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Eclipse Phase: The Stars Our Destination
by Jeremy B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/12/2011 21:33:36
At 18 pages, The Stars Our Destination is slightly longer than either Bump in the Night or Continuity, though it comes in shorter than Ego Hunter or Glory, by way of comparison with other Posthuman products at the same price-point. It's a very enjoyable look at the history and personalities that make up a scum swarm, and as such is useful either to directly import into a game or to use as a template for other swarms. The included plot hooks work well for either visitors or residents of the fleet, so can be used by a variety of game groups, Firewall and otherwise. For my part, I'm looking forward to future releases of this nature as a means to flesh out other aspects of the setting that aren't getting full sourcebooks in the near future.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: The Stars Our Destination
by joshua e. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/08/2011 16:20:55
Very good overview of a scum fleet. The book was a bit short but is priced very well for it's length. I would have liked to see more artwork and/or a short story like those in the other E.P. books. That probably would have doubled the price but it would have been worth it. Overall, this book is a must have for fans of E.P.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: Gatecrashing Hack Pack
by Stephen M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/06/2011 18:16:50
Where do you go exploring in a solar system that is filled with people?

Gatecrashing, The second expansion book for the Eclipse Phase RPG, answers that question rather well.
With the introduction of detailed information on the Pandora Gates, which were mentioned in the core book, players can now explore planets in other solar systems by traveling through these gates.

While the weird and wonderful locations you can reach through the Pandora Gates are the focus of the book, just as interesting is the politics and intrigue surrounding the possession of and access to the Gates. The mysterious origins of the Pandora Gates and the potential profit to be had by those possessing them are ripe for a backstabbing and betrayal filled campaign.

The actual extrasolar missions themselves as describes are filled with hazards form these strange new planets, and this things that can be encountered there. and the potential for being stranded in these strange places breeds paranoia in bucket fulls.

If there is anything to not like about this book, it is perhaps that too much is borrowed from the Stargate franchise. At some points the descriptions of the Gates and their operating procedures could be a carbon copy of a Stargate description.
Perhaps a little more effort could have been put into distancing it from such a popular series with such a similar premise.
That said, when taken in context with the Eclipse Phase setting as a whole, it works very well.

Overall, an excellent product that any sci-fi RPG fan should pick up.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: Panopticon
by Mike B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2011 15:15:15
In relation to past Eclipse Phase products, I'd place it somewhere below Sunward and above Gatecrashing. In relation to any other RPG product, I'd place it in my cart to buy immediately. :) If you're looking at this review, you've presumably already read the core book and fallen in love with the setting. This book is more of the same in the best way possible, brilliantly researched "fluff" to bring colour and life to new corners of the setting, and a wee bit of new "crunch" to go along with it.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: Ego Hunter
by Andrew K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/27/2011 10:37:27
Ego Hunter thrusts players and GMs alike into the gritty ethical and philosophical dilemmas of Eclipse Phase, and this is where it really shines. From conflicting loyalties to crime in a post-national solar system to the legal status of digital (trans)humans. It's a great adventure for new players with some solid grasp on the world and atmosphere of Eclipse Phase.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: Panopticon
by Jason P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/26/2011 15:45:10
This is a great product; I love the 'fluff' is much more of a way people thing and how things operate rather than most other fluff, it is quite a bit of information that players can incorporate and utilize in playing the game rather than just background information. It's well written interesting and useful

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Eclipse Phase: Panopticon
by Gerald S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/26/2011 13:19:46
Excellent book, with well written articles and a lot of information to use in game.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: Lack
by Ben K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/26/2011 12:13:56
This product is excellent. It's just a quick short story, but a great introduction to the Eclipse Phase universe. Eclipse Phase material (with the exception of some presentation/graphic design elements) is Creative Commons licensed, so you could just remix this if you own the full manual, but I didn't mind paying 0.99 to someone else to have the ePub formatting work done for me.

This and the other ePubs are great introductions to the flavor that the Eclipse Phase universe has, and a good way to sell the campaign to players (or even game masters). Lack is an excellent presentation of one detail a lot of players will be skeptical of - that you can allow for a resurrection / respawn mechanic in a table top RPG and maintain realistic internal universe mechanics and a strong degree of scientific verisimilitude.

Highly recommended.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: Panopticon
by Erathoniel W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/26/2011 10:19:57
Panopticon is a must-have Eclipse Phase supplement.

I feel that Posthuman Studios could have given it another once-over check for errors, though the errors present are simple typos rather than major errors. That said, if you won't be totally nit-picking with the typos and you'll actually read the whole book, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

The art and writing, as always, is top notch (sans typos). The book offers in-depth analysis of social issues through a science-fiction proxy, though that's to be expected from Posthuman Studios, they really hit home with Panopticon. Add in a ton of new rules for all sorts of awesome (surveillance and uplifts, as well as habitat stuff), and everyone will be happy.

The nice little intro story kicks off the rest of the book nicely by providing a quick glimpse at some of the deeper discussion of concepts later on, and also is plain awesome (to use an academic term). Then in true Eclipse Phase manner, the book launches in to well over a hundred pages of setting and background, combined with little fiction or explanatory blurbs. While I like setting more than the average guy, I feel that even fans of mechanics that normally disdain setting exposition would enjoy the more cerebral standard set by Posthuman Studios.

