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Grelber17 Apr 2020 8:50 p.m. PST

I had been thinking about getting back into Bolt Action, and just went to order a copy of the 2nd edition rules, but my search turned up some references to a 3rd edition from 2019. I noticed Bolt Action was superseded by 2nd edition four years after it came out, and it has been four years since 2nd edition came out. I've shown a rare talent for buying expensive rules a few months before they are replaced by a new edition, so I was wondering if there is a 3rd edition in the works, say within a year of coming out?


Wargamer Blue18 Apr 2020 12:49 a.m. PST


They talk about it with Alessio on this podcast. It's been discussed but no work done yet. So more than a year away at least.

Dynaman878918 Apr 2020 3:50 a.m. PST

If there is and it is incompatible with V2 I will be jumping off the BA ship. I've had it with companies that splinter their customer base with constant rules revisions.

It will be different if there is an upgrade PDF online but I'm not holding my breath on that.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Apr 2020 8:17 a.m. PST

Well, since there are no new tanks I guess they need to find a new revenue stream: rules update to the rescue!

And army lists.


Deucey Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2020 8:32 a.m. PST


Tim Haslam18 Apr 2020 10:32 a.m. PST

I don't think it's anything to worry about too much,
WG are decent chaps.
All the campaign supplements still work from V1 to V2
They only changed the German book out of all the 1st edition books.

Dynaman878918 Apr 2020 11:45 a.m. PST

My idea of decent chaps does not include 3 version of the same rules in 10 years. Not needing to buy replacement supplemental books is beside the point. The point is having to buy what is essentially the same rulebook three times or have players with different rules with the what is essentially the same game.

Tim Haslam18 Apr 2020 12:17 p.m. PST

I think I can just about afford that!
Many hours of game play between versions may just help the game evolve?
Assuming that they do indeed issue a V3, I'll be buying it no problem.
Working on today's prices, that's less than £9.00 GBP a year!

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2020 10:06 p.m. PST

Is 2nd Edition broken in some way that requires a third edition? (Though to be fair, 2nd editions's changes were really minor).

SquireBev19 Apr 2020 4:24 a.m. PST

There have been several updates to the errata and FAQ document since V2 came out, so it could just be a way to fold it all together into one book.

Tim Haslam19 Apr 2020 11:00 a.m. PST

Like I said, it evolves.
I'll happily pay for an upgrade.
It's not like money that breaks the bank.
Now if your talking about built in redundancy look no further than iPhones!
£400.00 GBP every two years is taking the pi**

Plus, these wargame companies are trying to make an honest living in a hobby they love.

Anyhow is it getting obvious I'm getting a bit bored being in isolation!
Love to all..

Dynaman878919 Apr 2020 11:45 a.m. PST

Thanks for reminding me why I don't jump on any of the I(stuff) bandwagons!

repaint19 Apr 2020 2:44 p.m. PST

I am with Tim on this one. I don't think Warlord makes much money on the books.

I had a foray into GW's Age of Sigmar the past couple of years and believe me, built in obsolescence is incredibly painful financially.

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