Eclipse: 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy
This massive box of goodness is a new version of the much loved 4X game Eclipse. Starting off with a basic fleet of ships and a unique race of aliens (or the blander humans), you will forge your way across the galaxy, exploring new locations and upgrading your technology to create a unique faction.
Games like Eclipse can often be a daunting prospect to play, but here there are a lot of things to help. Firstly is some brilliant use of the GameTrayz. These specifically designed plastic insert trays not only store the game and keep everything protected, but also act to speed up set up time drastically. In fact you will be up and running in now time at all. Each player with have their own tray and lid which have practical functions for tracking certain stats within the game.
During the game you’ll be taking discs from your player mat and add them to the action you have taken. The more discs you use, however, the more money you will have to pay in upkeep. You will track money, science and materials on those helpful player boards/trays. The lids of these also store your other stats that need tracking and the trays themselves hold your other pieces like spare ships.
You will also have a card player mat to keep your upgrades and tech in order, and also remind you or your unique power. Battles are a combination of tech and dice rolls and will be played out against AI and the other players. There will be ample opportunity to as you explore the galaxy and encounter opportunities to do something good, something bad or a little bit of both!
Eclipse is an epic game in every sense of the word offering a space opera in one sitting. It will create adventure and story that will live on with you and your friends, until the next one!
Time: 60-200 mins