Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy

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Is there a quick reference for gameplay?
What are the differences between the various alien species?
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When does the game end?
After the 8th Round.
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Is there an example of scoring?
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Is there an example of the Upkeep Phase?
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What are the steps of resolving battles?
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Is there an example of the Combat Phase?
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What are the steps of the Combat Phase?
Determine battles, resolve battles, attack population, influence sectors, discovery tiles, and repair damage.
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Is there an example of Diplomacy in action?
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Can I use Diplomacy in a 2 player game?
No
Diplomacy is for games with 4 or more players.
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Is there an example of the Reactions Action?
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What are the possible Reactions I can take?
Upgrade, Build, or Move
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Is there an example of the Influence Action?
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Is there an example of the Move Action?
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What are the basic building costs?
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Is there an example of the Build Action?
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Is there an example of the Upgrade Action?
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What are the Ship Part tiles?
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What are the Rare Technologies?
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What are the Nano Technologies?
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What are the Grid Technologies?
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What are the Military Technologies?
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Is there an example of the Research Action?
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How is a Rare Tech different than Military, Grid, or Nano Techs?
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What are the four types of Tech?
Ship Part, Build, Instant, and Permanent
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What do I do if I don't want to place an Explored Sector?
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Is there an Explore Action example?
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What Discovery Tiles are available?
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How can I move Population Cubes to Sectors?
When does my Action Phase end?
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Can I pass on my Action Phase?
Yes
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Can the same action be taken more than once?
Yes
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Is there an example of the Action Phase?
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What can I do in the Action Phase?
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What are the phases of a game round?
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What is the Wormhole network?
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What are the different parts of the Sector tiles?
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What are the different Rings?
Inner (I), Middle (II), and Outer (III)
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What kinds of ships are available?
Interceptors (eight per player), Cruisers (four per player), Dreadnoughts (two per player), and Starbases (four per player).
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What kinds of Tech are available?
How do you know who controls a Sector?
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What are the Influence Discs?
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Can I trade resources?
Yes
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What are the Resources in the game?
Materials, Science, and Money.
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How do I set up the Control Board?
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How do I set up the game?
Review the Game Setup sections, linked.
What components come with the game?
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Where can I get more Resources?
Place Influence Discs on Sectors, and use Colony Ships to move your Population Cubes to Population Squares. Research the Advanced Techs to move your Population Cubes to Advanced Population Squares. Build Orbitals to get more Population Squares. Collect Discovery Tiles.
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What do I need Money for?
You need Money to Pay your Civilization Upkeep Cost. The more Actions you take and Sectors you Control, the more you have to Pay each Round. You can also Trade Money for other Resources, and vice versa.
I don't have enough Influence Discs to do everything I want to. What now?
You can use the Influence Action to return up to two Influence Discs from your Sectors to your Influence Track. You can also Research the advanced robotics and quantum Grid Techs, which give you more Influence Discs. Finally, you can deliberately use more Influence Discs than you can Pay for in the Upkeep Phase, and thus be required to return some of the Influence Discs from your Sectors to your Influence Track.
In what order do players Influence Sectors at the end of the Combat Phase?
For situations where the order of Influencing Sectors at the end of the Combat Phase is important, each Sector is resolved in descending Sector order.
Can I Move through a Sector containing an opponent's Ships using Cloaking Device without causing an Act of Aggression?
Yes
Yes.
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Do I have to use the Descendants' or Planta's Explore ability? If not, when may I choose whether to use it or not?
You don't have to draw two Sectors with the Descendants, or Explore twice with Planta. You can decide after seeing the first Sector.
If the Ancients are destroyed from a Descendants-Controlled Sector but the Descendants still Control the Sector, can they take the Discovery Tile?
Yes
Yes, they take the Discovery Tile at the end of the Combat Phase.
If all of my Ships try to Retreat but are destroyed while doing so, do I get the Reputation Tile for participation in a battle?
No
No. Your Ships are considered to have Retreated as soon as you decide to Retreat them.
If I have the Gluon Computer Tech, can I take positron Computer Ship Parts?
No
No. Each Ship Part (apart from the default ones, i.e. Ion Cannon, Nuclear drive, Nuclear Source, Hull and Electron Computer) requires its own Tech.
Are Shields of any use if my opponents don't have Computers?
No
No. Then again, if they don't have Computers, they most likely won't Hit you anyway. Use that to your advantage.
Aren't Interceptors too small to be of any use?
Not really, but they do usually work best when specialized somehow. For example, try Upgrading them with a better Energy Source and they can pack quite a punch. Also, Interceptors are great for Pinning larger Ships, forcing opponents to spend more Actions to use them in important battles.
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