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09-28-16 12:01 PM
Brother Emund 1: How long have you been in the hobby?

Since the very begining (I think). When it all first started, I brought just about every game and figure going. I kept them and when I hung up my paint brush and Codexes, I sold most of them (for a nice profit, I may add). I still have a few of my (own) Chapter Marines on my window sill in the office for sentimental reasons.


2: How important is Fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?


I love 'Fluff'. I read something about it every day. Wiki, has over 3000+ pages and every day I press a random page just to see what pops up.

3: How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc...


I read all the time. I currently have 2 books going (usually 3). I like the SM's and the Guard mainly.

4: How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?

I used to read them all when I was playing. I only use them for references now.

5: Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?


Absolutely. I am currently writing a story about a perpetual and his crew avoiding the Inquisition and particularly a very dangerous Inquisitior (with an interesting backgound). I am also writing a short story about one of the missing (deleted, killed, dissapeared) Primarchs.

6: If youa have anything further to add, feel free.


Try writing short stories in the original Works section. Open your mind to posibilities. You can virtually do anything there!

7: What would you call your area of expertise?

I like writing 40K stories.

8: What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?

Not so much as a weakness, its just that I am not that fussed; I care little for Necrons or Tau, however, I am facinated about all the minor races that pop up in 40K. I would like more on them.


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09-28-16 02:59 AM
The Final Frontier 1: How long have you been in the hobby?

Table Top wise 7 years, since 2009
Generally, speaking probably 8 or 9 years if were just talking Warhammer in general

2: How important is Fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?

Fluff is number one all the way, love reading about heroic Adeptus Astartes and their legendary triumphs and their tragic tales not to mention all the grey are's to question. I love the fluff so much I often create fluff for my own forces to the point I had written a custom codex for my chapter. unfortunately it was lost when my laptop blue screened although I still have a single physical copy left although it's horribly outdated but still a good read here and there!

3: How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc...

Almost never read them in the sense of reading from a physical book, I often read bits here and there from Adeptus Astartes books that are related to fluff am looking into.

4: How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?

-Space Marine 5 and 6
-Black Templars 4


5: Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?

As stated above, literally love everything about Warhammer 40,000K lore and often ask grey area questions that need to be answered! I often create fluff for my own forces to the point I had written a custom codex for my chapter. unfortunately it was lost when my laptop blue screened although I still have a single physical copy left although it's horribly outdated but still a good read here and there!

6: If youa have anything further to add, feel free.

EDIT: 7: What would you call your area of expertise?

Space Marines obviously lol although I have basic knowledge of all races and there backstory but am not an expert.

EDIT8: What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?

Probably Tryanids,Sisters of Battle, Eldar In general(craft world and Dark)
12-04-15 08:14 PM
Apostle 1. How long have you been in the hobby.

About 14 years.


2. How important is fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?

The most important, without it I would not be in the hobby.

3. How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc..

I read pretty much every 40k novel, I have read the entirety of the Heresy and audio editions. So I am pretty devoted. I buy all their limited editions so they get a lot of my money though,
I am getting tired of Calth, the Dropsite Massacre I would like most new books to actually move closer to the battle at the Imperial palace at Terra.

At this rate it will take many years to finish the Horus heresy, or get even close. So I am devoted for now, but there are limits.

4. How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?

I read the codex for fluff only, just the 4th and 5th editions mostly.


5. Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?

Yes it is my favorite world for fanfic, warhammer influences alot of my personal projects which are mostly for fun.

6. If you have anything further to add, feel free.

I'm excited about Warhammer Total War.

7. What would you call your area of expertise?

Chaos Space Marines and Imperial guard books (Horus heresy as well) I know very little about making a good army or playing the game I have only played maybe 3 dozen games ever. I just LOVE the fluff

8. What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?

Eldar for sure, I understand what they are, some of the main well known characters. I have only read two eldar books and one was a dark eldar book. I enjoyed them though.

Oh and Stormcast eternals, I know nothing.
11-17-14 01:24 PM
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Out of curiosity and a desire to know where I stand, I thought I`d ask a few questions of other members to see how in depth and experienced they are in 40k lore.

So...

1: How long have you been in the hobby?
Long enough to remember the Squats Just after 2nd edition

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2: How important is Fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?
Very very important. I love the background. It give you a reason for doing what you do.

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3: How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc...
I'm a bookworm. I will admit I read anything, but I enjoy the SciFi aspect of WH40K and the gratuitous war porn. I will also admit I file most of what I read for 40K under "mind candy". It is fun to consume, has no real substance and is probably bad for you in the long run

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4: How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?
ALL OF THE CODEXES! No seriously, I used to collect them at one stage. I will admit I did not purchase the most recent ones, just read them. I still have some of my favorite ones in storage somewhere.

