thundersofthenorthwind asked: You are an exemplary and commendable human being, and I hope you know that it's because of debates like these that my interest in Warhammer and the Warhammer universe gets stronger, not the opposite. Valid criticism of a game/setting does not mean that the setting is without merit. It just means there are things open to debate, and I'm glad for you and the people who can see that rationally.
Thank you brother, I agree with you 100%. It’s so great to hear from all the extremely intelligent, progressive and open minded Warhammer fans. Despite the trolls, everyone has been really supportive and that’s what I love about this community.
When I first started getting into Warhammer, my only real experience was Space Marine (the video game) and owning but not yet reading a copy of Gaunt’s Ghosts The Founding. I didn’t even know that Space Marines were divided into chapters. I was at a party and someone mentioned Warhammer40k and since I hadn’t really met anyone that was into it I said “Awesome, I love the Ultramarines!”.. and I got lambasted for being a newbie who like the boring Ultramarines. Add that to a couple random bad experiences and needless to say, my impression of Warhammer fans was dismal. They were elitist snobs who only wanted to have a pissing contest to decide who was the mightiest repository of Warhammer lore.
Long story short, I read a few more books, learned a lot about the lore and the game (not that much about the game I’m still a wicked newbie about it) and started this blog as a way of participating online. Now I realize that the community is actually really welcoming and insanely talented and supportive.
The point is it took a while for me to get into Warhammer which is something I now love. It should have been easier and I’m an organically grown white male! I can’t imagine animosity some girls feel when trying to get WH. I can just hear the condescending “mansplaining” now…
Forgive the long, winding post. But again, I agree that the conversation makes WH better not worse. Putting it out there let’s people who are new know that there are fellow fans willing to stick up for others and maybe even change a little bit of what they like about WH in order to share it with friends.
The Emperor protects.