is the game of transhuman survival. Technology puts the tools to defeat
death, emancipate from need, and reshape bodies and minds in the hands
of everyone, but it also provides the means for 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 from
extinction threats. Alternate campaigns involve traversing the
mysterious Pandora gates to explore extrasolar worlds or navigating the
treacherous terrain of high-tech criminal cartels.
The first edition of Eclipse Phase
won numerous awards (2010 Origins Award for Best RPG, 2010 ENnie Gold
for Best Writing, and 2010 ENnie Silvers for Best Cover Art and Product
of the Year) and was critically acclaimed for the innovation and depth
of its setting. The Eclipse Phase line is recognized for its creativity, world-building, amazing artwork, and high production standards.
About Eclipse Phase, Second Edition
Eclipse Phase, Second Edition (EP2), is a full-color, hardcover tabletop RPG book. It contains the full rules for making and playing Eclipse Phase
characters, four sample teams of four characters each, and detailed
setting information — a complete roleplaying game in one book!
The goal of this campaign is to cover some of the costs of producing and printing EP2.
What’s New in EP2?
We’re focusing on improving and simplifying the existing Eclipse Phase system, not re-inventing the wheel. Changes include:
Faster Character Creation — A package-buy character creation system lets people build characters quickly without missing essentials.
Streamlined Resleeving — An aptitude-linked pool system means that skills don’t need to be recalculated when a character resleeves (switches bodies).
Updated Gameplay — We’ve reduced the number of skills and made
them easier to acquire. Gear costs are replaced with a system that works
the same whether you are buying gear, acquiring it with rep favors, or
nano-fabbing. Combat, hacking, and other systems are also updated.
Four Sample Teams — Pre-fabbed teams can be dropped right into a game and serve as examples of balanced parties.
Redesigned Book — A spread-based organization keeps material close-at-hand with less page-flipping.
Most first-edition source material is compatible with EP2.
Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night 2/10/17
Penumbral lunar eclipse
Not as spectacular — or noticeable — as a total lunar eclipse, this rather subtle phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow (known as the penumbra), according to EarthSky.org.
The outer shadow of the Earth blocks part — but not all — of the sun’s rays from reaching the moon, making it appear slightly darker than usual.
Full “snow” moon
As required during any lunar eclipse, the moon will be full Friday night. And this month it’s nicknamed the “snow” moon.
According to the Farmers’ Almanac, full moon names date back to Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S. Each full moon has its own name.
“The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon,” the almanac reports. “Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.”
A few hours after the eclipse, Comet 45P, which has been visible after sunset for the past two months through binoculars and telescopes, makes its closest approach to Earth, when it will be “only” 7.4 million miles away, NASA said.
Look to the east around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, where it will be visible in the sky in the constellation Hercules. Binoculars or a telescope could be helpful. Watch for a bright blue-green “head” with a tail.
It will be visible in various points of the night sky until the end of February, according to NASA.