Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Not every shadow, but any shadow
Oxford Dictionary Player: a person taking part in a sport or game
What ever level you choose to take part in 40k makes you a player.
Anyone can play it at what ever level they choose.
My son gets great enjoyment with his mates, who don't have the rulebook, by just getting the models out and making up ridiculous and awesome little stories and acting them out with the mini's. THAT is playing the game in it's purest form IMO.
100% rules accurate with power builds is a great contest of your abilities to understand the system.
Loose rules conformance and a big cinematic narrative often yields a barrel of laughs and great fun for all.
"Fluff" correct is a perfect way to "re-enact" some of the pivotal events of the 40k world, indeed there is a big movement within the WW2 gaming community that insists on 100% historical accuracy in the situations and TO&E of their games.
My personal preference is for "fluff correct" as it makes things more "realistic", however I like to think I'm not so far up my own arse to think that anyone who plays it differently is somehow a lesser "player".