I don't think I'd buy Eclipse, at least not at it's current price. It was a good game and I enjoyed it but I really thought the components were crap and although the mechanics were interesting I don't know if it's something I'd play over say Galactic Emperor. Certainly not Twilight Imperium. Ok, now that I've said that I can see how Eclipse has a more interesting research/upgrade mechanic than you see in most of these types of games. If it had better components I'd probably buy it. I played a three player game and it worked pretty well with three, the victory point mechanics offsetting the traditional last to fight wins the game problems so many three player war games have, so there is that.
I've been drinking that whiskey and watching a lot of CrashCourse on YouTube. This is a series of short educational videos that are both interesting and entertaining. I have waded though the world history and the literature and am onto the biology and chemistry. I think that these are a wonderful example of the best of the internet, engaging content designed to be accessible and done with a genuine joy. I have to salute these guys (the Green brothers and all the folks they have contributing to this) for doing something so valuable and then giving it away to the world instead of hiding it behind a pay wall or using it as fodder for a premium cable channel. The old promise that television would be a revolutionary medium for educating the masses has not seemed to pan out so it's nice to see another medium take a shot and that quality educational content is being developed alongside the dancing cats and extreme cooking videos. I think there is a conscious philanthropic component to this as well, likely it has something to do with their DFTBA (Don't Forget To Be Awesome) tagline. Maybe I'm wrong about that and they are truly evil men in pursuit of unspeakable ends (the more terror connotation of the aforementioned "awsome"), but I am going to give them a big bravo regardless, since they are still very probably inspiring people, especially young people. We can thank John Green for informing us that authorial intent means squat anyway.