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…
Jackson Tegu has been working on a hack of Microscope called Kaleidoscope:
Gather 3-5 players, set aside 2 hours, and make up an unwatchable “foreign” film using a pile of index cards and your crazy brains!
Use this step-by-step guide to guffaw your group through non-chronologically remembering a wildly bizarre movie that you apparently just watched together! On each player’s turn they write a part or moment into the movie (oh, I mean remember a part or moment of the movie they saw, pardon me) and insert it anywhere into the timeline you’re collaboratively creating!
Kaleidoscope, a thorough stand-alone hack of Ben Robbin’s celebrated Microscope: a fractal role-playing game of epic histories, has been simmering on my back-burner for a couple of years, and I want to share the laughs!
You can buy it right now.
Tons of great Microscope game reports recently. I can’t even keep up. Here’s just a handful:
- “I’m involved in a months-long, remote-play, 2-person Microscope game (in its 53rd Focus).”
- Shadow of the Titan: Campaign Creation for 13th Age
- Parallel Lives Podcast: “The masses rejoice as the World Spell is completed”
- Invasions: Earth! A Microscope Supers World
- Microscope RPG, “Open Slate, Bring Your Imagination” (video)
- Microscope with 7… no 8… players
- The Rebirth of Magic: Microscoping the history of a D&D world.
- Microscope with Kids: From Utopia to Anipocalypse
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!
If you’re going to PAX and you want to play some Microscope or Kingdom, you are a lucky, lucky duck.
Unless the Games on Demand schedule is lying to me, there is Kingdom on the menu for about half the slots. Not only that, but there are talented volunteers offering to facilitate some flavor of Microscope during every single slot on the schedule.
Every. Single. One.
Are there other games too? Yes! All the games! We have all the games.
First come, first served. Seating is limited. Do not stand up until the ride comes to a complete halt.
Rooms 305-306. That’s where I’ll be. Gaming.
A blast from the past, because it’s awesome:
“Yes, that’s interplanetary war.
Can the ‘seidonians throw off the yoke of the invading Uranians, the cold war puppet satellite of the tyrannical Crimson Republic?
Love, war and orbital death rays in the Outer Planets.”
This is easily one of my favorite one-shot sessions that I GM’ed. I posted the game summary on another forum and never linked it here, a crime whose correction is long overdue. The actual account of the game starts about ten posts down.