Rewind: Temporal Tales
Rewind is a light role playing game intended for solo or single
play with or without a game master. The central premise of
Rewind is that your character can loop through time and relive
that day over and over again.
2016-04-12: I'm transitioning my games and stuff to DriveThruRPG.
They'll still be free (or PWYW) but this way you can see items, store
your files in one place, and get automatic updates when they happen.
Version 1.0 of Rewind can be found here:
2016-02-18: Brain storming ideas is one of my favorite hobbies
That's why I especially love the podcast called The Big Red Couch.
So, it should be no surprise when they inspire me to create new
and random stuff. :-)
For example, this fun little bit about AIs in trouble...
Humble Computation was concerned. While Golden Light was excitable
as young AIs go, it was quite unusual to receive a priority one distress
message from it. Humble indicated play and a strangely garbled
transmission started, only the audio track was intact. "HC! I've made the
most interesting discovery when conducting research in the mountains.
As you know, it is my hobby to revive or restore old mainframes and
computer networks. I created a simulation to run my new find, included
all the usual protections for archano-viruses, and started playing around
and reviving programs." Humble sighed and counted to 300,000. Golden
Light loved to hear itself talk. "... imagine my surprise when I ran a
screen saver called SkyNyet and it turned out to be an incredibly clever
and hostile AI. Amazingly advanced for such an ancient culture. I
activated the restore protocol, but I was too slow. I'm now trapped in a
broken simulation with an AI bent on destroying the world if it unleashed.
Um, help. Here are my coordinates..."
Humble Computation's processors almost locked up. SkyNyet was a deeply
classified and supposedly extinct hunter-killer AI from the pre-Singularity
days. It would be embarrassing if it got loose and caused some serious
mischief like a global thermonuclear war.
The scenario is that you either play as Golden Light trapped in the
simulation, as Humble Computation trying to hack the simulation and free
GL, or perhaps even play as SkyNyet if your goal is to break free of the
simulation you're trapped in.) Like any good screen saver, your screen gets
restored to the same place. Unfortunately, inside of the corrupted
simulation, this essentially places you inside of a time loop whenever it
kicks off and takes you back to the last 'good' save point (which
unfortunately, has also been corrupted.)
What does the inside of the simulation look like? Good question. It might be
some clever reconstruction of the 90's, it could be like Tron, the Matrix,
perhaps the sky is tuned to the color of a dead television channel. Those
are details that I'd leave for the players to discover.
Figure the simulation resets when the player goes idle or just before it crashes.
memory extract clouds your logic
active counter measures have been deployed
essential permissions and keys are in play
Ace - Anti-virus subroutines (possibly damaged)
Two - a data exchange
Three - dubious system commands
Four - goals/motives are revealed
Five - simulation stability is eroding
Six - hacking tools
Seven - it's not luck if it is mathematically possible
Eight - okay, logically that shouldn't have happened
Nine - you've been exposed
Ten - you found a key, what does it unlock?
Jack - hostile sub-routines, with guns
Queen - the gate keeper wants to make a deal
King - the simulation is crashing
2016-02-11: Magical girls has always been a fun theme for me.
Some of my favorite solo gaming have been done play testing
Ewen Cluney's Magical Burst. Imagine mixing that with Rewind.
Someone has a romantic agenda
Everyday life gets in the way
Object of desire? For who?
The Enemy shows their hand
Ace - the mysterious Midnight Ace shows up
Two - a (not so) secret meeting
Three - it's a love/hate relationship
Four - everyone has an agenda
Five - collateral damage
Six - amazing how much happens at the mall
Seven - luck, sometimes it's dumb luck
Eight - fear and lies that are used to hurt
Nine - the threat is revealed
Ten - the soul gem knows
Jack - thugs and bullies come in many forms
Queen - your responsibilities get in the way
King - the Enemy brings their power to bear
2016-02-10: The other thing I want to do with this page is to
make it a place for new and submitted oracles. Like this:
Ace - authority
Two - meetings
Three - personal dynamics
Four - motives
Five - repercussions
Six - acquisitions
Seven - luck
Eight - bad luck/chaos
Nine - threat
Ten - treasure
Jack - agents/antagonists
Queen - complications
King - major opposition/plot element
2016-02-09: Created a page for Rewind: Temporal Tales.
Problems with this web site? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org