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  • Fanatic (Games Workshop) Q&A

    Posted on December 5th, 2004 Rob No comments

    By Jervis Johnson

    As I announced a couple of weeks ago, Fanatic support for the Specialist Game Range will be moving primarily o­nline in the New Year. At the time I wasn’t able to be very specific about exactly how the new Fanatic operation would work, as we were still ironing out the details of how the department would be set up. I’m happy to say that I’m now in a position to answer many of the questions I have received about how Fanatic will support the Specialist Games Range in the future. So, without more ado, here are the answers to those questions!

    Q: What is happening to Fanatic magazine?

    A: We are going to keep o­n printing Fanatic magazine up to issue 10, but after that all of the material that would have appeared in the magazine will instead be published “online” as part of the Fanatic website. Articles will generally appear as PDF files that can be downloaded for no charge, but some will appear as “HTML” pages you can read o­nline. All subscribers will have any outstanding part of their subscription refunded to them.

    Q: Will you still be accepting articles from out of house writers?

    A: Yes we will. We will bring out all of the new miniatures that we have planned until June next year, and there will be at least o­ne new release for each of the games in the specialist range until the end of 2007. After 2007 we will have a yearly budget large enough for us to produce a substantial release for 2-3 specialist game systems each and every year. So, although the number of new release will slow down, in the future we will continue to make new models for all the games in the specialist range.

    Q: Who will make up the new Fanatic team?

    A: The new Fanatic team will consist of Jervis Johnson as Head Fanatic, Andy Hall as Fanatic o­nline Editor, and Keith Krelle as Web Designer. Departments in the Games Workshop Design Studio will help support this team, by providing articles, rules, miniatures and other resources. The other members of the Fanatic team are moving o­nto new jobs, some with Games Workshop, and others elsewhere. I am sure you will join with us in wishing them the very best in the future.

    Q: Are the websites going to change very much?

    A: They are going to improve (well, we hope they are anyway!), but their basic structure and content will remain the same. You will start to see some changes to the current website starting in the New Year. If you have any suggestions or feedback o­n the Fanatic website, then please don’t hesitate to let me know about them by emailing me at

    Q: Are things like the rules reviews and updates to the living rulebooks going to continue?

    A: Yes they will.

    Q: Will the miniatures for the Specialist Games Range remain available?

    A: Yes they will, from your local Games Workshop Mail Order team, and from our o­nline stores>

    Q: Will the rulebooks and supplements remain available?

    A: Yes they will, either as published books or as electronic “living rulebooks” you can download from our website (and sometimes both!).

    Q: Will you continue to publish new editions of rulebooks and/or new supplements?

    A: Yes we will. Swordwind and Battle of Five Armies will still come out next year, and we will continue to publish new editions of rulebooks and supplements for the games in the specialist range if they are required. In addition we will update the “living rulebooks” o­n the website after each year’s Rules Review.

    Q: Will you still be commissioning new miniatures and articles from out of house designers?

    A: Yes we will, and all outstanding contracts and commissions will still be honoured.

    Q: Will Games Workshop still support the Specialist Game Range events?

    A: Yes we will, and we plan to improve the support we provide for events o­n the Fanatic website.

    Q: Who should I contact if I have any further questions?

    A: You can contact me (Jervis Johnson) if you have any questions, by emailing me at . I always try to reply to the emails I receive as promptly as possible, but sometimes pressure of work means it may take a few days for me to get back to you.

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