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Hapsburg Eclipse

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Darin Leviloff
Play Time:
30 minutes or less

Named one of the Top 100 Solitaire Board Games of 2015 by Box of Delights!

In Hapsburg Eclipse, from designer Darin A. Leviloff, you control the leadership of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, peripherally, the German Central Staff who assumes greater and greater control over their ally. The Austro-Hungarians have unique challenges as they try to survive the onslaught of the "Russian Steamroller" and conquer the Serbs in the south. The mission will be complicated by the perseverance of those enemies, the difficulties with new fronts in Romania, the Balkans, and the Italian border, and the difficulty of keeping the Empire's restive nationalities from revolting against Hapsburg rule.

In the end, the war was too much for the disparate nationalities of Austria-Hungary to take and when it became clear that the Central Powers could not win the war, the Austro-Hungarian Empire disintegrated. Can you succeed in keeping the monarchy intact? Play Hapsburg Eclipse and find out!

Note: Hapsburg Eclipse has a sister game, Ottoman Sunset, depicting the struggle of their Central Powers ally, the Ottoman Empire. If in possession of both games, a combined game is playable, either as a two player co-op game or as a large two-front solitaire game. The rules for the combined game are included with Hapsburg Eclipse and modify the rules for each individual game.

What's In The Box?:

• One 28-page, full-color Rules booklet
• One 11" x 17" cardstock game map
• 66 thick, laser-cut, double-sided counter pieces
• 50 Event cards
• Two six-sided dice
• One 11" x 17" mounted, jigsaw-cut game map
• One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
• One beautiful box cover sleeve
• One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
• One charcoal desiccant packet


Game Design: Darin A. Leviloff
Development: Kevin Fortuna
Documentation: Kevin Fortuna
Map Art: Tim Allen
Cover Art: Brett Mitchell
Graphic Design: Barry Pike III
Playtesting: Chas Dudgeon, Wes Erni, Mark Goss, David Kennedy, Lt. Robert Smith
Proofreading: Lt. Robert Smith, Leigh Toms, Ian Wakeham, Karen Wolterman


Hapsburg Eclipse by Alexander (The Player's Aid)
I enjoy the scale of this game, and the tension of each decision. Every failed Offensive is an action wasted and you feel sucker punched at not having done better. I love it.

If I’m playing a solitaire game it had better either give me a real challenge, or tell a great story. The States of Siege series does both, the historical narrative is excellent on the cards and it’s hard as all get out.
Top 100 Solitaire Games of 2015 by Ricky Royal (Box of Delights)
Hapsburg Eclipse is States of Siege epitomised. It’s no-nonsense, easy to learn and play, and delivers that tension you expect from a game in this series. ... I would highly recommend this one as a jumping-in point if you are yet to explore the series. If you like it, you can then take a look at Ottoman Sunset, which is its sister game, and either can be played stand-alone or combined. The bonus is that this has a pretty small footprint. Have a go at the historical sequence of events variant and you’ll enjoy the unravelling chronology.
Hapsburg Eclipse by Cody Carlson (Deseret News)
Hapsburg Eclipse may be the best States of Siege game yet. It is highly thematic and really succeeds in putting on the pressure. The game also succeeds in creating a fun historical narrative. The player can create his or her own unique adventure through myriad thematic choices with the outbreak of World War I as the jumping off point. Additionally, various modifiers such as German aid, war weariness, and more ensure that no two games will play out the same way.
Eastbound and Down by Bill Koff (BoardGameGeek)
Kudos to the design and development team at VPG for putting out a nice game in its own right in Hapsburg Eclipse, but even more so for being able to engineer such a well-balanced gratifying experience in combining the game with their previous title Ottoman Sunset. If you have any interest in the period you'll probably like either title. And if you like one of them, I think you'll really enjoy the full experience of playing the two together.