A science fiction post-earth apocalypse game with posthuman concepts. Humanity has spread to the solar system and is starting to reach beyond, death is no longer a barrier to people as mind and memories can be stored in a variety of forms and bodies. But what is human anymore?

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Justifications for the existence of cyberpsychosis

Several games (Cyberpunk, for one) have an effect like cyberpsychosis (defined here as "a psychotic aberration suffered by excessive users of cyberware"). Others, such as Eclipse Phase, consider ...
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High-Tech Dungeon Crawling in Hard Sci-Fi

I've started playing Eclipse Phase with a group of friends. Most of them have a Dungeons and Dragon history, and love getting magic items and such. I've already made up my mind to take the party on ...
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Why is time-dilated simulspace not an I Win button?

First, a bunch of relevant quotes to set the stage. What is simulspace? Virtual reality overrides the user's physical senses and places them inside an entirely computer-generated environment ...
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How to design a character in Eclipse Phase?

I'm a bit overwhelmed with all of the options available. We haven't run a full session yet, but the two test runs I've done have both revealed glaring holes in the character I designed using the book ...
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Muse Uplifts in Eclipse Phase

Is there any guidance in EP for a skilled programmer PC to eventually uplift their muse? This could of course have disastrous consequences... but i think a distinct part of Eclipse Phase is trying ...
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Hacking into a mesh insert in Eclipse Phase

I've read the hacking chapter of the core book repeatedly, and while I think I understand how individual parts of the system work, I have trouble putting it all together. Assume I'm walking down the ...
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What kind of Muse do you start with in Eclipse Phase?

In Eclipse Phase, the character creation rules state that every character gets a Muse for free. Later in the book it details multiple kinds of Muses, including one called a Standard Muse. Based on ...
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What kind of SF horror does Eclipse Phase lend itself to?

Assume I know only the barest minimum about Eclipse Phase: just read a blurb or two. What kinds of horror stories does Eclipse Phase lend itself to? (What are the 'signature' horror elements of the ...
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Comparing package-based and traditional character generation in Eclipse Phase

Transhuman has introduced an alternative, package-based character generation for EP. It features a sidebar on the topic on page 13: Note that this package system builds characters that are worth ...
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How does Procreation work in Eclipse Phase?

How is procreation handled in Eclipse Phase? Given that morphs are highly interchangeable this heavily shifts the normal perception of how passing on your genetics would work. Also can infomorphs ...
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Eclipse Phase and… the soul?

What's Eclipse Phase's take on the soul? Does such a thing exist in the game world? Are there in game debates about it (with factions opposing body switching and so on)? (If someone dies then having ...
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How do people swear in Eclipse Phase?

I wonder how should I play some hot-tempered NPCs when it comes to swearing. First, there are sex-based and ancestry-based insults but even that is slightly outdated because procreation is different ...
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Rules for a play-by-post forum?

With my RPG group we decided to setup a private online forum to play in differed time together (and other reasons that are not the subject of the question). Installing and setting the forum itself ...
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When purchasing a robot, do I have to purchase an AI to operate it?

When I buy a robot (buying gear at character creation), does it come with a basic AI that knows how to operate the 'bot, or do I have to purchase the AI separately?
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How to effectively run a “Petal” trip or other dream-like sequences

A little background: Eclipse Phase has a drug in the setting that creates a shared hallucinated experience among participants. These drugs, called Petals, are also designed to have some sort of ...
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How to ensure that players don't forget they're always in a microgravity environment

In Eclipse Phase, the default assumption is that there is virtually no gravity. Indeed this is the default assumption in most hard(-ish) space scifi. There are 3 places in Eclipse Phase that have ...
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Game-within-a-Game Cross-Genre Ideas

I've started running the starter adventure on Eclipse Phase. I have an idea for our first full-length campaign, but it's a little complicated. I need a (relatively) simple game to play the part of a ...
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Availability of body switching in Eclipse Phase

How affordable is body switching in Eclipse Phase? (Please assume I know very little of the game.) How much does it cost relatively to switch bodies? Is it something available for anyone, or just ...
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How likely would a character be to identify a Futura morph?

I have a player who is playing a member of the Lost generation and since we're just starting is required to be in a Futura morph. Part of the backstory I've laid out for the game is that the ...
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What happens to rez points when you merge (alpha) forks?

This is a question asked on a french forum: http://www.black-book-editions.fr/forum/index.php?topic=3484.0 Let's say you have a fork (in particular, alpha fork) and you merge. The fork might have ...
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Are grenade attacks made against opposed Fray tests?

Do Throwing Weapons (by using a grenade) attacks require opposed 1/2 Fray tests to connect and damage enemies within the explosion area, like every other ranged attack?
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How far away can my new sleeve be when I egocast?

When using an ego bridge to egocast a live ego (as opposed to a halted fork or backup), how distant can the target be? Eclipse Phase p. 269 says: In this case, during the process of uploading, ...
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Can I program myself to use Gunnery instead of any ranged-weapon skill?

One of Eclipse Phase's taglines is "Your Mind is Software: Program it." but is it actually legal/reasonable in play? Eclipse has a large number of ranges weapon skills: Kinetic Weapons: Things ...
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How are new Egos produced & taught in Eclipse Phase?

In Eclipse Phase, we know that AGIs & AIs can exist, but how about new Bio-Egos (for lack of a better comparison term). In this question: How does Procreation work in Eclipse Phase? , some people ...
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Dodging missiles in Eclipse Phase

Is there anything a character can do when shot at with a missile/grenade? If said grenade wasn't set to explode immediately, they can try to catch it to toss it back (REF+COO+COO), or jump on it ...
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Do bonuses from cyberware and the like apply before or after the morph-imposed attribute maxima?

One of my players asked the above and the text isn't very clear. Reading the Improving Aptitudes section on p. 152 of the core seems to indicate as such.
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Hacking the Muse (Why interrogate the transhuman if Muse knows it all?)

The Muse is a AI companion that assists its owner on every day basis. Often it does so from early childhood and knows it's master very well. It resides in master's mesh inserts and to be able to serve ...
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Small ships and interplanetary communications

It appears that there is no method of communicating over interplanetary distances for small ships in Eclipse Phase. A large radio has a range of 5000 km in open space (page 298), a laser or microwave ...
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What book has prices for alternative muses?

In the Eclipse Phase core rule book, there are rules for buying a muse. It is listed with stats and a price in the section with other AIs like Vecheil AIs and Hacking (Kaos) AIs. It notes that all ...
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Do the mesh rules in Eclipse Phase permit the concept of a gateway node?

The hacking/interfacing rules for Eclipse Phase suggest that I can use a "disposable" ecto to cover my tracks when I'm doing something unscrupulous on the network. It suggests (but doesn't give clear ...
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Games based on Eclipse Phase's world and/or system

Are there any well developed, relatively successful, and - in your own experience - well playable, unofficial (and Creative Commons licensed) RPGs based on Eclipse Phase's world and/or system, as of ...