Eclipse is the first international superhit from It’s a massice civilizations building game set in space, where players try to lead their own race to a dominant role in the galaxy.

The game is designed by Touko Tahkokallio , whose other publications include Arvuutin (a finnish trivia game), Principato (from Eggertspiele) and Welcome to Walnut Grove (codesigned). Playtime of one game depends a lot from players, ranging from 30 min per player with quick and experienced players, to almost an hour with slower ones or beginners. Maximum players is 6, but with the first expansion, up to 9 can join the game.

See also:

Eclipse-Rise-of-the-AncientEclipse: Rise of the Ancients , the first full-size expansion for Eclipse, introduces several new additions to the base game, such as Rare Technologies, Developments, Alliances, Ancient Homeworlds and Warp Portals. There are also three new player boards with four new different alien species to choose from. New components allow up to nine players in one session. Due to the modular design, you can use all of these additions or just some of them in any game of Eclipse, according to your preferences and play style. The Ancients are rising. Will your civilization rise to the occasion and emerge victorious?


  • 42 plastic miniatures
  • over 150 wooden parts
  • over 200 tiles
  • 4 player boards
  • rulebook, in English


Eclipse – Ship Pack One contains a full set of ships ( Interceptors , CruisersDreadnoughts and Starbases) for the six base game aliens. The ships are plastic and come in the same colours as in the base game. The ships were designed to represent specific species, and their colours are thus tied to them — the Eridani Empire ships are red, and so on — but you can still of course use the ships of the “wrong species” if you wish to play a certain color and species combination.

The size of the ships is roughly 15, 35, 50 and 30mm lengthwise for Interceptors, Cruisers, Dreadnoughtsand Starbases , respectively. The other species’ ships are roughly the same size as these, depending a bit on the specific design, so they will be easy to tell apart just by size.

The main content of the expansion is the new miniature set. However, the expansion does contain some new exclusive cardboard components:

Tractor Beam Rare Technology : When you have the Tractor Beam Rare Technology, your opponents cannot retreat from a battle against you. Note: The Tractor Beam is exactly the same Tech that was included in the Rise of the Ancients 1st edition fix sheet. However, as customers with the subsequent editions miss it, so it is added here.

Security Council Development : At the end of the game, the Security Council scores you 1VP, plus 1VP per Ambassador on your Reputation Track.

Ancient Interceptor Discovery : You can place one or more Interceptors in the hex, without paying any Materials for them (just as with the base game Ancient Cruiser). The catch is that their maximum total Material cost can be 6 Materials. For example, The Rho Indi Syndicate can only place one Interceptor, as their Interceptors cost 4 Materials, while the Mechanema can place three.

Advanced GCDS : A two-sided Advanced GCDS tile, with a bit stronger GCDSs than in the base game. This can be used instead of the vanilla GCDS, if you prefer a slightly different rhythm in when the Galactic Center is conquered.

Outer Sector hex : An additional hex (#325) for the Outer Sectors. Adding this, you can play the 8-9 player game with just the basic Outer Sector hexes.

+40 Storage Markers : Use the +40 Storage Markers to help track Storage of Resources over 40 units. Most of these have Science on one side and Materials on the other, but there is also one +40 Money marker for those rare occasions..

Crowded Hex Boards : These are counterparts for the base game Crowded Hex Tiles — you can place the ships from the crowded hex on these.

Turn order variant : Due to popular request, there are now official components for the variant where turn order is based on the passing order. The box includes a six player turn order board with an addition for up to nine players, plus tokens for tracking the turn order for the current and upcoming round.

New species : The box also contains a player board with a new Terran faction on one side and a Magellan on the other, plus Ambassador tiles for them. These function just as the base game Terrans and RotA Magellans, giving you a bit more flexibility on the species mix.


  • 108 plastic ship models: a full set of Ships (18 Ships) for each of the six base game Alien species.
  • 1 Player Board (two-sided, with Terran Separatists on one side and Guardians of Magellan on the other)
  • 1 Starting Sector Hex (#239/240) and 3 Ambassador Tiles for the new species
  • 1 Outer Sector hex (#325)
  • 1 Tractor Beam Rare Technology Tile
  • 1 Security Council Development Tile
  • 2 Ancient Interceptors Discovery Tiles
  • 1 Advanced GCDS Tile
  • 6 +40 Storage Markers
  • 2 Turn Order Boards
  • 10 Turn Order Markers
  • 9 Next Turn Order Markers






New Dawn for the Galaxy
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Designer(s)Touko Tahkokallio
Illustrator(s)Ossi Hiekkala
Sampo Sikiö
Publication date2011
Players2 - 6 (Up to 9 with the Rise of the Ancients expansion.)
Playing time2-3 hours Eclipse

Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy (commonly known as Eclipse) is a strategy board game produced by It was designed by Touko Tahkokallio and first released in 2011. The game currently has three expansions — Rise of the Ancients, released in 2012, Ship Pack One, released in 2013 and Shadow of the Rift, released in 2015 — and four mini expansions.

Game Background

After a ruthless war, the galaxy has been at peace because of the efforts of the major spacefaring species to preserve it. The Galactic Council was formed for that purpose. But tension is mounting again, and a new conflict seems to be inevitable. Which faction will prevail and lead the galaxy?


A game of Eclipse in progress

Eclipse is a 4X strategy game where you must lead your civilization to prevail over the others.[1] Players can choose to play as either a human or alien civilization. On each move, a player takes one of six actions: building, exploring, influencing, moving, researching or upgrading. For example, exploring opens up a new tile in a direction chosen by the exploring player. Each action uses resources (money, materials or science), and resource management is a key part of gameplay.[2]

The galaxy is laid out in three rings of hex tiles, most of which get laid during exploration. At the start of play, only the galaxy center tile and tiles for the players' respective home stars are laid. When exploring, a player chooses a tileless space which is accessible from a star the player occupies. The player then draws a new hex tile from a stack of face-down tiles and lays it in the chosen direction. The player may strategically choose which orientation the tile takes, to create links to existing tiles or to block access by other players.

Game Contents

  • 84 plastic spaceships
  • 24 starbase chits
  • 264 wooden population cubes
  • 96 wooden influence discs
  • 18 ambassador tiles
  • 44 sector hexes
  • 6 player boards
  • 1 supply board
  • 96 technology tiles
  • 154 ship part tiles
  • 21 discovery tiles
  • 22 colony ship tiles
  • 21 ancient ship tiles
  • 1 GCDG tile
  • 32 reputation tiles
  • 22 orbital/monolith tiles
  • 2 crowded hex tiles
  • 6 summary cards
  • 1 traitor card
  • 4 info cards
  • 18 plastic dice
  • 18 wooden storage markers
  • 12 wooden damage cubes
  • 1 start player marker
  • 1 round marker
  • rulebook

Honors & Awards

Eclipse has received the following honors and awards:[1]

  • Charles S. Roberts Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board Wargame Nominee (2011)
  • Jogo do Ano Nominee (2011)
  • Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee (2012)
  • Golden Geek Best Innovative Board Game Nominee (2012)
  • Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee (2012)
  • Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee (2012)
  • Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee (2012)
  • Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Winner (2012)
  • Golden Geek Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Winner (2012)
  • International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
  • JoTa Best Gamer Game Audience Award (2012)
  • JoTa Best Gamer Game Nominee (2012)
  • JUG Game of the Year Winner (2012)
  • Ludoteca Ideale Winner (2012)
  • Lys Passioné Finalist (2012)
  • Lys Passioné Winner (2012)
  • Tric Trac Nominee (2012)

Electronic Versions

The iOS version of the game was released in 2013.

Android and Steam versions were released in 2016.


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