40k Flashback – 3rd Edition Madness

By Rob Baer | December 26th, 2015 | Categories: 40k Flashback, Warhammer 40k



Remember the 90’s, and the newest edition of Warhammer 40k? Come see a very BIG Third Edition Flashback!

With the return of Specialist Games, veteran gamers everywhere are hopeful of the resurrection of their favorite Games Workshop games from back in the day.

Robb Briggs-Snodgrass just shared this relic of the past with our Facebook group, and it’s a good un!


3rd Edition 40k Release Standup

3rd Edition 40k  from our friends at Lexicanum



Warhammer 40,000 3rd Edition Rulebook, sometimes refered to as the Big Black Book or just BBB, was the 3rd core rule book for the Warhammer 40,000 game.

General Structure

The 3rd Edition Rulebook, also known as the Big Black Book, was first published in 1998 with the third edition of the game. The book contained rules, that although very similar to the first two editions, were much more austere, removing many of the more difficult ideas of the previous versions in an attempt to streamline the game. This was heavily criticized at the time by more veteran gamers, who had become used to the tables, charts and templates that had been employed previously, as it was seen as being too simplistic and had eliminated much of the fun for that audience. Nevertheless, the modesty of the newer rules opened the game out to a wider (and much younger) audience.

The book itself was written from a much more imperio-centric point of view, and contained large quantities of information on the basic structure of the Imperium, from Imperial planetary classifications to the Imperial dating system and more. It also departed from the previous edition in its much more pessimistic outlook; Appearing much more grim and dark than it had previously. Lines between good and bad were blurred to the point that they were almost unrecognizable. In addition it contained background for many armies as well as simplistic, pre-codex army lists for the Space Marines, Dark Eldar,Tyranids, Eldar, Chaos Space Marines, Imperial Guard and Orks, as well as a small Sisters of Battle list with various heroes of the Imperium such asConfessors and Preachers.

What Edition was YOUR favorite?

About the Author: Rob Baer

Virginia Restless, Miniature Painter & Cat Dad. I blame LEGOs. There was something about those little-colored blocks that started it all... Twitter @catdaddymbg
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