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Year Published
1989
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2, 3 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Space Hulk
Alternate Names
宇宙荒舟
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Space Hulk is a light miniatures wargame set in the Warhammer 40K universe. It has a relatively simple rule-set (compared to Warhammer 40K itself) and is known for its fast play and immersive theme (think the movie Aliens).

You lay out corridors and rooms that represent a space hulk, a large disabled ship floating in space. The Space Marines wear powerful space battle suits and carry heavy weaponry. The Genestealers reminiscent of the alien in Alien are naked and defenseless except for their enormous speed, four clawed arms able to rip through a Terminators armor and their seemingly endless numbers.

Each game is played as a scenario. The Space Marines win by completing a certain goal, such as retrieving an artifact and escaping alive. The GeneStealers win by stopping the Space Marines from achieving their goal, usually by killing them all. A unique mechanism is that the Genestealers have no time limit for their turn, but the Space Marines have a 3 minute time limit, and less if a sergeant is killed. This simulates the fact that Genestealers move so much quicker and adds a lot of tension to the game for the Marine player.

The miniatures are excellent although you do have to paint them yourselves and the modular board is very well done.

The Deathwing Expansion adds new personnel, weapons, rules for multilevel hulks, new missions and a mission generator along with some complexity.

The Genestealer Expansion adds new marines, weapons, Genestealer Hybrids who can use weapons and new missions. There are also rules for psychic powers.

There was also the Space Hulk Campaign Book that can be linked for longer games. This book also added rules for traitor Marines and new weapons.

Even with all rules in place the game does not get too complicated and is a very good introduction to Warhammer 40K.

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Space Hulk (2nd Edition)
Space Hulk (3rd Edition)

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Space Hulk
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Publisher: Games Workshop Ltd.
Artist: Tony Cottrell, Wayne England, David Gallagher, Jes Goodwin, Gerry Grace, Bob Naismithmore»
Year: 1989
Product Code: 0331
Size: 11.45 x 16.70 x 3.20 inches
5.00 pounds
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Product Code: 6012
Size: 16.73 x 11.42 x 3.35 inches
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16 The Dark side of the Hulk v.1.1
Space hulk mission. Great for 3 players, and very compact. (for small tables ;-)) Best with 1st Ed. Rules, but 2nd and 3rd will do fine.
English
2009-11-16
47 Space Hulk Inventory
Version 3; in PDF format.
English
2009-09-02
8 Los TAU en SpaceHulk
Traducción al español del artículo aparecido en la revista francesa Ravage nº 21
Spanish
2009-07-15
29 3D Flame Markers
Flame Markers. Maybe not as cool as Litco or GF9 ones but cheaper.
English
2009-04-28
60 Space Hulk Stopwatch by Thibault Bloch V2
Now with full sound atmosphere. Many thanks to Patrick Kolatris (lordhellfury) for his contribution (all voice sound clips) and mostly for his interest, feedback and confidence. Without his support and playtesting this would be far less polished. As before, use the help button to get the most of the timer. Mouse or keyboard controlled, advanced timing sytem from Deathwing available, etc. Please do not ditribute without permission!
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2009-04-25
4 Pitfall en español
Traduccion del articulo "Pitfall" de la White Dwarf 114 inglesa, donde se explican las reglas de combate entre distintos niveles. Estas reglas se integraron posteriormente en "DeathWing" pero no la mision.
Spanish
2009-03-31
26 Mission: ALIENS
A Space Hulk mission with a cheeky nod towards the game's original inspiration, the movie Aliens. This is a large map, requiring two full sets of boards and doors to play; it has been designed to be very challenging for the Marine player.
English
2009-03-11
35 Mission: The Last Word
Single-squad mission for 1st edition (but can probably be played with 2nd edition). Rules and map on single sheet for convenience.
2008-12-23
26 Mission: Fallen Comrade
Single-squad mission for 1st edition (but can probably be played with 2nd edition). Rules and map on single sheet for convenience.
2008-12-23
22 Mission: Extraction
Single-squad mission for 1st edition (but can probably be played with 2nd edition). Rules and map on single sheet for convenience.
2008-12-23
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