Monthly Archives: September 2016

Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy is coming to Steam. Based on the exceptional board game from Big Daddy’s Creations, the app on iOS has been around for a while and gets a ton of play. Now, it is coming to Android, Mac and PC via Steam. Improvements are also coming to the existing iOS app, which will see an update presently.

From the press release: Alliances are shattering, and hasty diplomatic treaties are made in secrecy. A confrontation of the superpowers seems inevitable – only the outcome of the galactic conflict remains to be seen. Which faction will emerge victorious and rule the galaxy?

Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. But instead of an overly-complex set of rules and overall epicness, it offers more accessible choices, more elegant mechanics and much faster gameplay. And it does all of that without reducing the strategic depth of the game – just like every euro-style board game should.

Eclipse

Also noted about the development on the BDC blog:  Online multiplayer was rebuilt from scratch using a third-party solution called GameSparks. The developer says this should be more robust and flexible, which means less downtime and more quicker enhancements in the future. This also allows cross-platform support so PC/Mac challenging iOS/Android players is now possible.

Eclipse other civilizations and lead your people to victory!

FEATURES

  • Official iOS version of the ‘Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy’ boardgame
  • Deep and challenging 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) gameplay
  • 7 species with different strengths and weaknesses
  • Customizable star systems, technology tree and ship designs
  • Up to 6 players (human or AI)
  • Asynchronous, cross-platform multiplayer
  • 3 AI difficulty levels
  • In-game tutorial & manual

Check out this game play video:

Available on PC, MAC, iOS & Android.

Editor’s Note: Eric thinks Eclipse is among the finest 4X games out there and loves the app on iOS.

PRESS RELEASE: Darkly humorous history – The Donner Party is live on Kickstarter

For release: Blacksburg Tactical Research Center is a little game company nestled in the Appalachian foothills, slowly and tediously handcrafting the finest role-playing games and supplements for a small audience of die-hard fans, and for new converts acquired through word-of- mouth advertising. Their first board game has now appeared on Kickstarter – The Donner Party.
“In 1846 the Donner-Reed party got snowbound in the Sierras a few weeks short of their California goal. Of the 81 settlers trapped there, only 45 survived until spring. Who will you eat to be one of them?”
From the BTRC site: “This is the Donner Party card game, a darkly humorous yet historical take on the tragic events of 1846, in which 81 settlers got trapped by winter weather in the Sierras a few weeks short of their California goal. By the time rescue arrived in the spring, nearly half of them had died, several were murdered and quite a few were cannibalized.” More details in their official video: