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Goliath Ganger having fought off a Milliasaur.

Necromunda is a tabletop skirmish war game produced by Specialist Games (A division of Games Workshop). Image File history File links Goliath ganger having fought a Millisaur. ... Image File history File links Goliath ganger having fought a Millisaur. ... Glory, an American Civil War game by GMT This article is about the civilian hobby. ... Specialist Games is division of Games Workshop which sells tabletop wargames aimed at older gamers who seek more tactically challenging wargames than those sold to Workshops core market (which is served by such games as Warhammer 40,000). ... Games Workshop Group PLC (often abbreviated to GW) is a British game production and retailing company. ...

In Necromunda, players control rival gangs battling each other in the Underhive, a place of anarchy and violence in the depths below Hive City. As in the parent game Warhammer 40,000 play uses 28mm scale models (approximately 1:65) and terrain ( in this case a heavily polluted cityscape.) Warhammer 40,000 (informally known as Warhammer 40K, WH40K, W40K or just 40K) is a science fantasy game produced by Games Workshop. ...

Being a skirmish game gangs are usually limited to around a dozen models, but as a result game play can become more detailed. Unlike Warhammer 40,000 , Necromunda also allows players to develop their gangs between battles, gaining experience, adding new members or equipment, according to a set of rules. Gangs which frequently win games acquire more credits (money) and less injuries and so are able to grow throughout a campaign. See also the town of Battle, East Sussex, England Generally, a battle is an instance of combat between two or more parties wherein each group will seek to defeat the others. ... Warhammer 40,000 (informally known as Warhammer 40K, WH40K, W40K or just 40K) is a science fantasy game produced by Games Workshop. ... In many works of science fiction, credits are the major form of currency used by characters. ...

Necromunda was spawned off from a previous attempt of Games Workshop to popularize a set of rules for low-key skirmish battles in a hive world setting. White Dwarf magazine, the corporate gaming magazine, did publish such a ruleset between fall and winter 1990-91 dubbing it "Confrontation" (no tie whatsoever to the French fantasy skirmish miniatures game of the same name), that earlier game was set on the hive world of Necromunda but made no reference to houses and such, instead concentrating itself on the various 'types' of gangs: clan warriors from the spires, juve 'poseurs' from the upper levels which went 'down' to experience the thrills of lowlife, undercity mutants, diseased scavengers from the toxic wastes and the Enforcers ever-ready to deal swift and summary "Judge Dredd"-like 'justice'. The miniatures released for this game were designed by John Blanche and were highly praised and regarded. The game background also included some elements later disregarded such as the 'spook' psychic drug and the humanoid 'caryatids', which were presented as unique and integral to necromundan life. Games Workshop Group PLC (often abbreviated to GW) is a British game production and retailing company. ... The following is a list of planets in the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe. ... Cover of White Dwarf issue 90, June 1987. ... Goliath Ganger having fought off a Milliasaur. ... For the 1995 film, see Judge Dredd (film). ...

Rules-wise, the game draws heavily from second-edition Warhammer 40,000, and the ruleset is commonly considered to be better-suited for the type of skirmish games Necromunda encourages.

Necromunda also stands out from most other games by Games Workshop by having a more 3 dimensional table layout, with buildings generally having multiple floors, interconnecting walkways and bridges. The terrain is constructed to simulate a hive city on the planet Necromunda, a dystopian futuristic city resembling a termite mound many miles high. A hive city is a massive city often featured in science fiction, with a population concentration of over a million inhabitants a cubic mile. ...

Games Workshop's Specialist Games division occasionally publishes new rules on their website. They also recently published the full rules for the game for download (as a PDF file), referred to as the Necromunda Living Rulebook. As is implicit in the name, this document is often updated and rewritten, based largely on the work of avid volunteers and playtesters in the official Specialist Games forums. PDF is an abbreviation with several meanings: Portable Document Format Post-doctoral fellowship Probability density function There also is an electronic design automation company named PDF Solutions. ...


Houses of Hive Primus


House Cawdor is the stronghold of the Cult of Redemption. For this reason all of the gangers wear masks in public to hide their faces from the 'infidels' of the other houses.


Other hivers are justifiably suspicious of House Delaque, who specialise in spying and assassination. The gangers often wear large trench coats, with large internal pockets for concealing weapons and other large items. Most are bald and extremely pale. Many wear visors, goggles or have light filters implanted into their eyes, a sensitivity to light being a common Delaque weakness. Delaque territory is even more dimly lit than the rest of the hive, fitting for a people who are shrouded in mystery.


Strikingly different from the other houses, the Escher population is almost entirely made up of women. The few men that are there are shrivelled and imbecilic and play no part in the normal affairs of the Escher. Men are held in contempt and pitied by the Escher, especially those of House Goliath who are seen as simple, brutish and unsophisticated.


Size and physical strength are everything in House Goliath. Their territory is situated in some of the harshest areas of the Hive City. Their gangers favour mohawks, piercings, thick chains and spiked metal bracers.


Also known as the House Iron, these hivers mine ferrous slag pits deep in the hive. Orlock gangers often wear sleeveless jackets and headbands.

Van Saar

The Van Saar are known for the extremely high quality of its technical produce. Nobles in the Spire will pay handsomely for Van Saar goods, making them the wealthiest of the houses. The Van Saar are marked out by their tight fitting body-gloves which help to sustain the wearer in the harsh hive environment. Older gangers are often seen sporting a neatly trimmed beard. The Imperial Guard often recruit regiments from the Van Saar.

