Inspired by years of experience and conversation, Abstract Principles is a systematic theory that produces a definition of 40k itself. The essay discusses player skill and luck, game balance, list building, as well as types of 40k player. A must-read for the experienced player.

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INTRODUCTION - An overview of the purpose of this essay.

TYPES OF 40k PLAYER - A discussion of what different kinds of players want from the game.

LUCK AND SKILL - Defining the role of player skill in a dice game.

GAME BALANCE - Understanding the role that imbalance plays in 40k.

LIST BUILDING - A look at the pre-game set-up.

WHAT IS 40k? - A definition of the game itself, and the purpose for playing it.

APPENDICES - Some ideas that didn't make it into the flow of the essay itself.