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Eclipse Board Game
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- For 2 to 6 players
- 90 minutes of play time
- The game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The rules really aren't that complicated. Every player has a player mat with a human or alien. There is one master game mat where supplies are kept too. Space is a series of hexes that are drawn at random, another feature that makes the game different every time. The sectors are connected via wormholes for travel, and there may be ancient technology or an ancient cruiser to fight when you discover it! Each round consists of four phases. You have an action phase where each player chooses one of six actions, each of which costs you a little money. The more actions you take, the more it costs you. You have to balance your income vs your spending. Bankruptcy will lose you the game.Read more ›
Enter Eclipse. It offers much of the same strategy, but with a better economic system, and one that self tracks much better than I have seen in a 4x game. There are fewer ships, but you have the ability to customize them. You want fast ships that hit hard, you can make them, or heavy armored behemoths.
If you want to play without being a warrior, totally possible. In fact, unlike in Twilight Imperium, losing your fleet does not consign you to death in this game. I had all of my forces wiped out, and still came in third in total VP in a 6 player game.
It's possible to focus on tech, or exploration, or combat, and do well, and the winner will likely combine some of them.
The game advertises 30 minutes per player, and this is fairly accurate. It took us about 3.5 hours with two completely new players, and only the second or third time for everyone else. This was for a six player game.
One recommendation, once you separate the parts by player, keep them that way. Store the chips and tokens of each race with their ships and cubes. This will help with initial setup tremendously.
I love this game, and will likely be getting rid of my copy of TI in favor of this lighter, better balanced 4x game.
The random affect two parts of the game, the first one is the exploration, you can have a really bad start compared to others but the game still allows you to make up for it and win the game and that is a very good feature.
Second part is dice rolling, yes you can have bad luck but not as much as with Risk for example.
Because you can always adapt your space ship to the enemy you are facing. Yes you can still roll a bunch of ones and loose but you can tilt the odds in your favor very easily.
Overall the game is awesome, VERY easy to learn.
The rules are very logical and we did not find a situation that the rules did not cover.
The resume at the back of the instruction manual is a very nice feature.
The game offers a lot of possibility and strategy, even if you think you're behind you can still rake up a lot of points with a few good moves.
The only "drawback" for this game is the large quantity of parts. Make sure you don't have a cat that likes to jump on the table because he's gonna ruin the game. There are lots of pieces every where. They are very easy to manage though and you are never lost in the quantity but it does take some time to set up the game and clean after it. A nice feature is that the game includes a lot of plastic bags, more then you really need so you can arrange everything for faster setup.
Secondly the game does take a lot of table space especially if someone is exploring the 3rd sector straight away from the galactic center.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my 21-year old son, who is an engineering major and completely into Strategy games. First night he and his friends played over Christmas Break was an 8. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Camille
In one word: E-P-I-C!
Played it now over seven times, Eclipse is one of those games in which you need to play a couple of times in order to get the full sense of an epic... Read more
Love this game - good replay-ability - challenging and fun.
Setup is a bit slow and fiddly, but worth the time. Cannot recommend this game enough.
Awesome, awesome, awesome game. I cannot recommend this game enough. It is a great combination of Settlers of Catan, Risk, and XIA. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Daniel A. Ellis
This is the greatest Sci Fi board game I've played. Tons of replay value, deep strategies, simple to learn, not excessively long to play through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stefan Spiros
Fun game, arrived quickly and in mint shape ... then I punched all the sheets, organized pieces (there are a TON of pieces, so be ready to spend a night organizing your box). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mister Snid
This is a truly excellent strategy game and quite possibly the best space warfare board game I've ever played. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John