What is Microscope?

Humanity spreads to the stars and forges a galactic civilization…

Fledgling nations arise from the ruins of the empire…

An ancient line of dragon-kings dies out as magic fades from the realm…

These are all examples of Microscope games. Want to explore an epic
history of your own creation, hundreds or thousands of years long, all in
an afternoon? That's Microscope.

You won't play the game in chronological order. You can defy the limits of
time and space, jumping backward or forward to explore the parts of the
history that interest you. Want to leap a thousand years into the future
and see how an institution shaped society? Want to jump back to the
childhood of the king you just saw assassinated and find out what made
him such a hated ruler? That’s normal in Microscope.

You have vast power to create… and to destroy. Build beautiful, tranquil
jewels of civilization and then consume them with nuclear fire. Zoom out
to watch the majestic tide of history wash across empires, then zoom in
and explore the lives of the people who endured it.

A role-playing game for two to four players. No GM. No prep.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I should have the outline worked out by Friday night. I can put it here, in files, and on the Microscope googledrive. I got tied up in some real world events.

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Look forward to reading it. Hope all is well.

      September 11, 2013

  • Joey

    We played a great game and explored a timeline in which humanity takes to the stars and encounters the supernatural. Our game was complete with mystical amulets, far-seeing prophecies, strange aliens, haunted hospitals, great wars, synthetic humans that became spies and ninjas, and dreaded Darkness (with a capital "D"). I must admit, my brain hurt a bit by the end, putting it all together, but I really enjoyed myself, everyone's contributions and the vast story we created!

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You mentioned a story arc. What about the evolution of the arts within a tribal community over time through the modern ages?

    September 3, 2013

  • Joey

    Looking forward to it!

    August 18, 2013

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