CREATIO EX NIHILO The big bang, birth of gods, mythical ages, ancient civilizations... Come together with one or more creative friends to create a collaborative fictional universe. Take notes on paper, index cards, smartphones, etc. Spontaneous Creation Starting with the First Cycle, take turns describing concepts, ideas, and stories to add to the fiction, assigning them points based on a three-point scale. *** 3 = big ideas, more permanent, powerful ** 2 = medium * 1 = small Players begin each round with 3 points each, and may spend them in any order. Altering another player’s creation costs 1 more point than originally spent. Re-Cycle? Once all players have spent their points for a round, as a group decide whether to move on to a new cycle or continue another round in the current cycle. Advance Moving to a new cycle indicates the passage of time, possibly eons, and a narrowing of focus, with ideas getting smaller in scope and impact. Sample Cycles 1st - Universal Laws 2nd - Elder Gods 3rd - Galaxy, Stars, Time 4th - Sun, System, Planets 5th - Prime Planet 6th - Additional Celestial beings 7th - Geography, Climate 8th - Flora, Fauna 9th - Intelligent races 10th - Age of Myth 11th - Civilization ... Continue with Microscope or your favorite RPG.
Originally developed around a campfire with Jeff and Pat. Inspired by Dawn of Worlds and Microscope.