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Blood Bowl was invented by Jervis Johnson (JJ) in 1987, and went through a number of iterations before arriving at the game most people play today.  The major change was in 1994 with 3rd edition, which introduced the block dice and the 16-turn structure.

Thank you to the Fumbbl site for the original comprehensive list of the Blood Bowl versions:

  • 1st Edition (1987)
  • 1st Edition – Death Zone (1987)
  • 2nd Edition (1988)
  • 2nd Edition Dungeonbowl (1989)
  • 2nd Edition – Star Players (1989) and Compendium (1990) hardcovers
  • Kerrunch – Blood Bowl Lite (VERY simple rules) (1991)
  • 3rd Edition (1994)
  • 3rd Edition – Death Zone (1994)
  • Blood Bowl Compendium #1 (added some official rules to 3rd edition) (1998)
  • 4th Edition – Blood Bowl Magazine #1 (2000)
  • 4th Edition Gold – Blood Bowl Magazine #2 (2000)

After the 4th edition, the Blood Bowl Rules Committee (BBRC) was formed,
and the Living Rulebook process began:

  • Living Rulebook 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 (2001) — (BBRC = Chet, Milo, Dean, JKL, Babs, Andy, JJ)
  • Living Rulebook 2.0 (2002) — (BBRC = Chet, Milo, Dean, JKL, Babs, Andy, JJ)
  • Living Rulebook 3.0 (2003) — (BBRC = Chet, Milo, Dean, JKL, Babs, Andy, JJ)
  • Living Rulebook 4.0 (2004) — (BBRC = Chet, Dean, JKL, Babs, Tom, Jake, JJ)
  • Living Rulebook 5.0 (2006) — (BBRC = Chet, Dean, JKL, Babs, Tom, Ian, JJ)
  • Competition Rules Pack (CRP / Living Rulebook 6.0) (2009) — (BBRC = Babs, Tom, Ian, Paul, JJ)

The CRP is the current rule set used by NAF-sanctioned tournaments, with minor tweaks to allow for the release of BB2016, the reissue of the game by Games Workshop.

 

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