We hope you're all having a great summer. Ours is, to say the least: busy. Since the EP2 Kickstarter project funded, we've had a lot going on. Two of the three active Posthumans have moved in the last month -- one, Jack, across a city; and the other, Adam, to a different country. Adam also got married at the end of July. Achievement unlocked!
And we're also a month away from Gen Con 50. We hope to see some of you there!
This update is going to cover the following subjects: Release Dates: Quick-Start Rules, Core Rulebook; Gen Con; Playtest Updates; BackerKit; and Artwork!
Development in response to playtest feedback and art direction duties have eaten up more time than expected since the Kickstarter project closed. We have two EP2 books currently in production: the core rulebook Eclipse Phase, Second Edition, and the first Quick-Start Rules release, featuring a new adventure by Marc Huete and Rob Boyle: Acrimony.
We plan on debuting the EP2 Quick-Start Rules in print at Gen Con 50 (August 17-20), and they'll be available electronically shortly after that.
The EP2 Quick-Start Rules will be available to and from local game stores later in the year.
The QSR and Acrimony is 24 pages long and designed for a group of one GM and four players to play in a couple hours.
We are behind schedule on the core rulebook. Art-wise, 90% of the art is finalized. Some chapters of the book have final drafts that are in layout. Other chapters are still in the writing/game design/playtest stages.
With Gen Con on the horizon and associated work/travel for it, we'll be losing roughly 10 days of work time on EP2 in August. We had hoped that "break" would come much closer to final proofing of the rulebook, but that's not the situation now.
We still intend to print and ship Eclipse Phase, Second Edition to backers by the end of 2017.
We're at booth #357, basically the exact same spot we were in the hall last year.
Our Gen Con presence will be strongly based around demoing Eclipse Phase, Second Edition. Most of our scheduled games are already sold out, and we'll be running EP2 demos at the booth throughout the day every single day!
If you're interested in running a few EP2 games at Gen Con for us, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org -- we're looking to fill a GM slots and have some backups!
The response to our playtest documents has been spirited, and we're still working on compiling feedback, making changes, and getting additional material ready. Our next playtest update is planned for August, before Gen Con.
As a reminder, you can download the playtest package on DriveThruRPG: http://bit.ly/ep2playtest and you can provide playtest feedback on our forums: http://eclipsephase.com/forums/eclipse-phase-second-edition-open-playtest
We were planning on launching BackerKit in early August, but with the core rulebook behind schedule we are going to continue focusing our time on the book. BackerKit is more likely to launch in September, now. Once it launches, you'll be able to lock in your shipping, order extra books, and all that good stuff.
Here's a peek at a couple pieces from EP2:
Your support of the EP2 Kickstarter was awesome, and we're hard at work on EP2 and then moving onto the stretch goals and other rewards!