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Horus Heresy (Board Game)

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Box of the Horus Heresy board game, Fantasy Flight Games version


"The skies of Earth are black with dust and ash. The land is split by gigantic fissures and its tectonic plates groan with stress. Mountain chains shiver; seas have evaporated to become barren deserts. Blood and ash rain from the darkening sky. Astropathic choirs sing evil portents and men go mad with fear. The fleet of Horus hangs in orbit over the ravaged world. The defenders of Terra stand ready. Brother fights brother, and the universe hangs in the balance."

Excerpt from Horus Heresy: Rules of Play 3

Overview

Horus Heresy is a two-player board game set during the climatic battle of the Horus Heresy. It was originally released in 1993 as part of Games Workshop's Wargame Series label 1. An upcoming succeeding version of the Horus Heresy board game has been announced by Fantasy Flight Games 2.

There are two areas of focus in the game: the strategic map and the main map board. Players issue orders and either carry them out immediately or place them face down on the strategic map for later resolution. As players execute their orders, they place and move their units on the main map board.

Placing and executing orders affects the state of the initiative track, a central feature of the game. In addition to indicating which player has the initiative at any given time - that is, which player will act next - it also shows how many orders that player will be able to place and/or execute before initiative swings to his opponent.

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