Welcome to the Background board, especially to all our newcomers. There are a few things about this board that you might need to know, so here are a few points. Heed them well.
1/ The purpose of this board is the discussion of Warhammer Background (surprising, huh?). Anything to do with the game's fictional history and universe is appropriate subject matter here. All discussion of the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game should be posted to a different board.
2/ You may see the term 'fluff' used here. It simply refers to the background. Similarly, the word 'canon' may also appear. Canon simply refers to the official background - that published by Games Workshop and subsidiaries like Black Library or Fantasy Flight Games. So what you read in a codex or novel, for example, would be considered canon, while personal interpretations, player-created background, Wikipedia, etc., are not canon.
A perspective on Games Workshop's canon policy may be found here
. In essence, everything published is canon, even when it contradicts other canon. New canon does not overrule old canon, nor does old canon override the new, meaning that we as intelligent readers must keep a critical eye and make up our own minds.
3/ Your original creations should not be discussed here. Fiction should be posted to the Fiction Board
, while background you've written for your tabletop armies should be posted to the appropriate army board. You may discuss general background elements relevant to original creations here, though. For example, if you were writing a piece of fiction about the Imperial Guard and wanted to know the appropriate rank for a character, you could create a topic asking about Imperial Guard rank systems.
4/ Warhammer Fantasy background may be discussed here or in the General Fantasy Board
5/ Please be aware that many posters have their own different interpretations of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. While you should feel free to disagree with other interpretations, keep in mind that because an interpretation is different to yours, or what you believe the official intepretation is, it does mean that it is wrong or that you need not treat the person with it with respect.
6/ Finally, there are some topics that come up regularly here. Before posting a general question it's worth checking the Frequently Posted Topic Index
and the Background FAQ
to check if that question has been answered. Of course, if you wish to discuss any of the answers there in greater detail, you should not hesitate to create a topic for that purpose.
And, of course, all of the normal forum rules
apply here as well.
Keep these points in mind and everything should be fine. Should you have any other questions regarding what is and what is not appropriate for this board, feel free to contact me, Gornon, or a global moderator.