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Am I the only one who had little care for fluff until 8th edition. It seems to have this effect on me with all the new terrain features and emphasis in both the rulebook and white dwarf.
I have always enjoyed the fluff in the old books. In fact, there are some things which I don't approve of in the new book. For example, 8th is placing a much higher emphasis on the "end of the world" feeling of the story. That's cool, but it means that there won't be anywhere to go from here unless they move the fluff all the way up to the sieges of the Old World by Chaos. The thing that actually irks me a great deal is that is says that the Elves have abandoned their homeland in order to fight the war. That's just silly- they wouldn't pack up their entire civilization to go fight for the affairs of the Old World, and they certainly wouldn't abandon their homes to the ravages of the High Elves.
Otherwise, it feels like it just constantly repeats its whole 'gloom and doom, gloom and doom' mentality. Great, cool, we get it- Chaos is coming, all the armies are getting ready. I miss the old soldier reports and the short bits written about the armies. There used to be a part in the Warmachine section of 6th edition about an Orc stone-thrower, which accidentally lobs an Orc instead of a rock. These seemed to breathe more life into the game than the new repetitive stuff about all the armies gathering. Cool- war from corner to corner, gotcha, now actually write about what it is like for the elves to be mobilizing so many soldiers, or the race of man, or whatever. Break it up a bit.
The fluff that they give for the races is copied almost verbatim from the armybooks.
The final thing that I dislike is the way that they represent the world. It seems like every forest is magical, no river flows with plain water, nobody builds any fences or houses, and every battle is fought around some arcane ruin.
What I do like is the new focus on the scale of these battles. The empire has flying galleons for Sigmar's sake! Chaos sorcerer covens rip entire chunks of the earth out of the ground and float into battle. The entire game finally seems to have become a representation of titanic clashes of men, with death tolls which would surely reach into apocalyptic proportions. The artwork for this is gorgeous, and while surely not all battles are so immense, the ones they show look like an absolutely amazing spectacle, and something which I would like to recreate some day.
I don't know. I kind of like the epic mentality. GW is kind of setting the backdrop for everyone else to do storytelling of their own. It's an overall epic story where any army can clash for any reason in a hostile environment. It opens doors so that if you want to get into the details like how elves mobilize their armies, you can write that and feel like it's going into the bigger picture of the gloom and doom environment. But then I guess I wouldn't know because I joined warhammer in 7th edition.
Screw the spray gun. I paint my own models!
Welcome to LO! Now I hate to be a debbie downer but a) there's an Intro section for posts like this and b) you've just bumped a thread that's been dead for 5 months which is referred to as necroposting and is somewhat frowned upon! Not a wonderful start to your time with us
Edit: Although really I suppose I'm a Derek Downer what with my lack of female genitalia