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Actual Play Roundup: We don’t need no stinkin’ capes!

Why is it never a good thing when superheroes take over the world? Don’t ask why, ask Weillach (yes, the Supers take over) The Fleet Departs: A Microscope RPG Campaign Set-Up In other news, Microscope has landed on the beaches of Europe. Books are sitting on the shelves of Leisure Games in the UK, right […]

Ben Robbins | April 26th, 2011 | , ,

Actual Play Roundup: Microscope Online

New challengers enter! I’ve never tried playing Microscope online, but during the playtest there were some fairly massive Wave games. Now that Microscope is out, some brave souls are trying out different tools to play online and graphically represent their histories: Magical Apocalypse — overview of the game, plus a post-it style history graphic using […]

Ben Robbins | April 5th, 2011 | , | 3 comments

Actual Play Roundup: You had me at Biolords

I’ve been so busy since Microscope came out that I’ve fallen behind on cheering about the lovely actual play reports. Let’s fix that, shall we? Age of the Dragon Kings Rodent Monarchy Fission Biolords & Planet Cancer Slaves, Privateers & Hashish AIs: Stop Aggregating Yourself I also have unofficial reports of an entire Microscope game […]

Ben Robbins | March 25th, 2011 | , , | 7 comments

We have always been at war with Eurasia

The big question: now that Man’s lust for war has consumed Earth in a nuclear holocaust, do the handful of survivors in their nations moon bases beat their swords into ploughshares, or do they finish what their missiles started and continue their tiny, bitter Cold War on the Moon? Answer: bang! bang! bang! We have […]

Ben Robbins | November 30th, 2010 | , , | 2 comments

Trick or Treat

For Halloween, we tried doing some Microscope games with a horror theme. Microscope is kind of an odd fit for suspense or horror, because you usually know how things are going to turn out before you drill down and roleplay the details: you know the explorers are going to vanish mysteriously, before you play the […]

Ben Robbins | November 4th, 2010 | , ,

Insane Clown Planet

Most of the Microscope playtest reports were emailed to me directly, so only my greedy eyes get to see them, but here’s one from our elite playtesters north of the border. Ye older stellar empire with a rather large twist: Juggalos in Space Got your own Microscope actual play posted somewhere? Let me know and […]

Ben Robbins | October 21st, 2010 | ,

Rex Populi

“I am your king!” “Well I didn’t vote for you…” “You don’t vote for kings!” — oh my god, it’s a Monty Python quote The thing I always really enjoy about Microscope is the unforeseen creation. Someone introduces a simple idea, then someone else explores it a little more, then someone else takes it even […]

Ben Robbins | September 13th, 2010 | , ,

Expect the Unexpected: Microscope at GPNW 2010

In the build up to Go Play NW, I braced myself to facilitate pickup games every waking moment. As organizers we embraced the idea that there were going to be a lot more pickup games than scheduled games, but that’s also risky: you never know until the slot begins just how many people will be […]

Ben Robbins | July 23rd, 2010 | , ,

Doom of the Gods

We just played the second session of our “Doom of the Gods” Microscope game. It’s an age of myth stretching from the creation of the World of Men to the very death of the Gods. Very Ragnarok, very Norse. We probably would have played it again sooner, but we couldn’t get the right four players […]

Ben Robbins | December 7th, 2009 | , | 1 comment

Happy Birthday Olivia!

Game two of our excellent StarCraft-analog Microscope game. In the first game we established that along with the humans and the Swarm, the third race were the mysterious Wan, sometimes called the Voi. In keeping with StarCraft tradition, while the Swarm are a horde of monsters, the Wan are a highly advanced species, technology far […]

Ben Robbins | November 19th, 2009 | ,


We’re trying out the new Drama rules with a shiny new history. The overview is humanity locked in a three-way war with two alien races (yep, it’s intentionally a StarCraft analog). Early in the game we establish that one of the races is the Swarm, small parasites that attach themselves to unintelligent native species and […]

Ben Robbins | November 17th, 2009 | , | 2 comments

Dinosaur Hruck

Sometimes characters surprise you. One minute they’re complete strangers, and the next you are knee-deep into the most important moment of their lives. Haskell, Kevin and I sat down to play a game of Microscope. The one-line summary we came up with for the history is that a massive colony ship crashes on a planet […]

Ben Robbins | October 7th, 2009 | , , | 2 comments

That’s Duchess to you

We’re rolling up characters in Flashing Blades (yep, from 1984). It’s a rapiers & muskateers system, but instead of historic France we’re playing in a supressed tech sci fi setting that we created in one of our Microscope games (the “stellar empires” history), a baroque and decadent period when the alien “gas whales” are the […]

Ben Robbins | September 21st, 2009 | , | 2 comments

Many Shades of History: Microscope Actual Play

I have to admit, there were times when I thought, “hmm, will the histories people come up with really be different, or will they all follow the same basic ideas and patterns? Won’t all stellar empires start to look alike?” Yeah, I was totally wrong. There are some fantastic actual play reports coming from the […]

Ben Robbins | July 27th, 2009 | , | 3 comments

How the West Was Won

We took a break from all the playtest launch mayhem and started another Microscope game. The concept? Settling the American frontier. Go West young man! It’s a real world alternate history setting. We’re only one session in, but we’ve already had the hanging of an innocent man, gold in them thar hills, war with Mexico, […]

Ben Robbins | June 24th, 2009 | , | 2 comments