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Eclipse Phase Hardcover – 13 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Catalyst Games Labs (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934857165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934857168
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had read on a lot of games before purchasing this. I also recently ordered and received Mindjammer, which I thoroughly love. I have spent quite a few days picking up one, and then the other, and then placing both down, unable to make a decision. Eclipse phase has such a big background and numerous adventures for it and I really enjoy the darkness of space it portrays. I have found already you can play the adventures with Mindjammer and vice versa (though there is only one adventure out for Mindjammer). The book arrived in great condition and the pictures are all really cool and I enjoy the stories written inside. The addition of the ribbons to mark your pages is awesome, and for me, really adds to the value and shows a lot of attention to detail. I know the FATE rules are being worked on and I look forward to reading that. The only drawback to me in the entire system is the re-sleeving. It's interesting, but I found you're constantly having to reference the rulebook after you die to write down what all of the new gadgets do and it gets a little time consuming. But maybe I'm just not playing it correctly :). Anyway, lovely book, prompt delivery and a great addition to my collection!
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As a collector of RPG's I'd heard about this on the net so when I saw it available (at a local store, sorry Amazon!) I thought I'd take a punt. First impressions were good, it's hefty (400+pages), beautifully laid out, great art, top quality paper and printing, two inbound page markers (a nice touch) and the vibe felt really good. The layout as well is great, everything is well referenced and nicely summarised at the start of each chapter and at convenient points.

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.
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The setting is wide and involved.
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!!!
:)
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I'm just enjoying reading it at the moment.
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.
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Excellent book!
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