Other groups


The Enforcers are the chief source of law enforcement in the underhive of Necromunda. Modelled closely after the Adeptus Arbites, the Enforcers apply the laws set down by the High Lords of Terra with an iron fist. Equipped with heavy armour and sophisticated weapons and equipment, Enforcer patrol teams quell riots, suppress inter-gang warfare as much as possible, and monitor mercantile trade to ensure compliance with imperial law [1]. In the fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000, the Adeptus Arbites are the interplanetary police force of the Imperium, and responsible for maintaining the Emperors Law and Peace. ...

It is important to note that the Enforcers, while maintaining an organizational structure similar to that of the Adeptus Arbites, is in fact a separate force. The Adeptus Arbites enforce Imperial law on a galactic scale, whereas the Enforcers maintain order within the confines of Necromunda's underhive.

The Cult of the Red Redemption

Fanatical and zealous, the Redemptionists have an extreme hatred of mutants and deviants from the Imperial creed. The most dedicated take up arms and hunt the deviants. They often wear red robes decorated with flame motifs and have a fondness of incendiary weaponry. House Cawdor lends much support to the cult of Redemption and have gone so far as to adopt it as their official Religion.

Pit Slaves

Slaves of the Guilders with appendages replaced by industrial tools such as giant saws and drills. When a group of slaves escapes, they already have weapons to help them survive.


The Ratskin tribes have lived within the underhive for millennia and treat it as a god, generous in its bounty and merciless in its vengeance. They have little to do with the hivers and are rarely encountered, preferring to steer clear of the heathens who desecrate their sacred hive by poisoning its sacred places.


Scavvies are humans with mutations too obvious to hide, banished from normal settlements. In Scavvie gangs, the very dregs of society scrape out an existence robbing guilder caravans, raiding isolated settlements and just generally scavenging whatever they can to survive. Their bands often include a stable sub-species of mutant, the giant reptilian Scalies.

Spyre Hunters

Young nobles from the Spire come down to hunt underhive gangers and thereby prove their worth in a world of ruthless politics, plotting and assassination. Spyrer gangs are few in number, and equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry. It is reported that they get at least some of their technology from doing deals with the Tau Empire [1]

Alternative gangs

In addition to the gang types supported by the rulebooks, various Games Workshop publications have introduced new groups, sometimes supported by mail-order only model ranges, including Ash Waste Gangers and Squat Miners.

Origins as Confrontation

What would become Necromunda was first published by Games Workshop under the name Confrontation as a series of articles in White Dwarf magazine the official GW publication. Confrontation was closer to a role-playing game than the current Necromunda and used a more complex system for resolving combat, particularly firing - portions of which were similar in style to Laserburn, a miniatures game which had influenced WH40K. White Dwarf is a magazine published by British games manufacturer Games Workshop. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... LASERBURN A set of wargaming or roleplaying game rules written by Bryan Ansell in 1980. ...

There is a Wiki project created to amass official and unofficial information for Necromunda: Confrontation at a RPG.net Wiki Project here.


  1. ^ Codex:Tau. First edition
  • Priestly, Rick; Chambers, Andy and Johnson, Jervis (1995). Necromunda - Rulebook, 1st edition, Nottingham: Games Workshop Ltd., 80 pp.. 1-872-37248-1. 
  • Priestly, Rick; Chambers, Andy and Johnson, Jervis (1995). Necromunda - Sourcebook, 1st edition, Nottingham: Games Workshop Ltd., 88 pp.. 1-872-37248-1. 
  • Chambers, Andy; Haines, Pete, and McNeill, Graham (2001). Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Tau. Nottingham: Games Workshop. ISBN 1-84154-098-6. 

Rick Priestly is a game designer for Games Workshop. ... Rick Priestly is a game designer for Games Workshop. ...

External links

Official sites

  • Specialist Games - Necromunda - Official Necromunda Website.
  • Specialist Games - Forums - Official Specialist Games Forums.

General sites

  • Eastern Fringe - Unofficial but one of the most active Necromunda forums. (recommended by the Official Specialist Games Forums).
  • iNecro - Large collection of fan rules from multiple sources, official rules, and many links to other Necromunda websites.
  • Necromundicon - Large collection of Necromunda scenery.
  • Project: Necromunda - Has extensive directories that cover tactics, fluff, battle reports, Necromunda RPG, finding opponents, forums, gang sheets, and links to non-English Necromunda websites; has Wiki projects for Necromunda names and gang rosters, and is also home of the Necromunda WebRing.
  • Robert's Gameland - A site devoted to wargaming including a large section for Necromunda.
  • Stephane.info - Articles and galleries.
  • The Underhive - A forum for Necromunda discussion, rules queries, model photos and campaigns.

Community sites

  • Necrocards - The concept behind the Necromunda Card Game is to supplement the rules and gameplay of Necromunda by adding a card game element. These cards can be played during the standard Necromunda turn sequence, and have an immediate effect on the game.
  • Necromunda Yahoo Group - Necromunda discussions, polls, images and file upload facilities.

  Results from FactBites:
The Necromunda Gang Registry - RPGnetWiki (1279 words)
The Necromunda Gang Registry was created by Project: Necromunda and its sister project is The Necromunda Name Project that has hundreds of Necromunda names of individuals and gangs that are being regularly updated and expanded by the public.
An example of a gang roster made with The Necromunda Gang Registry template can be viewed here, it is a real gang and has been updated with its first battle to show the history viewing advantages of a wiki template as well.
This is a sister project to the Necromunda Gang Registry where you can view hundreds of Necromunda names and add your own into the project, be it the names of individuals (The Baby Book of Necromunda Names) or the gangs themselves (The Big Book of Necromunda Gang Names).
Necromunda - definition of Necromunda in Encyclopedia (144 words)
Necromunda is a war game produced by Games Workshop.
Necromunda is set in the vast 'Hive City' which covers the world of the same name.
Necromunda stands out from other similar games by Games Workshop by the way the table is laid out.
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