Stuart PlattUnited Kingdom
Now, I am a proud advocate and victim of 'the Cult of the New'
Part of the hobby that I enjoy so much is the anticipation, the impulse purchase, the opening of a new shiny box looking for that next great thing - or simply a fun filler that will work really well with my groups.
I also love learning and teaching games. Absorbing the rulebooks, playing a practice game - even thinking about how I might teach the game before introducing it to my groups. These are all fun activities for me and complement the actual playing of the games, the strategic puzzle & the social interaction that we love from board games.
That being said, I do appreciate the benefit of many, many plays of the same game. Getting really deep into the strategy has its own satisfaction. I'm sure there are dozens of games on my shelf where surface level plays have barely scraped the surface - but I'm ok with that.
Now Eclipse has managed to break out of this cult. Eclipse is something altogether different.
I lucked out by walking into a FLGS - Spirit Games in Burton on Trent just as their delivery arrived late last year. I'd been pumped about the prospect ever since I saw the Drakkenstrike Preview some months earlier. Little did I know that Eclipse would become my new favourite game.
The simple and yet engaging economic system. The joy of crafting your ships to counter the tactics of your opponents. The thrill of flipping that space tile and finding EXACTLY what you need. I love Eclipse.
I even, and yes - I am perfectly aware that this is madness, purchased a copy of Twilight Imperium I found at a FLGS to steal the models and replace the functional but ultimately uninspired spacecraft from the original box.
Deathstars for the win!
Despite taking 3-4 hours a time, and I would categorise myself as a medium weight 1-2 hour gamer at heart, this game scratches an itch like no other for me at the moment. I will literally never turn down a game. I now have teaching this down to a fine art. I will make plans for days and sometimes weeks in advance to get this behemoth to the table.
This outpouring of love is a warning to all of you who are yet to put down a deposit, or pre-order for the next printing of this awesome title. Yes, it is expensive... Yes it is a monster of a game... But I have got more value per play out of Eclipse than any purchase in the last 12-18 months.
It almost breaks the GAVEL-OMETER...