Bid against other time jockeys for contracts to acquire objects or videos from the past. Complete these contracts as best and as efficiently as you can. Bid also for access to specialists that will help you or the other time jockeys (and potentially hinder others.) To win, finish your career as a time jockey alive and with the most money.
This is a 2 - 6 player game, for ages 12 and up, taking 15-45 minutes to play depending on the number of players.
The TITOR Corporation has invented time machines. Rather than being a philanthropic entity, though, they are interested in only one thing. Money. (Their company motto is “Time actually is money.”) Although the company has a policy of sticking to the basic rules of time travel, there is a rumor that they sometimes bend the rules. TITOR entertains contracts to retrieve video evidence or objects from the past that no longer exist in the present. These are always auctioned off to the highest bidder. The time machines are actually inserted into humans, as are Rosetta chips (enabling time jockeys and their specialists to communicate in any language.) There have only been a limited number of time machines made. Due to your skills and aptitudes, you have been chosen to be a time jockey. There is risk involved! It has been determined by unfortunate experience that anyone traveling to the past can only survive spending a maximum of 15 days in the past. Research has determined that a temporal destabilization on an atomic level occurs after that timeline. The result is inevitable and immediate death.
Quotes about the game:
"Time Jockeys is an interesting twist on the time travel genre. Manage your time wisely, interfere with your opponents, press your luck, and steal cool stuff!" - Eric Summerer of the Dice Tower Network
Actual quotes from GenCon attendees:
"Time Jockeys was an absolute blast to play. While the dice add a bit of chancy zing to the game — the bidding and card selection are pure strategy. I gamed the bidding and as a result was able to come from seemingly far behind and end the game with triumphant victory!" - Gary Dickson
"While Time Jockeys has some intriguing cooperative elements it is a fast and furious battle. The game is loaded with sharp wit and wry humor which reminded me of a party game. But don't be fooled this is also a gamers game. I am looking forward to getting a copy!" - Vicki Conlon Dickson
"Loads of fun, easy to learn." - Andrew Javorski
"Wonderful! I have friends at home who I'm going to love playing this with." - Stephen Johnston
"Great game! Easy to play." - Brian Wisconsin
"Very fun! Hope it funds, I'm backing it!" - Andrea Westbourne
Here are a few sample contracts:
Here's a link to the written rules:
Here is the rules video!
If you go for one of the backer levels that include the expansions, we will also send you the Myths and Legends Expansion. (See a list of new contracts below in the Original Art section!)
Ever wonder if the most famous myths and legends in the world are real? Time jockeys can find out!
If you go for one of the backer levels that include the expansions, we will also send you the Vatican Expansion. (See a list of new contracts below in the Original Art section!)
At first the Vatican paid the Titor Corporation to not let anyone gather any items associated with the Bible. After much deliberation, they decided that their faith was strong enough...
You may add $30 to any pledge level per piece of original watercolor of any of the contract art by artist Scott Tackaberry. Time Jockey contracts are approximately 7" x 11" and the expansion contracts are approximately 9" x 12". First come first served! Rather than post all of the art here, e-mail me which you are interested in and I will e-mail you photos. Here is a full list of the contracts available:
Time Jockeys contracts:
Video Evidence of the JFK Assassination
Video Tour of the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Taken)
Tyrannosaurus Eggs (Taken)
Video Tour of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Video Tour of Machu Picchu at the Height of the Inca Empire
Video Footage of the Tunguska Event
Video of the Origins and Carving of the Moai
William Shakespeare's Inkwell and Quill
Video Footage of the Vikings Arriving in America
Video Compilation of Casanova's Seduction Techniques
Video/Audio of Alexander Graham Bell's First Telephone Call
Video Tour of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Video Footage of the Titanic Versus the Iceberg
Video Evidence of Jack the Ripper's Murders
Video Evidence of the Construction of the Pyramids at Giza
Video Tour of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Video Evidence of the Destruction of Pompeii
Nero's Fiddle (Lyre)
Davy Crockett's Coonskin Cap
Video Evidence of D. B. Cooper's Heist
Video Tour of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Video Evidence of Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance
Video Footage of Columbus Arriving in America
Video Footage of Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
Video Footage of Stonehenge During Summer Solstice (Taken)
The Venus de Milo's Arms
One of Hannibal's War Elephants
Video Tour of the Colossus of Rhodes
100 Live Dodo Birds (Taken)
Manfred "Red Baron" Von Richtofen's Flight Goggles
Abraham Lincoln's Stovepipe Hat (Taken)
Video Evidence of the Boston Tea Party
Myths and Legends Expansion:
Video Confirmation of Bigfoot
Video Confirmation of the Loch Ness Monster
Baba Yaga's Hut (Taken)
Video Tour of The Lost City of El Dorado (Taken)
Water from the Fountain of Youth
Video Tour of Atlantis
Robin Hood's Bow and Arrows
Video of the Resurrection
Video of Noah's Flood
Video of Moses Parting the Red Sea
Video of Moses getting the Ten Commandments
Video of The Last Supper
Video of the Sermon on the Mount
Video of Jesus Turning Water into Wine
Free to the USA.
$10 to the EU and Canada (Backers in Winnipeg can get free pickup at a local game store.)
$20 to all other countries.
Risks and challenges
We have an experienced team of people to do printing, to do shipping and on the organizational side of things. We have used Quality Playing Cards & Games before. This is a relatively small project, and its scope is such that it's not too complex to get out of hand. We're subscribing to the "Keep it simple" school of thought here.
This isn't our first rodeo. Apart from forces impossible to predict such as ship shortages and dock strikes, we can do this in a reasonable time frame without a doubt.
- (31 days)