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5: Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?
Yeah, doesn't everyone write their own fanfic? I haven't for a while, I've been toying with the idea of starting my Necromunda/Inquisitor crossover again. Playing What If and playing what does this mean in the whole picture is a fun pass time. One of the drawbacks is trying to account for all the different views and interpretations of WH40K.

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EDIT: 7: What would you call your area of expertise?
I don't have one in WH40K but I do use a couple of cool toys at the shooting range and keep trying to correlate what I know with what others write.
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EDIT8: What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?
Necron I haven't spent much time reading up on them.
08-17-14 04:36 PM
Guardsman Lowe OK saw this thread and thought I answer the question posed (have included questions)

1: How long have you been in the hobby?
I started playing around the same time as when 2nd edition was released, so around 20 years.

2: How important is Fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?
Fluff is one of my favourite aspects of the game after playing the game itself.
3: How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library?
Mostly I chose a book on whether I find it interesting or not, however there are a couple of BL series that I have every book of or am trying to get every book of (have every Gaunt's ghosts book and I'm trying to get all the Space Marine battle series)

4: How many codices have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?
given the amount of time I have been playing I am ashamed to say that I probably have only full read about 2 or 3 codices fully

5: Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?
This is probably one of my favourite aspect of the game. I have always loved the idea that you can potentially come up with your own fluff as long as you keep it within the what is considered canon.

7: What would you call your area of expertise?
Currently don't have one as I'm still trying to learn the new edition

8: What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?
My weakest area would have to the armies I don't or have never played.
05-11-14 11:55 AM
Haskanael 1: How long have you been in the hobby?
about 10 years.

2: How important is Fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?
it is one of the most important things of the hobby for me, and is the one thing that first got me into it

3: How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc...
I follow the horus heresy series, read most Imperial guard novels. I take the BL fluff serious most of the time, untill I find the information given conflicting with codex/brb fluff. I usualy take the time to read reviews before actualy getting a novel however.

4: How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?
I have had the chances to read the tau, tyranid, space marine, Imperial guard, codexes since 4th edition. up to the current edition. I also got the chance to read, the Catachan Junglefighters Codex and the old Inquisition Demon hunters codex

5: Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?
getting my mind deeper into the mysteries of the 41st millenium has always been fun to me, as well as writting small portions of background for my own armie(s) when I tried to go bigger, it ended up collapsing, with the Asagard Sector project, but, some day when I have more time, and the inspiration for it returns, I will try to do it again.

6: If you have anything further to add, feel free.
dont know realy...

EDIT: 7: What would you call your area of expertise?
my area of expertise would be, Imperial guard and space marine equipment, and specific historical events (that can be found back in almost every codex/old codex or rulebook tho xD)

EDIT8: What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?
Eldar, Dark Eldar, Necron everything about these 3 races is pretty much still a mistery to me but I hope I can change that soon
04-26-14 10:43 AM
Brobaddon 1. How long have you been in the hobby.

Approximately 9 years. I know it's nothing compared to some veterans, but then again, I'm not that old either

2. How important is fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?

The most important. 40k has one of the richest and vastest lore I've ever seen. Don't care much about TT since I don't have money currently to tangle with it. One day perhaps.

3. How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc..

Wouldn't say crazily devoted as some fans, but I do have around 35 novels so far and the collection is growing. I've been keen on collecting all of the Horus heresy titles, albeit I'm still missing a few. Bought Vulkan Lives recently.


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How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?

Pretty much all 4th, 5th and now 6th editions. I don't own many codexes on my own ( only three ) but I do plan to expand that in the future.


5. Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?

First two yes, third one no. Was never really interested into fanfiction.

6. If you have anything further to add, feel free.

I'm also a big fan of Lotr universe.

7. What would you call your area of expertise?

Imperium of Mankind mostly, bits about Chaos, bits about Necrons and so on. I'd say I have a decent overall knowledge on most races aside Eldar. Never really cared about them.

8. What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?

I tend to have a problem remembering details and all that random stuff and theories. I swear, I have no idea sometimes from where do people pull out those crazy theories. Details such as imperial dates ( was never good with numbers ), chronology of wars and stuff, Primarchs' motivations and stuff. If I don't really focus on character analysis, I end up forgetting stuff soon.
04-19-14 05:23 PM
DeathGlam 1: How long have you been in the hobby?

13 years.

2: How important is Fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?

The most important by far, without this i would not still obsess over this hobby.

3: How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc...

Previously avoided them but the last few months i have started collecting them on a whim, really enjoyed every book so far, tend to buy about all races but so far have not purchased any based around Imperium Marines, only the Word Bearers omnibus.

4: How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?

I used to collect all the codex's but the last few years have only purchased and read a few, due to storage space and not wishing to get rid of my old books.

5: Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?

Yes the mysteries and the debates you can have from the 40k fluff is one of the biggest selling points, it's one of the reasons i avoid certain BL novels that may answer to much, the biggest one for me being the Horus Heresy, as i prefer that as a myths and legends, that barely anyone remembers, rather then this is what exactly happened.
03-21-14 03:17 AM
emporershand89 1: How long have you been in the hobby?

