Launched in 1977 by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson (II) as a Science Fiction and Fantasy Games Magazine (replacing Owl and Weasel), White Dwarf originally was a general roleplaying magazine.
Initially, the periodical focused on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1st Edition), RuneQuest (1st & 2nd Editions), and Traveller (Classic) - all then distributed by Games Workshop Ltd., the publisher of White Dwarf.
From the mid-1980's, the periodical migrated primarily toward coverage of games published by [company-26]. For example, the last Advanced Dungeons and Dragons article appeared in issue 93. By issue 102 the change-over from general periodical to house periodical was complete.
From the early 1990's, the periodical migrated away from roleplaying games and increasingly focused on miniatures wargaming. Regular roleplaying content ended with issue 140, though occasional and minor roleplaying content continued until issue 152.
In its latest incarnation, White Dwarf supports Games Workshop's three core wargames - Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer 40,000 and The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game. There is also very limited coverage of the company's catalog of Specialist Games.
The magazine was replaced in January 2014 by two new magazines; White Dwarf Weekly and Warhammer Visions, but was returned to the original monthly format in September 2016 (with a digital edition).
In the early 1980's, subscription copies of White Dwarf were distributed with a small companion magazine, Black Sun. Black Sun briefly reappeared in the late 1980's.