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Advancing the Fluff in the grim dark future???

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There’s a common sentiment that GW needs to "move the fluff forward." Usually, you’ll see a wishlist like, "The Emperor dies," or, "Abaddon actually succeeds at something." In the wake of the Nagash End Times, this is a particularly big discussion right now.

This idea irks me. I look at 40K as a backdrop, not a fiction series. GW has created this universe to provide a setting for us to play our own games and write our own stories.

With that in mind, I view the idea of GW taking fluffy-control as a threat. I want them to uphold the mood, not make colossal changes that affect my universe. (As a side note, this is one of many reasons I don’t like Privateer Press’s games. The emphasis on named characters makes it feel less like it’s my game, and more like I’m just playing out someone else’s story).

Fortunately, 40K’s galactic scale provides more of a safeguard than WHFB’s did. In Fantasy, Nagash can do things like virtually-destroy the entire Bretonnian nation. In 40K, you might see something like a Craftworld or Chapter dying out, but not the death of all eldar or all space marines. (Unless you’re the Squats.)(Likewise, I recognize that as an independent adult I can choose to ignore any changes GW makes, play in a different part of 40K’s timeline, etc.)

That was a bit of a ramble, but y question to you guys: is it important for GW to advance the 40K storyline?
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All this "40k is a setting" argument holds no weight. You could make ridiculous changes to the overall plot of 40k without altering the playability of each faction.

Hell you could mirror the WHF End Times almost point for point and have it play out much the same. Have Szarekh of the necrons trigger some ancient necron doom device that puts even the Chaos gods on edge. Have a massive convergence of necrons on the galactic east, coming to meet the advance of an new Hive superfleet and dragging every sentient race into battle right with them both.

So many things are already set to happen, we could almost write the story for them. The Dragon shard is about to crack out of Mars, the Hive Fleets are engaged in a battle that if they win will basically hand them the strength to take the rest of the galaxy.

I used to be on the fence over this but now I say roll it forward.
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