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Chrononauts


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  • 1 to 6 player game
  • 20-45 minute game
  • Science fiction theme
  • Ever changing card game
  • Avoid paradox
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  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 1.9 x 3.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: 1929780109
  • Item model number: 009LOO
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 11 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,838 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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What would YOU do with a Time Machine? Would you stop the sinking of the Titanic? Prevent the assassination of JFK? Kill Hitler before WWII? These are just a few of the possibilities in Chrononauts, the award-winning card game of time travel. To win, you must change history at key points called Linchpins, so that history transforms into the Alternate Reality your character calls home. You can also win by collecting a specific set of Artifacts, such as a live dinosaur, the Mona Lisa, and an unpublished Shakespearean play. But be careful - if you create too many paradoxes, you could destroy the entire universe.

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In Chrononauts, each player becomes a time traveler, with a unique identity and a secret mission. During the game, players travel backwards and forwards through history, doing all those things people have always dreamed of using a time machine to do: visiting the great moments of the past, peeking into the future, collecting up impossible artifacts and priceless works of art, coming to grips with the paradoxes of time travel, and of course, changing pivotal events and altering the course of history itself. How would the timeline be different if Lincoln and JFK had not been assassinated' Which reality should you return to in order to win' It's all packed into a fast and easy Fluxx-style card game that will take you to the beginning of time and back again. For 1 to 6 players.

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Anyone can win unexpectedly.
S. Tierney
It took a little while to "get" how to play this game, but once you do it's a lot of fun.
AmandaMacky
I am in love with this game, and it works well for a lot of children learning history.
S. Koch

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Travis Illig on June 23, 2009
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"Chrononauts" is another card game by the creators of "Fluxx." The general premise is that you're a time traveler from an alternate timeline (not the history we know, but some alternate history) who has to return home.

You play on an 8 x 4 grid of cards that represents the "timeline." Each card in the grid shows a historical event like the JFK assassination or the Lincoln assassination. As the game progresses, players play cards that "alter" the timeline - for example, if JFK was just injured, but wasn't actually assassinated, that would have a ripple effect on events further down the timeline and might create paradoxes.

While the timeline is getting altered, players can also play "artifacts" which represent the player visiting a given point of history and stealing something historically significant, like the Mona Lisa.

You can win the game by either changing the timeline to match the alternate history you come from or by retrieving a specific target set of artifacts. Everyone loses if too many paradoxes are created in the timeline.

The game takes a little bit to get into because, while the rules are simple, it's not immediately clear how the timeline "ripple effects" work. You'll figure it out soon enough by playing the game, but it might take a few turns before it truly clicks. It might be good to play the first game with everyone just showing their cards to the group so folks can help each other through. Once you figure it out, start over and play "for real."

The educational aspect of this game is in the historical timeline.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Liosatos on August 12, 2005
I have to admit this is quite possibly the best game I've ever played. You are a time-traveller trying to change recorded history to fit your history. And there are 3 ways to win: Changing the timeline to suit your history, gathering 3 artifacts on your wish list, or amassing 10 cards in your hand.

Also, you can break up the deck to play the simple artifact game, which is a lot quicker and takes up less table room. Or if by yourself, you can play solonauts, a solitaire version of Chrononauts. Try to get 8 time travellers home before the deck runs out. It's not as easy as it first sounds.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Penn Davies on November 1, 2004
This is quite possibly the best board game ever. I say board game, because you build a board out of the cards, thus you need a significant playing area (enough for a 4x8 grid of cards). Basically, everyone is playing time travellers from the future, trying to manipulate the timeline (the board) to their own advantage, with secret goals. It's great fun for all ages who can read well, and gives a brief overview of important dates in history as well, starting with Lincoln's death. Plus, in what other game can you assassinate Hitler over and over again?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trousle Undrhil on May 22, 2007
Well, the first rule of time-travel: "If you wanna go back, you've gotta break some eggs." Or something like that. :) This game is so much fun! It basically breaks down to "I'm a time-traveller and my time line is gone. I have to make the current time line my own time line again so I can go home." "Well, I'm a time-traveller too but my time line isn't the same as yours. So, I have to make sure you don't make yours and I make mine, so I can go home."

So, your home time line existed because Hitler was assassinated and the Titanic didn't sink? Well, you have the equipment to make it happen that way again. The problem is that your opponents have the equipment to make it *not* have that way. So, it's a race against time (hah!) to see who can recreate their time line first.

This game is kind of difficult to get the hang of at first, but once you've played a few times, you'll be a Chrononaut expert. Also, the box says that playtime is anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Well, I haven't had a game last less than an hour yet. *NOTE* This is not a complaint! :-D
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By _ Rick _ on January 3, 2013
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Chrononauts is a fun, light game perfect for the situation where you ended your main game too early to break up on game night or when you have to fill in time waiting for that 4th player to show up before starting Campaign for North Africa. Its a little luck heavy but plays fast enough that you don't really mind. 5 stars in the Beer and Pretzels category for sure. This is strictly a card based game as there is no board, so its also great for a lunch time game involving three people. Its possible to play with two, but three or four players makes for a better experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AmandaMacky on January 30, 2011
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It took a little while to "get" how to play this game, but once you do it's a lot of fun. It's pretty old-school in terms of design and all, but the concept of the game, where you have to complete certain goals by changing the past (while your opponent is sometimes trying to correct the past and screwing with everything you've reversed up until that point) is a lot of fun. I bought my boyfriend about five card games for Christmas (including the ever-popular "Dominion") and this is my favorite.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Brashler on November 1, 2004
I've played a lot of Chrononauts. It's a lot more than your average card game -- it's immersive, complex and richly imagined. The mechanic of the game a slightly longer than average attention span, but the time is well rewarded with a game that's always interesting and fun, especially if you like to use your imagination and entertain the idea of alternate histories.
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