Microscope is a GMless collaborative history-building game.

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What makes a Scene worthwhile in a game of Microscope?

We just finished playing our first game of Microscope and had a great time. Most of the elements of the game were handled very well by the group: periods, events, the palette, etc. Scenes, however, ...
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Are you supposed to have a Focus during the first pass?

I'm a little bit confused about the First Pass (described on pp. 15–16 of the rules). Is there a Lens and a Focus as usual, or does this section proceed without a Focus? If there's no Focus, how do ...
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Running a game of Microscope that isn't totally insane?

I purchased Microscope quite a while ago, and have played countless games that were really awesome. We've created things like superheros with the power to turn any weapon into fish, people marrying ...
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Microscope RPG Turn Sequence During Scenes

One thing I am confused about on this game: do the players take turn while they actually play out the scenes? I know the turn order is used to voice thoughts about the scenes, but when the scene ...
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Running Microscope for the first time using online

I'm planning to run a game of Microscope for the first time with players who've never played it before as well (hello deep end!) and it's going to have to be online as my players of choice are ...
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In Microscope are Light and Dark used for anything?

I was teaching a game of Microscope today and I kept seeing references to light and dark. While expressing the tone of periods, events, and scenes is good, I remember from the playtest that a parent ...
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What software utilities provide support for playing Microscope?

I'm interested in playing Microscope online and was wondering if anyone knows what tools exist that might support this? Microscope differs from many RPGs in that it is primarily playing using blank ...