Around November, 2004, several students got together to brainstorm a concept for a total conversion of Valve's Half-Life 2 . After several days of brainstorming, the concept for Eclipse was born. In January of 2005, a group of Guildhall students composed of programmers, artists, and level designers were put together and formed what is now CelTech Studios. It was then that CelTech Studios made the commitment to produce the highest quality game possible in the short amount of time they had - five months. What emerged in late May was a game that is both stunningly beautiful and addictive to play.

Eclipse is a third-person total conversion of Valve's Half-Life 2 . It is an action adventure that features tactical, puzzle based combat, which forces the player to interact with the surrounding environment in order to survive. You play as a young Sorceress named Violet who has learned the secrets of Telekinesis. This allows Violet to easily find objects in the environment that she can pick up and throw. Once the player gets used to picking up objects and throwing them at targets, the movement of Violet becomes very important. Based on where an enemy is Violet might want to pick up one or more objects and then move about in order to get a good angle on her enemy before sending the objects flying in that direction.

As you journey through the different lands of Eclipse , you will uncover many secrets that will help you in defeating your enemies. You will also be able to unlock new abilities that Violet can use, such as Hellstorm - a powerful spell that allows Violet to summon up to three fiery orbs that explode upon impact and deal significant damage to nearby enemies.

Use Violet's power of Telekinesis to help protect you as you journey over distant lands in search of the ancient teleportation device near the Standing Stones. Battle your way through hordes of orc-like creatures known as Keepers as you make your way through the enchanted Blackmoor forest. Find Violet's ancestral burial grounds in the Barrow and unlock dark secrets that will aid you in your final stand at the Standing Stones.

After finishing the game you can unlock the Survival Mode mini-game. This allows you to test your skills with Hellstorm as you battle against wave after wave of enemies. Compare your stats with friends to see who really has what it takes to survive the Standing Stones - Survival Mode.

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4 comments by Grash on Nov 17th, 2010

In hindsight, this article should have been written sooner. Years sooner, that is. Better now to write this and get this out of the way. This is a look back from one of the individuals who worked on Eclipse. A little bit of history and story which will explain and answer some of the most pressing questions which are repeated in comments on the game.

Six years ago, a group of three level designers sat down and hashed out the concept for a dark gothic fantasy game. This concept would be proposed to the second Guildhall Cohort as a whole and would be selected with a multiplayer concept. One of the stated as requirements for this project going in was the game would be in third person. All of the previous projects had been first person only. Another requirement was that these two games would utilize the Source engine. Half-Life 2 had just been released. Six Month later Valve would announce that Gabe would be speaking at graduation at the Guildhall. And "Oh by the way", there were links that showed off the two projects that had been in development. This is how the world came to know the existence of Eclipse. Two weeks later, the game would b e released. The Guildhall web server would crash under the weight of the world yelling "must want now!" This was the show of games at the Guildhall. This would be a day before this cohort of students would would graduate from the Guildhall. It would be the last day on which as a group would any work on Eclipse be done. Indeed, a few of us would take up a few fixes here or there. These were drop in the buckets of what had come before. When the show of games came, Eclipse was finished.

Over the past five plus years, you have showered us with accolades. Some of which I can only understand what is being said by the use of bablefish. We are ultimately grateful for it. Your acclaim has put halos on our heads and launched our careers. We work for major studios. We've worked on major titles. Somehow along the way through this fallout of controlled chaos, we started up some new studios and created new games which you love to eat up. And this is why Eclipse has not been updated in years and why Eclipse will never be updated ever again. For the "Never say Never" diehards in the boarder lands, I am sorry to disappoint you. We have all moved on.

Till after all of that, two facts is still true today:
1) There's a secret journal page hidden in the crypt where the Hellstorm ability is obtained.
2) Our pumpkin models are still better than the ones found in Episode two!

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The newer, 1.02 version of Eclipse, updated to run on Source SDK Base 2006.

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Eclipse 1.01

Jan 22, 2006 Full Version 12 comments

The files required to install and play this 3rd person single player puzzle shooter rpg mod for HL2.

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Sirr_John
Sirr_John Jan 26 2011, 7:13pm says:

I know this mod is "old" but I want to play it but I got this error:

Bad Surface extents on texture ground/ec_blenddirtstone

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Vcc2cc
Vcc2cc May 3 2011, 9:35pm replied:

Hmm... well to be safe as opposed to sorry make sure you have HL2 installed and have at least gotten to the main menu once.

Afterwards, uninstall Eclipse and delete EVERYTHING from it's SourceMods folder. Then reinstall. If it doesn't work PM me.

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nerdenstein
nerdenstein Jul 24 2011, 5:20pm replied:

Note:
If people are having issues running the mod, I might be because of a recent Source Engine update.
Please check this thread for a fix. Forums.steampowered.com

(Use the Half Life 2 Fix for Eclipse, It worked for me.)

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Sanmei
Sanmei Dec 2 2010, 5:27pm says:

I'm not really sure what the hullaballoo over Eclipse is -- perhaps the game picks up a great deal after earning some of the abilities, but I never made it far enough into the game to find out. Throwing objects at monsters who run faster than me and often take 5-6 hits to kill is too frustrating a experience to repeat several times, let alone against large hordes of them where the most dangerous object at hand is an oversized pumpkin squash. The game advises me to throw a firefly nest at the monsters to distract them and I do so, only to have the nest bounce off their heads to no avail. Frustrating. I'm going to give it a few more tries, but my first impression is very negative.

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ValuedRug
ValuedRug Jan 18 2011, 5:34pm replied:

LOL, yeah the hullabulloo was over the fact that it was one of the first total conversions using hl2, we did it in only a few months, and it looked very pretty. In fact, people compared us to the at-the-time unreleased Oblivion, and one of the designers is now a lead at Bethesda.

I agree that the combat needed iteration and level design was thin- after all it was a project barely within scope! And to be honest, we did have some testers during production, but fairly late and major tweaking was impossible at that point. With most mods, you get a great team that sticks around, and gets MORE excited once the mod is in the wild. With Eclipse, we all left for jobs in the industry and like the ancient stone barrows Violet travels through, Eclipse is a dead monument to our hard work.

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MattCohen
MattCohen Jun 12 2012, 9:42pm replied:

You made modding history, just saying.

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Sanmei
Sanmei Dec 2 2010, 6:37pm replied:

I discovered my issue! I had no idea (having misclicked "Close" instead of the appropriate arrow in the first book) that you could control the velocity of your projectiles, meaning I was throwing them at minimal speed. This makes the game MUCH easier and far more entertaining. However, I must question whether I could term it an RPG. Perhaps by the most technical definitions, but what defines an RPG for me is having a deeper emphasis on character development (statistical or plot-driven or otherwise). Eclipse still feels like a third-person shooter to me. If it had more abilities and more technical utilization of them, it might become a 3D Metroidvania, though.

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hjhjhj137
hjhjhj137 Nov 18 2010, 9:58am says:

HOLY ****. this game just looks amazing. downloading now!

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pizzahut
pizzahut Oct 6 2010, 6:40pm replied:

This is a 2005 mod by a student team, which has dissolved and is busy working in the games industry. So there won't be a successor by the same team. There is a similar project inspired by the success of Eclipse by a different student team at the same university. Developer.valvesoftware.com

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SteveZombie
SteveZombie Nov 18 2010, 3:52pm replied:

I was aware it was already unlikely to happen at the time. But Unseelie looks fantastic, I'm gonna try that too.

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