Lautapelit.fi Eclipse: 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy
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I haven’t touched on the production values, which are excellent, or the spaceship miniatures themselves which are glorious. My goodness and the big bertha of them all, the GCDS space station sitting smack dab in the middle of the board. This allowed me to REALLY gain some serious strength early in the game where she just could not catch back up to me. These are AI NPC ships that just sit on some luscious space tiles protecting them and the only way through is with battle (One of the playable races actually befriends the Ancients).
She is very familiar with the game of Scythe, and I explained the six action options of Second Dawn as being a feature just like the four action options (actually, 4x2) available in Scythe. This doesn’t have a significant effect on gameplay but does make travel through the centre of the Galaxy a lot more hazardous than previously!Different civilizations gain bonuses for specific actions, and that is where the asymmetrical faction design really shows.
You’ll score from monoliths you construct (but only one can be built per sector), your progress on each of three tech tracks (ranging from 1-5 VPs and requiring extreme commitment to hit higher VP values), and finally, any discovery tiles you kept for 2 VP instead of their immediate bonus when discovering a new sector. Once this happens the combat phase will commence if anyone is on the same game tile that another opposing unit is.By putting all the maths in the upkeep phase and using sliding markers on a track rather than discrete components to show how many resources you have, Eclipse takes away so much faff. I love complex games, but I know not everyone can get into them, however once you explain a few of the game concepts Eclipse Second Dawn is actually shocking easy to learn and play! To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Even if you only get it off the shelf a couple of times a year, that’ll be well worth the epic science fiction event that takes place everytime you do.
Depending on the path you take, you can build whatever type of ship you desire, then test your mad creations in tense and meaningful combat. When you take this action you can only move as many ships as your action allows (usually 2 unless upgraded), 1 space each (unless upgraded). Eclipse has so many awesome features, so I’m going to highlight three before I go into what makes this game special at two players: ship customisation, resource management and component quality. The production values are just oozing through every inch of this box, and those who spring for this behemoth will not be disappointed in the way these components pop and shine on the table. Because for every action you take there’s a double cost of influence and money which means that every decision you make needs to be geared towards a very clear goal.And I was actually quite worried about this aspect of gameplay in the beginning, as my wife tends to hate Euros with a passion. I placed them in the bags provided but am afraid the contents will spill out when I travel with the box. The Galactic Council was formed to enforce precious peace, and it has taken many courageous efforts to prevent the escalation of malicious acts. Each sector you control will net you between 1-4 victory points, and most players end with a mid-single digit number of sectors. I think many players will discover that there is room in their collections for both titles, as each one does a few things very well while also retaining some weaknesses.
As you place population from your rings onto the board via colonization and other methods, the rings track your per-round economy split across the three main resources in the game (materials, science, and money). Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy is a sprawling space game of conquest and expansion, praised for its tense, rewarding inter-player conflict, clever board constraints and implementation of diplomacy mechanics. The designers have cunningly made the player's board the hub for all those otherwise annoying end-of-round resource calculations.After a few years of waiting for shortages of the game that was between printings and having accrued enough savings, I can finally say that I own the 2nd edition of Eclipse now. And although the pacing starts the experience with little to no confrontation, by the time the end of the game comes, there is the potential for a gloriously climatic battle. Your desire for more conquest and exploration must be tethered by your civilization’s economic reality, which means understanding what actions will tax your economy more than others. The map playmat was due to arrive within 2 weeks while the game itself was due to arrive within 3 - 5 days but the map playmat arrived within a couple of days and was the 1st to arrive to my surprise.