- Jun 6, 2008
"Only war" is a good tagline for a tabletop wargame, but yeah the "reality" of the setting doesn't bear that out. There's always war somewhere, but there's parts of the imperium that haven't seen war firsthand for thousands of years. But that would make for a pretty unintersting battle report.Second of all, let's grant that in-universe, there has been "only war" for the last 10,000 years. Let's even grant that there's nothing else of interest going on. That's still leaving out everything that happened prior to that. The history of humanity for instance has three distinct ages before the Imperium, and barring the Age of Strife, they're hardly "only war" scenarios. The eldar weren't waging "only war" for millions of years. The tau were in "only war" until the ethereals, after which their society rapidly changed to be more unified. Thing about 40K is that the universe is terrible, but part of what makes it terrible is that there were periods in its in-universe history where things were distinctly less terrible for pretty much everyone.
Yes, it's just too alien. Again, I've not really looked into it much but it sounds like some sort of fever dream rather than a setting to get invested in.And I think you can see the problem: even after 8 years of creating lore, events, places and characters, the AoS setting is still incredibly nebulous and vague, and as such hard to get any sort of tangible feel for. There's no scale or connection to any of it.