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I'm not sure whether this is in the right place, and please give reasoned responses to this, rather than one-liner, "my opinion is t3h b35t, coz it r0x0rz!" style posts.
After some heated discussion on these boards, it's clear that people have different inclinations in their fluff tastes. Which of the following are you, and why (I appreciate that some of the links to the names may be tenuous)?
Alamathian - It's all been written before, we have the answers. Refers back to old fluff frequently in their explanations and situations, claiming that it may still be valid, and presenting reasons why this is the case. Wants the kind of fluff that binds 40K together into a cohesive whole as far as is humanly possible.
Istvaanian - It's all a conspiracy! Things are being manipulated by other things to create the apparent status quo, and these links are there to be exploited in fluff form. From the mythology and such it's clear that everything's interlinked to come towards some great and cataclysmic conclusion, and so these inner conflicts should be brought to the fore. Wants the kind of fluff that involves grand cosmic schemes, and has dire consequences for the whole of the 40K universe, but which at the same time make it a stronger place.
On inspection, this could also be people who constantly criticise fluff. Constant attack makes it stronger in the end (possibly me).
Monodominant (me!) - Things have to be set exactly within the established 40k universe. Counts things that are not official GW-sanctioned fluff with suspicion. Wants the kind of fluff that could be the basis for a Black Library novel.
Xanthite - Things need to be original, at almost any cost. Is prepared to bend the 40k universe to achieve this, writing in their own qualifiers as to why things are the way they are. Wants the kind of fluff that fits their ideas without any other parameters.
I realise that not everyone will fit into one of these categories, and am prepared to accept some "in betweeners".
I personally am a monodominant because I believe that as there has been a fantasy universe given to us in such rich detail, we should use that detail to the full. Any attempt to deviate from such detail shows that you do not like the current paradigm, and so should write your own background system entirely, as the 40K background is too widely known to be changed (or display things that insinuate a change) from its "present" form in any major way.
Last edited by Xerxes; May 30th, 2005 at 15:49.
I think you've got Istvaanians a bit wrong.. I'm not sure how you could be a fluff Istvaanian, in fact. Maybe encouraging people to give you as much flak as possible so that you can improve your fluff.
Hence the qualifier. I wasn't sure about that myself, but they need a category.Originally Posted by The_Giant_Mantis
I am a recongregator!
The Established fluff has holes in it a mile wide and needs a major overhaul and a distinct 'IN/OUT' list so that it becomes seamless and believable. This faction tends to be variable and bicker among itself over what bits should be kept or discarded to unify the fluff.
I do like using background from the Black Library and 40k Rulebook.
Case in point they have found a world which had a giant Computer using humans as a power source. What's stopping another world similar to it from existing?
Worlds with the humans mutated to have wings or gills.
How about a Deathworld with humans possessing external weaponry; bony spurs on their wrists a'la Nietzscheans? [should be interesting to have troops from this place.. :lol: ]
Another an advance race of Octopoid superior in technology to the Imperium.
Amalathian belief perhaps?
What's stopping a world in the millions in tha galaxy with a working STC?
There was a story already of a world with monks being caretakers to a working STC in a Black Library book I read years ago. Unfortunately another story involved Squats as well.
I suppose more Istvaanian than Amalathian.
I do not see a conflict with the existence of a fledgling Star Kingdom somewhere in the unexplored reaches of the Galaxy.
A race of humans with a level of scientific knowledge on a par with the Tau?
More converts for the Ecclesiarchy after all.
Whoso would be a man must be a non conformist
People should be taught what is, not what should be.
lol. But the High Lords of Lenton will never get round to such a task, they're taken up far too much with the day-to-day running of the Emporium.
I'm a Xanthite. I realize that ultimately it is a game, and whether or not standard 40k canon is used, I am willing to bend the rules for more fun. Whether it's creating wacky army proxies (Noise marines representing House Atreides from Dune) or creating bizarre rules on the fly (a torso-less pair of legs. An independent character that moves in a random direction because he can't see where he's going, and all attacks automatically wound as he kicks his opponent in the 'nads), I realize 40k is for fun.
If I can, I pick this one. There are serious holes in the fluff, and these holes are here to be exploited :lol: . If there is anything the least bit shady, then it is obviously up-for-grabs by 'Fluff' writers. You have to think that GW wants some different interpretations of history, or they wouldn't make a whole section in the new Codex about making DIY SM chapters!Originally Posted by Alexei Vor Yaruk
Well met brother, I am glad to see I am not the only one.
I am so an Amalathian. All the old fluff is the best.