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Eclipse Phase

| Published: 2010
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Eclipse Phase is a pen & paper roleplaying game of post-apocalyptic transhuman conspiracy and horror.

An "eclipse phase" is the period between when a cell is infected by a virus and when the virus appears within the cell and transforms it. During this period, the cell does not appear to be infected, but it is.

Players take part in a cross-faction secret network dubbed Firewall that is dedicated to counteracting "existential risks" — threats to the existence of transhumanity, whether they be biowar plagues, self-replicating nanoswarms, nuclear proliferation, terrorists with WMDs, net-breaking computer attacks, rogue AIs, alien encounters, or anything else that could drive an already decimated transhumanity to extinction.

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“When the transhuman future will come...”

THEMES:

Transhuman, horror, conspiracy

SETTING OVERVIEW

In the world of post-apocalyptic near-future everything is possible. World of Eclipse Phase is a simulation of our own reality in about 100-200 years. Yet it’s completely different. Why? That’s why:

There is (almost) no longer “human” race. There is transumanity.
The body is spendable. It’s quite easy to change. Transumans learnt to move their consciousness (Ego) from one body (Morph) to another. So did body become just a commodity – something you can change, buy and sale or just throw away.

There are different Morphs – some are biological (Biomorphs), some ale synthetic (Synths), some are half organic – half mechanic (Pods). All of them can be grown, projected and made for different purpose.
Transhumanity is effectively immortal. Once the body is dying (or already has died) they can be moved to another.

Ego can be transformed to digital form and copied. So two or more exact (or trimmed) copies of a single character can exist and they are called Forks.

As a digital program Ego can be edited – so memory and emotion editing is possible.

Many other things have changed – economy (because of invention of Cornucopia Machines), lifestyle (because of technological advancement), mentality and morality.

Earth have fallen to the TITANs (rebellious seed AI’s) and humanity is trying to survive being spread throughout entire solar system (an even beyond it).

This reality is much of an abstract. It’s very hard to understand and very complicated, so it will took your team couple sessions before you’ll use to it.

MECHANIC

It’s quite simple. It is similar to well known Warhammer II Ed. You use only D100 and D10. D100 works a little bit different that we all used to: 00 is full success, 99 is complete failure.

There is 6 main attributes ranked 1 to 30 (sometimes 40). If you test them you ussualy test double or triple they value. Attributes are also base values of all skills that are correlated (defaulted) to them.

Skills are ranked from 1 to 98 with base value exact to correlated attribute, and you test them with D100 roll.

It’s simple and easy only… well… I can think of some better game game mechanic to support this kind of SF. It’s not completely bad, and it’ surely fast, but sometimes it’s too discretionary and sometimes too simple for me – especially when it comes to counter-tests and long term task-actions.

This game is for:

Hardcore RPG Game Masters and players that will admire a multi-dimensional intrigue. Some of my favorite quotes from game sessions: “I killed him once, now he seeks his ravage”, “This is only his body… I wonder where did his mind go…”, “Well, I’ll just shoot myself and wait here till they find my Cortical Stack and resleeve me”, “Well, if I kill her, I could smuggle her Cortical Stack back to Mars to meet her original ego. So they could merge. But the problem is, that her original ego does not know that I’m on her side and have me for her enemy”, “Well, actually you didn’t survive the accident. We just edited your memories. Besides it wasn’t an accident.”

SF –loving GM’s and gamers. If you enjoyed Cyberpunk you’ll probably enjoy Eclipse Phase.

Those SF players who love abstract and existential questions. You like the questions like “What does it mean to be human?” or “Is a backup of an ego just a pathetic copy of another, lost life or not?” or you would like to see what will happen with humanity when the world will be much more advanced than currently – you should play Eclipse Phase.

It’s NOT for:

Casual and party gamers – they will quickly get bored and overwhelmed by the game and it’s universe. It’s not whack-a-goblin simple and fun game. EP is almost always about hard choices, complicated intrigue and difficult tasks.

Indie and fast-games players – this game need a lot of preparation – especially from Game Master himself. Character creation usually also takes a lot of time.

 
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“SciFi Horror that is easily transferrable to other Universes”

The world of Eclipse Phase is a dark and depressing trek, filled with the fight for survival against impossible odds in the blackness of space. When death has become a disease that can be overcome by the rich and powerful, there are those who will do whatever they can to hold on to their existence. Even if that existence has grown tiresome after hundreds of years…

We have started an Eclipse Phase game but instead of playing in the Eclipse universe we have ported the system to the Infinity universe. This has been very easy and incredibly fun as many of the ideas are transferred one to one, the various factions of Infinity filling in nicely to the various reputation circles of Eclipse and so on. It is interesting to play in a world where death is not as scary as the possibility of losing your backup or your sanity, definitely a good play for a strong role playing group.

 

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