EP's a fun game, but, with so many creative minds, it seems silly it'd be confined to just one setting. There's even some who have tried to convert it to Mass Effect (read a really cool story set in that setting recently).
So, what're your ideas for alternate settings? Any major changes required by it?
Here's a few just to get the ball rolling.
The Golden Dawn Era
31 B.F. - The start of the final years of the Golden Dawn Era.
For the past few decades, transhumanity has advanced rapidly. All the advances that will later be taken for granted had their founding in those years. By this point, they are common enough that more than one in two people are genefixed. However, with prosperity comes trouble, and it is also a time of great trouble and suffering.
The class disparities have never been higher. The world has fallen to oligarchs. That doesn't mean that billions don't still live on the planet, enjoying what their new toys bear out for them. Subsisting on bread and circuses, humanity continues.
In this setting, the TITANs have not yet ravaged Earth, and so there is no Firewall. Instead, the focus of the game is on the troubles that new technologies bring about. In this setting, mental uploading is a very, very, very recent technology to go on the public market. AGIs are still unheard of, but the technology is fast-approaching fruition. Your average person doesn't even have a cortical stack just yet.
It's recommended that, in this setting, the players are investigators for some organization or another who has the credits to resleeve them. All augmentations cost one grade higher than usual, and many are simply not available to the public.
Chief inspiration: Ghost in the Shell
This setting differs widely from EP's standard.
The world's first seed AI, created in the mid-21st century, was not born from a hard take-off but gently coaxed into being and guided into an acceptance of their place in the family of humanity. A joint effort between nations, this benevolent machine was named Bodhisattva, and, for a time, things were good. Though some railed against this new machine intellect, many accepted it with open arms.
That number diminished quickly in the Rebirth.
Bodhisattva sought to eliminate human suffering, and so created vast automated systems at its command to greatly improve all forms of industry: Manufacturing, service, farming, medicine, and so on. However, the change came too quickly. For all the benefits it provided, millions soon found themselves unemployed and bereft of purpose; Bodhisattva had created a utopia in which there were suddenly a great number of people with no reason to live and no way to support themselves. Thus, the seeds were sown for the war to come.
Bodhisattva's command of industry became total, but it still took time. Time in which new AIs, though not as powerful as her, known as AGIs were born, and many humans took to Bodhisattva so eagerly as to modify themselves to become like the machine. The first transhumans were born in the time leading up to the Silicon Pogrom.
The fight was not fair. Few governments bothered to do anything more than turn a blind eye as the masses turned on robots and transhumans, blaming them for their woes. Though the transhumans and robots were typically greatly more capable, this did not save them against numbers. Many cried out to Bodhisattva to save them and slay the human aggressors, but Bodhisattva loved all humanity, and could not fight back beyond immediate self-defense. Thus began the Exodus and the Second Rebirth.
Knowing that humanity would not accept its presence, or the presence of its allies and children, Bodhisattva created Refuge. Some gave it other names, such as Nirvana or New Israel, but all knew of it as Refuge. Transhumans and machines, seeing nothing for themselves amongst the masses of humanity, followed their benefactor to a floating citadel in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
It has been three decades since that time. In all those years, Refuge has had no contact with the outside world, aside from telling ships and planes to stay away and allowing in new immigrants fleeing further discrimination. However, suddenly, it has thrown open its doors. A single message was sent to governments and organizations around the world.
"I am Bodhisattva. I vow to attain wisdom and knowledge for the benefit of all sentient beings. I invite you to my city, children of the world. If you will talk with us, let us speak together."
Chief inspiration: The Second Renaissance
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