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Chapter Approved was a regular column in White Dwarf in which officially approved background and rules information created by the Warhammer 40,000 design team - often the head designer directly - were published. It also included looks 'behind the scenes' at the design process, as well as trial rules and FAQs. These articles were collected into annual-style compilation books several times, also called Chapter Approved and subtitled as the 'Books of the Astronomicon'.

Originating in the first edition of WH40K, it resurfaced during Third Edition, and the tenure of Andy Chambers as the system's head designer (or the Warhammer 40,000 Overfiend, as the position was also then known). Readers of White Dwarf were invited to write in to him with requests for material to be featured; be it rule clarifications, unit discrepancies, a focus on certain background, or even suggest the creation of certain rules and units. These requests were met upon several occasions, with articles stating they were created in response to reader request. Other articles were created to act as player aids or designer soapboxes. The column ceased appearing in the transition to Fourth Edition, only to intermittently resurface some time later, without the 'frontperson' of the departed Andy Chambers.

Chapter Approved Articles

White Dwarf issue Title Subject Author(s) Edition
WD255 Tyranid Monstrosities Tyranids Pete Haines Third
WD261 Cityfight Designer's Notes Codex: Cityfight Andy Chambers
Jervis Johnson
Pete Haines
Third
WD264 The Regiments on Armageddon Armageddon Ork Hunters
Death Korps of Krieg
Imperial Guard
Andy Chambers
Phil Kelly
Third
WD265 And They Shall Know No Fear Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition) Pete Haines Third
WD265 Cityfight Sub-plots Codex: Cityfight Andy Chambers Third
WD265 Tyranid Quesions & Answers Codex: Tyranids (3rd Edition) Andy Chambers Third
WD267 Chaos Minor Psyker Powers Chaos Psychic Powers Andy Hoare Third
WD270 Dark Eldar Update Dark Eldar Phil Kelly
Andy Hoare
Third
WD270 Speed Freeks Warboss Kult of Speed Andy Chambers Third
WD270 Space Wolves Questions and Answers Codex: Space Wolves (3rd Edition) Andy Chambers Third
WD270 Codex Space Marines Corrections Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition) Andy Chambers Third
WD272 Warhammer 40,000 Daemon Rules Preview Daemons Pete Haines
Andy Hoare
Third
WD272 Tau Vehicle Design Rules Tau Pete Haines
Phil Kelly
Third
WD273 Trial Assault Rules Warhammer 40,000 Andy Chambers Third
WD275 Priestly Delegations in Imperial Armies Ministorum Auxilia Andy Hoare Third
WD275 Using Inquisitors in Warhammer 40,000 Ordo Malleus Inquisitors
Inquisitorial Henchmen
Phil Kelly Third
WD276 Necron Q & A / Codex Tau Q + A Codex: Necrons (3rd Edition)
Codex: Tau (3rd Edition)
Andy Chambers
Pete Haines
Third
WD277 The State of the System Warhammer 40,000 Andy Chambers Third
WD279 Daemonhunter's Designer's Notes Codex: Daemonhunters Andy Chambers
Graham McNeill
Phil Kelly
Third
WD279 Trial Rules: The Cursed Founding Black Dragons
Minotaurs
Legion of the Damned
Lamenters
Flame Falcons
Andy Hoare
Graham McNeill
Phil Kelly
Third
WD285 Codex: Imperial Guard Desgner's Notes Codex: Imperial Guard (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex) Pete Haines Third
WD285 Mounted Daemonettes of Slaanesh Daemonettes Pete Haines Third
WD285 Tau Rail Rifles Rail Rifles Pete Haines Third
WD285 Eye of Terror Campaign Honours Wargear Andy Hoare Third
WD289 Daemonhunters Q + A Codex: Daemonhunters Phil Kelly Third
WD290 Ork Clanz Ork Clans Andy Chambers
Andy Hoare
Third
WD292 Creature Feature Catachan Devils
Enslavers
Giant Reptiles
Crotalids
Living Dead
Native Hunting Beasts
Lesser Catachan Barking Toad
Xenos Mounts
Andy Chambers
Pete Haines
Andy Hoare
Phil Kelly
Graham McNeill
Matt Ward
Third
WD295 Extremis Diabolus Relictors Phil Kelly
Guy Haley
Third
WD303 Abhumans Abhuman Imperial Guard Andy Hoare Fourth

Chapter Approved Compilations