Eclipse Phase – Sean’s Pick, 010615

If you’ve had any wondering about Eclipse Phase – arguably one of the leading posthumanism games in the gaming marketplace – now is a really good time to grab the core book. For the rest of January, it’s on sale from $19.99 to just $9.99.

The PDF file equivalent to the fourth printing of Eclipse Phase is available for download, complete with a fully-hyperlinked index!

Your mind is software. Program it.
Your body is a shell. Change it.
Death is a disease. Cure it.
Extinction is approaching. Fight it.

Eclipse Phase is a post-apocalyptic game of conspiracy and horror. Humanity is enhanced and improved, but also battered and bitterly divided. Technology allows the re-shaping of bodies and minds, but also creates opportunities for oppression and puts the capability for mass destruction in the hands of everyone. And other threats lurk in the devastated habitats of the Fall, dangers both familiar and alien. In this harsh setting, the players participate in a cross-faction conspiracy called Firewall that seeks to protect transhumanity from threats both internal and external. Along the way, they may find themselves hunting for prized technology in a gutted habitat falling from orbit, risking the hellish landscapes of a ruined earth, or following the trail of a terrorist through militarized stations and isolationist habitats. Players may even find themselves stepping through a Pandora Gate, a wormhole to distant stars and the alien secrets beyond.

ECLIPSE PHASE: THE SYSTEM

  • Eclipse Phase uses a d100/percentile system, with some twists. It’s fast and simple; streamlined so players can dive into the world and action without being burdened by complex rules.
  • Characters are skill-based, with no classes, so players can customize their team roles and specialize in fields of their choosing.
  • A focused set of psi rules enables some characters to enhance their cognitive abilities.

ECLIPSE PHASE: FOR PLAYERS

  • Play a role in a secretive and dangerous conspiracy that seeks to save transhumanity.
  • Switch your body at will, from genetically modified transhumans to synthetic robotic shells, optimizing your character for specific missions.
  • Back up your character’s mind and be restored from backup in case of death–a built-in system of “Save points” and functional immortality.

ECLIPSE PHASE: FOR GAMEMASTERS

  • A setting custom-built for numerous scenario types, from faction-based intrigues to high-tech dungeon-crawls, from mind-scarring mysteries to dangerous exploration of alien worlds via wormhole gates.
  • An eclectic assortment of intriguing factions, from techno-anarchists to future-chasing hypercorps, from soul-trading criminals to uplifted animals.
  • A range of NPC antagonists to choose from, including rogue AIs, extreme posthuman factions, standoffish aliens with their own agenda and transhumans infected and transformed by the virulent Exsurgent virus.

ECLIPSE PHASE: CREATIVE COMMONS

  • Eclipse Phase is available under the Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
  • This gives fans the ability to create and share free Eclipse Phase material. Whether it’s homebrew adventures or hacks and remixes of the Eclipse Phase rules–go for it!

ECLIPSE PHASE: AWARDS

  • Origins Award for Best RPG of the Year in 2010
  • ENnie Awards: Gold for Best Writing, Silver for Best Cover, and Silver for Best Product in 2010

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