War Games

At the Durham Games Society we regularly enjoy a variety of tabletop wargames. These are played alongside board games and card games at our weekend sessions, with battles ranging from small scale skirmishes to day long engagements. Our players cover a broad spectrum of skill level, from absolute beginners to dedicated tournament gamers; enjoying friendly drop-in matches and longer running campaigns.

Game systems currently played include (but are not limited to) ‘Warhammer 40k’, ‘Firestorm’ and ‘Dystopian Wars’, details of which are below the page image.


“First rank: fire! Second rank: fire!” Ben Wilkins
“Alright, who let Ben at the Imperial Guard again?” Everyone

Warhammer 40000:

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war! With twelve distinct forces (plus a myriad of subsets), a highly evolved background and rules for fast paced and bloody games; Games Workshop’s ever popular sci-fi universe is a society favourite. For further information on the game itself visit their site. We have our own Space Marine chapter, dubbed ‘Rolling Thunder’ which makes up the society’s standing army. Complete with our burning dice logo, the marines are available for anyone to use during our weekend sessions; for new players to try out the game or to bulk out an existing force to apocalypse scale.

Last year we ran a short campaign in which forces from the Blood Angels chapter, a Cadian Regiment, an Ordo Malleus Inquisitor and an Eldar Craftworld clashed over the planet Davra III. Fighting was brutal but when the dust settled the Demonhunters and Eldar had been forced to flee the planet, leaving the Marines and Guardsmen to come to an uneasy truce.


Many years ago, there was a game that set out to re-create all the excitement and tension of (fictional) starship battles in a tabletop format. This game had everything a space game should have; it had multiple races with wildly different aesthetics, it had a rich and highly detailed background, it required strategy, tactics, and just enough luck to keep things interesting.

Ladies and Gentlement, this game was epic in scale and magnificent in scope. It had tables too big to fit on the page. It had very expensive minitures. It had lots and lots of dice.

That game… was Battlefleet Gothic. We do not play Battlefleet Gothic. We play Firestorm. Firestorm is like Battlefleet Gothic, but better. Play Firestorm.

Dystopian Wars:

Dystopian Wars is a steam-punk re-imagining of the future/modern day. I could go on about the setting and gameplay, but all you really need to know is this: They stuck the top of St Paul’s Cathedral on treads and called it a ‘Sovereign Class Land Ship’. And that’s just plain awesome. Don’t believe me? Check out the link.

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