News for December 2009
The Universe Hangs in the Balance... 77
Announcing an epic board game of betrayal and war, Horus Heresy
Horus Heresy | Published 11 December 2009

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On the thirteenth day of Secundus, the bombardment began…

In the greatest betrayal the universe has ever known, the Warmaster Horus – once humanity’s greatest general, now corrupted by Chaos – has turned against the Emperor and hurled the Imperium of Man into ferocious civil war. The galactic conflict has risen to its climax. The Warmaster’s ruinous legions have assaulted Holy Terra itself, the Emperor’s seat. Here the fate of humanity hangs in the balance during the greatest military campaign ever seen...

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce an exciting new board game set to bombard your tabletop later this winter!

In the Horus Heresy board game, the most legendary battle in the history of the Warhammer 40,000 universe unfolds across the razed plains of Terra and in the frozen orbit above. Deadly fighting ranges from the Emperor’s golden Inner Palace to Horus’s flagship, the Vengeful Spirit.

Taking the side of traitor or loyalist, two players control either fearless Space Marine legions or deviant Chaos Space Marines, mighty Titans, Imperial Armies both loyal and traitorous, and a fearsome array of other units, including the Emperor and Horus themselves.

An innovative order and initiative system forces each side to carefully consider the commands they issue to their troops. A dramatic, card-driven combat system incorporates escalating damage, gives players the opportunity to allocate resources between attack and defense, and brings to bear the unique special powers of each unit type, from fortification-destroying Titans to the perverse daemons of Chaos.

This legendary tale of treachery and heroism is brought to vibrant life with over one hundred magnificent sculpted plastic playing pieces. The stunning three-dimensional map of Terra brilliantly portrays the landscape immediately surrounding the Imperial Palace, from the magma-filled crevasses to the fortifications that offer the Imperial player protection against both enemy assault and orbital bombardments.

Each one of these structures, as well as the Imperial Palace itself, have been expertly sculpted, and rise above the landscape to create a truly immersive experience. The fortifications of Terra have never looked more formidable! Once the board is set up with playing pieces and terrain for your first game, it will be a wonder to behold.

Horus Heresy includes six scenarios that differ in both difficulty and style. The first scenario, titled Brother Against Brother, is recommended for all new players as it provides predetermined starting locations for both player's forces. It is a well balanced version of the Battle for Terra, and also presents a roughly historical recreation of the conflict's events.

Head over to our Description Page to learn more, then prepare yourself for a battle that will shake the Imperium to its very core!

Horus Heresy is a board game that pits two 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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Wolfe Rabalius
Published: 12/16/2009 5:21:36 AM

Will have to get this game!!!

Published: 12/14/2009 10:16:49 PM

@cronevald I don't know anything, either, but your reasoning is sound, so maybe there is hope?

Published: 12/14/2009 3:33:05 PM

@ Wallabee_Champ:  Note these HH figures don't appear as if they'd have any immediate use in GW's core game lineup.  I think FFG may have a bit of freedom to develop game pieces so long as they don't conflict/compete with the wargame ranges.  I don't think the figures here imply that we may see a new WHQ, Nercro or Mordheim from FFG.  Just idle speculation though,  I have no idea what FFG's restrictions actually are or the reasons behind them.

Published: 12/14/2009 9:03:37 AM

Heres another game i'm gonna have to get!

Published: 12/14/2009 7:55:00 AM

You know something, I just realised that this is a remake of a old GW games with the same title. Could it be that Gw made up ther mind and gave FFG the licence to produce new versions of old titles?


Chaos Marauders was already a rerelease of an old GW game, so nothing groundbreaking here. Although it probably wasn't as reworked as HH was.


if the third box isnt talisman expansion ill eat my hat

Prepare to eat hat.

Published: 12/14/2009 7:40:13 AM

An additional neat thing: as soon as this game is out, there wil be a forum for it.

As soon as there will be a forum, there will be Avatar pictures.

As soon as there are Avatar pictures, some of us can hunt for a new one

Published: 12/14/2009 4:08:35 AM

And what do you think about Gear of wars for the third box?

1) It´s an incoming game expected by Q4 2009:

Gears of War: The Board Game
2/20/2009 Gears of War is based on the hit Xbox game by Epic Games.

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Expected by: Q4 2009

2) The same box size!!!!:

It would be really cool.



Dr Phibes
Published: 12/14/2009 3:09:53 AM

if the third box isnt talisman expansion ill eat my hat

Published: 12/13/2009 9:04:49 PM

I read up on Games Workshop's Wikipedia page. That page has a number of board games potentially in the FFG license and while Talisman and Horus Heresy are there, Warhammer Quest is not. I have to go cry now...

Published: 12/13/2009 8:53:08 PM

Just throwing this out there.... I did some reading and it was believed the license FFG signed with GW would allow FFG to make GW games as long as FFG didn't create miniatures. Well, this game certainly dispels that belief, so maybe Warhammer Quest is a possibility? It's a remake and ties into the Warhammer IP....

I'm *really* getting my hopes up here. Thank God Runewars looks so awesome!


Published: 12/13/2009 6:48:36 PM

Sweet! The miniatures will be a great insight into GW/FFG's "vision" of the equipment of the Heresy.

...and it sounds like a really good time!

Published: 12/13/2009 3:40:49 PM

OH YA! Another hundred in some minietures for me to paint!

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