Wednesday, May 01, 2002
Games Workshop's Summer Events! - Xoanon @ 13:22 PST
At the end of the Second Age the last great alliance of Men and Elves mustered its forces against the evil armies of Sauron on the slopes of Mount Doom...

The Battle of the Last Alliance

Coming this summer from Middle Earth to your local gaming table!

What is it?

Games Workshop’s big summer event! Six weeks packed with activities focused around the first 10 minutes of amazing footage from The Fellowship of the Ring, as players throughout North America refight the epic conflict with hundreds of armies and thousands of The Lord of the Rings miniatures.

When will it be?

The official kick off date is June 28th at the Baltimore Games Day convention, continuing on through Games Day Chicago (July 27) and Games Day Canada (August 17). The massive event will all wrap up August 18th.

All three of Games Workshop’s North American Games Day conventions will feature huge battles with an active Mount Doom!

Saturday August 10th (right after the DVD release) will be The Battle of the Last Alliance - all over North America the battle for the Ring will be fought, including at the GenCon convention taking place that weekend.

What else is happening?

· Figures for Elendil and Isildur have just come out to lead the forces of Men. These two mighty warriors from the Second Age are pivotal figures in the history of Middle Earth, playing key roles in the defeat of Sauron in the Last Alliance.
· Games Workshop will be releasing an amazing Sauron to get the Last Alliance Event kicked off properly. This huge figure of the Dark Lord, complete with a dying Elendil and defiant Isildur holding his broken sword, is sure to be the centerpiece of all battles.
· There will also be a new variant of the Cave Troll brandishing a spear to bolster the Dark Lord’s forces.
· Box sets of plastic Moria Goblins and the Forces of Good (Human and Elven warriors) will be coming out to bulk up your armies!
· Arwen the Elf will get a new model as Games Workshop releases her on horseback with a wounded Frodo holding on for dear life. We will also be featuring a mini ‘Flight to the Ford’ game to let our hobbyists relive those exciting moments of Arwen’s dash to Rivendell – look for it in our monthly White Dwarf hobby magazine!

Other Events will include

· Sauron Painting Contest – Who can paint the Dark Lord the best?
· Building the Plains of Mordor – special scenery construction displays and workshops
· New scenarios involving the Heroes and Villains of the great conflict!

Here we see the mighty Sauron marching his evil minions against the combined forces of Humans and Elves lead by Elendil. In the movie we saw him vanquished by Elendil’s son Isildur, but this summer players will get the chance to refight epic battles like this to determine the ownership of the One Ring and the fate of all Middle Earth!

Below is some information on the upcoming Games Day conventions, sure to be the focal points for the Last Alliance gaming event:

Games Day Baltimore

Games Day is the annual gaming extravaganza for the Games Workshop series of hobby games such as Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000, the world’s most popular tabletop battlegames. This year’s event in Baltimore, Maryland is our 10th Anniversary Games Day in America and should be the biggest and best ever! There will be gaming events ranging from beginner to expert for all the games, plus painting contests, seminars, demo games, special guests, and more. There will be lots of new Lord of the Rings tabletop battlegame events too, including displays and promotions plus of course sneak peeks at the upcoming Two Towers figures and game!

Scheduled Guests include Warhammer 40,000 Game Designer Pete Haines, longtime favorite figure sculptors Alan and Mike Perry (who were the lead sculptors for The Lord of the Rings series), author Dan Abnett (the best-selling Gaunt’s Ghosts novels), Robin Dews of the upcoming Warhammer Online project, Jervis Johnson from Specialist Games, and Forgeworld’s Tony Cottrell. We’ll also have folks from Sabertooth Games running events for the Warhammer 40,000 Collectible Card Game plus Hogshead Publishing to show off the latest for the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Game.

Last year’s Games Day drew nearly 4,000 enthusiastic hobby fans, and even more are expected this summer. We hope to see you there!

Show Details: June 28th - 29th
Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD
Friday Hours: 2pm - 7:30 pm
Saturday Hours: 10am - 7pm
General admission tickets are $20 (which includes the free special Games Day figure!)

For more information, visit or feel free to call us at 1-800-394-GAME.

Games Day Chicago
Where? The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago Illinois

When? July 27, 10am to 7pm

Guests include artist extrordinaire Dave Gallagher, figure sculpture and scenery builder Dave Andrews, and the man in charge of the entire Games Workshop Studio Jim Butler. We’ll also be having many of the guests from Games Day Baltimore in attendance too!
General admission tickets are $15 (which includes the free special Games Day figure!)

Call us at 1-800-394-GAME for more information, or on the web at:

Games Day Canada

Where? The International Centre Hall 1 in Mississauga Ontario.

When? Saturday August 17th, 10am to 6pm

Guests include: Plastic figure designer and long time Citadel Guru Jes Goodwin, Warhammer Fantasy Battle lead designer Gav Thorpe, ace artist Karl Kopinski, figure painter Chris Smart from the ‘Eavy Metal team, and Forgeworld’s Tony Cotrell.
General admission tickets are $23 CDN (which includes the free special Games Day figure!)
Call us in Canada at 1-888-GW-TROLL for more information, or check here on the web;

About Games Workshop

For over 25 years Games Workshop has designed, manufactured, distributed and sold tabletop wargame systems and associated miniatures, marketed as a complete hobby for teenagers and older. Its key brands are Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000.

With its international headquarters in Nottingham England, the company also has wholly-owned subsidiaries in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Italy. Over 2,200 people are employed by the company through these operations. With over $40 million in sales last year, Games Workshop USA is headquarted in Glen Burnie, Maryland and oversees a chain of retail hobby centers from coast to coast.

Games Workshop owns over 250 retail stores worldwide and our products are featured in over 2,000 independent outlets internationally. Games Workshop is a public company quoted on the London Stock Exchange.

Games Workshop controls every aspect of its business, from initial concept and design through to manufacture, distribution and retail.

Products are sold through the Group’s own chain of dedicated retail stores, through independent retailers, by mail order and direct via on-line stores. The Group’s long-running publication White Dwarf is available via the stores, by mail order, on newstands throughout the world (in several languages), and through its website -

For further information please contact:
Tim Huckelbery, Public Relations, Games Workshop USA