5-Stars | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Fantastically fun sci-fi gaming that should be tried by everybody"-Jez Gray

"This has become one of my favorite games."-Devon Kelley

Many 5 ratings on One Book Shelf

"If you like Aliens, or Starship Troopers this is the game you've been looking for."-Wayne Humfleet

4-Stars | ★ ★ ★ ★
"Aliens. Space Marines. Guns. Death. What could be better?"-snikle

"In short, buy it."-Jimmie Bise, Jr

Many 4 ratings on One Book Shelf

"The key to any good RPG is clear rules for characters and a good system for conflict resolution. 3:16 has both."-Aleksander Rødner

"terrific tool to role play combat and war stories."-Mike Fischer

Great Reviews
"superb piece of battle-ready game design"-Ken Hite

"This is Starship Troopers moral territory, and we’re not talking Heinlein troopers, we’re talking Verhoeven. If anything, the setting out-Verhoevens Verhoeven."-Robin D. Laws

A Terrible Review
"just doesn't work ... Substance: 1 + .0 (content) + .0 (text) ..."-Lev Lafayette

A Stupid Comment
"The setting is crass ... probably very repetitive ... Two stats is just silly ... no real depth to it at all."-Ghost Whistler

"3:16 is one helluva kick-ass game"
- Joe J. Prince, Contenders

"Fantastic, gorgeous design"
- Ron Edwards, Sorcerer

"It's about playing through the up and downs of highly violent commando squads who sometimes show total mastery over their enemies and sometimes get their ass served with sulfuric acid jelly on top."
- boulet

"OK, I’ll admit it; I can’t think of a damned thing to add or take away from 3:16 that would make it a better game."
- Greywulf

Print: $20 from IPR | Cubicle 7
Print+PDF: $25 from IPR
96 pages digest-sized (landscape)

Designed by Gregor Hutton (Best Friends) 3:16 is a winner of a High Ronny Award for Games Design.

Featuring a stunning cover by Paul Bourne (a|state, Cold City, Hot War) and haunting interiors by Gregor Hutton 3:16 is a visual treat.

This high-octane Science-Fiction role-playing game for 2 or more players has your Space Troopers killing bugs all across the Cosmos. You’ll advance in rank, improve your weapons, slay civilization after civilization and find out who you are through an innovative “Flashback” mechanic.

Terra’s plan is to kill every living thing in the Universe to protect the home world. See where your tour of duty in the 3:16th Expeditionary Force takes you and your friends. Revel in the kill-happy machismo and enjoy a campaign of Carnage Amongst The Stars.

3:16 is a Science-Fiction role-playing game about Carnage Amongst The Stars.

  • Take your squad of kill-happy Troopers and annihilate bugs!
  • Low preparation, elegant game system.
  • Delivers developing campaign play.
  • Lavishly illustrated and designed book.
  • Winner of a High Ronny Award for Games Design for the original version.


Sample Pages
Range Map | Cropped
GM Planet Sheets
Character Sheet

Character Sheet (en español)
Alternate Range Map
Alternate Play Sheets
Character Sheet | Range Map
WWII Sheet | Range Map
WWII Weapons

FREE Supplement (1):
Disposable Heroes.
FREE Supplement (2):
So Few in See Page XX.


3:16 is part of the Cafe Game Exchange in New York at Ozzie's Coffee & Tea


Indie RPG Awards 2008:
Game of the Year (2nd) | Production (2nd) | Innovation (3rd) | Support (3rd)
ENnie Awards 2009:
Nominee (Best Cover Art)
Greywulf's Game of the Year
Winner (2008)
UK Games Expo Awards:
Nominee (RPG of the Year 2009)
Ogre Cave Xmas Gift List (2008)
High Ronny Award Winner (Oct 05)

Electrum Seller (Drive Thru RPG)


