Lautapelit.fi Eclipse: 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy
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He'd discovered the secret to happiness, but you'll have to solve three riddles before he'll tell you. Though it should be mentioned there are ways to eliminate your debt by relinquishing systems you control, it is nevertheless very easy to bite off more than you can chew (yes, it has happened to us on more than one occasion!
I’ve already mentioned the unique ships for each faction, but there are also evocative, strange NPC pieces representing ancient tech, beautifully coloured space sectors, and lovely translucent plastic discs and cubes to show your presence on the board. If you stretch yourself too thin, you can plunge your civilization into bankruptcy and be forced to abandon sectors and planets until your economic situation has stabilized. That means that you need to at least keep pace in the interstellar arms race if you want to do any conquering later in the game. much effort has been employed by all major spacefaring species to prevent the terrifying events from repeating themselves.I love the concept of the player boards except for the fact my 2 layer boards for each player board were defective.
Generally, when games reach this point of saturation for me, it’s time to toss in an expansion or two to mix things up again and increase variety. And it was only when playing a two player game that I really noticed this, which is why I mention it here instead of earlier. Looking at the game from a visual standpoint it looks pretty good with the small bit of artwork on the player sheets for the alien races and the game tiles having a few different hues of purple and orange. The players take control of one of the races with the main goal of building an empire during a span of nine rounds.Not only that but then they throw in a bunch of letters as well and they are all color coded the exact same. Inherently, in a game about rolling dice to randomize combat outcomes, you’re going to encounter some bad luck. In four games, playing different factions each time, my wife and I only had one head to head combat. Building allows you to spend you generated build points to construct new ships or structures on the board.
Eclipse 2nd Dawn tends to be more of an economy game, as players must be disciplined in balancing their resource collection with action expenditures lest they bankrupt themselves (which in my experience is the most frequent cause for player self-elimination). For others who have played less, the promise of strategic variety, the polish and presentation of the components, and the sheer scale of the game are more than enough to justify it hitting the table over and over again.
Once this happens the combat phase will commence if anyone is on the same game tile that another opposing unit is. This is one of those games that I would normally want to upgrade the components because I love it SO much…. In a game with as many moving parts as Eclipse, managing shifting piles of resource pieces would be a nightmare. One could reasonably argue that TI4 wasn’t a true 4X game (lacking a formal exploration mechanic) until the release of the marvelous Prophecy of Kings expansion which revised the prior Distant Suns “module” from an earlier TI3 expansion.
Eclipse - 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy is a new release of 2020 and it replaces the classic 2011 version of the game.In many ways, this way of managing resources is the invisible glue that holds the game’s many flashy, awesome features together. This new edition features new components and thoughtfully revised content, incorporating material from former expansions to create the best possible updated version of the game. However, given how long that game can be, I decided I needed a “short” 4x game to scratch the itch whenever the urge to play such a game came about without needing to commit an entire day to it.