Eclipse Phase Hardcover – 13 Oct 2009
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I'll also admit my first impression and one that lingers was that this has been heavily influenced by Shadowrun. Let me qualify this by saying the base system is very different (more on the mechanics below) but the layout especially is very Shadowrun-esque (read the character creation section followed by sample characters between the two books or the chapter on the mesh (the wired world) and am sure most people would agree!!). I'd also say the setting is a little less space opera and slightly more 'Shadowrun set slightly in the further future' than I thought it would be. Now, if you're groaning and tuning out at this stage please don't, personally whilst I own a lot of Shadowrun stuff am not a massive fan and this is far less cartoon-punk, massively tones down the magic (psi talents replace and seem much less prevelant) and opens up the setting beyond compare so do please give it a chance.
The best difference by far is in splitting the character (ie the mind, the brain, the soul if you like, called the Ego) from the body (the shell, called the Morph). This is genius and have never seen it handled better, characters can be pulled from body shell to body shell to body shell therefore if the body dies it's not the end.Read more ›
The rules may be a bit 'clunky' but it's not too clunky and the combat system can be swift and deadly.
The (for want of a better description) Sanity system is possibly the best secret of this game - why kill a character when they can just 'reboot', but the damage to their character's psyche can be long-lasting and sometimes permanent!
I love this game, it is my all-time favourite for sci-fi. The fact that it's also 'open licence' means that the fans have begun to take it and run with it, and what some of them are doing with it is just incredible!
Buy it, buy it now!!!
Would recommend to sci-fi rpg fans.
The illustrations are great.
Plenty of in-depth rules that may take some time to get my head around, being used to the old WHFRP rules.