On 2nd May 2050, a group of scientists in the Applied Science building of Manchester University, initiated the first step of the ill fated ‘Cox – Hawking Bridge Experiment’. The aim was to open a wormhole into the near future for the very first time. They succeeded.
The team of scientists stared into the swirly vortex in the centre of the test lab, eyes full of awe at the enormity of the moment. The huge blue tunnel of light began to clear, and there they saw themselves through the portal, celebrating and dancing with delight. The team looked through at the clock in the future world… Yes! It was 6 minutes and 4 seconds ahead! They had created a portal to the future and there was their future selves celebrating the success!
The jubilant scientists began dancing and jumping themselves, clapping and cheering, and generally behaving like children who have had too many sweets. After a moment, they realized the scientists on the other side, in the future, had begun waving and clapping through the vortex. So they could see each other! Light particles had passed both ways through the wormhole! This was better than expected!
Dr. Charlie Fentz, the project leader, stepped carefully towards the vortex. On the other side, his future self approached the portal too. They stood, staring through time at each other, grinning at each other like shy teenagers on their first date. At this point, disaster struck. One of the cavorting scientists in the present tripped and sent his celebratory cup of coffee flying through the air. Dr Fentz took the entire skinny decaf latte full in the chest and stood dripping froth and coffee. The room went quiet. He just stood for a moment shocked; then finally, terrified, raised his eyes to look through the wormhole. His future self was stood just as before, conspicuously not dripping any form of beverage, decaffeinated or otherwise. An event had taken place on one side and not on the other. Somehow, the first paradox had been formed and the two impossible histories stared at each other through the wormhole wondering what terrifying implications this could have.
At that point, reality woke up and noticed the gaping paradox that was literally staring itself in the face. Luckily, it had the sense to be embarrassed at the oversight and promptly collapsed the universe before anybody noticed…And that, boys and girls, is how the multiverse began!
A universe collapsing is great fun to watch, but only from a very safe distance. It doesn’t just pop, it shatters. Pieces of broken time explode like a crystal vase and scatter and burst into a million billion multifaceted dimensions and times. Histories collide, truths bend and snap and realities bounce along the floor like marbles. The whole of the universe, every dimension and time, every story and every belief is crushed together in a moment of serious quantum claustrophobia, and then in an instant, is flung out again, distorted and broken across the empty void of meta-space like shards of glass across a dance floor. If you look carefully, one tiny speck glitters in the darkness like a warm window on a stormy night… Welcome to the Pub at the Centre of the Universe!
Don’t ask how, or why or when. Just smile, nod and don’t stare…
This is the Storium version of a RPG world I have run for a while now - it is meant to be an enjoyable, tongue in cheek romp in the style of Hitchhiker’s Guide, Firefly, Dr Who and the late, great, Terry Pratchett.
You will take the role of a geoup of reality jumping adventurers who bounce through histories and realities of all times and styles having adventures and escapades of all shapes and sizes.
Your character can be anybody from any plane of reality, time period or genre; but everyone must be willing to be a little flexible just so we can create a workable group with enough skills/abilities to complete a story.
I want this to be fun, but not daft, interesting but not silly and with plenty of space for players to bring their own imaginations and flavour.
Here are some character examples from other times I’ve run this game: Disney Princess, hologramatic computer technition, pirate, cyberpunk dog, ww1 soldier from a steampunk alternate universe, and a half cat, half woman…
Hosted and narrated by:
Sam Armstrong (OneWheelSam)
Scenes played: 1
License: Community License