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Rule the first, this is not a bashing thread!
Rule the second, this is not a bashing thread!
Rule the third...okay, you get the picture.
For you monogamous gamers out there, those of you who willfully confine yourselves to a single gaming system, why not the other?
For me, I'm a committed WHFB player who has his reasons for sticking to WHFB. First, I just have a thing for fantasy. I enjoy sci-fi movies (some of them), sci-fi novels (some of them), and reading about science (James Glecik, EO Wilson, Jared Diamond), but when it comes to my imaginative life, I just have a thing for fantasy.
Second, I was introduced to it first, and it's just stuck.
Third, this is a foggy one. 40K just doesn't appeal to me. Not sure why, I've never read a codex, never looked in detail at any blisters or boxes in the stores (though I ogle the awesome painting jobs online or in White Dwarf or in person), never tried a game. It just makes me go, "Eh, not that interested."
Fourth, the people I know who play both tell me they prefer fantasy. The bit they do explain about the two systems and how games unfold keeps me wanting to play fantasy.
And remember, no bashing! Such posts will be summarily deleted!
I am a 40k player. Sort of. I have collected several WHFB armies, mainly High Elves and Vampire Counts, but Ive just never gotten around to playing them. I want to, just never get a chance. The few people that play at my school only play 40k and I doubt I would be able to turn them onto WHFB as well.
So, I cant really say I only want to play 40k, Ive just never gotten the chance to play the other.
I was first introduced to wargamming through fantasy, I played both Hordes of Chaos, and Vampire Counts, and whilst I really do like it I've found myself switching to 40k.
I found that while 40k may not be as strategical I 1) Like the fluff a lot more, and 2) just enjoy the more light rules set, with fantasy I don't think I ever played a game without spending half the game in the rulebook, for the life of me I could not remember that ruleset. 40k for one reason or another I just remember better, so I find less frustration.
Having a lower model count also helps, I really enjoy painting but I hate haveing to paint 15+ guys for one squad (VC did not help, but even HoC had this as well)
Also as an aside, it is much easier to find a game of 40k than fantasy in my LGS so I play it more offten.
I have a love for both games but I think the overall structure of 40k appiels to me more, not saying fantasy is bad, just a different mindset.
I was a 40k player for 5 years before I even played a game of Fantasy battle. I had always thought it looked inferior to 40k, it was more complex and wouldnt have been too enjoyable.
However that all changed when I finally got in and played a game of it. And I really really enjoyed it. For me fantasy requires a bit more tactical thought than 40k does, but 40k is much more fast paced which I enjoy in games.
So now I play both, and I enjoy playing them both equally. Now to start Lord of the rings battle game
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I'm into Fantasy. 40k seems to me... to be blunt with you all, I know I might offend some, but I just think it's way less committed as far as the gaming goes. It's basically a dice rolling contest when I watch people play.
Fantasy, I feel, people are thinking about strategy from beginning to end. Sure there's dice rolling too, but it's greatly advantageous to have a strategy in movement, equipment, placement, unit choices, et. al.
I like the character design more. 40k just reminds me of your typical sci-fi RTS. I guess it was designed to suck in the Starcraft crowd? Fantasy has the classics: Orcs, gobbies, Dwarfs, and of course every good fantasy game has to make up its own race or two.
One thing would make Warhammer Fantasy PERFECT. Gnomes. Where are the gnomes? I contemplated buying dwarfs and green stuff some cone hats and things like that and using them like wood elves. But seriously... I wish there just were gnomes.
Back to the actual question...
I'm a dedicated 40K player. Yes, it was the first game I was introduced to, and yes, I've never played a Fantasy army... But I've never really felt much inclination to play Fantasy in the first place.
I've always been two things: a Sci-Fi fan, and a modern military buff. I can tell you the overall length of a Star Destroyer (1.6km), the model number of the X-Wing Fighter (Incom T-65), what size the main guns on the IJN Yamato were (18.1 inches), and that contrary to logic (alphabetical order), the German Panther Ausf. D was actually the version before the Ausf. A.
So yeah, Guns, Tanks, Planes and such? That's my thing. Bows and arrows? Chainmail? Not so much. (although swords and other stabby stuff are cool.) Part of it might even be the way the game plays: The old approach to combat of lining up in rows, wearing bright colours and shooting at a bunch of other guys doing the same thing 100 feet away untill one side falls down has always irked me - the very notion is just ridiculous! So I think that maybe I get the same sort of reaction to the strict, regimented style of Fantasy.
The style of the models appeals to me, too - I'm not really one for the fancy, embellished flourishes that are so common in Fantasy. Give me Power Armour and Flak Jackets, mud, grime and camouflage any day. Also horses... I hate painting horses.