Seems like someone out there agrees with me. Specifically, those ones are Posthuman Studios. And that agreement is Eclipse Phase.
|Mars, The New York of Eclipse Phase. Something Bad Happened To The Actual New York.|
|PCs Can Even Reject Their Fleshy Bits And Embrace Infolife.|
Let's talk about those missions I mentioned, shall we? That involves getting into the premise of the setting: really roughly, AI apocalypse. A decade or so ago, some military types decided weaponizing AIs that could improve themselves recursively was not at all a bad idea. They went rogue as omnipotent AIs tend to do in SF, and ended up killing/capturing the vast majority of the sentient population. Transhumanity, as the game consistently refers to our species at this point in the future, survived by fleeing, mostly as digital life forms, and managed to contain the AIs on Earth. They already had settlements on or around most planets, so they escaped across the solar system. Things are still recovering, but the AIs and their weapons are still out there, somewhere. Players are assumed to belong to Firewall, a secret agency outside of planetary governments, dedicated to fighting these AIs, making sure nothing like this happens ever again, and confronting other "existential threats" to transhumanity. You're the Illuminati in many ways, the benevolent conspiracy. Firewall does what must be done, who fights the horrors where others cannot, because they are the ones with the skills, the fortitude, and the character others lack.
|A Sentient Octopus Wrestles A Robot In Microgravity. This Is The Best Game.|
|Accessing Pandora Gates, Localized Wormholes To Other Stars, Is A Biiig Favor|
Potential, that's the feeling. Some RPGs make you want to play them. Eclipse Phase makes you want to live up to it, to be as clever as it is. I don't think I've felt this way about a traditional RPG since Exalted: the Fair Folk, of looking at the book and thinking, "You can DO that with a game? With just some paper, pencils, and a few friends? What have I been missing?"