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Winner of the Gaming Genius Award
Finalist Golden Geek RPG Game of the Year

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 is incredible! A truly brilliant design. Also, the book is extremely well done. Highly recommended."
—John Harper, designer of Blades In The Dark

"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."
—Jason Morningstar, designer of Fiasco

"If you play just one role playing game this century, make Microscope that game. Microscope is a game that takes many standard assumptions of a role-playing game and stands them on their head."
—Emily Care Boss, designer of Shooting the Moon & Breaking the Ice

"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

"Microscope is a model of minimalist complexity: with easy-to-learn tools you gain the power to create a believable history that will surprise you even as you're authoring it."
—Katherine Cross, scholar and gaming critic


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I've purchased Microscope at least twice (not on here), and have to say that the game is brilliant. It's not a traditional roleplaying game; rather, it's a collaborative worldbuilding game with roleplaying in it. You outline history in broad strokes, then slice and dice it down to its most impactful moments.

Well worth a try if you want to create your own fictional universe, or just need a change of pace.