A fractal role-playing game of epic histories

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Published by Lame Mage Productions
Distributed by Deernicorn Distro


Want to explore an epic history of your own creation, hundreds or thousands of years long, all in an afternoon?

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…

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.



  • Soft cover – black and white book, 80 pages
  • Digital PDF included with purchase

Number of Players: 2-4
Style: No GM, No Prep.



2011 Gaming Genius Awards – Winner Most Innovative New Product 
2011 Golden Geek Awards – Nominated RPG of the Year

“Microscope is incredible! A truly brilliant design. Also, the book is extremely well done. Highly recommended.” — John Harper, designer of Blades In The Dark
“One of the most innovative games I’ve come across in a long time.”— Jason Morningstar, designer of Fiasco



Additional information

Weight 0.125 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in

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