Friday, January 17, 2014

Ogres from the Fiery Mountains - Microscope history

While Microscope RPG is meant to be played solo, it can also be played as a cooperative game. So few days ago, the 3 of us, Jeca, Njam-Njam and me decided to give it a try. So here is the result.

First of all, big picture: Ogres settling isolated island dominated by Fiery mountain.

Beginning: Ogres are coming. End? Ogres create Academy of Science! Yes, you reed it well :)

So, time for palette:
No volcano eruptions on Fiery Mountains. No high magic or high technology. And no other intelligent races on the planet.
Yes to afterlife and to influence of spirits to the world of living.

And the game begins. For those who love it in PDF version, here is the link.

Period 1:
Ogre tribe comes across the ocean and settles on isolated island dominated by Fiery Mountain.
Then Ogres discover that local 5 legged, 3 bodied and 2 headed  animal called Stupid-Stupid is tasty to eat. How they discovered that? During the fight, when one ogre wanted to bite another, he took a bite of one Stupid-Stupid instead.

After that, Ogres met with the mighty Spirit residing within the Fiery Mountain. They decided to start sacrificing something to him, but what? The ritual art contest was held in front the Spirit of the Mountain. One ogre artist and one Stupid-Stupid contested who will make a work of art more similar to the Spirit itself. Stupid-Stupid, although unintelligent animal, won the contest but Spirit of the Mountain decided that Ogres are such fun race that he had no heart to eat them. So, Stupid-Stupid was sacrificed.

Then, ogres finally settled on the island, opened a Stupid-Stupid farm and  the first cooking school....

Period 2:
Witch hunt
Ogre Humbaku is sentenced as first witch after deciding not to eat for the whole day. Why he did that? Well, it seems that the Spirit of the Mountain told him so...
Ogres had very few doubts what to do with the witches.  They started eating them, of course. But then, one day, one of the convicted witches was ill. The cook responsible for preparation of the meal from convicts actually noticed something, but inquisitor was persistent that all prisoners must be cooked. After the feast, all Ogres got sick, and many of them passed away during epidemic. After that, law was brought that witches should not be eaten but should be buried after execution.

Period 3:
Period of High Moon. During this period moon was so close to the surface that transition from one body to another become possible.
One special Ogre called Tozomir was born in the night of the highest moon. When he grew up, Tozomir reached the moon and found there the land of the dead. Tozomir spoke with the spirit of Humbaku and made plans for the future.
Back on Island, Tozomir convinced Ogres to make Stairways to the Moon, but Spirit of the Mountain stopped them from finishing the job. For as the moon is a afterlife world for the Ogres, so the island is afterlife world for living inhabitans of the Moon. As such before he become Spirit of the Mountain, he lived on the moon. And his wife who used to hit him with a broomstick still lives there….
But then, Humbaku kills Rovena, the wife of Spirit of the Mountain and breaks her broomstick "Husband-hitter" (+1 against husbands). Spirits of both Rovena and her broomstick arrive to the island. With few well measured hits, Rovena teaches Spirit a lesson for his behavior and takes his place as protector of Fiery Mountain. Spirit takes refuge among Ogres.

Period 4:
Time of Broomstick.
Rovena proclaims Humbaku a saint and first martyr.

Period 5:
Time of Academy of science (end period)
Tozomir opens first School of science. At first he has no pupils. But in time he manages to convince High Council of Ogres to open Academy of science. How did he convinced the high council? He promised them support for opening of the Academy of Sports.
So the academies were opened and first competition between schools was held. As expected, Cooking school was overall victor by far.
Soon after, archeologists from Hole digging university from Academy of science discover remains of Stairways to the Moon and take them to museum.
Finally, science started to gain popularity, and Spirit of the Mountain becomes proclaimed honorable PHD and first dean of "Saint Humbaku the first martyr" Academy of Science.

Conclusion: fun session with lots of humor. Evidence that Microscope can be played multi-player almost as well as solo. If you have good players, the history can become as weird as if dictated by random idea generator. And scenes are definitely more fun if role-played with the group while most of my scenes in solo games were dictated or used too many rolls.  All in all, it was nice experience, and we hope to repeat it very soon.


  1. we still have to cover the Holy Broomstick Wars :) cant wait for responce from downtrodden male ogre masses :) and by masses I do mean masses :)