some venues will provide game mats others will not.
Right now, an adaptation of the Warhammer 40,000 franchise is in the works, funded and developed by Amazon Studios. As it stands, award-winning actor Henry Cavill has signed on and is set to play a role. If you are somebody who is a fan of the franchise and series then following this development’s latest updates is most certainly a good idea. It is set to be an absolute hit.
Did you know that it is possible to play professionally, as in against other dedicated, professional gamers? You can even make money from Warhammer. If you do plan on playing in a professional capacity then you need to do your research and learn everything you can about the game. Playing for money or professionally without researching (and becoming an expert in) the game is an extremely bad idea and will likely lead to nothing other than you forfeiting games you participate in and costing yourself money.
Playing for Money
As mentioned in the previous section you can actually play Warhammer for money. Individuals interested in playing for cash again need to fully educate themselves on the game’s rules and techniques for winning. Warhammer is as much a game of strategy as it is one of chance. If you do not take time to educate yourself about different techniques then you could end up losing or having to forfeit, which means you won’t win prizes. Ensure you only ever play in licensed venues when you are playing for money so that you are legally entitled to winnings if you do beat opponents.
Warhammer is a social game. You could in theory play on your own but why would you want to? The good thing about the game is that you don’t necessarily have to play in person, you can play online. If you are intending on playing online then try to use an official website. Using an official website will decrease your chances of opponents cheating when they play against you and if you are playing for money, ensure you get paid. Be sure to build a network of Warhammer players so that you always have people to play with when you do play.
Warhammer is a great game. When you consider everything listed here it’s not hard to see why. Individuals interested in playing it should find licensed venues and build networks of like-minded individuals to play against.