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.
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’ endeavours.
The shadows of the great civilizations are about to eclipse the galaxy.
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 by Touko Tahkokallio
Illustrated by Ossi Hiekkala & Sampo Sikiö
Published by Lautapelit.fi
For 2-6 players ages 12 and above
Average play time: 2 hours
37 sector hexes, 6 player boards, 1 supply voard, 96 technology tiles, 154 ship part tiles, 21 discovery tiles, 22 colony ship tiles, 21 ancient ship tiles, 1 center defenses system tile,
32 reputation tiles, 27 orbital/monolith tiles, 2 crowded hex tiles, 6 summary cards, 1 traitor card, 4 info cards, 18 6-sided dice, 18 storage marker octagons, 12 purple damage cubes,1 starting player marker, 1 round marker, 2 cloth bags. For each player: 14 plastic spaceship miniatures, 4 starbase tiles, 33 population cubes, 16 influence discs, 3 ambassador tiles.
A summary of the four elements that make a 4X game:
Explore means players send scouts across a map to reveal surrounding territories.
Expand means players claim new territory by creating new settlements, or sometimes by extending the influence of existing settlements.
Exploit means players gather and use resources in areas they control, and improve the efficiency of that usage.
Exterminate means attacking and eliminating rival players. Since all territory is eventually claimed, eliminating a rival's presence can be the only way to achieve further expansion.
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the UK.
Released: 18 December 2012