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Expanded and optional rules plus roleplaying guidelines for Eclipse Phase, the Creative Commons sci-fi horror RPG.

We have exceeded the $14,000 base goal for this Kickstarter and will be producing the book Transhuman, and now we have a few final stretch goals to unlock -- check out below!

Unlocked Stretch Goals

Stretch Goal 1: 8 Sample Characters

We will add 8 pages to Transhuman, featuring all new sample characters, each with their own illustration, in the style of those in the Eclipse Phase Core Rulebook and Sunward!

Stretch Goal 2: 8 More!

Transhuman gets 8 more sample characters, for a total of 16!

Stretch Goal 3: Freelancer Raise

All of the freelance contributors to Transhuman -- artists, authors, editors -- are going to get a 15% bonus on their pay for the book!

Stretch Goal 4: Morph Recognition Guide

We'll commission art for all the morphs that we've yet to illustrate, and publish a PDF and Print-on-Demand book, the Morph Recognition Guide, with those illustrations, details about the morphs, game stats, and more!

Stretch Goal 5: Morph Recognition Cards

A companion to the Morph Recognition Guide, we'll make a set of cool-looking playing cards featuring all the Morph artwork, for use as a game reference and a 1-100 randomizer.

Stretch Goal 6: Doctrine

An Eclipse Phase scenario by Jack Graham, available via PDF and POD. You're going to the Titan Quarantine Zone on Mars. Are you ready?

Stretch Goal 7: Argonaut Mini-Sourcebook

Eclipse Phase co-creator Brian Cross brings you this PDF and POD sourcebook about the Argonauts: Scientists, dreamers, skeptics, and scholars.

Stretch Goal 8: Quick-Reference Sheets

Eclipse Phase designers make a set of six quick-reference sheets and flowcharts to aid gameplay, available for free as PDFs and also via POD!

Stretch Goal 9: Eclipse Phase ePub

Eclipse Phase comes to ePub/Kindle! Simple, scrollable, searchable, splendid! You can add $10 to your pledge now to receive the Eclipse Phase ePub when we release it!

Stretch Goal 10: 1000 ISBNs

We will invest $1000 in 1000 ISBNs taking advantage of a bulk rate that will keep us in ISBNs for years!

Stretch Goal 11: A Stoked Adventure

An all-new adventure from the masterminds behind the Know Evil actual play campaign/podcast.

Stretch Goal 12: Singularity Character Generation Software

Cross-platform character generation software from Snow Dog Labs -- featuring full support for core Eclipse Phase rules and Transhuman character creation rules!

Stretch Goal 13: Fate Conversion Guide

We become the first "Powered by Fate" licensee and publish an Eclipse Phase Conversion Guide, compatible with Fate Core!

Eclipse Phase is selling well through gaming retailers and our electronic releases are also doing well. We are – slowly – making money after setbacks and slowdowns in 2011-2012. However, some major factors pushed us towards Kickstarter for this project:

  • As we did the initial work on Transhuman, the scope kept getting bigger, and we have needed to devote extra time to it to make sure that scope is properly filled.
  • We have other games in the works, including several card games. By using Kickstarter for Transhuman, we plan on smoothing the process of funding it, to further facilitate the funding of those card games. We spend our money carefully (which has helped us avoid “feast or famine” cycles) but we do not yet have the steady cash flow we would like.
  • We just reprinted another Eclipse Phase title—Sunward—because we believe it is important to keep major sourcebooks available. This, however, is a long-term investment in Eclipse Phase on the whole, and has tied up some money for at least a year. We may have other reprints coming up this year as well.
  • Eclipse Phase fans have plenty of additional ideas for the line, and this allows us the chance to achieve some of them at an accelerated pace!

Transhuman is a player's handbook for Eclipse Phase, full of optional and additional rules and advice. Most importantly, It features two new alternative and simplified character generation systems for Eclipse Phase. One of these uses pre-created packages to build characters, and the other builds off that system but uses random elements to add twists. These systems are designed to make it quick and easy to create a new character or for gamemasters to whip up NPCs as needed.

Transhuman covers different types of Eclipse Phase characters in detail: AGIs, asyncs, infomorphs, uplifts, infugees, and indentures. In addition to roleplaying advice and optional rules for these specific character types, other elements of the game that affect characters such as insanity, death and memory loss, psychosurgery, nanofabrication, and reputation are explored.

The final section goes in depth on morphs. It starts with rules for creating your own morphs and then goes on to cover some brand new morphs to Eclipse Phase. It closes with a section on exotic and specialized morphs, such as flexbots, swarmanoids, aquatic morphs, and using bots, vehicles, habitats, and other non-traditional constructs as morphs.

Transhuman will be 176-200 pages and available as a full-color hardcover book through fine gaming stores. Like our previous Eclipse Phase titles, it will be published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. We estimate that Transhuman, once available in stores, will cost $45 in print and $10 for the PDF.

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We (Rob Boyle, Brian Cross, and Adam Jury) have already published a half-dozen books for Eclipse Phase as Posthuman Studios, and we have created dozens of books and games together over the past ten years. The task of writing, editing, developing, art directing, and designing Transhuman is challenging but nothing we haven’t done before. Our creative team is set for this title and includes Eclipse Phase regulars such as Rob Boyle, Brian Cross, and Jack Graham (developers/editors), Adam Jury (graphic design), Stephan Martinière (cover artist), and John Snead, Ross Payton, Marc Huete, Nathaniel Dean, Caleb Stokes and Ty Brown (authors)!

