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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Eclipse 1.02 updated

Eclipse 1.02 updated

May 27, 2012 Full Version 2 comments

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

Eclipse - In Game Action by netrex

Eclipse - In Game Action by netrex

Aug 3, 2006 Movies 0 comments

This is a 6 min long video in 720p (1280x720) to show how beautiful whis mod is and to show a little of its gameplay. There are two more mirrors if you...

Eclipse 1.01

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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SteveZombie
SteveZombie Oct 4 2010, 8:44am says:

Many of us would dearly love a sequel to this groundbreaking masterpiece. I often play through it again and again, taking it slow to take in all the sights and atmosphere it has to offer.

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Rumperuu
Rumperuu Jul 10 2010, 11:19am says:

When I try playing it, it starts to load, gets about one block in, then crashed :( Any help?

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Vcc2cc
Vcc2cc Oct 3 2010, 1:17am replied:

Wait. I had the same problem, but I waited about 10 minutes and it finally loaded, always took that long the first time I installed it.

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Spenzerr
Spenzerr Jun 28 2010, 1:44am says:

i will try this asap!

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pizzahut
pizzahut Jun 12 2010, 5:27pm says:

For Your Information

The "Official Page" is down, but you can use one of these instead:
Students.guildhall.smu.edu
Students.guildhall.smu.edu

The latest version doesn't work any more, but you can easily fix it yourself:

0. Make sure you have the latest version. If you got v1.01 from ModDB, get and install the "Patch from 1.01 to 1.02" from the website above. This seems to be a slightly newer and smaller version of the "Eclipse 1.5 Hotfix".
1. Open gameinfo.txt with Notepad or Wordpad.
2. Change the SteamAppId to 215.
3. Restart Steam.

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Cremat0r
Cremat0r May 31 2010, 10:05am says:

An absolute new experience, nice mod, but I wanna play it much longer, are you going to make a sequel for this?
Or a prequel?
Or even some new challenges?
Let me know then, because this really is a good game!

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JohnnyMaverik
JohnnyMaverik May 1 2010, 6:34pm says:

Kind of cool, when I realised you could manipulate more than one item at a time I was like... damn, real feeling of power, but the story felt a bit shoed in, it was short and the combat overall was a bit quirky, sometimes my aiming reticle would dissapear if when fighting the faries (only when I was aiming at the sky) and the combat was slightly frantic in general. Not the best mod out there but certainly a good one, and more importantly unique, never played anything quite like this in source (or in general for that matter) so definitely worth a go if you ask me.

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MRP_REMEDY
MRP_REMEDY May 25 2010, 9:10am replied:

Thanks Johnny I will try it out now

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devilzspawn
devilzspawn Feb 3 2010, 12:19pm says:

Very nice! I expected it to be worst,but it good, tightening and fun. Waiting for next part :)

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Captain_Hawkes
Captain_Hawkes Jan 16 2010, 8:51pm says:

fine mod

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