|Especially Battle Chess|
I guess what I'm trying to say is that the universe that Warhammer 40k is set in is a very important part of why I collect and play - why we all collect and play. And at this point in (real) history, there's never been a better time the story of the game.
When I was a kid, all the access I had to the fluff to get my sci-fi fix for the game I loved came from the rule books and the odd scrap of something in a WD issue. All of this, of course, helped or hampered by the much more loosey-goosey release schedule of the old days. Then the 3rd edition codices came out - but lets not dwell on those 50 page chunks of bullshit.
Now we have the Black Library, the RPG games produced by Fantasy Flight and even a few video games.
For the most part, this has been great for everyone - if you need a fluff fix, you have options that don't involve waiting around for a new rulebook or rereading that same two page story for the 100th time.
Now, I say for the most part because there is that tiny part of my brain that misses the kind of wide open magination that the old style fluff lent itself to. There was this feeling of fragmented arcana surrounding all the stories. Especially the history. All the flavor text was extremely brief by today's standards and there was no Black Library cranking out full length novels. Every bit of information you got about the setting had this feeling of incompleteness to it. You never knew exactly what was going on.
However, people mature and tastes change. As much fun as the mystery of the Horus Heresy from the 2nd edition books was, the kind of full information the Black Library series is presenting is very favorable trade off. Perhaps its part of another aspect of being human - the need to know.
|pew pew pew|
Ok, maybe that was too far. But the point is, that the new fluff is much more robust and complex than it used to be and much more interesting as a result. I like it and it fascinates the part of me still hanging on to that BA in history I never use.
Hmm, somewhere along the line I seemed to have lost my focus. I really wanted to talk about a specific story but I got caught up in introduction land. Well, there's always a next time.