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[OOC] Eclipse Phase

RendRend Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Critical Failures
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Your mind is software. Program it.
Your body is a shell. Change it.
Death is a disease. Cure it.
Extinction is approaching. Fight it.

Welcome to Eclipse Phase, by Posthuman Studios, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game featuring a transhuman setting.

The rest of this OP shamelessly jacked from Rainfall. (thanks rainfall!)

Let's face it. You can only take so many dwarves and elves, swords and spells, before you want to try something else. Science Fiction is a pretty underdeveloped aspect of the RPG industry, with only a few standouts like Traveller even making an impression on the general consciousness. And if you're looking for transhumanist sci-fi? You're out of luck.
Until now.

The guys who made Shadowrun got together with the artists for Cthulhutech, and decided to fill the gap. A whole load of transhumanist literature turned into pure liquid awesome, and placed inside some of the best formatting ever seen in an RPG book, and you've got Eclipse Phase.

So that's cool, but it gets better. The game was released under the Creative Commons License. It's free to download. You can find it at the bottom of the page. Of course, if you like it, buy it, but check it out, at the very least. It's worth at least a casual investigation.

So what exactly is Eclipse Phase, aside from an RPG about Transhumanism Conspiracy and Horror?
Well, I'm not good at explaining things. So, I'm going to take this straight outta the book.
We humans have a special way of pulling ourselves up and kicking ourselves down at the same time. We'd achieved more progress than ever before, at the cost of wrecking our planet and destabilizing our own governments. But things were starting to look up.
With exponentially accelerating technologies, we reached out into the solar system, terraforming worlds and seeding new life. We re-forged our bodies and minds, casting off sickness and death. We achieved immortality through the digitization of our minds, resleeving from one biological or synthetic body to the next, at-will. We uplifted animals and AIs to be our equals. We acquired the means to build anything we desired from the molecular level up, so that no one need want again.
Yet our race towards extinction was not slowed, and in fact received a machine-assist over the precipice. Billions died as our technologies rapidly bloomed into something beyond control... further transforming humanity into something else, scattering us throughout the solar system, and reigniting various conflicts. Nuclear strikes, biowarfare plagues, nanoswarms, mass uploads... a thousand horrors nearly wiped humanity from existence.
We still survive, divided into a patchwork of restrictive inner system hypercorp-backed oligarchies and libertarian outer system collectivist habitats, tribal networks, and new experimental societal models. We have spread to the outer reaches of the solar system and even gained footholds in the galaxy beyond. But we are no longer solely "human"... we have evoled into something simultaneously more and different -- something transhuman.

Huh. Sounds neat. What's this about transhumanity?
Transhumanity is damn simple. In the future, we'll theoretically be able to enhance our bodies and minds, eliminating weaknesses like sicknesses, disabilities, genetic disorders, and even death. So as a theme, it raises questions like what defines humanity? What does it mean to defeat all these weaknesses? What does it mean when you can upload your mind and personality onto a flash-drive? If we can make computers and animals sentient, are we responsible for them? What defines 'you'?

So this stuff sounds pretty deep. Why would I want to waste entertainment time with it?
Well, because this stuff also means you get completely badass technology, robots, guns, space ships, virtual worlds, killer AIs, and awesome other stuff.
The default campaign setting of Eclipse Phase sets up the party as agents of a shadowy network known as "Firewall," which is an organization dedicated to stopping things that threaten the entirety of transhumanity. Whether this is rogue AIs, aliens, terrorists with WMDs, nanotech swarms, or hyper-biological superplagues, you've got a good chance of being up on the front lines being totally badass.
Or, if your skills run in different directions, you can also be sneaking around gathering information and performing pre-emptive operations to stop threats before they even begin. It's a wide range of possibilities, and offers a lot of great starting points for getting into the world of Eclipse Phase.

So what makes Eclipse Phase unique as a game?
There's a distinct lack of transhumanist games out there, an obvious lack of sci-fi games, and a distinct lack of games that are as well-presented as Eclipse Phase. However, one of the key things that makes Eclipse Phase is rather unique to the setting. Your character has an Ego, your mind, your personality, your skills. You only get one of those.
However, you also get a Morph, which is your body, your speed, your strength, your durability, your looks. You can swap between these, they are expendable, they can die without anyone batting an eye. provided you've backed up your mind.
The simple idea that your mind isn't inherently linked to your body is a key point of transhumanism, allows for thousands of interesting character ideas(one of the characters in the opening fiction grumbles about always getting stuck in a Morph with a smoking addiction, even though he doesn't smoke,) and is rather unique. There's more, but that's the big one.

