Better check your ID. Your world is gone again.
Whilst Britnodermeet staple and all-round good game Chrononauts had been reinforced in 2001 with the Lost Identities expansion, what everyone really wanted was more time itself to mess with. Although a stand-alone game in it's own right, the prequel Early American Chrononauts can and most probably will be merged with the original to form a double-length Überchrononauts game spanning 1770-1999.
Some refinements to the game have been made, but not enough to majorly break compatability- a handy inverter-converter summarises what the old cards are now additionally capable of, and some new ones are introduced such as the start a fight inverter. A new subclass of Artifact, the Gadget, has been introduced which allow for repeated use of special effects (e.g. playing an extra action/timewarp). These are likely to inspire infighting, but the danger is that someone else will just win whilst you're scrabbling for the fancy toys. A few rules tweaks have emerged: the timeline only collapses if there are 13 open paradoxes on 4 adjacent rows, and the order of the trash pile matters (due to the introduction of the very clean time machine, which gives the option of using the top card of that pile instead of the draw deck). Solonauts still works for EAC itself but could prove rather easy for the 64-event timeline. It's the juggling of conflicting dates that introduces the single player challenge and this is reduced by having effectively two time streams that won't clash: although there is a new super-evolved cockroach to try!
As the name suggests, the American bias noted of Chrononauts by Grimace is now total dominance, with other nations only figuring as far as their involvement in the emergence of the United States. Fortunately the artifacts remain as mad as ever, with a general theme of exotic foods and more wonders from the future. Generally however it's unlikey you'd obtain EAC without having first got to grips with Chrononauts, so unless the focus is teaching/learning early American history it's the combined experience you'll usually be playing.
Official rules for such a combination are supplied on a summary card and updated through the Looney Labs website, but are classed as a work in progress and will probably give way to house rules if you play with the same group with any regularity. The suggestion is to require all three objectives (matching one ID and mission from two, and holding 10 cards) to be met before a victory can be declared, along with a faster churn rate through the deck. This makes it harder for a well placed Memo from your future self to ruin things, as you'd still be two-thirds of the way to success; and also prevents the game from ending too rapidly through dumb luck if you're the only one working on a given half of the timeline or find all the desserts you wanted.
Of course, the complexity of the experince can be varied by the amount of EAC you incorporate into the Chrononauts set. The gadgets are a shoe-in; with the other new artifacts and corresponding missions being fair game at the price of decreasing the odds of ever drawing all the patches you'd need for the ID-victory. For a really swingy game experience, just add Gadgets and Timewarps, allowing for potentially obscene chains of fast forwards, quick trips and re-use of trash. Extra actions are again discretionary but vital if you're running the full set of everything else.
Do not exceed maximum capacity of 13 dinosaurs
Inspired by Tiefling
's effort with the original Chrononauts node, here's the complete early-American timeline and its potential variations:
- 1770: April 12, 1770 Tea Exempted in Tax Repeal (Linchpin) | Townshend Duties on goods such as paint, paper, and glass (but not tea) are lifted | Ripples: 1773
- 1773: December 16, 1773 Boston Tea Party (Ripplepoint) | Angry colonists throw crates of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tax | Paradoxed if: 1770'
- 1773': December 24, 1773' Boston Cake Riot (Patch) | Angry colonists throw cakes at Redcoats and smash a bakery in response to enforcement of the Bakery Toll of 1771 | Nullified if: 1770
- 1775: April 19, 1775 Shots fired at Lexington (Linchpin) | Hostilities begin at Lexington and Concord, after the Minutemen are called to arms by riders in the night yelling "The Redcoats are Coming!" | Ripples: 1776, 1898, 1904
