Warhammer lore

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!
 

Retreater

Adventurer
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.
 

aramis erak

Explorer
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.
 

Crusadius

Explorer
Part of the attraction of WFRP is that the Career write-ups also help detail the setting of the Old World.
 

eyeheartawk

Explorer
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

Adventurer
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

Villager
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

Adventurer
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

Explorer
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.
 

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