Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cajun Elven Ninja Clans (Microscope in Action)

With a low-turnout and lacking time to prepare adequately for our regular Slaying Solomon session, I decided to host a game of Microscope instead. This is something that I had been hoping to do for several months now. I had played the game solo (with the Mythic GME) and online via corkboard.me, but I had no idea how the game would play at a real live table.

I'm happy to report that it went very well. I have some thoughts to share on the experience, but they will have to wait until tomorrow. For now, take a look at the read-only corkboard that assembled from our hand-written notes. Starting from a fairly typical "dawn of mythic history" premise, we quickly veered into unexpected directions. The "Cajun Elven Ninja Clans" clearly was the highlight of the night.

6 comments:

Narmer said...

I'd never heard of this game before. What are the mechanics like?

m.s. jackson said...

Always have to love those elven ninja clans!

Lowell Francis said...

Nice- looking forward to seeing the full write up.

Elbuagnin said...

Looks intriguing. I wonder if that would work for a Change Wars game?

Risus Monkey said...

@Narmer: Not so much mechanics as structure, I talked about it a bit in my previous posts on Microscope. I'll also talk about it a fair bit in my expanded after action report.

@Elbuagnin: Time travel is explicitly discouraged. For a game that can explore an entire history, keeping track of timelines would get crazy really quickly. I don't think it's impossible, but I'm not going to attempt something like that until I have a lot more experience with the system.

Elbuagnin said...

@Risus Monkey.

When I saw this on the Microscope site, I got excited:

"you can defy the limits of time and space, jumping backward or forward to explore the parts of the history that interest you"

So thanks for setting me straight. :)