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Presenting a video overview of Horus Heresy
Horus Heresy | Published 21 May 2010

Horus Heresy, the two-player board game of treachery and heroism in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, has received accolades from critics and players alike since its release in April. Today, we’re pleased to offer an exciting video that looks at the origins, gameplay, and components of this groundbreaking title. Also featured are in-depth interviews with Jeff Tidball, lead designer, and Alan Merrett, Head of IP at Games Workshop!

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Horus Heresy is a board game that pits 2 players against each other to recreate the most famous battle of Warhammer 40,000’s rich history, in which the Warmaster Horus’s betrayal of the Emperor comes to its climax. Taking the side of either traitor or loyalist, players control a fearsome array of units, including the Emperor and Horus themselves. Brother fights brother, and the universe hangs in the balance!

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The Corrupted One
Published: 10/9/2012 10:09:24 PM

A full tutorial vid would be sweet.

Anyone port the game over to Planetary Empires Yet?

Published: 5/5/2011 8:56:17 AM

Sorry to butt in almost a year later, but...

Both GW and FFG appeal to me. The GW universe has been an integral part of my imagination for half of my life, on the other hand with FFG I don't have to pay hundreds of pounds to get an army built up to the size people will want to play at. But take them both into account and it becomes helpful to understand what the games represent.

At it's most basic, the difference between HH and 40K is the difference between a battle and a war. For example, in HH you could order a Titan Legion, a unit of Space Marines and an Imperial Army to attack a traitor force. If you played a standard 1500 point game of 40k with the same background, you'd be representing at best a 20th of one of those armies. Obviously it will act as the culmination or pivotal moment of the battle... but as I'm a basement or 'fluffy' gamer, and engaging with the background of the game is the intergral part to my hobby, it puts me in quite a strong position to appreciate both games and systems.

Just my 2 pennies... 

Published: 5/27/2010 4:25:47 AM

Cailus makes a fair point. The FFG games are more appealing to me than the core GW ones.

Lets not forget though that 40K came from GW and without their hard work and imagination there would be no universe for FFG to launch from.

That being said HH looks like the coolest 40K release in a long time (with the exception of Space Hulk which I'll wager was a collaboration...)

I'm excited to see what comes out next...

Published: 5/26/2010 10:16:52 PM

Theoretically, the Warhammer 40,000 logo should be amended to read Warhammer 30,000 as the Horus Heresy is set in the 31st Millennium!


If any one is interested, the Black Library has been releasing books on the series (I.e. The Horus Heresy series) - the majority of them are some of the best works in the Black Library catalogue.


It's interesting that Fantasy Flight Games are releasing better products than Games Workshop! The latest versions of 40k and Fantasy are... not well received by the majority of the fans. It's lost the soul that was such a drawing factor 10 years ago. Then we see the Fantasy Flight Games, such as Chaos in the Old World, which fit the universe perfectly.

Published: 5/26/2010 10:21:53 AM

My fault for not playing the gamethough I did look over a friend's copy and voted it "Alternate universe I would least like to be an ordinary person in..."

Published: 5/25/2010 6:20:13 PM

Yes, WH40K takes place in the 41 millenium.  As far as history of the universe is concerned, the Emperor created the Space Marine Chapters.  His favorite Primarch, first member of each chapter, was Horus.  He made Horus his Warmaster, leader of all Terran forces.  Horus was corrupted by the forces of Chaos and turned against the Emperor.  This led to the Horus Heresy, where Horus was narrowly defeated, and cast into the Eye of Terror.  The Eye of Terror is the center of the galaxy where all the nasty Chaos gods live.  In the battle the Emperor was gravely wounded, and encased in the Golden Throne to support his life, where he has existed for the last 10K years.  Hope this helps, but if you want anymore history you will have to look it up.

Published: 5/25/2010 11:15:53 AM


When playing Warhammer 40k it does take place in the 41 millenium, but the horus heresy that separated the space marine chapters into what they are in the "present" (41st millenium) happened 10000 years prior.

Published: 5/25/2010 10:35:19 AM

Excuse me if I'm being dense, but wouldn't Warhammer 40,000 take place in the 41st millenium?

Published: 5/23/2010 10:54:18 PM

Yeah, I always enjoy these mini movies... always gives me a chill up my spine! (lol) ...Even after playing the games and owning a game for a while, I always enjoy coming back and watching these movies over and over (like for ToI and Starcraft)- just gets you excited to play again! But, the best movie they made so far was for Runewars... I like how Christian tells us our friends will say  "... Cool!!! We're playing that?..."  -too funny!!!!

Published: 5/22/2010 11:02:41 PM

Fantastic Production! You guys need to do this for all of your products, that way its easier to convince people to get into it....

Published: 5/21/2010 9:21:22 PM

 awesome ! please make more tutorials. more people will be able to get into these games. 

Published: 5/21/2010 8:59:38 PM

 How is the designer *not* related to Christian Peterson. Similar features, similar voice patterns, similar phrases and gestures. I could swear he's the younger brother to CP. 

Oh - and the game looks awesome. I appreciate the glimpse into the history of the game. 

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