How do the rules work?
Eclipse Phase uses a d100 system, from 00(low=good) to 99(high=bad.) You try to roll under your skill, and if you roll double digits, it's a critical result. Neat and simple. That's it. Your character has an array of attributes split between Ego and Morph, skills(which are linked to your Ego,) and positive/negative qualities(again, split between Ego and Morph depending on the quality.)


So you're making a giant thread here, are you going to run a game?
Yes. In fact, let's meet the cast!

Rend - The Game Master

Crimsoncoyote - Theodore Henry Ewerst (teal)
Muse: Raye (cyan)

Zellpher - ANDI (Artificial Nascent Derivative Intelligence) (darkseagreen)
Muse: Wallace (lime)

Edcrab - Irgvin Ridwyler (purple)
Muse: Gideon (darkorchid)

Wildcat - Henrique (darkred)
Muse: Caliban(red)

Rainfall - Krash (darkorange)
Muse: Ivan (orange)

You guys should begin generating your characters as soon as you can and we will, finally, get this show on the road. This will also be the OOC thread, and so audience participation and discussion in this thread is, of course, welcomed and encouraged. Feel free to use this to discuss Eclipse Phase in general, or comment on the state of the game.

Rend on
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  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Oh hell yes. Time to get character-makin'

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  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Also, I'll leave it up to you four. You should all be in one region, obviously, you all will be starting on the same habitat. So I'll give y'all the freedom to decide where that's going to be. The basic options are:
    • Venus
    • Mars
    • Jupiter
    • Titan
    • Autonomous Outer System
    • Other

    [EDIT] I'm leaning toward Titan, myself.

  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    MMmyyyyessss

    I will get on this shortly

  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Aww dammit this is what I get for not hanging out in IRC. I miss out on f*cking Maid and now Eclipse Phase with the OP stolen from me?

    Any chance I can piggyback in on this, Rend-dearest, or are you full up?

  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Rainfall wrote: »
    Aww dammit this is what I get for not hanging out in IRC. I miss out on f*cking Maid and now Eclipse Phase with the OP stolen from me?

    Any chance I can piggyback in on this, Rend-dearest, or are you full up?

    Actually this came about awhile ago via PMs. I'd prefer to keep it small, but seeing as you are the only reason I ever even knew about Eclipse Phase in the first place, there may be something we can work out.

    Let's see what Edcrab, Zellpher, Crimson, and Wildcat come up with in character creation and we can go from there?

  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Sure. Worst comes to worst, I just jeer from the sidelines. :D

  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    You could start jeering now if you like!

    I've already had to be reminded how character-creation works...

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  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    You should totally let me play too, Rend. :D

    I am but a poor hapless victim of the game Rainfall was also in, which died horribly :(
    Spoiler:

    mrpaku wrote: »
    my name is precisionk and i'm ten tanks

    wrath God fear traitor evil
  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Edcrab wrote: »
    You could start jeering now if you like!

    I've already had to be reminded how character-creation works...

    Character creation is almost needlessly complex. Having to factor in Morph and Ego traits really doesn't make things easy. So no jeering yet.

    @Skid it was not my game! It was that other guys! I was just a player!

  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Well, the first time I made a character it was for a friend's game and he took the trouble of having summarised everything. I mean, everything. Having to actually think is proving troublesome, but fortunately Rend reminded me where all the data is.

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  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Just for reference...

    Page 130 of the rulebook has a summary of character creation, but here's the basic:

    STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO
    CHARACTER CREATION
    1. Defi ne Character Concept (p. 130)
    2. Choose Background (p. 131)
    3. Choose Faction (p. 132)
    4. Spend Free Points (p. 134)
    a) 105 aptitude points
    b) 1 Moxie
    c) 5,000 credit
    d) 50 Rep
    e) Native tongue
    5. Spend Customization Points (p. 135)
    a) 1,000 CP to spend
    15 CP = 1 Moxie
    10 CP = 1 aptitude point
    5 CP = 1 psi sleight
    5 CP = 1 specialization
    2 CP = 1 skill point (61-80)
    1 CP = 1 skill point (up to 60)
    1 CP = 1,000 credit
    1 CP = 10 rep
    b) Active skill minimum: 400 skill points
    c) Knowledge skill minimum: 300 skill points
    d) Choose Starting Morph (pp. 136 and 139)
    e) Choose Traits (pp. 136 and 145)
    6. Purchase Gear (p. 136)
    7. Choose Motivation (p. 137)
    8. Calculate Remaining Stats (p. 138)
    9. Detail the Character (p. 138)

  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Rainfall wrote: »

    @Skid it was not my game! It was that other guys! I was just a player!

