Eclipse Phase: Rimward – Rimward brings you to the edge of the solar system, including: The Main Belt, Jovian Republic, Jovian Trojans. Rimward is Eclipse Phases’ supplement for the outer solar system, Like other Eclipse Phase major supplements, the physical book is a. Eclipse Phase is the post-apocalyptic game of transhuman conspiracy and horror . In this harsh setting, the players participate in a cross-faction conspiracy.
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The technology is widely available, enabling a whole panoply of digital wonders. Artificial General Intelligences AGIs have bodies and rights of their own, as do the ravens, parrots, apes, dolphins and octopi which science uplifted to human-level intelligence.
The Fall — the AI-initiated conflict which ruined Earth — is the other lynchpin of the setting.
Rimward: The Outer System
Millions died before transhumanity got its act together and millions more were mind-hacked, their consciousnesses forcibly uploaded into the TITANs themselves and then…the TITANs vanished, taking their stolen minds with them. Ten years later, still nobody knows where they went or whether they might return.
In the meantime, transhumanity has licked its wounds and expanded into the Solar System, discovering mysterious artefacts eclipxe the Pandora Gates — which open on worlds far beyond their reach. Should we destroy the gates — if we even can — or head through them and establish exo-colonies safely out of reach of some irmward future calamity? The philosophical implications are pretty complex, even before you factor in the Factors.
The only aliens transhumanity has encountered turned up in the Solar System three years after the Fall, sentient mould colonies claiming to act as ambassadors for a number of off-screen alien species. They are eager to trade, showing a particular interest in scientific and cultural information, ecpipse have issued stern warnings against either the development of artificial intelligence or the use of the Pandora Gates. Speculation as to their motives abounds: Conspiracies — and conspiracy theories — abound, making even the most peaceful-seeming habitat a potential nightmare, while the TITANs left plenty of nasty technological surprises behind to litter rimsard Solar System before they vanished.
While some of these voices stand out, most of them tend to slip into the same informal, informative style of information delivery. It travels from the miners and settlers of the asteroid belt, through the extreme bioconservatives of the Jovian Republic and the techno-collectivists of the Titanian Commonwealth, out past the anarchist habitats of the Autonomist Alliance and into eclupse far-flung reaches of the Kuiper Belt and Oort Phzse where the really strange folk live.
The book is at its strongest when looking at the larger scale, examining eclpse everyday implications of technological advances on aspects of society phsse far flung as tourism, crime, sports and politics. Based on Titan, a large and icy moon of Saturn, the Commonwealth is a direct democracy where every adult votes on legislative issues while the elected parliament administers the day-to-day running of government.
The Commonwealth is a post-scarcity socialist utopia, in other words, at least on the surface.
Because utopias are boring and boring does not a good RPG session make. The whole thing has a wonderfully creepy Stepford vibe, using social mechanics to effectively enforce conformity. For a game of conspiracy and subtle, sinister tensions, this is a goldmine. The other major state in the outer system is the Jovian Republic, called the Jovian Junta by most people living outside its heavily-patrolled borders.
If the Titanian Commonwealth is the poster-child for progressive left-leaning rationalists, the Jovian Republic is their bogeyman. Aggressive, nationalistic, technologically and socially conservative, dominated by religion and deeply fearful of outsiders, the Junta seems like a future nightmare version of an America ruled by the extreme religious right. The writing here is of a particularly high standard, however, and does an excellent job of casting the Republic in a far more sympathetic light.
As the narrator of the Jovian section puts it:.
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When they do and when your AI systems and your very bodies betray you, we will be standing strong, having prepared and planned and run the simulations. Then, perhaps, you will have to turn to us, your last hope.
The shining city on the hill that will offer the benighted masses of transhumanity the possibility of salvation from the instruments of their own destruction. We grow steadily, without exponential curves. Take Nomic, a judicial AGI on the libertarian habitat of Extropia where anything goes and everything from food and accommodation to sex is available on a free-market, contractual basis, including legal protection. Other snippets of conspiracy or potential horrors or simply of high-tech cool abound.
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Take the Reyes Simulation, a virtual hell running on fast time. Or MeatHab, a habitat in orbit around Saturn which is made entirely of living flesh, with a guiding consciousness which presumably used to be human.
Or Catal Hayuk, a Jovian habitat recreating Neolithic Anatolia, whose inhabitants undergo voluntary psychosurgery to remove all memories of transhuman life. You get the gist. Email required; will not be published. About the Author Author Profile. Subscribe If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more just like it.
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