The book wraps up with mechanics for everything discussed throughout the book, including lots of new morphs and gear/services. As always, the mechanics are solid, and Panopticon delivers on providing a solid science-fiction experience without feeling cheesy.

I'd recommend Panopticon for any fan of Eclipse Phase. The high standard of quality set by Posthuman Studios really shows in this product, even if there are some lapses in grammar and spelling that are aggravating.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Erathoniel, Thanks for the review. We have a thread on our message boards where fans can point out mistakes they've caught or otherwise suggest corrections. Please jump in and let us know any specific problems you saw, the thread is here: http://www.eclipsephase.com/eclipse-phase-panopticon-errata cheers, Posthuman Studios (Rob, Brian, and Adam)
Eclipse Phase: Panopticon
by Christoph S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/26/2011 02:22:49
I've now through the last sections of the book, only surveillance is missing but still... this book is awesome and would make a great bundle with the corebook.

The Habitat-part alone is worth reading for every player since you get a glimpse on how living in zero-g habitats is like, what dangers are posed and what to do if sh*t hits the fan hard and your section decompresses. Add to that some information about the things people do and voila. Its a good read from an in-game perspective that makes your neurons work about how you can create your own character.

Now, the cherry to me was the uplift part. Heck. They are featured on the cover in an awesome monkey-octopus cagefight (with Laserwhips!). And the narrator was a quite suave neo-dolphin and the chapter features many in-character sidebars about other uplifts too (for example, the first to actually be recognized as an uplift).

The book ends with game information, lots and lots of uplift-morphs, and a warm and fuzzy feeling, wanting more.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: Panopticon
by Jason B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/25/2011 00:39:32
This is THE book to get, if you want info on exactly how having advanced sensor and computer technology will have an affect on the cultures, persons, and PCs that will have access to them.

Also, it has a extremely well-done "Uplift" section. Uplifts being the "Sentients created from animal stock" seen in EP and many other sci-fi games. Although written specifically for EP's setting, the political and corporate groups could be used in other settings, with little change.

Finally, there is a Habitat section, detailing everything from construction, how to infiltrate, and even how to "sleeve" an entire Habitat as one's body ("Morph" in EP slang).

Even if you aren't playing/buying EP specifically, this is a good book for general sci-fi info on the 'how does (x) work'
for just about any 'sufficiently advanced' setting.

Buy this, now!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: Panopticon
by William W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/20/2011 16:29:55
Panopticon covers three subjects.

Uplifts, Habitats and Surveillance/Sousveillance each subject justifies the cost of the book.

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Eclipse Phase
by NB N. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/22/2011 15:07:33
I'm going to do this book a SERIOUS injustice with a relatively short review. Considering the price tag of $15 (at least when this was written), it's a steal. The book is huge. It's detailed. It's well written.

The basis of the game is that people are basically just minds now or souls or whatever you want to think of them as. They are called Egos in the game. You can then inhabit Morphs that are bodies made in a tremendous number of shapes, sizes, and capabilities. So the game obviously deals with some very dense subject matter and has an encyclopedic overview of the terms, what the world is like, and how people get along in the universe. Most of the game centers around political conspiracies, horror elements, and investigation and exploration.

In one game, you may inhabit a sexy assassin body and the next a non-humanoid mech. You can be a space fighter if you want. To some degree then, character creation is what your mental capabilities amount to. Things like strength are determined more by what Morph you are in. That is cool because you can just switch out (if you have the cash) to whatever you need to get your job done.

There are a lot of mechanics, so I would recommend just taking it slow and trying to use the base rules to teach yourself and your group the game. The PDF is judiciously bookmarked with hotlinks embedded in the text that will take you to references directly. That is a HUGE help when navigating the book. No "check pg. 209" to slow you down there.

The game and game world are complex, so be ready to read through a couple of times. The production value is amazing though, so it's fun to work through. But be warned, this is about a rules heavy as you can get without it being a joke. It's not a bad thing, it's just not for everyone.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase
by Jeramy T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/11/2011 01:54:04
Absolutely a great work. This book is well written and contains excellent art work to set the tone and mood of the game. The book is well organized and easy to follow allowing for easy searching during games and the system is really solid. I can't wait to see more products for Eclipse Phase.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Eclipse Phase: El Destino Verde (Part 1)
by David C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/09/2011 23:53:47
Eclipse Phase itself is a culmination of dozens of science and science fiction ideas, pureed in a blender and served to you as one elegant yet dystopic universe. Stories like Jack's serve to illuminate a small part of that universe and he does well at it. He doesn't approach science fiction as a scientist or an engineer but as if its just there.

As such Jack's writing in this case can be a little technical if you aren't familiar with the materials already presented in EP or other works. Still, its not absolutely central to understanding the story if you miss a term or two.

Some minor complaints:
The material is obviously taken straight from the book it is going to be used in (which is fine because he is one of the writers and obviously has permission). Still it would be nice if it was ?typeset? as own story at some point. Also the very start of the story just feels off. The best line is the second. Lastly there were a few typos (buidling?).

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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