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Mercador

Explorer
Hello,

Back in June, I purchased Zweihander and I really loved the setting. I'm not too sure why but I never look for the warhammer setting, I guess it became popular during my twenty years RPG drought (95-15) but now I'm really digging it, I'm playing Total War: Warhammer and I would like to know more about that universe. I was wondering if Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a good way to learn more about the lore, is there any good amount of fluff within the book? I know there's a lot of youtube channels but I'm more a bookworm kind of guy. Gotrek & Felix is also on my buying list for this winter.

Thanks a lot!
 

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Retreater

Legend
The current 4e WHFRPG has about 22 pages about the Reikland, the default setting of the game. It's pretty evocative for that area, but far from complete. I've cobbled together my knowledge of the classic Fantasy lore from novels, old army tomes, computer games, years of RPGs, etc. I like the feel very much and I sprinkle it into every fantasy game I run.
 

I was wondering if Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a good way to learn more about the lore, is there any good amount of fluff within the book?
The WFRP 1E book is better than the WFRP 4E book for the setting material, IMO, but there is a lot more in the 1e adventures of the campaign, "The Enemy Within"- which are about 1/4 sourcebook, 3/4 adventure.
 


Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
This book:
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Finding it might be tough, it came out in ’98, but it is stock full of fluff on the Old World
 


eyeheartawk

Works 60% of the time, every time
See if you can find a WFRP 1E core book. It's old but all the important stuff doesn't really change and it really drips WFRP-ness.
 

Derren

Hero
Well, basically take Europe during the renaissance and ramp up all stereotypes to 11.
For something more specific, WFRP 2E had a good book on Brettonia.
 


Mercador

Explorer
Well, basically take Europe during the renaissance and ramp up all stereotypes to 11.
For something more specific, WFRP 2E had a good book on Brettonia.
Yeah, that's something I'm noticing, more than the map of Europe itself. Like the Empire is German, Vampires are Romanian, Southern are italian, Bretonnian are French, Norsca are Norwegians, Orcs are Turks (??).
 

shawnhcorey

Explorer
Yeah, that's something I'm noticing, more than the map of Europe itself. Like the Empire is German, Vampires are Romanian, Southern are italian, Bretonnian are French, Norsca are Norwegians, Orcs are Turks (??).

Dwarfs are drunken Scots...

(Somebody had to say it.)
 



Voadam

Hero
This book:
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Finding it might be tough, it came out in ’98, but it is stock full of fluff on the Old World

Seconded, this book is fantastic. Great Art, short spreads on many factions throughout the main world.

Does not have a good description of most of the non empire human countries or most of the pantheon though, but the descriptions of the dwarfs, varieties of elves, greenskins, Chaos, lizard people, undead and so on are great.
 



macd21

Adventurer
More recently they’ve also been depicted with accents from northern England (possibly GoT influence?).

Edit: and weirdly, despite the Norse names and runes, they’re never depicted as sounding Norse.
 

See if you can find a WFRP 1E core book. It's old but all the important stuff doesn't really change and it really drips WFRP-ness.

Ignore the chapters on Bretonnia; they have changed from top to bottom.

WFRP 1E Brettonia was "France, six months before the revolution". The more modern Bretonnia is a Mallory inspired Arthurian/Robin Hood/Hundred Years War mash up.
 

Sabathius42

Bree-Yark
edit Nevermind the link to the Wiki, I see someone did that already. edit

One thing to watch out for as you dig into the Warhammer lore pile.....the current version of Warhammer Fantasy, from a tabletop game perspective, has a completely different setting than the "Old World" that is the setting of Total War. Just keep an eye out for the term "Age of Sigmar" as that indicates is the new lore and throws out ALL of the old stuff.
 

Ignore the chapters on Bretonnia; they have changed from top to bottom.

WFRP 1E Brettonia was "France, six months before the revolution". The more modern Bretonnia is a Mallory inspired Arthurian/Robin Hood/Hundred Years War mash up.
Or don't ignore the chapter - embrace it and ignore everything later. ;)
 

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