First of all - yes, I know I'm not really a conventional roleplayer. I mean, there are others like me, but I'll never be "mainstream". Most players out there like their characters to be "heroes" or at least "main character". I just don't need that. I'm just as happy, if not happier, with playing "regular people", even if those regular people get caught up in all sorts of weird conspiracies and the like. Right now, I'm reading the Eclipse Phase book, and a thought struck me. The players begin the game with a lot of information (providing they read the parts of the book that seems to be "players-safe"), and I'm just not very comfortable with that. They'll know about Firewall, about the Exergent virus, about PSI... Are these things common knowledge in the game world? You see - roleplaying campaigns, to me, is a lot about [i]finding stuff out[/i] about the game world. Preferable cool, mysterious, horrific and/or shocking stuff. Therefore, I kind of like secrets-heavy worlds, and players starting the game with the bare minimum - more or less what any ordinary person in the game world would know. Eclipse Phase is supposed to contain an element of [i]horror[/i], yes? And is information not the absolute bane of actual horror? The fear of anything known isn't likely to surpass the fear of that which isn't known. It just seems like EP wastes a lot of its potential by making its player characters "heroes"; people who are Competent and In The Know. The slightly-too-heroic and positive spin on the Argonauts and Firewall, not to mention the overly negative portrayal of the Jovians... Well, it seems like the game might turn out to be more Heroes Vs Villains and less, well... horror. What are your thoughts? Should Psi and the Exergent virus be hidden from view, or should the players come to the table with a lot of info? What kind of campaigns do you run - action-heavy, investigative, horror? (There isn't a Hack Pack for the main rulebook, is there? I might need to censor it before my players read it... =) Am I making myself understood? Or am I just rambling?
—Warning: Anarchist, postmodernist, socialist, transhumanist, feminist