[AP] Gaming From Iraq
[AP] Home is for the hating | 2 | 3
[AP] On the South Coast... | 2
[AP] 3:16 Makes Me Sick
[AP] Troopers of the "Big Iron"
[AP] ORK, Norwegian campaign
[AP] Terra - F*ck Yeah!
[AP] One player
[AP] The Hellworld Chronicles
[AP] Spades|Chalk on Planet Dürer | 2

[AP] No Time Like The Present | 2
[AP] Dakka-Dakka-Dakka (Spanish)
[AP] Assault on Degas | 2
[AP] Delivers the Goods YET AGAIN
[AP] Problematic Playtest
[AP] The Walking Eye
[AP] First play
[AP] My First Experiences | 2
[AP] Carnificina | 2 | 3 | 4 (Portuguese)
[AP] Our first story-game
[AP] Remember Trooper Wolverine
[AP] "I Guess You Did OK"
[AP] Demo | 2
[AP] Going After Caravaggio
[AP] Left 4:16 Dead | 2 | 3
[AP] Actual Play
[AP] Virgins on a Wet Planet | 2
[AP] Recreation on Kandinsky
[AP] 1 Campaign, 1 day, Awesome
[AP] Planet Girlfriend
[AP] Way Too Easy? | 2
[AP] Carnage Amongst The Stars
[AP] Planet Bosch | 2
[AP] First Session
[AP] My First Times Playing
[AP] Primer Planeta Matisse
[AP] Bosch
[AP] SGBoston Shoots Some Bugs
[AP] GenCon08 6 Games
[AP] Actual Play|Review
[AP] Gelatinous Cubes on Cezanne
[AP] Squad 42 Echo
[AP] Terra 1-0 Aliens
[AP] 3:16 GPNW
[AP] Wangtabulous
[AP] Another damned Bambi!


WHY 3:16?
Search: RPGnet | StoryGames
Interview (BearSwarm)
Interview (Mostly Geek)
Interview (WalkingEye)

316carnage.com [Fan Site]
Yahoo! Group

Differences from 24-Hour version

Brigade Organizationy|Units
Hatred of Home
One|Two Player Gaming
One-shot Advice
Starting Play

[3:16] First Timer
[3:16] World War 2
[3:16] Carnage on the Rhine
[3:16] Am I missing something?
[related: one-shots]
[3:16] How serious?
[3:16] Some questions
[3:16] Other questions
[3:16] Sell me

Low-Prep/No-Prep Play
Map Tools (by renatoram)
NPC generator
Naming Starships | Yahoo!
Re-Using Strengths|Weaknesses

3:16 this weekend... (Nov 08)
Disposable Heroes Supplement in Collective Endeavour Journal (Nov 08)
Wiki Site (unofficial)
3:16 Questions About Discipline
Using the system for other genres
NFA actions in combat
What I don't like about 3:16 (interesting discussion)
[3:16] PCs too successful?
Rules Questions [now see FAQs above]
Psi Stuff? | 2
Using Lego figures by Neil Ford
Alternate Character Sheet, Planet Sheet by Darren Hill
Dale Horstman's play sheets thread

Promotional Art [images]

PRESS RELEASE [15 July 2008] * Book Released: 1 August 2008
Free (24-hr version) or here (1km1kt.net), see the differences
3:16 Masakra wsród gwiazd [Polish translation by Tomasz Pudlo]
The first supplement was to be ‘sik’ (pronounced as in psych-), about psionics, telepathy, telekinesis, brain bugs, etc. [It'll happen at some point I think, but not soon]
AD 316 is a Roman-themed version set in the reign of Constantine, coming as soon as I can get it finished.
Fantasy Version "Carnage Amongst The Tribes" due from Cubicle 7 as soon as I can get it finished.

Owing to a printing error, in the first printing (only) of the book (sold in August 2008) two pieces of text are obscured by images/ink. Here are the pages as intended: p.27, p.69. Apologies for this error, thankfully they don't affect any rules text. Current printings (from August 2008 onwards) are all A-OK.

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