You can buy Solar Echoes from RPGNow which offers a preview service. If you fancy another peek inside the book then this post should help. We’ve some sample pages as well as some text from the Players’ Guide.
Not a fan of squinting at images? Here’s a plain text sample too.
2 of the Physiques available to characters:
Forgettable Appearance: You gain +1 Stealth when attempting to blend into a crowd and +1 to Disguise checks made to conceal your identity (but not to Disguise checks made to imitate another person.) This ability only works if your Fame score is below 80.
Huge Brute: You gain a +1 bonus to Melee Combat, but when you are Sprinting, your movement rate only increases by 50% instead of the normal 100%. Minimum Strength 4.
2 of the Personalities available to characters:
Mercenary: You’d do just about anything for enough money. You have a -1 penalty to Discern Motive Checks when your opponent is offering you money, but once per day, you may attempt to contact an ally with a shady reputation (successful on a roll of a 6) to gain one free use of the “Local Sleuth” Talent without the prerequisites. You also are paid an additional 10% for your missions. Your starting Karma is –10.
Pyro: You love fire and explosions, and quite enjoy burning things. When using weapons that deal Fire damage, the Threshold value for Fire is reduced to 2 instead of the normal 3.
2 quickstart character examples:
Quick-Start Level 1 Characters Listed by Role:
Battlefield Controller / Hacker
Recommended Races: Chiraktis Worker, Erwani, Human
Recommended Skills: Awareness, Cybertech
Recommended Talents: Hack Robot, Robot Identification, Scan Node
Recommended Items: Neural Link Glasses (200 C), Cyber-weapon Controller (150 C), Nanite Swarm (100 C), a Lesser Sentry Orb (1,000 C), and one of the following: a Nanite Razor Swarm (300 C) or a Daze Orb (400 C)
Recommended Races: Chiraktis Soldier, Krissethi, Omul, Human
Recommended Skills: Athletics, Awareness, Stealth
Recommended Talents: Conceal Location, Watchful Eye
Recommended Items: Camo Cloak (300 C), Hush Boots (200 C), Climbing Gear (50 C), Rope (20 C)
2 of over 270 Talents available to characters:
Gun Control Kata: (Passive) The user is highly knowledgeable in the common use of ranged weapons, allowing him the chance to predict the trajectory of a nearby ranged weapon attack and contort his body out of the way. This knowledge grants the user a +1 Ranged Dodge bonus when an adjacent opponent attacks him with a ranged weapon.
Conceal Location: (Prerequisite – Stealth 1; Passive)
The user is able to blend into his surroundings, gaining +2 to Stealth as long as he has any cover or concealment and does not leave his current square. Can be applied to vehicles as well.