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if you asked Ben's brain about gaming, this is what it would say

“I asked the other 13 yr old what he liked best? Freedom.”

If you guessed that I simply could not get enough tales of kids playing Microscope, you would be right. Here are Ryan and his friend Duncan rocking the Anipocalypse while Ryan’s sister schemes and watches…

anipocalypse-table

Having trouble visualizing Aquacology, the underwater city-state that the dolphins ultimately wipe out? No problem. Ryan has you covered:

anipocalypse-city

And yes, those kids played three sessions of Microscope and then capped it with a Kingdom game to explore part of that same world. All you one-session Microscopers, hang your head in shame…

Kudos to Black Moon Games in Lebanon, NH for giving kids a place to be awesome. And of course a huge thanks to Justin Berman for bringing a new generation of gamers into the world.

Microscope? Reddit.

The Microscope areas on G+ and RPGGeek are already pretty active, but now there’s a shiny new spot to talk about it on Reddit:

/r/MicroscopeRPG/ on Reddit

Microscope has popped up on reddit before, but this is the first time it’s had its own subreddit. Relish it, crewcut!

Microscope Chronicle Playtest Closing

Hearken, ye gamers! The playtest of Microscope Chronicle is closing September 30. If you’re on the team you should have already gotten an email with instructions and whatnot. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback already, because playtesters rock.

I predicted a while back that Chronicle might turn out to be the people’s choice for one-shot Microscope games, particularly sitting down with strangers, playing at cons, things like that. Will it? Time will tell. In the meantime there is still one more Microscope spawn to come…

Actual Play Roundup: The 53rd Focus

Tons of great Microscope game reports recently. I can’t even keep up. Here’s just a handful:

You can also get your fix in the game reports section of the Microscope RPG G+ group, or the session reports forum of RPG Geek. Are there other secret stashes of Microscope game reports that I know nothing about? Hook me up! And if you’ve got a post I missed, the comment box awaits you!

Don’t Forget Gollum

Garth Rose just read the playtest draft of Microscope Chronicle:

I can easily imagine doing a Chronicle on the One Ring. ;) Anchor characters: Sauron, Celebrimbor, Isildur, Bilbo, Frodo (or maybe Sam).

Exactly.

The Second Spawn: Microscope Chronicle

I have received a glorious wealth of feedback from Union playtesters all over. I am giddy with delight.

Now it’s time for the second Microscope spin-off, Chronicle. Both are going to be included in the Microscope Explorer book, but you already knew that.

What is Chronicle? It’s a laser-focused version of Microscope. Instead of a broad scope, you explore the history of a single thing. You could play a struggling colony, that spooky old house on the hill, a radical art movement, or a fabled sword that unites the land…

Chronicle is much less of a departure than Union but it substantially alters the flavor of the game. It’s designed to create a more intimate and personal history and also keep the focus of play a lot tighter. “Wait” you exclaim, “it sounds like I could play any Kingdom as a Chronicle?!?” Why yes, you could. You could explore exactly the same idea but you would have a totally different experience at the table. It just depends what style of play you are in the mood for. Dibs on Starfall.

Is it time for playtesting? Oh yes it is. If you want in, email chronicle-playtest + lamemage.com or leave a comment here with your address in the hidden email field. You have to know how to play Microscope to playtest Chronicle, and as always, only volunteer if you’re going to play and send feedback.