I have always been a huge Warhammer fan, I think it started back in 2007 when I got a copy of Ice Guard by Steve Lyons. I fell in love with the whole Grim Darkness of the far future thing that is prevalent throughout the setting and in every novel, no matter the subtly. However, I haven't fallen in love with every single Warhammer game. I've always found something lacking from the earlier Dawn of War titles and Space Marine for the Xbox/PC was a mess of missed opportunities and disappointments in my opinion.
I've always wanted a grand Warhammer strategy game, on par with something like the games produced by Paradox in terms of size and complexity. Something that captures what it really feels like to play the slowly rotting Imperium of Man or the fading Eldar races. I am tired of Blood Ravens, I am tired of the formulaic approach to making a Warhammer game.
That's where Space Marine: Chapter Master comes into the equation. It's a free-to-play fan-made PC game that puts you in command of your very own Chapter of genetically engineered post-humans and a randomly generated sector of Imperial space, beset by Orks, Tau, Eldar, Tyranids, Necrons,and Chaos Incursions. Every world is calling out for your help and its up to you to decide which ones have priority, but be careful. Losses are not easily replaced in this game and entire companies worth of your warriors can be lost to something as simple as a warp jump between worlds. Which isn't actually that simple when you think about it, as you're literally opening a gateway into a reality populated by Daemons.
What is interesting about Chapter Master, however is that it is entirely fan made and so far as I can tell, it was made by the efforts of the website 4Chan (huge surprise, but remember that the wildly popular visual novel Katawa Shoujo also has its roots there) and support from the Traditional Games thread and stands as a testimony for all to see that, when motivated, the website can do more than send pizza's and prostitutes to random Twitch streamers houses.
It's been a wild ride since it's birth back in 2009. A tragedy, but one that is all too common with low budget fan made games like these. Back in August of 2015, it was announced that the game would be renamed 'Interstellar Army Simulator 2015' as a preemptive strike against any legal trouble from Games Workshop (remember that time they tried to get a book taken off of Amazon because they said they owned the word 'Space Marine'? Because I remember) while still being able to work on the game.
Sadly, today development seems to be well and truly dead. I'm not entirely sure what seemed to have happened, but I know that the original developer quit to go to school and the two who continued work after him gave up some time in October of 2015. Remember it's a free to play game so if you're a fan of Warhammer why don't you go check it out? You'll need to download the Interstellar Army Simulator 2015 base here and then the Warhammer mod for it found here. And remember, The Emperor Protects.