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Subject:Two more RPG bundle offers - Eclipse Phase
Time:09:18 am
This is a system I don't know at all - Eclipse Phase, "the Posthuman Studios RPG of transhumanist conspiracy and horror". There are two offers, one a repeat of one made several years ago, the other all new:

Eclipse Phase Essential Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2018Eclipse

"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. Several terms definitely apply: rich -- detailed -- amazing. When Posthuman Studios published the First Edition of Eclipse Phase 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. This offer, resleeved (revived) from June 2014, presents the First Edition rulebook and important early supplements; if you're new to Eclipse Phase, start here. Then explore the all-new companion offer, Eclipse Phase +2, with many recent supplements that extend your campaign to the stars.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity selected by Posthuman Studios for these two Eclipse Phase offers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$90. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $40) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Eclipse Phase (retail price $20): Join Firewall and defend Transhumanity from biowar plagues, self-replicating nanoswarms, rogue AIs, and other extinction-level threats. Learn how to sleeve new bodies, hack your mind, live in space, keep two (or more) egos alive at once, and more.
  • NPC File Volume 1: Prime (retail $5): Over 30 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. Includes new morphs, gear, and sample characters.
  • Eclipse Phase: All Sample Characters 1E (free): As a convenience to our customers, we include this gorgeous collection of 60 characters from the 1E core rulebook, Sunward, Transhuman, and Firewall.
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $50:
  • 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 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 get 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 is new in this revival. As with Glory, previous purchasers get the screen automatically.)



Eclipse Phase Bundle +2

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/EclipsePhase2

"This is an all-new companion to the revived June 2014 Eclipse Phase Essentials, which presents the core rulebook and important early supplements. (If you're new to Eclipse Phase, start there first.) Several of the titles in this new companion offer were funded by Posthuman's successful April 2013 Transhuman Player's Guide Kickstarter campaign.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format), and each music track as an .MP3 audio file. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and music players.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$100. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all five titles in this offer's Sunward Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, 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).

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Rimward Collection with 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.


I'll be honest - these look like good deals, they're just not where I want to be right now with role playing. As usual with these bundles you get a shedload of stuff for your money, and they do look like pretty good deals. I'll probably download a couple of the supplements because they address areas that interest me - most notably Panopticon - but I'm not going to try to get my head around another new (to me) RPG at this stage in my increasing decrepitude. But I think I can recommend them, subject of course to all the usual YMMV disclaimers.
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whswhs
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Time:2018-06-21 04:56 am (UTC)
Can you say a little more about EP, beyond what the quoted writeups say? I have an interest in transhumanist themes.
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ffutures
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Time:2018-06-21 10:58 am (UTC)
I'll try to take a closer look in the next few days, but what I've seen so far looks a lot like e.g. GURPS Transhuman Space or Blue Planet, so not incredibly innovative.
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whswhs
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Time:2018-06-21 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay. I have THS and have run two campaigns in it, and I co-wrote the GURPS adaptation of Blue Planet and have the Bundle of Holding that was issued for it in 2016. So I may not be in urgent need of yet another transhumanist game, unless there's some brilliantly innovative premise in this one. Thanks for the response, and further thanks if you're able to find time to say more.

Addendum: On the other hand, looking at the TVTropes pages, it looks as if they explicitly referenced a number of people well known among libertarians, including Friedrich Hayek, Ken MacLeod, and Benjamin Tucker. So their treatment of libertarian themes might be unusually well informed, which would add some interest.

Edited at 2018-06-21 09:15 pm (UTC)
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ffutures
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Time:2018-06-22 06:53 am (UTC)
YHM
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