Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for domination with its rivals. Each Round expand your civilization by Exploring and colonizing new Sector hexes (Sectors), Researching Technologies (Techs), and Building Spaceships (Ships) to wage war. After eight Rounds the game ends, and victory is awarded to the player with the most Victory Points (VP). VP are gained from fighting battles, forming Diplomatic Relations, Controlling Sectors, Controlling Monoliths, making Discoveries, and Researching Techs. There are many potential paths to victory, so plan your strategy according to your civilization's strengths and weaknesses while paying attention to other civilizations' endeavors!