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Rating: 7.9 Very Good
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 120-180 minutes

Created by: Samuel Bailey, James Kniffen, Corey Konieczka

Published by: Asterion Press, Edge Entertainment, Fantasy Flight Games

Alternate Names: Verbotene Welten, Zakazane Gwiazdy


Forbidden Stars is a hand-management board game of galactic warfare set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Two to four players command the Space Marines, Orks, Eldar, or Chaos Space Marines.

Each faction seeks to reclaim ancient relics of the Herakon Cluster and sites of power that are vital to their survival. To accomplish this, they must bluff your opponents, harvest resources, build massive armies, upgrade their forces, and conquer the worlds of the long-lost Herakon Cluster.

Each round has 3 phases and unique actions can be taken during them. Players should maximize their faction's strenghts (unique armies and play styles) and exploit their opponent's weaknesses to claim their objectives and finally win this game.

Retail Price:$96
Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee 2015
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Game Components

  • 1 Rules Reference
  • 112 Combat Cards
  • 32 Event Cards
  • 32 Order Tokens
  • 20 Order Upgrade Cards
  • 24 Objective Tokens
  • 1 Round Track and 1 Round Marker
  • 12 Double-Sided System Tiles
  • 36 Structure Control Tokens
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 36 Asset Tokens
  • 4 Reference Cards
  • 12 Combat Tokens
  • 4 Materiel Dials
  • 4 Faction Sheets
  • 4 Warp Storm Tokens
  • 35 Plastic Structures
  • 105 Plastic Units


Before starting a game of Forbidden Stars, players must perform the following setup steps:

  1. Choose Factions: Each player chooses one faction and gathers that faction's corresponding faction sheet, tokens, event cards, upgrade cards, combat cards, and units. …

Each faction has two tokens for each of the four orders. When a player resolves an order during the Operations Phase, the system tile on which the order was placed is the active system.

This section describes how players resolve each of the four orders.

Deploy Order

Players use Deploy Orders to place new units and structures on the game board. To resolve a Deploy Order, the active player follows these two steps in order:

  1. Purchase Units: If the player has a factory in the active system, he may purchase units and place them on any friendly or uncontrolled (not containing any units or structures) areas in the system. …

After a player moves units using an Advance Order, he must resolve a combat if he has units on an area containing both friendly and enemy units or structures (i.e., a contested area).

During combat, the player resolving the Advance Order is the attacker and the other player is the defender.

Combat in Forbidden Stars uses a combination of both dice and cards. Players begin the combat by rolling a number of dice based on their units' combat values. Then, they play combat cards to trigger special abilities and gain combat icons, dice, and combat tokens. The player with the most morale () at the end of the combat is the winner and his opponent must retreat his units. …

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