Now it’s time for YOU to LIVE THE STORY!
I think something like that is actually printed in those novels. When you get to the end, along with pictures of sweet 40K models. I kid you not.
Floyd can vouch. He is in fact reading some of said novels. It’s this kind of art mirroring life that keeps you all coming back here to U20. Floyd’s interest in Warhammer has been long-standing, however. The books are just a cud for him to ruminate when the real deal (and by “real,” I mean “tabletop full of plastic and/or metal figurines”) is beyond his reach.
I can never quite catch that tabletop wargames train. There are several reasons I’ve identified. First, it’s a slow build. You are literally building a (non-literal) army, and it takes time to populate even the smallest of crafted foam battlefields. I haven’t the patience, for whatever reason, and I’m often drawn to the fluff of swarm armies, which makes my task even more daunting. Second, in an incredibly uncommon turn, I can’t get my head around the rather esoteric set of rules. Floyd’s been playing for so long that older editions are etched deep into his neurons. He doesn’t have to consult a mundane paper rulebook in most cases. The final reason is that people seem to either have to catch it pretty young or pretty old, the common thread between these being readily disposable income. That startup portion requires you to drop some coin. I got it too late to be getting this stuff for birthday/Christmas/etc gift and too early to actually have that mystical device I’ve heard tell of, called “paycheck” in the legends of my people. At this point, some of compatriots have such sprawling armies that it almost seems too late for me to muster any troops.
Perhaps with that resignation I should try the books. I’ve always been a bigger proponent of fluff than rules anyway. Not like a book series is going to get me to buy OH MAN GUYS THERE’S A GAME OF THRONES RPG SETTING WHY WASN’T I TOLD?!??!?!?!??!