Space Hulk is a game of desperate conflict between the Imperial Space Marines and the fearsome alienGenestealers. The action takes place on an ancient interstellar vessel known as a space hulk. Only one side willsurvive this deadly conflict and emerge victorious.
In Space Hulk, one player commands a force of superhuman Space Marines, while the other controls aforce of the alien Genestealers. These two sides battleagainst each other within the labyrinthine corridors androoms of a gigantic derelict starship. Each side has itsown goals and objectives, and is determined to achievethese while crushing the opposition.The Imperial Space Marines are the most powerfulwarriors of Mankind, defenders of humanity andguardians of the Imperium. All of the Space Marines inthe Space Hulk game wear thick armour and areequipped with awesome firepower. Only Space Marinesare brave and determined enough to enter the horror-infested space hulk and face the dreaded Genestealer menace that lurks within.Opposing the Space Marines are the insidious, repulsiveand horrific Genestealers. These alien creatures comefrom deepest space with one purpose: to destroy. Theyare savage, six-limbed beasts with fangs and claws thatcan rip through the thickest armour with ease. Incrediblystrong and lightning fast, supremely adapted for killing,Genestealers are virtually unstoppable.Space Hulk is a stand-alone board game based on thedeadly battles fought between the Imperial SpaceMarines and the alien Genestealers. Everything you needto play the game is in this box. The game is easy to learn but hard to master, and makes for fast and furious actionas you play through the many different missions that areavailable.
The first thing you have to do to play
isread these rules. They aren’t particularly long or difficult, and we’ve included lots of diagrams andexamples to help explain the more complicated ideas.Don’t try to memorise this book on the first go; all youreally need to begin play is a grasp of how things work -you can look up the particulars as you need during thegame.The first section of the rules, entitled
How to Play ThisGame,
provides an overview of the entire game. Onceyou’ve read that, you’ll have a good understanding of what the various rules mechanics are meant toaccomplish and how they fit in the overall scheme.
Once you have read the rules and assembled the pieces,you are ready to begin play. At this point, you will haveto decide which of the
appearing in the
, you wish to play. The Missions tell howto arrange the boards to recreate a section of the spacehulk, where the Marines and Genestealers begin play,when and where reinforcements (if any) arrive, and whatyou need to do to win. Each Mission is different fromthe rest; each presents its own unique challenge.