- 1775': April 19, 1775' Concord Armory Quietly Seized (Flipped linchpin) | With news of their arrival kept secret, British troops march on Concord and take control of weapons cache, while facing only minimal resistance | Ripples: 1776, 1898, 1904
- 1776: July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence (Ripplepoint) | Continental Congress signs document declaring freedom from British rule | Paradoxed if: 1775'
- 1780: July 21, 1780 French Arrive (Linchpin) | George Washington prevents pre-emptive attack on French at Newport by allowing British spies to "intercept" fake plans for American attack on British at New York | Ripples: 1781, 1783, 1886
- 1780': July 23, 1780' French Destroyed (Flipped linchpin) | Newly arrived allied troops suffer devastating defeat when British attack before French encampment is fortified | Ripples: 1781, 1783, 1886
- 1781: October 19, 1781 British Surrender at Yorktown (Ripplepoint) | Colonists win freedom after French forces help Americans defeat British troops | Paradoxed if: 1780'
- 1783: September 3, 1783 Treaty of Paris (Ripplepoint) | American and British delegations meet in Paris to sign treaty which officially ends Revolutionary War | Paradoxed if: 1780'
- 1783': July 10, 1781' British Surrender at New Amsterdam (Patch) | Original Dutch name for port city of New York is adopted after colonists win freedom by defeating British, with support of Dutch and hired-Danish fleets | Nullified if: 1780
- 1787: July 16, 1787 Constitution written (Linchpin) | The Great Compromise is reached, allowing new charter of United States government to be completed | Ripples: 1791, 1846
- 1780': July 15, 1787' Constitutional Convention Falls Apart (Flipped linchpin) | Delegates unable to agree, and decide to go home | Ripples: 1791, 1846
- 1791: March 4, 1791 Bill of Rights Adopted (Ripplepoint) | Concern that the government was granted too much power in the new Constitution leads to the addition of 10 explicit statements of the basic freedoms of American citizens | Paradoxed if: 1787'
- 1803: April 3, 1803 Louisiana Purchase (Linchpin) | Jefferson sends Monroe to France, offering to buy port city of New Orleans; the deal ends up including all of Louisiana | Ripples: 1804, 1848, 1867
- 1803': April 3, 1803' New Orleans Purchase (Flipped linchpin) | Napoleon sells port city of New Orleans to America while holding out for better deal on bulk of Louisiana Territory | Ripples: 1804, 1848, 1867
- 1804: May 14, 1804 Lewis & Clark Expedition (Ripplepoint) | The Corps of Discovery sets out from St. Louis on an epic journey to map and explore the newly-acquired Louisiana Territory | Paradoxed if: 1803'
- 1813: October 5, 1813 Tecumseh Dies During Battle (Linchpin) | Influential chief of Shawnee tribe is killed at Battle of the Thames | Ripples: 1876, 1890
- 1813': October 5, 1813' Tecumseh Survives (Flipped linchpin) | By escaping death in battle, the Shawnee chief also keeps alive his dream of building a grand alliance of Indian nations | Ripples: 1876, 1890
- 1814: August 24, 1814 British Burn Washington DC (Linchpin) | After demolishing poorly-commanded defenders at the Battle of Bladensburg, British Troops march into the capital and set the city on fire | Ripples: 1846, 1916
- 1814': August 24, 1814' British Stopped at Bladensburg (Flipped linchpin) | American soldiers successfully defend nation's capital against invading British troops | Ripples: 1846, 1916
- 1815: January 8, 1815 Battle of New Orleans (Linchpin) | Andrew Jackson makes a name for himself in major victory over British | Ripples: 1838, 1890
- 1815': January 8, 1815' Battle of New Orleans Halted (Flipped linchpin) | News about the signing of the Treaty of Ghent arrives just in time to prevent bloody confrontation | Ripples: 1838, 1890
- 1836: March 6, 1836 Battle of the Alamo (Linchpin) | "Remember the Alamo!" becomes rallying cry for the Texas War of Independence | Ripples: 1845, 1848
- 1838: May-Dec Trail of Tears (Ripplepoint) | President Jackson's plan to relocate Cherokee Indians by force is carried out (in spite of Supreme Court ruling) | Paradoxed if: 1815'
- 1838': ongoing Cherokee Indians Not Removed (Patch) | President Henry Clay honors Supreme Court ruling of 1832, allowing Cherokees to remain in Georgia | Nullified if: 1815
