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I enjoy reading the forums for Deathwatch as well as those for Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader.  One thing I'm a little curious about though is where fans of these games are from.  Maybe it's just me but it seems as though a majority of the Warhammer 40K RPG fans are from Europe, is that the case?  I'm just wondering if the games have more appeal to the European gamer or you guys just enjoy the forums a little more than those of us in the states?

Anyway, I'd love to hear where you guys are from.

By the way I'm from the United States; Reno, Nevada specifically.

 

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Phoenix, Az.

Been a fan since WHFB 3ED and WR40K 2E (never played the origonal Rogue Trader), and i've been through several armies, though i don't play the TT anymore since my last set of armies were stolen. Most of my friends are familiar with the setting and have always wanted to try gaming in it, even did a GURPS version of 40k years and years ago, but it didn't have the right feel, too strict.

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I've known of Dark Heresy for a few years now, but me and my friends didn't start playing until the middle of last year. Been a fan of 40k for about five years now. A lot of my friends play TT, but I just like painting models, though I'm not very good. At all.

 

19, Seattle area in Washington.

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I remember looking at a product catalogue when I was a wee lil lad and finding all those minis incredibly cool. I've been on the edge of the WH40k universe for 2 decades really, always considering it something cool but never really getting to know it.

 

Only started to play it about 6 months ago (TT that is), mainly because of Dawn of War 2.

 

I'm from Quebec, Canada.

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United States.  Jackson, Tennessee, specifically.

Been playing RPG's for 30 years.  Never played 40K TT, but lots of my friends do.  Only been playing DH for a little over a year.  Love the setting!

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I live inside an extinct volcano in the Indian Ocean with a small army of fez wearing flying monkeys. But I'm originally from London. Been into 40k since I bought the original Rogue Trader back in '87. 

I'm only guessing, but I'd say there's a slight bias towards UK and European 40k fans over US and the rest of the world 40k fans (maybe 60/40) but that the US have been faster on the uptake with Dark Heresy than the Europeans. This is only my impression, and I have no facts to back it up, of course!  

Games Workshop has a colossal following in the UK, and the stores are now on practically every high street. This is not (as of yet) true in the US or Europe. However, Dark Heresy is not particularly well supported in GW stores, and RPGs seem to have suffered in competition with the GW tabletop battle leviathan as a whole. Kids who would once have only had RPGs to play with back in the '80s now have videogames and GW products.

Plus Dark Heresy is not really supported by GW within their stores: I have yet to see it stocked anywhere on shelves other than (increasingly rare) specialist RPG stores. (GW are supporting DH within White Dwarf magazine, however.)

I've never lived in the US, but the impression I've got is that RPGs are better ingrained in the "Geek Culture" there. The UK has a wide and varied Geek Culture, but GW dominate that, and I think a lot of younger...er...Geeks in the UK don't even know what a proper RPG is.    

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well been doing rpgs for 23 yrs since i was less than a decade old, and doing TT gw since about same time.

i am english live n work in scotland (in RAF)

i ussally get my stuff from my local rpg shop in norwich whern on leave called the games room, elm hill been friends with the curent owner and his dad for two decades but i some times have to resort to waterstones for a book

this may be a mail order job as i can't wait for it lol

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Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK. I've only been playing RPGs since I was 16 (about 8 years ago), but I was involved with online freeform roleplaying from the age of 12. I've also been collecting 40k minitures since I was about 7-8 (I had an older cousin who played it).

With GW being a British company, with more stores in the UK than the rest of the world combined, yea, there is going to be a bit of a British bias (such as the sheer number of Brits involved in freelance writing, proofreading, playtesting, etc the 40k RPG line for FFG), but I think it's fairly balanced between the UK, Europe and the US.

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Artemesia said:

I've known of Dark Heresy for a few years now, but me and my friends didn't start playing until the middle of last year. Been a fan of 40k for about five years now. A lot of my friends play TT, but I just like painting models, though I'm not very good. At all.

 

19, Seattle area in Washington.

 

 

31 Seattle Washington area.

 

Running a DH massive meta game (3 groups, tales intertwined, will incorporate a Rogue Trader and DW arc as well.)

 

 

Alexis

*smiles*

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 I've been playing RPGs for 16 years, starting with 2nd Edition AD&D and Shadowrun 2nd Edition.

I've been playing WH40k tabletop for just as long, starting with 2nd Edition Space Wolves.

