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The Roleplaying Game of Transhuman Survival: a streamlined Second Edition!
The Roleplaying Game of Transhuman Survival: a streamlined Second Edition!
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August EP2 Update!

Posted by infomorph (Creator)

Hey everyone!

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!

Release Dates

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.

Quick-Start Rules

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.

Core Rulebook

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.

Gen Con

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 -- we're looking to fill a GM slots and have some backups!

Playtest Updates

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: and you can provide playtest feedback on our forums:


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:

Resleeving, by Anna Ignatieva
Resleeving, by Anna Ignatieva


Gear, by Radial Studio
Gear, by Radial Studio


Torus Habitat, by Maciej Rebisz
Torus Habitat, by Maciej Rebisz


Seeker Weapons, by Jessada Suthi
Seeker Weapons, by Jessada Suthi

Thank You!

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!

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      cu on


      I expeted the release of the second edition quick-start rules + acrimony pdf release soon after GENCON.
      When do you plan to release it?


    2. Josh Raveling on

      Will we be seeing the playtest update come out today as planned?

    3. Kevin A Swartz, MD PHD

      Thanks, I'll let the nerds know :)

    4. Jack on

      Yes, all of our games (whatever edition) are run with pre-gens. For the second ed games, yes, GMs are expecting everyone to be new to the rules. If you'd like to get some familiarity with the basic mechanics beforehand, the open playtest document is a free download at:…

    5. Kevin A Swartz, MD PHD

      My group signed up for some EP games at GenCon. The listings say 2nd edition. If I'm reading this update correctly, there will not be any 2nd edition quick start or rulebook available prior to that.

      So, I'm just wanting to know, will there be pregenerated characters at these games? Will the GMs be expecting that we're just picking up a quick start guide to those rules as we sit down to play the game for the first time? i..e the GMs are expecting complete 100% newbs?