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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 […]

Ben Robbins | August 12th, 2014 | , , | 12 comments

Most Intellectual RPG

…for pure literal discourse into the possibilities of things that could be, there’s very little out there that even comes close to the level of focus that Microscope presents… —The Ghost without a Shell I’m sold!

Ben Robbins | August 9th, 2014 |

Tooth of Shirat

“…yet the most deadly wound Shirat inflicted was not with the blade that he crafted and which bore his name, but in the seemingly merciful act of saving the life of the Overlord who enslaved him. For in saving the Overlord’s life, the slave-smith destroyed the man the Overlord was…” Just played Microscope Chronicle with […]

Ben Robbins | August 7th, 2014 | , ,

Microscope Explorer

I was walking around Go Play NW telling people what I was working on. Then they would say they were surprised they hadn’t heard of it and I had to respond “oh, that’s because I haven’t announced it yet.” So let me fix that right now: Microscope Explorer is a supplement that explores (ehh? get […]

Ben Robbins | July 16th, 2014 | ,

Actual Play Roundup: Unicorn vs Death (GPNW 2014)

Got to play two great games of Microscope Union at Go Play NW: Revolutionary Zero — Bringing down society as we know it. Let she who is without sin throw the first plague.? Oathbreaker — Magi, faerie courts and unicorns (well, one unicorn) fighting Death for the soul of a mortal.? Pat, Feiya and Tim […]

Ben Robbins | July 5th, 2014 | , ,

Microscope Union Needs Playtesters

Microscope Union is already much more polished than I expected, which means it’s time to let slip the hounds of playtesting. As usual, I’m looking for people who will actually play the game and give feedback, not just read it. Because Union is a built on Microscope, you also have to already know how to […]

Ben Robbins | June 25th, 2014 | , , | 9 comments

“My Dad, he’s full of stars!”

First playtest of Microscope Union was beautiful and bittersweet: Nathan grew up on the farm. As a young man he sees strange lights in the sky, a sight that fills him with quiet wonder. Belle comes from the big city. She hates the country, hates working on the farm, but eventually she and Nathan fall […]

Ben Robbins | June 20th, 2014 | , , , , | 3 comments

Getting Microscope Books Overseas

Want a Microscope book overseas but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg on shipping? You can now order Microscope print-on-demand thru Lulu. Lulu now prints in a variety of countries (Australia, Canada, and all over Europe) so if you’re outside the US it might be cheaper and easier for you. You might […]

Ben Robbins | June 10th, 2014 |

“Unpredictability is Key”

In Microscope, the sense of not knowing what’s going to happen next is provided by the simple fact that humans are unpredictable, and your fellow players are human. Spot on.

Ben Robbins | January 27th, 2014 |

LUG Con Microscope Interview

Great interview with Tre’ and Pete for LUG Con (“Let Us Game”), an online gaming convention. We pre-recorded it back in August, but it just went online. We were supposed to talk for 30 minutes but we got on a roll and time slipped by and then the sun came up. Tre’ also hosted a […]

Ben Robbins | September 22nd, 2013 | , ,

ConTessa: Collaborative World-Building

The video from our Collaborative World-Building panel at ConTessa is up: I think we could have talked about this for hours. And hours. And then a few more hours. Thanks to Meguey Baker, Brad Murray, Lowell Francis, and our host Sherri Stewart for a very fun and insightful discussion.

Ben Robbins | June 23rd, 2013 | , ,

Microscope on Google+

There wasn’t a group on Google+ for Microscope, so Pete Yagmin grabbed by the bull by the epic fractal horns and set one up. Microscope RPG community on G+ How’s that for being the change you want to see?

