The folks from Games Workshop write:

Games Day conventions are the annual gaming extravaganzas for the Games Workshop series of hobby games such as Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000, the world’s most popular tabletop battlegames. There will be gaming events ranging from beginner to expert for all the games, plus painting contests, seminars, demo games, special guests, and more. This year the action will spread to 4 locations, with Atlanta joining Los Angeles, Chicago, and Baltimore as host cities. There will be lots of new Lord of the Rings tabletop battlegame events too, including special displays and promotions.

Our special guests in Chicago this year include game designer Phil Kelly and miniature designer Mark Harrison. Both will be on hand to discuss their past projects (such as Codex: Daemonhunters, the Tomb Kings & Cadian Imperial Guard miniatures line) and future ones (Codex: Tyranids, Battle of Five Armies).

The Storm of Chaos summer campaign will hit the Windy City as well, with a huge gaming event! Stop by all day and make sure you do your part for your chosen side! You can bring up to 1,000 points of your own models (which must be painted, based, and assembled according to the 1,000-point restrictions of your Army book), or use models provided. Battles will rage back and forth all day, with the final results counting massively in the ongoing campaign! [More]

This year will feature expanded Club Games where members of the Regiments of Renown Club Support Program run great games at each show. These are always original and feature the best from the local gaming community. The Golden Daemon Painting Competition, always the highlight of any Games Day, will be showing off the finest painting and modeling in the country. There will also be new Create and Keep scenery construction classes, where people will be provided materials for making their own gaming terrain piece and can then keep their new creation after they are done!

Once again Games Day will be the site of exciting Tournaments for Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. These tournaments will run all day and consist of 3 games. Players must bring a 1500 pt force for either game system. Entry into the tournament will be $20.00 in addition to the normal Games Day ticket cost. Registration for the tournament will begin at 8:00 AM for the event and is on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited to 70 40K slots and 30 WFB slots.

The 2004 US Games Day Miniature: Archaon on Foot

In conjunction with the upcoming global campaign – Storm of Chaos – our 2004 US Games Day miniature will be the mighty chosen one of Chaos itself – Archaon, Lord of the End Times, on foot. This mighty scion of the Dark Gods is provided free with the purchase of each full-price admission to a US Games Day (models will be distributed upon entry to Games Day) and will also be available for sale separately at each show for $20.00 USD. 4 other new limited edition models will also be available at the show as well!

Visit the Games Day 2004 and the Chicago 2004 websites for all the latest news!

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Event Details:
Games Day Chicago
When: July 31st, 2004
Where: Donald E. Stephens Conventions Center
5555 N. River Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018
Exhibit Hall G
Hours: Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Ticket Information

Tickets are $30.00. Each ticket includes full admission for the event, entry to the day-long seminar program, participation in the Golden Daemon competition, 2 free Registered Game sessions, unlimited gaming in the Club and Open Gaming areas, plus this year’s free Games Day miniature! Additional Registered Game session tickets will be available at the door.

You can get tickets through Mail Order at 1-800-394-GAME, the Games Workshop website, your local Games Workshop Hobby Center, selected Independent Retailers, or at the door.

Special Runtherd (Parents) tickets are also available. Runtherd passes allow a parent or guardian to attend Games Day (but not play in any of the games or events) and keep an eye on their kids. 2 Runtherd passes are available per ticket for parents of children 16 and under.

For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 1-800-394-GAME.

Games Day History

Long a tradition in England where the Games Workshop hobby started, Games Day in the USA started over 10 years ago in one of Maryland’s Games Workshop Hobby Centers. Despite the small venue, nearly 100 dedicated fans showed up for the full day of fun! The next year the show was moved to a real convention hall, where the show grew even larger. So big in fact that two years later the show moved to the Baltimore Convention Center and spread into a 2 day event. Each year the show has expanded in both size and attendance, with thousands arriving each year to play, paint, and celebrate the miniature gaming hobby.

Each year has seen such wild events as Squig Hopper Races, fun (but messy!) Speed Painting competitions, and Formula Waaaagh! Demolition Derbies. One highlight has always been the Golden Demon miniature painting competition, showcasing the best figure painters in the country and their work with the finest miniatures in the world. Last year’s Games Day conventions drew nearly 10,000 enthusiastic hobby fans from all over the country, and even more are expected this year.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-394-GAME.

About Games Workshop

For almost 30 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. The latest addition to the range is The Lord of the Rings line of battle games and miniatures produced under an exclusive global license from New Line Cinema, with imagery based on the Oscar winning series of films directed by Peter Jackson.

With its international headquarters in Nottingham, England, the company also has wholly-owned subsidiaries in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, and Australia. Over 2,200 people are employed by the company through these operations. Games Workshop America has its headquarters in Glen Burnie, Maryland and oversees a coast-to-coast operation which includes independent retailers, direct sales, and Games Workshop operated retail hobby centers.

Games Workshop owns nearly 300 retail stores worldwide and its 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. Its 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: