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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > Issue Nine – Apr/May '17 > AN INTRODUCTION TO...ECLIPSE


Touko Tahkokallio’s epic sci-fi 4X title has been a tabletop favourite since it first warped in, but it remains an imposing box for many newcomers. Here’s our quick guide to getting on board
Eclipse’s hefty box is matched by its weighty mechanics.

Douglas Adams once wrote: “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind bogglingly big it is.”

It’s little surprise, then, that space’s limitless void has also served as the setting for some of the biggest board games to ever land on the tabletop. Among the biggest and best is Eclipse, Touko Tahkokallio’s 2011 magnum opus.

While not quite the seemingly unconquerable space whale that Twilight Imperium has become, Eclipse is still a notoriously heavy 4X title that can easily eat up hours of players’ time as they manage diplomacy, conflict, economy and more. In the end, it’s all worth it, with the game still delivering some of the richest strategy gameplay the tabletop has to offer more than five years on.

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