Since roughly 1998, but it wasn't until 2004 when I bought my first Astartes set. My Father played Warhammer 40k for years before "retiring" (a.k.a selling all his sets) in 2000. He introduced me to the game and helped me grow into the storyline/novel series. It wasn't until 2004 I got into the TT game and I have been an addicted fan ever since.

2: How important is Fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?

The Fluff, or the body of knowledge especially of a traditional, anecdotal, or popular nature when discussing a particular subject, is the most critical part of any game. Esepcially in games based for Table Top or Fantasy the Fluff is what allows the player to let his imagination run wild as he paints, builds, and fights his ways through simulated Dungeons/War Zones. Thus to me if the Fluff of a particular game is not good, or unappealing, then the game is not worth it's weight in salt to invest in.

3: How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc...

Certainly the different races, Sci-Fiction setting, Weaponry, and bad assness of some of the Character was appealing, but what caused me to fall in love with Black Library was how well written some of these neovels were. Having been a avid reader for as long as I can remember I always held a love for Science Fiction/Alternative History novels. I started with Star Wars, converted to Star Trek, then got hooked on Harry TurtleDove novels, and many more. I was harsh on many writers, esepcially Fantasy writers; expecting them to weave a great story that captured the imagination only to find that they were severly lacking in the end. In Black Library (specifically in Abnett and Mitchell's works) I found exciting stories with relatively easy-to-understand Fluff that was entertaining for the imagination.

Thus I am a Devotee, Follower, Worhsiper, and borderline Zealot of Black Library. I recognize there are many good writers and Warhammer 40k publisher's out there but in BL I find the stories that I enjoy endlessly flowing to my E-Reader.

4: How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?

Many! I've read all 4th, 5th, and most of the new 6th Edition Codex's. I own the Astartes, Guard, and Ork's latests versions.

5: Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?

I do, but as for writing my own works.....well it's ongoing. I love creating universes, and setting up the world around the story, but writing the actual sotry is not a strong-point of mine. For example I could blow up the Star Wars Universe long beyond just the MilkyWay Galaxy, but to write a story would be very difficult.

6: If you have anything further to add, feel free.

In reference to the actual question posted as the title of this forum I can say that I have read quite the Lore on all forms of knowledge when dealing with the Warhammer 40k Universe. Whether it's the Novels themselves, Lexicanum, Codex's, DLC's, Add-Ons, or Supplemental Codex's I have kept up on the basic Lore. I confess that I am not an expert in certain fields by choice; the Prime example being the Heresy series as they do not appeal to me in the slightest. However when it comes to the Armies themselves and the development of units, Lore, and Characters I am very much in the Lope.

EDIT: 7: What would you call your area of expertise?

The Guard and Tau. I particularly hold a love for these Races and keep up on every novel and Codex that is put out for them. Following that I'm well versed in the Ork, mainly from playing them so much and developing my own Army's storyline via the 5th Edition Codex.

EDIT8: What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?

Eldar, I know little about them. Choas as well, though recently I've been starting to read their novels to get a better insight into their.....warped perception.
03-20-14 05:12 PM
JAMOB 1: How long have you been in the hobby?

10 years (for 40k, 1 for fantasy)

2: How important is Fluff to you, relative to other aspects of the hobby?

It's pretty important, it's why I stick to blood angels rather than switching to smurfs and why I chose wood elves.

3: How devoted are you to the works of the Black Library? By this I basically mean what compels you to buy/read one of their novels, do you pick them because of the races involved, follow certain serials, on a whim, etc...

I pick them up because I see them. I don't order them online, but if I see one for a decent price at a store I will buy it. I'll admit though, these new books are way out of my price range so I passed on them.

4: How many codexes have you taken the time to read thoroughly, including older editions?

3 editions of blood angels, 3 of space marines, 3 of tyranids, 3 of Eldar, 2 of Tau, 2 of Dark Eldar, 1 of orks (maybe two?), two of IG (one quite by accident), two of CSM, one of demons, the inquisition, some version of sisters, Wood Elves, Vampire Counts, empire, lizardmen, I'm probably forgetting something... I own the blood angels ones, the old space marine one, the current WE, my brothers have all the nids, eldar, and tau, and we have one old DE...

5: Do you enjoy postiulating theories, pondering mysteries, and writing your own works to expand your enjoyment of the hobby?

Yes. I don't share them all that often but I google stuff constantly to find answers, often giving up and just making up my own answers.

6: If youa have anything further to add, feel free.

I love this hobby more for the fluff than for the gaming, as lately playing has given me mild pleasure at best (reading is way more fun), though building is a good time.

EDIT: 7: What would you call your area of expertise?

Blood Angels, and general arches etc.

EDIT8: What would you say is your weakest area of fluff knowledge?

Fantasy, then all those random details...
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