From Blizzard video games to the tabletop with Warchief Gaming

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WARCHIEF GAMING

There’s a new tabletop gaming company, Warchief Gaming. Founded by Chris Mitzen and Mike Gilmartin, the company springs from two former staffers of the video game developer/publisher Blizzard. Metzen was the “primary visionary” behind games like Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch. Gilmartin was the vice president of quality assurance. They’re joined by Ryan Collins as lead product developer.

The new publishing company springs out of the two’s love for tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer. But, they do have an eye beyond the tabletop knowing that success can lead to other things like movies, video games, comics, and more.

But, the concept began in 2018 as a “haven for tabletop gamers in Southern California.” The venture began as a gaming club but has spun out into something more.

Unlike video games, the venture is small with just three full-time people and other helpers to get things going. It also allows the two to create on their own terms.

They’re not ready to talk about specifics. The main site though has some recent events for the game club that are focused on Games Workshop’s Age of Sigmar. Is that’s a sign of what’s to come? Only they know right now. But, with such success in the video game space, this is a publisher to keep an eye on.

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