The Eclipse Phase Core Rulebook has now been in stores for a month, and the PDF has been out for over two. The reception so far has been overwhelmingly positive. While I don’t have any exact sales figures to report yet, Catalyst tells me it’s doing very well. The PDF was ranked #1 on DriveThruRPG for a month, and remains in the top six after more than two — and this is despite it being available as a free download. Releasing it under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license has had exactly the effect we hoped it would (I’ll go more into our reasoning and philosophy behind this in a later post). In fact, Catalyst is already looking at releasing future titles under the same license.
Eclipse Phase’s themes, politics, and transhuman outlook seem to have hit a chord in the gaming community. We have unexpectedly become a bit of a favorite on rpg.net forums and elsewhere. We had hoped that EP might be the forerunner in a new genre of transhuman RPGs, much like Shadowrun did for cyberpunk, and so far that prospect is looking positive.
The core rulebook will be followed up with additional releases in the near future, including an EP GM Screen with adventure (going to print soon); Sunward, a sourcebook on the inner system (in layout); and Gatecrashing, a sourcebook for the Pandora Gates and exoplanet exploration (in editing). We’re also looking into doing a number of PDF-only releases. (More info here.)
It’s exciting to have a game that we designed from start to finish be released to such positive acclaim. I’d like to give a major thanks to everyone who’s contributed to the Eclipse Phase project so far and also all of the fans who have embraced it so energetically. I’m really looking forward to moving this game forward!