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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Published: 12/13/2009 3:30:29 PM

anyone else notice, the two 'mystery games' are both essentialy remakes of an older game, and they are both strategy games.... might hint towards what the other is..

Published: 12/13/2009 3:28:31 PM

Dear FFG,


What - in the Emperor's name - happened to the dice!

Published: 12/13/2009 2:56:48 PM

Warhammer Quest!!!! Oh wow, if we see that game remade by FFG, I will cry tears of happiness and then faint...or eat a tub full of rusty nails, whichever is less painful!

Published: 12/13/2009 2:05:34 PM

I got a , maybe stupid or not, idea. If the first "?" was Runewars - that looks like Mighty Empire or Twilight Imperium, the second is Horus Heresy a remake of an old GW title (or maybe just the same title). Then the 3rd title could be Blood Bowl or something different. I'm just guessing.

I would  be more happy if the 3dr would be something different, becouse i'm not a big fan of Blood Bowl.

Published: 12/13/2009 1:53:01 PM








Published: 12/13/2009 1:46:54 PM

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?

This would give us a chance to see Mighty Empires or Warhammer Quest with new rules and a complete new look.

Published: 12/13/2009 1:36:59 PM



Published: 12/13/2009 12:21:14 PM

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. The Horus Heresy are my favourite black library books. So it's great  to see a board game set in the Horus Heresy!

Sarim Rune
Published: 12/13/2009 11:48:21 AM

I wasn't really impressed with the Card based mechanics of Starcraft.  I hope these are different. 

Published: 12/13/2009 3:46:32 AM

I can say only one thing - wow! That's something I did not expected to see. FFG You're amazing!

Published: 12/12/2009 4:52:08 PM

I doubt the card-based resolution is any more a trend than the specialty dice in Doom, Descent, WFRP 3 or even those for movement in Runebound. I commend FFG for not marrying itself to any one mechanic. I also think, given some of the heat they've taken from those who hate the dice in WFRP, this is a good political move.

As for the third box, scuttlebutt seems to suggest it's the TI universe retheme of Dune. I wonder if that will be any differently received than a reimplementation of a GW classic?

At any rate, I'm trying to justify to my wife how I could already splurge for Space Hulk (100 msrp), WFRP 3 (100 msrp) and then Runewars (100 msrp) and Horus Heresy (100 msrp) within such a short period of time. I really don't want to sleep outside in January.

Published: 12/12/2009 2:59:11 PM

That is so bloody cool! I didn't see this release coming from a mile away!

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