Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Oldhammer at the BBC

"The original rules were about fantasy combat and creating character.  Now the rules only work within their imaginary world, with their figures and it cuts out all the other influences." - Gary Chalk 2012

Thanks Gary for nailing the point of Oldhammer.

BBC article on 25 years of 40k

Actually apart from the title, the article is quite good...

... and was written by a Samira Ahmed who posts the full interviews with all the people mentioned in the article at her site:


Well worth a read.

Some extended (and slightly edited) quotes from Gary Chalk:

Warhammer was relatively unlimited...
People used to invent things – Eg. Dwarf hang gliders and hot air balloons and invent rules to use them in the game. I came up with naval ships – we called the game “All the Nice Dwarves Love a Sailor”: — they were fun add ons...

I wrote a scenario called the Bloodbath at Orc’s Drift. Dwarven militia with scythes and pitchforks based on the Zulu film. The principle characters were turned into a slightly deaf elf and a dwarf.  Had an alcoholic druid – none of it is possible any more.

Invention, fun, alcoholic druids...that's the ticket!


  1. Thanks for the links to those. It makes very interesting reading. :)

  2. Spot on, the freedom to create and use whatever figures you liked is what I remember of playing Oldhammer. The sense of humour really ran through the whole game system, i.e., the necromancer named Colin the Insane.

    Really like the site, this and a couple of other Oldhammer blogs have inspired me to get all my old 1st, 2nd and 3rd edition rules and figures out of the loft and start painting and using them again.