I'm 28, living in Taylorsville, UT, USA

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 It started over here in the UK. Warhammer and, by extension, Warhammer 40,000 began life first as a line of miniatures for use in other companies role playing games, as the product line grew, rules were written in house to allow the use of all the miniatures together in a cohesive game. Science fiction was added to the line, various licences such as Judge Dread and Doctor Who were bought, miniatures made for, and then abandoned. Decades later, here we are, with role playing rules being written for our beloved miniatures. happy.gif

The games, and the company, are amazingly prevalant here in Europe, it's one of the few wargames to successfully get a foothold, and remain popular, in Germany; a country notorious for it's strict controls on any entertainment, be it toys, video games, movies, etc... that are violent or warlike. It's always been a topic of some amusement for me, that there are so many miniatures games and companies based in Europe. It's just about the only thing that we get ahead of the United States, and with significantly less shipping.

For the record, 24, Male, Scotland. Although I started down in London with Second Edition Blood Angels.

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Age:26

Location: Iowa, US

 

Been playing RPGs since I was 13 or 14 with AD&D. Got into TT 40k around 18 and I played DH when it came out up until RT came out and have been playing that since every other Monday.

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Balseraph said:

Staffordshire, England.

Been a GW, especially 40k, fan for 20 years now.

Love the Grindarkness compared to other sci-fi and fantasy.

Where abouts in Staffordshire are you? Just curious happy.gif

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Europeans seem to have a bit of a leg-up on knowing about the warhammer universe due to GW's location and the wargame being, as pointed out above, more in-ground in their geek culture. However, from talking to some Swedish friends, that seems to hurt the RPG more then help. It seems that more fans of the RPG (at least based on his and my observations) are not major players and fans of the wargame and have come in from other RPGs while, generally speaking, most major fans of the wargame don't seem at all interested in the role-playing side of things. I think a lot are like me, never really got into the wargame side of it (terrible strategist and I'm not and never have been rich) but were captivated by the imagery, ambiance, and world of 40k and wanting to role-play in it more then fight battles in it.

And for your records:

35 with most of that time (since I was 13) spent being obsessed with role-playing. I started on, of all things, and please don't laugh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness -I was 13 and they were, in my opinion, the height of awesomeness ;-p

Location: the ghetto of New Orleans, USA

 

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MILLANDSON said:

Balseraph said:

 

Staffordshire, England.

Been a GW, especially 40k, fan for 20 years now.

Love the Grindarkness compared to other sci-fi and fantasy.

 

 

Where abouts in Staffordshire are you? Just curious happy.gif

MILLANDSON said:

Balseraph said:

 

Staffordshire, England.

Been a GW, especially 40k, fan for 20 years now.

Love the Grindarkness compared to other sci-fi and fantasy.

 

 

Where abouts in Staffordshire are you? Just curious happy.gif

 

Rugeley. Bit of a dump between Lichfield and Stafford.

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Been roleplaying since i was 12 (now in my late 30s'). Played the original rouge trader and first edtion 40k, then became more interested in roleplaying games. Playing Dark heresy for over a year ( campaign came to an end recently). Live in Oxford, England. Plan to start a DW campaign once the book is released, and then plan a campaign that uses all three 40k rpgs.

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Age: 35

Location: Virginia, USA.  

Originally from: England (UK).

Started with 40k: 1988 (ish)

Stopped with 40k: 1991 (ish)

Roleplaying since: 1991 (ish)

Started with: WFRP, then moved to AD&D since the WFRP group were crunchy munchkins.  Then shifted to oodles of system until settling on one of them.

Got back into 40k: 2000 (ish)

Burned out on 40k: 11 July 2010.

Back to 40k: In a while...

Interested in: When 'fluff' turns to background.

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Kage

 

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age: over 30 anyways

Location: UK, Blackpool (North west england)

Extra Fluff: Always liked 40 K but was massively disappointed it wasn't an rpg iniatially.  Played wfrp first ed from when it first came out (the one with the dwarf troll slayer on the cover)

Played RP for over 25 years, and run tournement (self written) adventures at games expos.

My game of choice was GURPS, but have way too many game systems to mention.

Also an avid board gamer again a collection to large to mention though it does include almost all original GW BG products.

 

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Age: 29

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Started with Roleplaying Games: 1995

Started with Warhammer & 40k: 1997

Interested in: Background, background, background

 

I've been playing Warhammer and various offshoots (Warhammer Quest, Battlefleet Gothic) since my late highschool period, a few years after I discovered roleplaying. I still do both, a lot, and I've played a lot of different RPG's over the years, ranging from Alternity to Rogue Trader. Originally I mainly did White Wolf systems (which I still favor due to a background which really appeals to me) but over the years I tried a lot of different things as I am the type that loves to explore that kind of stuff. I am currently running a Rogue Trader campaign bi-weekly, right here in Utrecht - it is a combination between a few hoary veterans and people who couldn't tell a Grey Knight apart from an Ultramarine at the start of the campaign. Lots of fun guaranteed.

 

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