Eclipse Phase: Breakdown – Second Session

We had our second session of my new Eclipse Phase campaign, and like the first one, it went well. You can listen to the entire session here.

I decided to try something different with this session. Since every mission that the characters go on is assigned by a Firewall Proxy, I thought it might be interesting to see what happens when two different Proxies give two different missions to different parts of the group. This works especially well in a game like Eclipse Phase, where some characters may legitimately not remember their previous mission.

This was the case with two members of the group. They died during the first mission, and effectively, had never met the other members of their “team.” So when they got their first mission from their new Proxy, they had no reason to suspect that anything was amiss. In fact, even the trio who got their mission from their original proxy might wonder if they were the ones who got played. Either way, the group now knows that there is some dissension among the leadership of Firewall.

I realized something else when I was planning this session: the 5×5 idea that I had been using up to this point might not work so well for me. Each game session is highly episodic, and the events of one session might not have anything at all to do with the previous on. That makes planning an overall plot quite difficult. Add to that my tendency to throw a huge plotline at the group from the jump (which I’m trying to avoid this time around), and it all adds up to the 5×5 not working as well for me.

That’s not to say that I won’t hang on to the ideas that I’ve generated so far with the 5×5. It may be that an overall plot will emerge, and I’ll be able to make sure of them. After all, it wouldn’t do to waste good ideas.

I’m not yet sure what the next session holds. I’m suspecting that there will be some fallout from the events of the previous session, but since one of the players won’t be able to make it to the game, we’ll see. I’ll give you the events of that session next week!

I’m Tracy Barnett, and This My Game


Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Unrelenting font of ideas, both good and bad. Co-owner of Exploding Rogue Studios, and on Twitter as TheOtherTracy.


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