This game was released in 1987 and next month will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. From a simple game, it has gone on to spawn films, novels, computer games and enough fascination to consume a good third of my attic and spare room. People often ask me what is so good about moving little bits of plastic and metal around a board and rolling dice. I suppose the answer is simple: where you see bits of plastic and metal I see representations of people or Xenos, either fighting to stave of the eventual demise of their decadent empire or fighting to fetch the “greater good” to the universe. Where you see dice, I see the winds of fortune either favouring me with the 6 needed to destroy my enemy’s tank or the 1 that means my opponent’s poxy fire power has managed to find the weak spot in the tank suit I call armour.

I have most of the computer games and some are good, but all lack in one important factor: they cannot bring the universe to life as much as my imagination can.

I want to collect the armies, (blag someone else into) attaching and painting my models to a good standard and give them silly names, George the Avatar or Betty the Demon Prince of Doom. I want to play a game that is as much about remembering rules and stats, as it is about getting a 6 or a 1 at the right time. I think this and the quality range of models and stories Games Workshop produce help to explain how three men almost 30 years ago have managed to build a business classed as one of the top 100 floated companies in Britain. While they have gone from strength to strength, other companies have come and gone – some due to bad business sense, others due to failing to listen to the geekdom that is their base customer. Yet Warhammer 40,000 has survived by adding and recreating the races, the models and the background to the balance of money and the geekiness.

To the utter horror of my partner, I hope Warhammer 40,000 or 40k to those in the know (that’s you now of course) will survive for another 25 years and that next generation will take to it and gain the hours of enjoyment that I have. If my daughters show the same level of interest when they are older as they do throwing them around the room now then I will at least know I will always have an opponent on hand or someone to help daddy go to the “geek shop”. So I leave you know with my final words…

“Long live Warhammer and may the universe only know war”

The7thSon is a new DJ joining the ever growing family here at G3 Radio. He’ll be broadcasting every Thursday from 1700 – 1900, right before Sebbo’s Polka Night, and his shows will feature Scandinavian metal and folk-rock, alongside chatting about new music, gaming and how the two of them fit together.

The votes have been counted, Tallied, Shunned, Re-admitted and Verified, And we are proud to announce that the winner of the competition is Mr. Potz! His caption of “I see you wear sharp tooth necklace. Can has back?” clocked up more votes during the week than any other one. Well done!

Games are good to update, and we all love it when they do. However, since we run Bukkit on our Minecraft server, We also have to wait for them to update their server software. If you’ve already updated, don’t worry, There is a downloadable backup here: Backup. This will only be available until our server is updated.

In other Minecraft-related news, the old worlds are now available for download. There are 4 worlds, ranging in sizes.
Creative World
Creative Nether
Survival World
Survival Nether
Note: These files are large.

Happy crafting!

Roccat Kulo Headset
In order to raise funds, We’ve decided to sell one of our stock prizes! There will be an eBay auction starting at around 18:00 on the 11th of January 2012, for a lovely Roccat Kulo!

If you were thinking of making a donation to us, but you weren’t sure where the money was going to end up, this is the perfect time for you. All proceeds go directly to G3.

If you’d like to purchase it, you can get it Here, Or you can click the image above.

To give continuous best service to our community, We’ve decided to wipe all the worlds on the minecraft server before we upgrade it. This will allow us to host brand new worlds, with the new blocks, new plugins and a new life.

However, the worlds may be gone, but not lost. By tonight, They will be downloadable from this page, so keep an eye out on this post!