Centuries in the future, technology has defeated death and reshaped bodies and minds, but it also brought oppression and mass destruction. After losing Earth in a war with AIs, Transhumanity disperses throughout the Solar System and beyond, struggling to survive. In a typical Eclipse Phase game, characters belong to Firewall, a secret cross-faction organization that protects transhumanity. 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 hard to pin down with traditional labels. Is it science fiction? Yes, but it’s also horror, conspiracy, and post-apocalypse. You can upload your mind into new bodies or even a robotic shell, so “human” is a slippery term. Are you fighting for good? So you hope. Is technology helping you, or making everything harder? Yes. But several terms definitely describe Eclipse Phase: rich — detailed — amazing. When Posthuman Studios published the game’s First Edition in 2010, it won three ENnie Awards, including Product of the Year (Silver). In April 2017 Posthuman’s successful Eclipse Phase Second Edition Kickstarter raised US$187K.
1. ECLIPSE PHASE ESSENTIALS
This June 2014 offer, resleeved (revived) as Eclipse Phase Essentials, presented the First Edition rulebook and important early supplements; if you’re new to Eclipse Phase, start with these books. There were four titles in this offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $40) as DRM-free, non-watermarked .PDF ebooks:
[revived from June 2014]
- Eclipse Phase (retail price $20): Join the secret organization Firewall to defend Transhumanity from biowar plagues, self-replicating nanoswarms, rogue AIs, and other extinction-level threats.
- NPC File Volume 1: Prime (retail $5): Over 30 highly original characters with descriptions and full stats, ready for any campaign.
- Sunward – The Inner System (retail $15): The inner worlds of the Solar System, from the Solarians who dive into the Sun’s corona to an upswelling of Barsoomian patriotism on Mars.
- Eclipse Phase: All Sample Characters (first edition), a free compilation of 60 characters, fully statted and ready for any campaign, from the Eclipse Phase 1E core rulebook, Sunward, Transhuman, and Firewall.
- Transhuman (retail $15): This essential player’s guide includes a lifepath generator, expanded rules for infomorphs and flexbots, and over 30 new morphs ready to be sleeved.
- Panopticon (retail $15): How to live in a “transparent” society; the inner workings of space habitats and how to hack them; and new gear, rules, and morphs for uplifted animal characters.
- Glory (retail $5): Newly added in this revival, Glory is a starter scenario that sends the characters in pursuit of a missing Firewall proxy to the outer reaches of the Solar System. (If you bought this offer in either of its its two previous runs, you got Glory automatically on your Wizard’s Cabinet download page.)
- Continuity (retail $5): A one-shot scenario or a campaign kickoff. You awaken in a new morph with two weeks of your life missing, and limited time to deal with a looming threat.
- The Devotees (retail $5): Pit your Firewall team against Nine Lives, the most ruthless syndicate of soul thieves in the system.
- Eclipse Phase Gamemaster’s Screen (retail $5): Useful reference charts. (This screen was new in this revival. As with Glory, previous purchasers got the screen automatically.)
2. ECLIPSE PHASE +2 [all-new]This all-new companion offer presented many recent supplements that extend your campaign to the stars, plus ambient music to enhance your play sessions. Several of these titles were funded by Posthuman’s successful April 2013 Transhuman Player’s Guide Kickstarter campaign.
There were five titles in this offer’s Sunward Collection (retail value $45), including the 202-page Firewall conspiracy supplement (retail price $15), the Morph Recognition Guide (retail $15), and three sourcebooks of the Inner System: The Stars Our Destination, Zone Stalkers, and Million Year Echo (retail $5 apiece).
This offer’s entire Rimward Collection had five more titles worth an additional $55:
- Rimward (retail $15): The outer reaches of the inhabited Solar System, from the Jovian Republic and Titanian Commonwealth to the Kuiper Belt and the Autonomist Alliance.
- Gatecrashing (retail $15): The five mysterious Pandora Gates and the factions that control them.
- Argonauts (retail $5): Transhumanity’s foremost scientific organization.
- Ego Hunter (retail $10): A convention scenario where all the player characters are forks of the same person, working together to track down their original (alpha) self.
- Infinite & Indivisible (retail $10): Composer Scott Fox’s 11-track .MP3 soundtrack of ambient music to enhance your sessions of Eclipse Phase or any SFRPG.