The game designer, Dave Chapman, holds the RPG a Day event this August. Every day, a rpg related topic posted each day. For August 1st, the topic is the forthcoming game which I’m most looking forward to.
My gut tells me such game is TimeWatch by Kevin Kulp, a time travel game using the Gumshoe engine designed by Robin D. Laws. I trust my gut. 🙂 I backed this game over a year ago on Kickstarter. I playtested it before and after the kickstarter. It is the first Gumshoe game which I played. The only other Gumshoe game which I played recently is Trail of Cthulhu by Kenneth Hite.
In TimeWatch, you play agents of the TimeWatch organisation who enforce temporal continuity. There are rogue agents, aliens from other timelines and other time travellers who wish to establish their own history. The agents go into the past, unravel what key element changed and then work to fix it so there are no changes to history.
When we playtested it, we played as time tourists. Folks who go to a different historical period to witness events. Of course, to add a story, there’s always an event where antagonists will attempt to change history. The tourists uncover strange events, they investigate and then decide how to resolve the issue. We also played a scenario where they brought passengers to the past as a historical tour and the passengers got into trouble which might lead to changes to history.
We playtested the Lovecraftian Timewatch variant by Chris Lackey. In it, your character sends their mind to the past to inhabit a character involved in the event. Creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos are trying to change history. You must uncover and stop the threat without losing your mind or bringing the attention of the hounds of Tindalos. This worked and resulted in doing some minor historical research in one of the suggested scenarios.
I had fun playtesting and look forward to get the book.
As a side note, I’m excited with the Sentinels of the Multiverse rpg, designed by Cam Banks, Phillippe-Antoine Ménard and Dave Chalker. They were part of the team for Marvel Heroic Roleplaying design team which I had fun play and wish to play again (more than one-shots). From what I hear, it is a mix of Cortex Plus, Apocalypse World and Fate Core which are great games. Sentinels of the Multiverse is a great cooperative card game.