Forbidden Stars is a new board game that Fantasy Flight Games is working on that’s set in the grimdark future of the Warhammer 40k universe. Players are in control of massive galaxy-spanning armies of their chosen race and duel it out for control of the cosmos. But those armies don’t start out massive. Armies don’t just magically appear out of thin air (well… somewhat it does for Chaos, but even then, not everything simply “pops” out of the Warp). It takes time and resources to build up what will eventually become your (hopefully) galaxy-conquering military machine. In this preview, Fantasy Flight gives us a look at how all that comes to be.
In the game, players can do one of four orders during their turn. They are: Dominate, Deploy, Strategize, and Advance. Dominate allows you to gain resources from the systems under your control, as well as use your faction’s special ability. Deploy is what you use in order to turn those resources into actual fighting units for your army. Strategize lets you draw from the combat and upgrade decks in order to make your already-created forces just that much stronger, or to give you an edge in combat situations. Finally, Advance is where your army takes it on the road (or the Warp, such as it were) and goes out and does some conquering! By mastering those four orders, you’ll soon be sitting on your own golden throne.