    I BLAME YOOOOOOU!

    Actually no. I just misremembered- I'll fix that, and Rend will never suspect a thing!

    mrpaku wrote: »
    my name is precisionk and i'm ten tanks

    wrath God fear traitor evil
  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    El Skid wrote: »
    Rainfall wrote: »

    @Skid it was not my game! It was that other guys! I was just a player!

    I BLAME YOOOOOOU!

    Actually no. I just misremembered- I'll fix that, and Rend will never suspect a thing!

    Hey guys! I was just over there in the other thread and I heard you guys talking about Eclipse Phase!

  • kuhlmeyekuhlmeye Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Rainfall wrote: »
    Aww dammit this is what I get for not hanging out in IRC. I miss out on f*cking Maid and now Eclipse Phase with the OP stolen from me?

    Any chance I can piggyback in on this, Rend-dearest, or are you full up?

    This.

    Also, when I tried to run a game, I made this, to hopefully ease character creation. Also, I set it up so it can be edited too, if something is missing.

    I will be watching closely.
    El Skid wrote: »
    Rainfall wrote: »

    @Skid it was not my game! It was that other guys! I was just a player!

    I BLAME YOOOOOOU!

    Actually no. I just misremembered- I'll fix that, and Rend will never suspect a thing!

    Whoops...

    PSN: the-K-flash
  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I'll be watching this eagerly, since Cthulhu was fun times.

    XBL: Invisible Man PSN: Indrik
  • ZellpherZellpher Hermit Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Whee! I can't wait to play my internet based life-form on the internet. This is going to get a little disorienting.

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  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    kuhlmeye wrote: »
    El Skid wrote: »
    Rainfall wrote: »

    @Skid it was not my game! It was that other guys! I was just a player!

    I BLAME YOOOOOOU!

    Actually no. I just misremembered- I'll fix that, and Rend will never suspect a thing!

    Whoops...

    Hehe.

    Not really blaming you, man. I got introduced to the game and got to make a character- it was a good experience anyway :)

    Edit- other game is gone now. Rend, you have my interest and I'll leave it at that <3

    mrpaku wrote: »
    my name is precisionk and i'm ten tanks

    wrath God fear traitor evil
  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Oooh yes. I will make a character tomorrow. It shall be glorious.

  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Oh also, here's something great. Page 390 (watch spoilers, that's in the GM section) has an entire 2-page spread for character creation which is excellently laid out.

  • ZellpherZellpher Hermit Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Almost finished with character, just have to get some gear and details.

    E: Done! Sheet here Thank you Kuhlmeye. This isn't everything (missing gear and traits) but gives a general idea of what the character is like. Now to put all of these notes onto an actual sheet.

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  • jackomatikjackomatik Registered User
    edited February 2010
    Hi there. I'm one of the designers. Sounds like you guys are having fun with our game. Cool, thanks for playing!

    I noticed chargen was pissing y'all off. Tons of points to spend, right? If it's not too late, check here. Scroll down to Fan Created Material. There are several Excel character sheets people have posted. Personally, I recommend the one by Tony Lee, but I'm biased, as he's one of my playtest group.

    Also, I'll be an Enforcer at PAX East next month. I didn't try to set up any Eclipse Phase games during the con, because I thought it was the wrong audience. I might reconsider if I thought there were some interest.

    OK, that's all... Sorry for interrupting. :)

  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Oh, hey, I was just looking through those sheets and I was about to post the link here. Thanks for saving me the trouble :)

    I'm still trying to come up with an idea for a character, and get something hammered out soon.

  • ZellpherZellpher Hermit Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Error: System Restart Required
    Would you like to Restart? [y/n]
    >y
    Booting...
    Main Processor: Classified CPU type
    Memory testing: 6295683573838381289320209265528939229258568372687 OK

    Primary Master : Classified
    Primary Slave : Classified
    Secondary Master : Classified
    Secondary Slave : Classified






    ....


