Time got all mixed up, it's time to head back and fix it. Wait-- No! Don't shoot that guy, that's who we were here to save! Oh well, let's rewind and try again.
Zoetrope is a simple to learn and fun to play, card-based time travel role playing game. You'll need 2-3+ players and a story leader, who will explain what happens in the world and how the player's actions affect the world around them. No one needs to show up to the table with any ideas of what they are doing, the various card decks help ensure even the story leader has resources to make the game unfold without any preparation.
And no confusing event management-- because you will be placing cards on the table in a visual timeline, you will always know what events are changing due to time travel.
Who would have thought time travel could be this easy?
But seriously, Zoetrope is a very easy game to sit down and play. Each player is dealt a Role card, which tells them how many Action, Time, and Gear cards they get, and gives them a special ability when they travel backwards in time. Players also get Trait cards, which give them little bonuses or powers to help make each character feel a little more unique.
The story leader then reveals the Starting Event from the Event deck, explaining what the time crime or mishap is, and then the players are sent back (or forward) in time to deal with the issue. The majority of the game is roleplay, but any time a player takes an action to affect the world around them, they place one of their cards in the center of the table in a row. Since the cards go on in chronological order, any time the timeline is changed, players travel forward or backwards in time, or other shenanigans happen, everyone at the table can see a visual of how the timeline transforms or is altered.
The game ends when your group decides it does. It is entirely a loose and fun game designed to let your group play until the game either slows down or comes to a natural close. If you didn't get enough fun in that playthrough, give it another go! Your story leader can reveal a new Event card whenever the game starts to slow down to give you a new goal, or you can go to stop yourselves from your previous mission if your actions didn't end up fixing the timeline!
I am doing all the art as collages myself as well as the design and layout, so the funding goal is just a fun number! You are helping me fund not only a first print of the game for all of you awesome backers, but also to get a few sets of the complete game for myself to take to conventions, game stores, and to give out as freebies for players at those venues.
But you don't care about all that, do you?
What's a Kickstarter without awesome rewards? Below you'll see the core game and the five expansions. All of these are available at various pledge tiers, but if you want a copy of any of them on their own without having to get all of the expansions, or an extra copy of the core game itself, you can add the shown amount to your pledge and send me a message to let me know what you are adding to your rewards.
Additionally, there are two CUSTOM tiers where you can send me some photos to use in your own custom card that we will discuss and design together! The custom card, kickstarter-exclusive deck is sure to be a real collectors item, so consider upping your pledge to nab the custom deck as well!
These are cheaper prices than the final market price when they all go live for sale on DrivethruRPG, so get them now!
We is just me! I'm Dane Asmund, and I am the designer, artist, writer, layout person, marketer... etc. That means all the money is just going to one person and place. There's nothing complicated about this-- it's actually quite easy! Pledge, get an awesome time travel game, and profit!
I've run and released a book of horoscopes from a raving skeleton, a TTRPG where you play in a wild and pixellated adventuring world, a TTRPG where you are reborn from the corpse of your ancestors with strange powers, and one where you play as dogs! There's also my first game book which I illustrated myself... it was... a choice.
I've also ran my fair share of failed ones. What can I say, I have ambitions and no money!
Risks and challenges
There are no challenges or risks. The core game is completely done and available for sale along with one of the expansions now on DrivethruRPG. This Kickstarter is a helpful launch for the other four expansions, as well as ensuring we get to make this neat custom deck!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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