From the Publisher:Eclipse will take you to a classic cosmic enterprise, where players will be in charge of civilizations from a distant and peaceful galaxy. Actually, peaceful may not be entirely accurate, because once you open the box with its heavy cardboard, wooden blocks and plastic ships and start playing the game, it’s every man for himself.The game features seven races in all, including humans and six alien races. Each race has specific abilities that will guide your strategy as you play.
Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients, the first full-size expansion for Eclipse, introduces several new additions to the base game, such as Rare Technologies, Developments, Alliances, Ancient Homeworlds and Warp Portals. There are also three new player boards with four new different alien species to choose from. New components allow up to nine players in one session. Due to the modular design, you can use all of these additions or just some of them in any game of Eclipse, according to your preferences and play style.