Eclipse designed by Touko Tahkokallio was, released in 2011.
It is a 4X game in which you must lead your civilization to prevail over the others. When it was initially released it was heralded as a streamlined and refined Twilight Imperium 3 "killer."
Michael Barnes wrote:
This game is amazing, it’s an innovative and highly evolved design that represents the very best of both American and European design concepts. So fucking what if there’s not some lame ass back story that tells you the history of the fish folks of Flingflarn or whatever. So what if there’s not piles of cards that tell you how to interact with other players. Tell your own stories and bring your own politics, and this game is just as bloody, ruthless, and violent as any classic DoaM game, but with a fraction of the bulk. It’s a bonus that the game also features an absolutely brilliant economic system that makes for lots of interesting decisions and tough choices. My Hellfire Club crew universally proclaimed TI3 dead after we played this.
On this site Eclipse was a divisive game with some people praising highly while others reviled it.
This was noted by Charlie Theel noted in his blog:
I know you're all groaning but Eclipse is one of my favorite games and I'm willing to stand by that until I die.
Which camp are you in. Love it or hate it? Do you still play it.