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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 need to plan your strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of your species, while paying attention to the other civilizations' endeavors.

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Are ships unable to heal between battles when multiple parties are present in the same hex?

The rules say ships heal at the end of the combat phase So, since the combat phase entails all battles, does this mean a battle between players 1 and 2 on a given hex that also contains player 3'...
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Can an Influence Disc be moved to an adjacent hex if there is no other influenced hex adjacent to that target hex?

The rules state the requirements of moving from and to hexes, but don't clarify whether the action of moving a disc "from" a hex invalidates that hex as an influenced neighbor. Put another way, can ...
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Eclipse: some House rules to cut down on chance in die rolling?

My group and I enjoy Eclipse, but it has fallen out of favor because of the extreme chance in battle on die rolls. Heck, I can't even get my wife to play at all because the first three games she ...
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Eclipse 4 player FFA Convergent Strategy

I can't see how a 4 player game cannot go but one way, every time, if the following (rational) rule applies: You attack whoever is weaker than you but poses a threat. So you have four players. All ...
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Can you remove a special ship part and keep it for later?

With special I mean ship parts which you get as a reward, not the ones you have researched. So what do you do to the special ship parts when you remove them (to make space for other ones)? Do you ...
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Eclipse - Influence action to remove enemy discs?

Here's the scenario: I have a ship currently in an opponent's sector, he has no ships. Do the rules allow for me to remove his influence disc and place one of my own? The rules (2nd ed) around ...
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Custom boards for Eclipse

I was thinking of creating a custom player board for Eclipse as a gift for a friend of mine. Looking it up online I found an image of something quite similar to what I wanted: I have three questions....
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Can you destroy your own starbases?

The title says it all. Can I destroy my own starbase? Why would you want this? You might want to 'move' the starbase to another system. By destroying your own starbase you can build a new one at ...
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Ecplise - Population Cubes full on return

I played a game of Eclipse last night and we encounter a discussion about returning Population Cubes. The scenario: You have taken over a system (A) with 2x lab, and a system (B) with 2 white ...
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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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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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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 don't need gateway games ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 players?...
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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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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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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 hex ...
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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 ...
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