Eclipse Phase 2nd edition (EP2) is an amazing and fun game. This edition streamlines play, with loads of input from the gaming community, without sacrificing anything. If you’re familiar with shows like Altered Carbon or The Expanse you’ll be familiar with a lot of the sci-fi present in this game. If you like unraveling conspiracies, pitting yourself against monolithic institutions, survival horror, or the idea of planetary exploration this near hard sci-fi game is a must play.
The game comes baked with premade characters for 4 of your friends. You can choose to play gate crashers exploring ruins on distant and unknown worlds, criminals plying their trade in red, grey, and black markets to undermine hyper capitalists and fascist solar system wide governments, or play secret agents and saviors of humanity fighting against extinction from without and within. Characters range from normal humans to gene tailored super humans, cyborgs, AIs, uplifted Parrots, Monkeys, Apes, Octopus and many things between.
The game smoothly mixes simulationist and narrativist elements into a rule heavy (crunchy) game. This edition isn’t just a rehash of the old system, its a definite improvement. Not only remediating a few glaring issues from first edition, such as morphs, but introducing a pool system that blends crunch with imagination.
The book itself is a work of art. The illustrations, the two page spread, the interactive pdf elements comes together in a great package.
If you want to break from the routine of other games your group is playing and reach for the future and the stars, this is the game.
[5 of 5 Stars!]