Unboxing: Forbidden Stars



BoLS opens up the new board game from Fantasy Flight Games – Forbidden Stars! Galactic Conquest in the 40k Universe? YES PLEASE!

Here is our Video Unboxing if you want a closer look at the plastic miniatures:

Forbidden Stars $99.95


Forbidden Stars puts you in command of massive armies battling to claim the Herakon Cluster at any cost. In every game, you and your opponents build up your forces, expand your strategic options, and clash on the field of glorious battle. You’ll deliver orders to your troops on a strategic level and command your armies through tense tactical battles as you fight to claim your objectives. The first player to capture his objective tokens is the victor, but your opponents will undoubtedly defend them against you. You’ll need all your strategic skill to outwit and outmaneuver your opponents and claim the Herakon Cluster!




Forbidden Stars challenges you and up to three other players to take command of a mighty fighting force: the Ultramarines chapter of Space Marines, the Eldar of Craftworld Iyanden, the Evil Sunz Ork clan, or the World Eaters Warband of the Chaos Space Marines. Each faction offers unique armies and play styles, but your goal remains the same – to claim the key objectives selected for your faction. These objective tokens are scattered throughout the Herakon Cluster, but your opponents are sure to defend your objectives against you. You’ll need to build massive armies and command them in unending war to best your enemies and claim your objectives. The fight for the Herakon Cluster is brutal and bloody, and you will either stride triumphant over the bodies of your fallen foes, or they will do the same to you.



Each faction in Forbidden Stars features units and Combat cards unique to that race, meaning that each faction brings its own flavour to your battles for the Herakon Cluster. You may corrupt countless planets, raising up new warriors to fight alongside the World Eaters and devoting your strength to the Chaos Powers. As the Evil Sunz Orks, you can use the mayhem of battle to your advantage and harness your massive reinforcements to fight longer and harder than almost any other army.

The riches of the Herakon Cluster are yours for the taking, but other armies are already marching to seize their own planets. Take command of your faction’s greatest warriors, and lead your armies to glory and victory in Forbidden Stars!

If you want to check out a copy of the rules click here!

We got to play a game of Forbidden Stars here at the BoLS HQ and we had a blast! Stay Tuned for a full review – AdamHarry, OUT!

  • This is a great preview. Thanks! Been keeping my eye on this game, and this pretty much sells it for me. Thanks for writing up a bit as well as the video. That’s nice for those of us at work.

  • John Bower

    Looks really good. And I too like TI3 so when I get some money coming in I’m sure this will get bought.

  • henrythesecond

    Royal Mail notified me today that it’s on it’s way to me! Woo hoo!

  • Kako

    reskin starcraft, profit.

    • Kyraxis

      Starcraft is a reskin of 40, so…..

      • EndreFodstad

        I was not aware that 40k started out as a RTS 🙂

        • Though he is right. 😉

          • EndreFodstad

            Well…no. They are using very similar art, not very similar rules. So I guess it would be a recrunch?

          • Philip Estabrook

            Warcraft began life as an attempt produce Warhammer Fantasy as an RTS. Licensing fell through so Blizzard tweaked some things and made Warcraft. Starcraft robs liberally from Warhammer 40k, which itself derives itself from other sources but the similarities are undeniable.

          • EndreFodstad

            Yep. That is a widely believe myth. As far as I know there was no attempt to make a 40k RTS even if the inspiration of the art was clear, ever from Warcraft: Orcs & Humans.

          • Philip Estabrook

            What myth? That GW was approached by Blizzard? That’s well known. As far as ripping on 40k for Starcraft, you can’t be serious. Space marines, tyranids, and eldar in space…

          • EndreFodstad

            According to people within both companies, there was no serious attempt to do a 40k RTS from Blizzard -it is a fan myth. And I urge you to re-read what I wrote, since I made it perfectly clear that, again, the inspiration is apparent from Orcs & Humans on. The general tropes are hardy original enough to be regarded as GW unike, though – theye were hardly the first originators of power armoured marines, hivemind gribblies or dying ancient species.

          • Philip Estabrook

            Perhaps you should be the one rereading since at no point did I claim Starcraft was intended to represent 40k. What I was referring to was the fact that Blizzard had no issue borrowing from Warhammer with Warcraft and the parallels between Starcraft and 40k are undeniable. Yes, 40k itself borrows heavily from traditional archtypes, but anyone trying to say that this new boardgame was a rip off of Starcraft ignores the fact that Starcraft itself was an unoriginal property borrowing heavily from 40k.

        • Kyraxis

          It didn’t, and neither did Starcraft. But Starcraft and Warcraft are both Blizzard copies of GW worlds. Blizzard wanted to use the Warhammer worlds in their games, but GW, with their infinite wisdom, declined.

          • EndreFodstad

            I did this already, see above 🙂

      • Stracraft the boardgame

  • Me

    Thank you for including this write up in addition to the video.