So in my hunt to find some good science fiction RPGs, I stumbled upon Eclipse Phase one day. Normally it takes me a while to get sucked into a world's setting. Think of it as enjoying a big meal piecemeal, one thoughtful, bite at a time.
Not so much EP. Here I tore into the lobster dinner with a hithero unseen viciousness when I first heard about it from RPG.net. For the rest of the day I was engrossed in the book and cancelled our college D&D game for this game after getting the players sufficiently excited, since all we've played in the last semester and summer break has been D&D. Which is fun and all, but this setting intrigues me, for many reasons.
However, I did have some questions I wanted to ask since I'm still learning about the setting and I've only gotten a little into the core book:
-If the TITANs had a physical form, what kind of form do you think that would be? Should I be thinking along the lines of GLaDOS for reference or something else entirely?
-Any word on the sequel supplement to Sunward? Not sure what it's going to be called: Outerward perhaps? I'd definitely like to see more on the Jovian Republic and the Titanian Commonwealth.
-As a GM I wanted to ask: any tips on running the first game of EP smoothly?
-Saving the best (ugh) for last: I'd like to ask a question pertaining to religion, which doesn't end well too often in my experience. Still, I'll take the risks since you guys seem like mature people and ask: in the section discussing certain pre-Fall religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam), why did only Islam seem to "adopt a more liberal, even secular view" to the changes transhumanity underwent, whereas the first two became "shadows of their former selves"? Now bear with me, I'm not holding one over the other or trying to make some subtle statement about Islam.
It's just, the book never really goes into detail why Islam seemed to adapt relatively better than the other two. Objectively speaking, I see no reason why one would be particularly better adapted for transhumanist changes than others. It seems like the book does try to explain the first two as having "rigid structures and dogmas" attributing to their big decline, but those seem to be oversimplifying it way too much since you could use the same sweeping statement for Islam. I don't like generalizing whole people as having a single static, unchanging, monolithic mindset. I know dang well that they all have their more tolerant and progressive people as they do their more...well, not so tolerant ways of thinking as well.
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