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Microscope

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Winner Most Innovative New Product, 2011 Gaming Genius Awards

Finalist RPG of the Year, 2011 Golden Geek Awards


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.

Mock chronological order.
Defy time and space.
Build worlds and destroy them.

A role-playing game for two to four players. No GM. No prep. Microscope was playtested for two years by over 150 awesome gamers.


"Microscope is incredible! A truly brilliant design. Also, the book is extremely well done. Highly recommended."
—John Harper, designer of Agon & Danger Patrol

"Ben Robbins' Microscope may be the clearest-written game text I've ever read - which is helpful, because it is also one of the most innovative games I've come across in a long time. Microscope engagingly challenges assumptions and upends long-held conventions of play while delivering a singular and satisfying evening of gaming. And "fractal role playing" is no joke - the minute you finish, you'll want to dive back in and explore some interesting sliver of the vast history you just built."
—Jason Morningstar, designer of Fiasco

"It's been a long time that a game captures my attention like Microscope. Bypass the hype, it's a truly remarkable well-instruction'd game"
—Andy Kitkowski, founder of story-games.com

 
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August 1st, 2015
Wow! I'm an old school RPGer and this means my group has been a little uncomfortable with the last decade's wave of narrative story telling. We grew up on Rolemaster and its peers, with a 100 tables for swinging a sword and the like. I had heard about [...]
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November 16th, 2014
Can't praise this enough. Totally using it for novel background and good for RPG worlds. Buy it, it rocks. Seriously. [...]
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January 18th, 2014
Microscope is a fantastically fun game - if you play it with the right people. In order for things to go well, everyone has to be on the same basic page at the beginning or things can go horribly wrong, especially if you are playing with ultra-competitive [...]
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June 8th, 2013
This is refreshingly new - I love the epic scale of what can be created. I love the blend of individualism and collaboration. I love the way it can setup a context for normal RPG story arcs. Recommended. PDF is well produced Author has a Kickstar [...]
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December 18th, 2012
Finally had an opportunity to play Microscope. We followed an alternate history of Earth, watching the rise of Superheroes from the "Monaco Incident" to the colonization of the Solar system. A fascinating and intricate history featuring Super powered [...]
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Gold seller
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Pages
80
ISBN
978-0-9832779-0-3
Publisher Stock #
LAM3010
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3.51 MB
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October 31, 2013
This title was added to our catalog on May 03, 2011.