Eclipse can be played by 2-6 Players (base game) and 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 ...

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Does the initiative from flux missiles apply to just the missiles or the whole ship?

Does the initiative from flux missiles apply to just the missiles or the whole ship? We had a question about this because if they did apply to the whole ship, then that would be 2 initiative for no ...
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Eclipse for nongamers [closed]

I've been thinking about getting the board game Eclipse, but before I actually take the plunge and buy the game, I would like to get a better idea of whether or not I would actually be able to get my ...
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Does Eclipse under-estimate the game length, or are we playing it incredibly slowly?

On the box, Eclipse says a game takes 30 minutes per player. We've only played it three times - two-player each time - and our games have taken between two and three hours, rather than the one hour ...
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Plasma missile fleet retrating mechanics? [duplicate]

We had a game in which one player bought plasma missiles and loaded them onto his fleet. When he attacked the GCDS in round 8, he took out all of the defenders armies except for one interceptor. He ...
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What does 'cheapest' mean in the Ancient Technology rule?

We really didn't understand this rule (page 7 of the manual): "3 x Ancient Technology: you may take the cheapest Technology Tile you don't already have...". How do you decide what is the cheapest?
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Problems with learning curve and player elimination in Eclipse

I've just played my first games of Eclipse, and I kind of like it, but it hase some features that kinda bug me. First of all - player elimination. For the first two games, I got crushed around round ...
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What are some good general strategies for Eclipse?

I was recently introduced to Eclipse via Big Daddy's iPad implementation. I've been mainly playing the AI as I try to get the hang of this relatively complex game. I'm getting better but I hope that ...
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How to teach strategic thinking to non-gamer players?

I have some players in my gaming group that seem to have a bit of a problem with devising their strategy. How can I help them improve? First of all, I want to clarify - I dont need gateway games ...
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How can I speed up the setup of Eclipse?

I think I got everything separated and packed pretty well (including the upgrade tiles), but what's really taking a long time during setup is the cubes. Is there a way to set it up faster for ...
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Eclipse diplomacy

If you enter into a diplomatic agreement can you move your ships freely through each others territories without initiating combat? And can two allies move into combat against an opponent and have ...
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How does Reputation Tile swapping work?

After combat has finished and you have drawn between 1 and 5 Reputation Tiles, can you exchange any Reputation Tiles you have on your Reputation Track for any that you draw from the bag? So if I have ...
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Eclipse ship parts - infinitely stackable?

Are all the ship part tiles infinitely stackable? We were ending up with Interceptors with 6 Ion Cannons (adhering to the power supply of course). And are the power sources stackable? Can you stack ...
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Initiating combat in Eclipse

According to the rulebook combat will take place if ships that belong to two or more players finish in the same hex. Does combat always have to take place? Is there no rule that allows ships to pass ...
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Setting up Eclipse

When I set up Eclipse do players have access to all the ship part tiles throughout the game? And is it acceptable for me to layout a couple of each tile on the Supply Board and top them up as players ...
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How can I counter Plasma Missiles?

Our group has recently started playing Eclipse (without any expansions), however we have been having trouble with Plasma Missiles. More specifically, simple "nothing but plasma missiles and possibly a ...
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Can starbases be pinned?

Typical situation: you fly into an enemy sector and pin some ships there with your ships. Now the enemy builds some starbases to pin your ship and let them be pinned so he can move his ships out of ...
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After the combat phase, can hexes be claimed even if the ships weren't involved in combat?

From the Eclipse rulebook, page 21: Influencing hexes: If a hex has no population after all battles have been resolved and you have at least one Ship there, remove the previous controller’s ...
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Is attacking population and influencing hexes done at the end of battle, or at the end of the combat phase?

From page 20 of the rulebook: Attacking Population: After all battles have been resolved, the remaining Ships may attack the population in the hex. From page 21: Influencing Hexes: If a ...
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When using the Influence action, can you influence a hex adjacent only to the newly claimed hex?

The Influence action allows a player to move up to two Influence Discs to a hex that is "adjacent to a hex where you have a disc or a Ship." In a case where the first Influence Disc is moved to an ...
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How to explore with wormhole generator in Eclipse?

In the Eclipse board game, how do you explore with the wormhole generator? You have to select where you are exploring before you draw a new hex. You must be connected to that empty space with half a ...