Ben Robbins | June 20th, 2013 |

Beowulf, the Microscope game

I’m reading David Wright’s translation of Beowulf. I’ve read Beowulf before but one of the points Wright makes in his analysis is that it’s not just the events that happen in Beowulf but that the audience of dudes in horned helmets knew who the historical figures in the tale were and knew both their histories […]

Ben Robbins | April 2nd, 2013 | | 2 comments

You’re no White Knight (aka kids being awesome gamers)

We were at Emerald City Comic Con, manning the story games table, when a kid comes up with his Dad. He’s maybe 10 years old and he’s curious about these games even though he’s never played a role-playing game before. And I mean intensely curious, not just idly asking. He’s heard of Dungeons & Dragons […]

Ben Robbins | March 18th, 2013 | , , , , | 5 comments

Microscope Seeds: To the Stars…

These quickstart seeds are addictive. Time for some science fiction: What category should I do next? Fantasy seems like the obvious choice. The Dark Lord stretching his hand across the free lands, etc.

Ben Robbins | March 11th, 2013 |

Microscope Seeds: Who Watches the Watchmen?

In honor of Emerald City Comic Con I whipped up some Microscope quickstart history seeds with a superhero theme. Quick seeds are ideal for cons or any time you need to sit down and get playing in a hurry. Now put on your cape and go punch history in the face.

Ben Robbins | March 2nd, 2013 | | 9 comments

Actual Play Roundup: Is anything more epic than a psionic scream heard across the stars?

There are more great Microscope game write-ups out there than I can keep up with, but these are a few of my recent favorites: Psionic scream heard across the stars — Easily the most epic Microscope play report I’ve seen in quite a while. After the first session the story continues with the Retreat, the […]

Ben Robbins | November 26th, 2012 | ,

Moments in the Cold War

Microscope. A Cold War history. Lots of serious drama that left us craving even more Cold War Microscope. Mockingbird The British agents on operation “Mockingbird” are set up in a flat in a ghetto of emigrants who got out of the Eastern bloc and came to the West. The agents have been hunkered there for […]

Ben Robbins | November 7th, 2012 | , , , | 4 comments

I ♥ Unicorns

The best Microscope game ever might have happened at GeekGirlCon this weekend. I wasn’t even in the game. Didn’t even see it. But from what I’ve heard it’s now my favorite session ever. Two sessions, actually. A very small and very brave girl came up to our table. One of our expert facilitators leaned down […]

Ben Robbins | August 15th, 2012 | , , | 4 comments

“There is so much more we could be doing”

The sage and savvy Emily Care Boss being interviewed by Evan Torner on his blog Immersive Gameplay. Evan Torner: What recent games have you played that you think will create huge ripples in the way we think about, design and play games? Emily Care Boss: Microscope, by Ben Robbins. This is a game that takes […]

Ben Robbins | July 16th, 2012 | | 1 comment

Actual Play Roundup: Something Fractal in the State of Denmark

One of the marvelous things about the modern world is that when you publish a game electronically, people around the world can buy and download it instantly. Microscope games have popped up all over the globe, but now Denmark seems to be the latest nation to get the fractal history bug… Utopia The Second Coming […]

Ben Robbins | June 26th, 2012 | , , | 4 comments

Living or Dead?

Inspired by a comment from @scottybomb, I just started a living or dead thread on twitter: Fight Club time: if you could play #MicroscopeRPG with anyone living or dead, who would it be? #livingordead What’s your answer? I’m struggling to narrow down to one choice, but I’m liking this game.

Ben Robbins | May 7th, 2012 |

Once and Future Zombie

It’s Emerald City Comic Con, late Friday night at the indie RPG tables, and I sit down with some awesome new folks (Hi, Daniel! Hi, Gabi!) to play some Microscope. “What kind of history should we make?” “Let’s do a zombie apocalypse!” “Cool, zombies! Well wait, do we want to do modern times or something […]

Ben Robbins | April 12th, 2012 | , , ,

Microscope On Your iPhone

Don’t you hate it when you’re sitting on a bus with your friends and you’re trying to play some Microscope but every time you sit the cards on your lap the bus hits the breaks and -blooey- your epic history flies down the aisle? Yeah, that sucks. Technology to the rescue! Trey Marshall has developed […]

Ben Robbins | March 22nd, 2012 | | 10 comments