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You start with the big picture, the grand scheme of your history, then zoom in and explore all the nooks and crannies. The more you play, the more complex the history becomes. Your once simple summary becomes a detailed tapestry, full of meaning and surprises.This is actually version three of the rules. The first two versions were playtested by the brave and beautiful gamers of Seattle, but so far I've been always directly involved. Now it's time to see how the game does when I'm not sitting at the table -- y'know, a real playtest.
It’s fractal gaming.
Want to leap a thousand years in the future and see how an institution shaped society? Want to jump back to the childhood of the king you just saw assassinated and find out what made him such a hated ruler? That’s normal play in microscope. You have the freedom to move around and examine whatever you want, defying limits of time and space.