So I've just recently gotten into Eclipse Phase and want to get my gaming group into playing it. However not a single person in the group has played or heard of Eclipse Phase. I don't really want to just drop all the books on them and tell them to read it by next week. So I hatched a cunning plan that allowed them to be newbies in this world...pull a Futurama and make them from the past.
For my setting I decided to peg the year around 2200. The pc's are from the end of the 21st century, around the 2080's or so. In that time a method for cryopreservation was developed and the players were the lucky test subjects. They were placed in the cryopreservation tubes and frozen solid, with the idea they would wake up in 3 years. Well something happens along the way and they are never woken up. Move forward a 120-ish years and now they are thawed out and ready to party
However there are some flaws I’m trying to work out. Since none of my players have any idea I’m going to be running Eclipse Phase I would like to have them wake up to a post apocalyptic Earth. I want them to crawl out of the wreckage of the lab they were in and come out onto a wrecked planet in the middle of a nuclear winter.
1. First problem is that they would be essentially flats with no cortical stack, mesh inserts, biomods, or muse. This leaves them well behind the curve if I want to run a standard Eclipse Phase game.
2. How the hell do they get off planet?
3. Part of my story is that I want them to take an AGI from the cryo-lab with them. “She” is going to be their maltese falcon that they carry out into the solar system. Her code was planted with some info on the pre-Fall TITANs that a number of people would like to get their hands on.
A couple ideas I’ve had is to have some reclaimers find them and take them off planet. The problem there is the interdiction. I don’t want the players feeling that they can just hop to Earth, scavenge some stuff, then auction it off for easy money. So I need to have the quarantine of Earth be a real and definite threat.
Another idea was that the reclaimers have access to a farcasting station on Earth and can zap the players out. This solves the problem of getting standard Eclipse Phase bodies, but raises another question of who pays for this? I’m not really up for them being indentures right at the start. Possibly get set up with Firewall right off the bat? Firewall would probably enjoy getting some humans from old Earth on their payroll.
I’m hoping to maybe somebody has some ideas that I can use to write myself out of a corner. Otherwise I’m going to have to admit my cunning plan was not so good and start over.