I keep fantasizing about actually running a game of EP for a group, but one thing that has always seemed a bit daunting is getting players who are unfamiliar with the numerous (and often exotic) concepts of transhumanist sci-fi – AI, uplifts, resleeving, nanotechnology, muses, augmented reality, forks, posthumanism, consciousness modification, etc – up to speed.
One way to avoid making players absorb a large amount of information before the game begins would be to have them start with characters who are similarly clueless about the the setting, and then the gradual introduction to the wider world of 10AF (and all it's strangeness and horror) can be done in the course of the game.
The ideal scenario for this would be something like having everyone wake up from some form of suspended animation to a post-apocalyptic earth, and then let them struggle to survive and figure out what the hell happened. Something like Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" meets "28 days later" (with a dash of Kurt Russell thrown in). If the characters start as baseline humans from the 21st century, each new technology can be a plot point in its own right. They can be introduced to an uplifted animal in one story, a hostile nano-swarm in the next, and so on. A grand finale (and a way to drive home the trauma of the Fall) would involve discovering that the only way they can escape the Earth is by *dying* – destructive uploading and egocasting themselves off-world.
Since this seems like a fairly obvious idea, I'm curious – has anyone else started a campaign this way? How did it go?
Also, I appeal to the wisdom of the forum community to help me come up with excuses for why someone would wind up in suspended animation for a century or two and then wake up 10 years after the fall, with a body that is workable enough to make it through a survival-horror adventure. What kinds of people would get iced for so long? Criminals? People with terminal illnesses or injuries? The jaded rich?
Help me come up with crazy stuff to throw at characters struggling to make sense of a post-Fall Earth!