Eclipse is (Nearly) Ready!

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Eclipse is a wonderful boardgame from designer Touko Tahkokallio. Basically, it’s a Eurofied version of Master of Orion and it won a slew of awards after its release in 2011; it’s generally considered one of the better games of the past few years.

I like Eclipse. But it’s a beast of a game, takes up a lot of room and is one that you need to play several times in order to get a feel for how it works — Eclipse takes practice in order to learn how to play well. And when it comes to boardgames, that can be a slight problem. For some, playing a 4 hour game as a “learning” experience is frustrating because gamers, whether they be inclined to video or cardboard, are not a terribly patient lot.

This is precisely why I can’t wait to play the iOS app of Eclipse, which is ready to go and awaiting approval from Apple ($6.99).  Now, you can play the game, test some strategies, generally learn what the hell you are doing and THEN take that experience to the table. This is also from Big Daddy Creations, who know how to port a boardgame to the app store — Neuroshima Hex, anyone?

I’ll keep you posted when it’s ready for your money. Until then, screenshots!

3 Responses to “Eclipse is (Nearly) Ready!”

  1. Michael Barnes April 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Bill Abner?! I remember that guy, I saw a Maserati with a Conquistador Games sticker and the license plate BRDGMR, I thought it might be him…

    This looks pretty savory…the game is great, hope it’s implemented well.

  2. Bill Abner April 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    I’m actually just a bill abner bot.

    • CraigM April 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      That’s cool, BillBOT2000 might actually post articles from time to time.

      That said looks tasty. I never played Eclipse due to a shortage of boardgame time, so this looks to be my best chance to get a crack at it.

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