Kaleidoscope [pdf]


Make up an unwatchable “foreign” film using a pile of index cards and your crazy brains!

No specialized roles or game master, no competition or winning, oodles of replay value, tons of opportunities to riff off of your genius friends and let what seems to you the most obvious answer show your friends what a genius you are.

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Gather 3-5 players, set aside 2 hours, and make up an unwatchable “foreign” film using a pile of index cards and your crazy brains!

Use this step-by-step guide to guffaw your group through non-chronologically remembering a wildly bizarre movie that you apparently just watched together! On each player’s turn they write a part or moment into the movie (oh, I mean remember a part or moment of the movie they saw, pardon me) and insert it anywhere into the timeline you’re collaboratively creating!

Kaleidoscope is a thorough stand-alone hack of Ben Robbin’s celebrated Microscope: a fractal role-playing game of epic histories. Through its years of casual development Kaleidoscope was streamlined and made more silly, receiving amused (or on one occasion, unamused) looks from folks at neighboring tables and eliciting many decibels of laughter from its players.

For 3-5 players.
Plays in about 2 hours.


“Creating a fake movie by reminiscing about it is like a magic trick in your mind.

-Sythana Winterthorn, artist and Olympia story gamer.


Pages are 8.5” x 11”
Full colour, cover by Jackson Tegu and photographs of index cards by Orion Canning.

Includes 2 Files:
• Kaleidoscope rules in English, 14 pgs.
• Fan translation of Kaleidoscope rules in Japanese, 14 pgs.