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Chrononauts is a card game played with a specially designed set of 136 cards. There are 32 "Timeline" cards that form the game board, 24 cards ("IDs" and "Missions") describing goals for the players, and 80 cards ("Artifacts," "Actions," "Inverters," "Patches," and "Timewarps") that make up the deck from which players draw. The game simulates popular fictional ideas about how time travellers might alter history, drawing on sources like Back to the Future and the short stories collection Travels Through Time. The game was designed by Andrew Looney in 2000 and is published by Looney Labs. The Klondike Solitaire game that comes with Gnome. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... For information on the 1990 foreign policy paper entitled Back to the Future by John Mearsheimer, see John Mearsheimer Back to the Future is a 1985 film directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. ... Andrew J. Looney (1963– ), better known as Andy Looney is an award-winning game designer, writer, cartoonist, photographer, computer programmer, Eagle Scout, activist, and self-declared Emperor of the Universe. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Looney Labs is a small game company based in College Park, Maryland, USA. It is named after its founders, Andrew Looney and Kristin Looney. ...


In 2001 Chrononauts won the Origins Award for Best Traditional Card Game of 2000. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Origins Awards, presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, are presented at the Origins International Game Expo for outstanding work in the game industry. ...


Game play

The 32 timeline cards represent significant events in (real) history of two types: Linchpins and Ripple Points. Players use Inverters to directly change the Linchpin events, changing to the alternative event on the reverse side of the timeline card. Changing a Linchpin also turns over one or more Ripple Point cards exposing paradoxes. If a player uses a Patch to resolve the paradox, the player receives an extra card for his hand. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: History For other senses of this word, see history (disambiguation). ... Robert Boyles self-flowing flask fills itself in this diagram, but perpetual motion machines cannot exist. ...


For example, turning the 1865 "Lincoln Assassinated" card to "Lincoln Wounded" causes the 1868 "Andrew Johnson Impeached" card to turn, leaving a paradox in place for that year (1868). This paradox can then be repaired by playing a Patch on top of the paradox that describes Lincoln's impeachment in 1868 . (The game designers' historical reasoning behind this sequence of events may be found here.) 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party. ... 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... For other people named Andrew Johnson, see Andrew Johnson (disambiguation). ...


The game can be won in one of three ways:

  1. The timeline can be altered so that certain events happen as described on a player's ID card. This represents the idea that each player comes from a different alternate timeline and our "real" history is, for them, an alternate history.
  2. Each player has a Mission card detailing three Artifacts that can be retrieved through time travel. If a player collects all three of these artifacts, that player wins.
  3. A player whose hand contains 10 or more cards at the end of their turn wins.

All players lose if there are ever 13 or more unpatched paradoxes on the timeline. (See exception of "Crazy Joe" below.) Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Expansions and spinoffs

In 2001, the company released Lost Identities, a set of new IDs and one new Mission for Chrononauts. Of particular note are these two new IDs: 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

  • Crazy Joe: Wins if the universe is destroyed by too many (13 or more) unpatched paradoxes.
  • Cockroaches: Win if humanity is wiped out by nuclear war, the ÜberParadox.

In 2004, Looney Labs released Early American Chrononauts (EAC), a prequel to Chrononauts. Using the same game mechanics, EAC focuses on events from the 1770s to the early 1900s. It also introduces "Gadgets," a new card type that can affect the play of the game by allowing an extra turn or blocking other players from stealing Artifacts. It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... Events and Trends For more events, see 18th century United States Declaration of Independence ratified by the Continental Congress (July 4, 1776). ... // Events and Trends Technology First flight by the Wright brothers, December 17, 1903. ...


The Chononauts and EAC timelines can be interconected to create a third game, ÜberChrononauts. Looney Labs had discussed the possibility of offering another expansion pack of IDs that makes use of missions and events from both games to support ÜberChrononauts games.


Looney Labs has also released several promotional cards that can be added to Chrononauts and EAC games.


Recently, a PC version of the game was published to the web. The PC version includes both the original Chrononauts and EAC. It is still in the beta test phase. It can be downloaded here.


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Chrononauts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (591 words)
Chrononauts is a card game played with a specially designed set of 136 cards.
In 2004, Looney Labs released Early American Chrononauts (EAC), a prequel to Chrononauts.
Using the same game mechanics, EAC focuses on events from the 1770s to the early 1900s.
RPGnet: The Inside Scoop on Gaming (1546 words)
Chrononauts is a card game based on time travel and produced by Looney Labs.
Chrononauts has more structure than Fluxx did, but the beer-and-pretzels feel is still there.
Chrononauts is based on the Timeline, a fixed set of cards which are laid on the table at the start of the game and which represent events in history, from Lincoln to Columbine.
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