You play as Jamie Titor a great gender neutral reference to John Titor, a time traveller who appeared at the turn of the century. The players initially set up a life for Jamie filled with regrets that lead up to Jamie eventually discovering the secret to Time Travel. Thr first player then goes back in time to fix something which then changes the circumstances of Jamie’s time travel discovery creating another Jamie. This continues until there is a Jamie for each player at which point the timeline begins to crystalise, which I love.
I love the image of the multiple Jamies all trying to make a perfect life for the Jamie that never discovers time travel but all having different perspectives on what that means and how to achieve it. This really captures that important time travel question: evennif you can,from your perspective, change the past, can you actually make it better. This is reinforced further with the dice mechanic.
The timeline is set out as scenes on index cards that get played out ala microscope or fiasco, leading the scene to certain conclusion and answering questions of how things got there. But this is time travel so scenes can be over written and after each scene has played out dice are rolled based on the contents of the scene to see what ripple effects will carry over and which other scenes in the timeline will change. Mire sixes means better things for Jamie more ones means things get worse. The great trick here is that often d4s get added to the dice pool making the chances of things going poorly ever more likely.
I love to collaborative sharing of the Jamie character and the way they are different based on their experiences. I also love the tragedy baked into the mechanics and a lot of the weird existentialism that I can see leaking out of play.
This game asks some really powerful questions about the world and about your experience within the game and I love it for that and I really want an opportunity to play.
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