We are running an open playtest for much of the material in Transhuman. That playtest – regardless of Kickstarter – may delay the book as we integrate feedback and improve the final project. Some of the material is already available for playtest at http://eclipsephase.com/forums/transhuman-open-playtest

We are experienced in providing fulfillment of both hardcover and electronic titles, and as usual are partnered with Publisher Services, Inc. and OneBookShelf for print and electronic distribution, respectively.

Given the timeframe for delivering the print copies of Transhuman, there is a chance that some backers will not get their copies before Gen Con Indy (August 15-18). Backers who attend Gen Con will have the option of picking up their rewards at the convention. We cannot guarantee that customers at Gen Con won't get copies before backers, although we will try our best to have them delivered at roughly the same time.

FAQ

  • Kickstarter doesn't allow us to delineate between countries/continents outside of the USA -- it's all lumped into International. In January, International postage rates from the USA increased sharply, and we are not in a position to subsidize those rate increases ourselves.

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  • "Add-ons" of other Eclipse Phase titles (Core Rulebook, Sunward, Rimward, Gatecrashing, Panopticon) are available now! These add-ons will ship at the same time that Transhuman does.

    You can also add on Morph Recognition Cards. These will ship in November (estimated.)

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    You can pledge to the Kickstarter via PayPal at the following link: http://eclipsephase.com/kickstarter/transhuman-levels

    If you want add-ons with a PayPal pledge, please select the basic reward level and proceed to checkout -- there is an optional "Donation" section on the checkout page that you can use to add money for add-ons!

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    Welcome to Eclipse Phase -- New to Eclipse Phase? Here's access to the Eclipse Phase core rulebook as a digital book (PDF), as well as Eclipse Phase short stories Lack, Melt, An Infinite Horizon, and El Destino Verde as digital books (PDF and ePub). And you'll get a shout out on our website.

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    Router - You are the shot caller when action needs to be taken. As Ultimate plus our full electronic catalog on a USB drive or DVD (depends on logistics on our side). You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman.

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    Vendor – Verified retailers only; 4 copies of Transhuman in print, shipped to arrive before the Street Date. You give us a list of local postal codes that your store serves, and we send any backers in those postal codes a note asking them to support you for other projects. We’ll also ship you a good chunk of Eclipse Phase promo material. You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman. [Please email kickstarter@posthumanstudios.com before backing!]

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    Social Engineer – You shape the future – As Ultimate plus one of the pieces of art in Transhuman will use you or your character as a reference. You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman.

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    Worst ... Game Session ... Ever ... - As Ultimate, plus you and 2-3 friends get to play Eclipse Phase online (via Skype, G+, etc.) with either Rob Boyle, Brian Cross, or Jack Graham running the game! You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman. [Online games to be scheduled starting in September 2013]

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    Hyperelite -- As Router, plus four print copies of the Eclipse Phase Core Rulebook. Give them to a friend or scientifically compare them to other sci-fi RPGs -- whatever you wish, fun for the whole family! You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman.

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    Promethean, An Artificial God – As Ultimate, plus we use a character you suggest as one of the example characters for the new character generation examples. You will be immortalized in text and digital bits. You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman.

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    It's Not Exactly an Elder God -- As Ultimate, plus you get to outline the villain or villainous group that we will use in an upcoming adventure or sourcebook. Maybe they have some shades of grey. Maybe not.

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    Ultimate Fabber - As Ultimate, plus we use your suggestions to build a morph that will be featured in the book. You will be immortalized in text and digital bits. You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman.

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    Make Your Legend – As Ultimate, plus you and 2-4 of your friends get to play in a private game run by Rob Boyle, Brian Cross, or Jack Graham at Gen Con 2013 (Gen Con travel/badge/lodging at your own expense), featuring a brand-new adventure. Pizza provided! You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman. [Other conventions or Chicago/St Louis-area meetups possible: email kickstarter@posthumanstudios.com to discuss!]

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    Genehacker - As Ultimate, plus you get to build one of the sample characters in Transhuman and have the art based off of you/your character/your best friend/etc (Subject to our normal oversight/editorial process, of course!)

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    Enabler – As Ultimate, plus we write 5,000 words of stuff for your campaign; adventure, source material, NPCs, whatever you think you need. You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman. [Please email kickstarter@posthumanstudios.com for more details before selecting this reward!]

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    Ascended Octomorph – As Ultimate, plus you are invited to Chicago (at your own expense) for a long weekend of gaming with Rob Boyle and Brian Cross (and maybe Adam Jury). You’ll play Eclipse Phase, plus other in-progress Posthuman Studios games, and you’ll get taken to important historical landmarks, like the cafes and bars/nightclubs at which much of the early Eclipse Phase work happened and still happens. Food and lodging provided. Lodging means a couch. :) You will be thanked in the credits of Transhuman. [Please email kickstarter@posthumanstudios.com for more details before selecting this reward!]

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    Fabbing Business – This reward level requires our approval. Please email kickstarter@posthumanstudios.com for more details before selecting this reward! At this level, you get the right to enter into a contract that will allow you to commercially publish (print and electronically) a sourcebook for Eclipse Phase, or a sourcebook/core rulebook for another game, using the Eclipse Phase rules.

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