originally appeared in EN World Gamer Issue 3: The Unpublished Issue.
Play a time cop, a chronologist or a period actor, travel back in time
and fight villains intent on committing crimes throughout time!
is a d20 mini-game designed to let you and your gaming group try
something different for a quick session, with the option of developing
into a more long-term campaign. Time travel is one of the most classic
elements of science fiction, and its mind-bending ability to mix
anachronistic elements into the same story has the potential for
memorable adventures. Crime in time is just the basis for this
mini-game, and we encourage you to use this book to play all manner of
time travel games.
In the year 2163, the
government of the United States of North America began work on Project
Mercury, a top-secret program intent on sending a human being back in
time. After decades of struggle, in the year 2196, scientists were able
to open a window into the past and a mechanical probe managed to enter
and return safely.
Further tests were scheduled involving animals, and eventually human
beings, but that schedule soon got rewritten.
On May 8, 2196, the President of the United States of North America was
assassinated by agents of a hostile government. Priorities were
instantly changed, and despite the lack of testing, a Special Forces
unit was deployed through the time portal to stop the assassination.
The Special Forces managed to complete their mission, and the
president’s life was saved, but when they returned to their
own time, they made a disturbing discovery: the president was still
Teams were sent again into the past, where it was confirmed that the
assassination attempt had failed. There was only one explanation: the
past could not be changed, even by changing the past. It was theorized
that the “time machines” were actually creating new
alternate dimensions, rather than transporting people back in time.
Regardless of the explanation, Project Mercury was scrapped.