Forlorn: Hope

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Quick Overview

A squad of Space Marines vs. Alien/Xeno hordes in a desparate sci-fi confrontation. Two-player and solitaire rules included.

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"All right, marines, we have a mission. They ain't payin' us by the hour. Let's move out."

Forlorn: Hope, from designer Chris Taylor, is a game of tactical combat between a squad of human Space Marines and a nearly unlimited horde of vicious alien Xenos aboard the claustrophobic space station, Hope. The Marine player utilizes a limited number of Action Points to command the Forlorn Squad, hoping that luck and a timely rush of adrenaline will help them to complete their desperate mission with at least a few survivors. The Xeno player has no such worries, as the single-minded horde relentlessly presses in from all sides, fearlessly confronting the human's advantage in firepower, proving that quantity has a quality all its own.

This low-complexity, quick-playing game includes two shipboard maps and rules for two-player and solitaire play. Tight, tense, and gripping gameplay will have players making whatever sacrifice is called for in this ultimate battle for survival aboard a contested space station. Can you lead Forlorn Squad on the missions necessary for humanity to survive? Or will the Xenos prove too numerous to stop their relentless destruction? Play Forlorn: Hope and find out.

Game Components:

•   One 4-page, full-color Rules booklet
•   Two 8½" x 11" paper game maps
•   32 color, die-cut 5/8" square mounted pieces
•   28 color, die-cut 5/8" round mounted markers
•   20 Xeno Mutation cards
•   Two sheets of color, two-sided cut-out "Standee" game pieces for 3-D gameplay
•   Two 8½" x 5½" player aid mats
•   Polybag packaging and component storage


Game Design: Chris Taylor
Documentation: Chris Taylor and Alan Emrich
Graphic Design and Map Art: Scott Everts
Counter Art and Illustrations: Serg
Playtesting: Hayden Decker, Tom Decker, Randall Dreger, Scott Everts, Chris Heinzmann, Bill Knight, Judy Krauss, Lance McMillan, Denise McMurry, Joe Miranda, Stephanie Newland, Adam Taylor, Mary Taylor, Nathaniel Taylor, Heather Wagenbach, Gottardo Zancani
Proofreading: Randall Dreger, Judy Krauss, Marc Pavone

Game Resources

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Game Data

Number of Players 1-2
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 40 minutes
Difficulty 4
Solitaire Suitability 8
Designer Chris Taylor
Developer Alan Emrich


Forlorn: Hope by Nerdbloggers
There is a lot of game in the 8 x 11 plastic bag. There are multiple scenarios and a variant for solitaire play. The game plays quickly and really called to me for back-to-back plays. I’m a huge fan of Space Hulk and I have the ridiculously fancy new edition, but I expect Forlorn: Hope will see more table time than SH in my future due to its portability and fast, simple game play. (7.5/10)