Warhammer, a game of plastic and metal miniature models and now a MMOG in development lit up the network like a holiday fireworks show over the weekend. We have about three million screenshots, concept art pieces, nudie pics and other eye-candy type goodies up for your perusal.

This is all well and good, but if you were to cover yourself in stink repellent spray and walk into a Games Workshop store you would find that most of the denizens purchasing product therein were not partaking in Warhammer: Fantasy Battles, but were playing Warhammer: 40K.

Warhammer: 40K is a faster paced, sci-fi table-top game that is actually a lot of fun to play if you can get past the stink and care to spend countless hours painting models that will never look as good as the ones you are playing against. It's a dichotomy where artistic talent meets warfare; where space marines are religious zealots and Orks blow things up with heavy explosives while they careen across the ground in vehicles patched together with red duct tape to make them "go faster".

Dawn of War proved that the Warhammer 40K license was a big winner. Why or why couldn't we have a MMOG based on that universe? I'm tired of Elves and Dwarfs and intelligent cats who walk on two legs. Please give us some sci-fi. Tabula Rasa and StarGate Worlds can't get here quick enough for me.

Are you content with the current glut of fantasy MMOGs or would you like to see some sci-fi?

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