The galaxy has been a peaceful place for many years. After the ruthless Terran-Hegemony War, 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 scalation 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?
The main principles of Eclipse are actually quite simple. There are nine rounds within the game. Within each round the players alternate taking one turn at a time and can continue to do so until they choose to pass. However, passing will end their participation in the round being played. Once everyone has passed, the round will come to an end. Players have a choice between six different actions at any given turn, playing one of them will give up their turn. After nine rounds of doing this the game will end and whoever has gained the largest amount of victory points is the winner. Victory points can be earned by possessing hexes, engaging in combat, researching technologies or with discovery tiles.
Eclipse will place you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with your rivals. You are able to explore new star systems, research new technologies and build spaceships to wage war with. There are many paths you can take to your victory, so you will need to plan your strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of your species whilst paying attention to other endeavours.
This game can be played with between 2-6 player’s ages 14+. Also the estimated playing time of Eclipse is about 30 minutes per player. Available here.
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