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fluff is stories that people (or companies) make up to explain an army or section of army to explain it. Ta Da. ok
 

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Hive Fleet Cobra said:
so i can write "Fluff" about how my hive fleet became to be?
You can do that, where they are attacking from, what planets they have destroyed, who they have destroyed etc.
 

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I'd imagine its called fluff because its extra. Do we need the fluff to play? No of course not, it just helps us get into the game more.
 

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yup

Exactly. Fluff is any part of the game experience that has no direct effect on battle outcome.
 

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I'd guess it's because it 'fluffs out' the 40K universe, making it seem more real.
 

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Wow, talk about spam overload! Only one sentence per post throughout the entire thread! Come on, guys, you must be able to do better than that, honestly! Tsk tsk. :rolleyes:

As for fluff, I suppose the term might confuse some players not familiar with the genre of role-playing games that originally inspired the creators of Warhammer to write an actual background story for a game that was at first little more than tin soldiers in a new sci-fi/fantasy wrapping. First of all, the word ‘fluff’ itself is actually a quite adequate description of what fluff is; fluff is something that is added to a game to ‘fluff it up’, i.e. increase its content and overall size. One definition of fluff according to the Oxford Dictionary is also ’entertainment that is not serious and is not considered to have great value’; of course, being a Fluff-Master I must disagree with this definition, but it does contain a grain of truth. Not everyone takes fluff nearly seriously enough in my opinion. ;)

In a role-playing game one distinguishes between ‘fluff’, which includes descriptions of important settings, characters, places and historical events of the game universe, and ‘crunch’, which is 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. The Warhammer universes wouldn’t have nearly as much appeal without the fluff, and 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 also to Warhammer, which has spawned a long range of Black Library books that has almost become a hobby in itself.

So that’s what fluff is, and why we all love it. I hope that answered your questions. ;)

Edit: And please stop spamming while I’m typing up my most verbose and rambling replies, I don’t like people stealing my points. Pah! :rolleyes: ;)

Edit-edit: Or is it the forum doing odd things now? It seems a bunch of posts were just added that I couldn't see before, yet the time stamps are strange compared to my own, which doesn't match my time zone either. :huh: Well, time to ask Blackhat I guess. Please excuse my ramblings while I figure out this oddity. ;)

~Grephaun.
 
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