It is with great sadness that Games Workshop has announced that Warhammer Ancient Battles has passed into the realm of used book stores. Warhammer Ancient Battle was originally published in 1998 as a stand alone game using most of the rules from Warhammer Fantasy Battle. The original creators of the game was the Jervis Johnson, Rick Priestley, Michael and Allen Perry. While very similar to Warhammer Fantasy in game mechanics it had its own flavour and made it a more enjoyable experience by using experimental rules that actually worked well for the game. I was once told that it was sort of a pet project of the four creators. It had no miniature support yet sold well enough to last for 14 years and only needed one new edition and a retouch in between. Not to mention a series of supplements for the various periods that were not covered in the basic rulebook. It was killed in an apparent car accident when the driver drove Warhammer Ancient Battles off of the cliff. Ironically everyone else survived.
Warhammer Ancient Battle is preceeded in death by several less than stellar game systems and several that paved the way for Warhammer Ancient Battles to become the rules that it is. While the original creators are still alive and kicking, most of them have left Games Workshop, to lead other pursuits. Warhammer Ancient Battle will be missed by the many fans of the game. Most hurt will be the gamers that have been waiting on their particular supplement of choice to be created as promised. Those who are happy with what they have should play the game with honor. I know that I will.