    Greetings! You can call me the Autonomous Nascent Derivative Intelligence, or A.N.D.I. for short. I am an intelligence created by the Argonauts designed for research and information retrieval. My personality is supposed to be derived from my creator, hence derivative. I look forward to working with all of you and putting my skills to good use. I have also included a photo of my most constant state, However this will change and adapt depending on the situation. Do not be alarmed, for I am no larger than the average dog.
    Spoiler:

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  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    jackomatik wrote: »
    Hi there. I'm one of the designers. Sounds like you guys are having fun with our game. Cool, thanks for playing!

    I noticed chargen was pissing y'all off. Tons of points to spend, right? If it's not too late, check here. Scroll down to Fan Created Material. There are several Excel character sheets people have posted. Personally, I recommend the one by Tony Lee, but I'm biased, as he's one of my playtest group.

    Also, I'll be an Enforcer at PAX East next month. I didn't try to set up any Eclipse Phase games during the con, because I thought it was the wrong audience. I might reconsider if I thought there were some interest.

    OK, that's all... Sorry for interrupting. :)

    You guys designed a really awesome game :^: Feel free to stick around and offer whatever you have, it would be good to actually get some experienced input. None of us have actually ever played the game before (or, if we have, not for long) so this will be kind of a wild ride.

    Can't wait to get this party started. I'm going to go ahead and make an edict here: Make sure your i-rep (firewall rep) starts at 0, we're going to go from firewall recruitment and give you guys your first missions as Sentinels. From there you'll "break the ice" as it were, into the reputation network.

    Also, things are going to be taking place on Titan, and in other assorted autonomist/anarchist habitats and regions in the outer system.

  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    jackomatik wrote: »
    Also, I'll be an Enforcer at PAX East next month. I didn't try to set up any Eclipse Phase games during the con, because I thought it was the wrong audience. I might reconsider if I thought there were some interest.

    OK, that's all... Sorry for interrupting. :)

    At least at PAX Prime, there is a big D&D factor but of course all sorts of table top games being run. Demo games by hardcore fans / designers at PAX is pretty common and awesome, so I'd consider doing one if I were you. :D The only issue may be the enforcer thing for ya, it can make sitting for a session difficult I imagine.

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    So, it's been a while since that PM was going around, and I seem to have deleted it. Can people post what they were going to make so I can see what we have?

    EDIT: Okay, I have an idea. I'm just trying to rough it out a bit and get it off the ground.

  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Man, whenever I try and read up on the mechanics, I get lost in the fluff. I love it. Nice to see you here jack!

    I made this using that oh-so-useful character generation spreadsheet but there's probably still holes to plug. This is a little rough around the edges but here's the core concept, I'll try and get the morph/equipment details finalised:

    Irgvin Ridwyler, Criminal Technician

    "I'm a tech. 'Techie' is derogative. Pay attention."
    Spoiler:

    Now also available in .xls format, courtesy of the template we all nicked off Tony Lee

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    hmm... I need to rethink things a little

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Still working on it!

  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Good to hear! Let's have these characters moving as soon as we can, so we can get on with the good stuff.

  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I've been told by our glorious leader to bump the thread with "Characters by Friday, please."

    Seriously, that crimsoncoyote needs to get a move on.

  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Indeed, let's get this show on the road, peeps!

    Also, as far as your characters go, remember to be thinking about what incident got them INTO firewall. This will be everyone's first mission, but something had to have happened for them to be contacted. Did they see something they shouldn't have seen? Did they know something they should not have known? Or perhaps did firewall simply have need of their talents?

  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Also, Zell and Edcrab, I didnt see your gear anywhere? Remember to post gear.

  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Oh for goodness sake. Wrote it up and never posted it :rotate:

    Added it to the original post, thanks for reminding me.

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  • ZellpherZellpher Hermit Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    So my character sheet has gear on it now. The online one. The paper one I copied it from always did. The only problem is that the box only shows the first item and a half, how do I make the whole thing visible? Other than by double clicking and dragging the box to reveal it all I mean.

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Edcrab, I'm pretty sure(certain.) that you forgot to add your Morph's bonuses to your Aptitudes. You should have +5 in COG and +5 in three others, but you've just got your base 105.

  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Urgh. Strike two. What I should really do is just C/P the whole document to avoid missing yet another update which I haven't carried over.

    Cheers, I'll sort it out

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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Nearly done! I am pleased with my creation so far; he is quite different to those noted above.

  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Now that's intriguing... Looking forward to seeing it!

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
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