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Ok this may sound realy noobefide so im sorry in advance but what is fluff!! I mean what is its exact meaning and relevant context.
iv seen it mentioned everywhere and get the general idea but an exact definiton would be realy helpfull
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In my experience fluff is the part of the game that doesn't involve the game itself. It is the backstory behind the whole 40k universe. Some people see fluff as being irrelevant to actually playing the game (which is essentially true) but I'm one of the people who enjoy the story element of 40k too.
In addition, you might see people refer to their army lists as "fluffy". This means having elements that are inlcuded in the stories surrounding their army. For example the Dark Angels are known to have lots of plasma weapons - so a fluffy list will include quite a few plasma cannons, plasma guns and plasma pistols, for example. Sometimes fluffy options are not the most powerful choice available, so they can be considered to be more for someone looking to add character to their army, as opposed to wining at all costs!
Anyway, I think that covers the basics. Bear in mind that this is my opinion of fluff so you might hear a few more definitions before this thread is done.
I think BrazenLion explained the idea of ‘fluff’ pretty well. The term originates from the role-playing game industry, which distinguishes between ‘fluff’, descriptions of important settings, characters, places and historical events of the game universe, and ‘crunch’, the material related directly to the game system itself such as the actual rules. You can play using only the ‘crunch’, but the ‘fluff’ is what adds flavour to a game and makes it really fun and interesting. Without the fluff, Warhammer would just be tin soldiers with an odd unexplained sci-fi twist and not have nearly as much appeal. The fluff explains who the various factions of Warhammer are and why they're fighting, and while you can play Vanilla armies, the fluff also allows you to tweak your army lists and convert your figures to get something completely unique, preferably supported by a dramatic background story created specially for your heroic army.
Interestingly, at some point most serious fluff expands to become independent of the game for which it was originally created; this has happened to ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ and the White Wolf games, and now it has also happened to Warhammer with the long range of Black Library books, the collection and discussion of which have almost become a hobby in itself.
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