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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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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.5 x 16 inches ; 5.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • ASIN: B006L7KIWG
  • Item model number: ECLI01USASM
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,651 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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The galaxy has been a peaceful place for may years. After the ruthless Terran-Hegemony War (30.027-33.364), much effort has been employed by all major spacefaring species to prevent the terrifying events from repeating themselves. the Galactic Council was formed to enforce precious peace and it has taken many courageous efforts to prevent the escalation of malicious acts. Nevetheless, tension and discord are growing among the seven major species and in the Council itself. Old alliances are shattering and hasty diplomatic treaties are made in secrecy. A confrontation of the superpowers seems inevitable - only the outcome of the galactic conflict remains to be seen. Which faction will emerge victorious and lead the galaxy under its rule? The shadows of the great civilizations are about to eclipse the galaxy. Lead your people to victory. The game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. On each game round you expand your civilization by exploring and colonizing new areas, researching technologies and building spaceships to wage war with.

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The galaxy has been a peaceful place for many years. After the ruthless Terran-Hegemony War (30.027-33.364), much effort has been employed by all major spacefaring species to prevent the terrifying events from repeating themselves. The Galactic Council was formed to enforce precious peace, and it has taken many courageous efforts to prevent the escalation of malicious acts. Nevertheless, tension and discord are growing among the seven major species and in the Council itself. Old alliances are shattering, and hasty diplomatic treaties are made in secrecy. A confrontation of the superpowers seems inevitable - only the outcome of the galactic conflict remains to be seen. Which faction will emerge victorious and lead the galaxy under its rule?

A game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. You will explore new star systems, research technologies, and build spaceships to wage war with. There are many potential paths to victory, so you need to plan your strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of your species, while paying attention to the other civilizations' endeavors.

The shadows of the great civilizations are about to eclipse the galaxy. Lead your people to victory!

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Customer Reviews

In Eclipse you can upgrade your ships with several technologies in the game.
R. B. Ray
Recommended for fans of space exploration games like Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition -- but also for fans of economic games like Puerto Rico and Power Grid.
Timothy Weeks
Its a pretty complex game with lots of pieces but once you learn the game its really quite simple.
Joshua

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Ben on September 3, 2012
Our local game shop hosts a weekly board game night. My group goes up there and usually does our own thing, but one week they were featuring this game. I kept watching the people play Ecliipse as we played ours. It looked massive, intimidating, and epically fun. I read some reviews and the rule book and called our group together this past Saturday to play. It took us about 2 hours to set up the board and go over the rules. Then for 4 of us, it took 4 hours to play our first game. But that time went by so quickly. It never felt like I was just sitting there waiting for my next turn. There is plenty to discuss, interact, and think about while you wait to take an action. Combat is absolutely thrilling. Who knew dice rolling could increase the heart rate so? There's just so many strategies to employ. To be honest, I never really tracked my victory points through the nine rounds. I just kind of did my thing and it all came out in the wash, so to speak. We got a group back together Sunday night to play, this time with six. We were right at 45 min per player for our second game.

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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Evil on August 9, 2012
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For a little more than a year I have been hosting a weekly game night at my apartment. To that end, we are always looking for games with new themes, fun play, and a balance between strategy and ease of play. Prior to Eclipse, the game we would have to turn to for space warfare was Twilight Imperium. The problem with Twilight is that it takes forever to play. If you can't devote 6-8 hours, forget it. Plus, its got a million things to keep track of. Needless to say, its not easy to get a game going.

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.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Patrick V. on August 10, 2012
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This game is very good, a lot of re-playability with just enough randomness not to break the 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.
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