Chrononauts Official Rules. Table of Contents. Executive Summary Getting Started Immediately: Starting Playing Winning; Detailed Overview Three Ways to . In Chrononauts, each player becomes a time traveler, with a unique identity and a secret mission. During the game, players travel backwards and forwards. Chrononauts» Forums» Rules. Subject: Memo card question · rss · New Thread · Printer Friendly; Subscribe sub options; Bookmark; Thread.

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You grew up in a universe where something was different. Ripplepoints blue, and Linchpins purple. You can’t win by getting home if there’s an open Paradox in any of your three special years. Next, look at It’ll make the game more interesting and more fun for everyone. Assuming that you have the TimeLine properly arranged on the table, take chrononwuts look at”Kennedy Assassinated”.

Each player randomly gets an ID card which gives goals, or timeline changes need to make sure that future character exists. History can be changed, yes, but only in a few specific places, hotspots in the time-space continuum where a specific event instantly changed the world forever.


Spotlight on Games’ Nights of Gaming review sub-site gave the game a personal rating of 6 as it has some well designed ID goals while others are “poorly integrated. If you realize after the fact that your character could have gone home on a previous turn, it’s too late; that’s no better than when the universe changes to what you need, then changes again before your turn comes around.

The reviews of Chrononauts leans towards the positive. The TimeLine of Alterable History is a special set of 32 cards that are dealt onto the table in a 4×8 grid that functions rather like a gameboard. Only a few lucky individuals get to travel through Time, and those who can’t make the trip themselves are always getting time travelers to run errands for them. Remove and set aside all the Artifacts, Actions, Timewarp, and Mission cards.

These Paradoxes must be repaired, lest they start a chain reaction that could destroy the entire Universe. The three ways to win provide for several different plotlines and layers of action, but you can also split the game up into two less complicated games: One of the great design challenges of this game was the decision of which events to include.


Therefore, when playing a Patch, be careful to double-check the icons under “Playable If”, to make sure the Patch won’t immediately be Nullified.

Some alternate realities are dreams, and some are nightmares, and in a few cases, reasonable people could disagree about which is which.

We call these key events the Linchpins of History, and there’s a special symbol for each one. The 32 timeline cards represent significant events in real history of two types: Chrohonauts least in theory. In this case, the Fast Forwarding player may still play a second card. Only Restore History or Reverse Fate can do that. Retrieved chroonnauts ” https: Instead of being killed that dark day in NovemberJFK was only wounded and thus went on to create a different history than the one we all remember.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved June 16, Cycling through the Deck: Again, follow the directions on the card. If you do this, you may choose to discard a second card, and draw one. Someday, when I have more time, I’ll put up a web page that fills in some of these gaps and explains more fully my logic behind the details of the TimeLine.

But while this game is largely about going back to right wrongs, an important element in Time Travel stories is the well-intentioned change to history that backfires.

It’s a faster, lighter-weight version of the game that leaves out all the complexities that crop up when people use time travel to change history. Instead, Ripplepoints are changed, or changed back again, by the flipping of the Linchpins. You should not reveal your ID to anyone until the game ends unless you are required to because Your Parents Never Met. Once a player declares victory by revealing one of these cards, it’s too late to use a Memo to cancel the card they used to achieve that victory.

As a two-player game this works somewhat, chrononayts tends to be better with more as otherwise it can degenerate into long sequences of simply reversing the other’s move.


This distinction denotes the difference between an event that happened as our history books record it, and an event that has been changed by a chrononaut. Chtononauts that Linchpin is flipped back to True History, the Paradox vanishes, and the Ripplepoint is flipped back to normal. If the three years listed on your ID all pre-dateyou can still win by going home, but you’re stuck if your home reality depends on any events after As of Novemberthe game was still in development and playtesting, but was hoped to be set for release in This person will be referred to as the TimeKeeper.

Ripplepoints are also part of the TimeLine, but these events cannot be changed by the direct action of a Chrononaut.

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If a Ripplepoint has just one Linchpin symbol, it becomes Paradoxed whenever its Linchpin is flipped to the alternate red’ side. Whenever a Linchpin is flipped, you need to look ahead along the TimeLine to see what other changes may occur, flipping Ripplepoints one way or another, as needed.

Preventing the first great war will simply rename, not prevent, the second one. Keep an eye on the official Chrononauts website: An insect squished by a chrononaut in prehistoric times might, for example, result in surprising changes to the language and politics of the present.

The Many Mona Lisas: If you just looked at the time, you are honor bound to disqualify yourself. Time Travel First-Timers may want to start off with a few rounds of Artifaxx before advancing to the complete game. At the start of the game, all Linchpins should be placed purple side up, and all Ripplepoints blue side up, so that the TimeLine reflects the way things actually were. There are three Mona Lisas in the game, the Real Thing and two forgeries of differing quality.

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