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This page is about the overall Warhammer fantasy universe; for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) the computer game, visit Warhammer Online. For more on the fictional world Warhammer is set in, see Warhammer World.
Warhammer, sometimes known as WH or in reference to the tabletop Warhammer Fantasy Battles game, WHFB, is a dark fantasy universe whose first product was published in 1983 by Games Workshop, a British tabletop wargaming company. Warhammer is one of the most influential fantasy universes ever created, having strongly influenced the development and aesthetic of fantasy settings like Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft universe, and has itself been influenced by such sources as J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the works of Michael Moorcock, the works of Edgar Allan Poe and the Dungeons and Dragons setting created in 1974 by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.
Since its creation, Warhammer has spawned tabletop wargames, a large line of wargaming miniatures, hobby books, novels, video/computer games such as Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Warhammer: Dark Omen and Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, and even a pen-and-paper role-playing game called Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play (WHFRP) currently in its third edition and produced by Fantasy Flight Games.
The license for creating a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) in the Warhammer universe is currently held by EA Mythic; they used it to create and maintain Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.
The license for creating other types of video/computer games set in the Warhammer universe is currently held by Namco.
Warhammer has an equally popular sister universe set in the dystopian far-future of the year 40,000 AD; the science-fantasy setting of Warhammer 40,000, first published in 1987.
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