- 1845: December 29, 1845 Texas Gains Statehood (Ripplepoint) | 9 years after becoming a free republic, Texas joins the USA | Paradoxed if: 1836'
- 1845': July 14, 1845' Texas Uprising Provokes War (Patch) | The burning of Austin during the Second Texas Revolution leads to declaration of war on Mexico by United States | Nullified if: 1836
- 1846: July 9, 1846 Section of DC Returned to VA (Ripplepoint) | Congress votes to give back to Virginia all the land that state had given to the government in 1790 for creation of the District of Columbia | Paradoxed if: 1787' OR 1814'
- 1846': July 9, 1846' DC Stays Square (Patch) | Congress rejects short-sighted motion to give away Virginian real estate, thus allowing the nation's capital to retain the shape of its original design; a square, 10 miles on each side | Nullified if: 1787 AND 1814
- 1848: January 24, 1848 California Gold Rush (Ripplepoint) | Gold is discovered in California after the region is conquered by America as part of the US-Mexico War | Paradoxed if: 1803' AND 1836'
- 1848': November 11, 1848' California Gold War (Patch) | US-Mexico War escalates due to discovery of gold in 1845 by Russian-born pioneers | Nullified if: 1803 OR 1836
- 1861: April 29, 1861 Maryland Votes Not To Secede (Linchpin) | On eve of secession vote, Lincoln orders the arrest of 31 disloyal members of Maryland Legislature, along with many other prominent secessionists | Ripples: 1866, 1867, 1898, 1904
- 1861': April 29, 1861' Maryland Secedes (Flipped linchpin) | Forewarned of impending arrests, secessionist leaders evade capture long enough to vote for Maryland to join Confederacy | Ripples: 1866, 1867, 1898, 1904
- 1862: September 13, 1862 Rebels Retreat (Linchpin) | Discovery by Union soldiers of Special Orders 191, revealing General Lee's plans for troop deployment, leads to Battle of Antietam and retreat for the Confederacy | Ripples: 1864, 1866
- 1862': September 20, 1862' Rebels Advance (Flipped linchpin) | With Northern commanders unable to predict General Lee's bold manuevering, Confederate troops march into Pennsylvania, pursued by Union Army | Ripples: 1864, 1866
- 1864: November Sherman's March to the Sea (Ripplepoint) | General Sherman's army advances east from Atlanta, burning towns and cities as they go; meanwhile, Lincoln wins re-election with 212 of 233 electoral votes | Paradoxed if: 1862'
- 1864': November' Lee's March to DC (Patch) | Lincoln wins re-election by just 2 electoral votes as the Confederate army begins to surround Washington DC | Nullified if: 1862
- 1866: ongoing Reconstruction Begins (Ripplepoint) | War-torn but still united, America begins rebuilding | Paradoxed if: 1861' AND 1862'
- 1867: March 30, 1867 Alaska Purchase (Ripplepoint) | Secretary of State Seward negotiates purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million | Paradoxed if: 1803' AND 1861'
- 1867': March 30, 1867' Cuba Purchase (Patch) | CSA's Secretary of State Robert E. Lee negotiates with Spain to purchase Cuba as new southern territory | Nullified if: 1803 OR 1861
- 1871: October 9, 1871 Great Chicago Fire (Linchpin) | Fire starts in O'Leary family barn and spreads across town, killing 300 and destroying a third of the city (but not the O'Leary house) | Ripples: 1881
- 1871': October 9, 1871' Fire Doused in O'Leary Barn (Flipped linchpin) | Mysterious fire extinguished before destroying barn by equally mysterious unknown fireman | Ripples: 1881
- 1876: June 25, 1876 Custer's Last Stand (Ripplepoint) | 7th Cavalry destroyed by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors at Battle of the Little Bighorn | Paradoxed if: 1813'
- 1881: September 19, 1881 Garfield Dies (Ripplepoint) | 11 weeks after being shot by Charles J. Guiteau, President Garfield dies from infection of unhealed gunshot wound | Paradoxed if: 1871'
- 1881': September 19, 1881' Garfield Lives (Patch) | A doctor from Chicago who insists on antiseptic treatments is successful at removing bullet from wounded President, enabling his full recovery | Nullified if: 1871
- 1886: October 28, 1886 Statue of Liberty Opens (Ripplepoint) | Statue is gift from France, inspired by French support of American Revolution | Paradoxed if: 1780'
- 1886': July 10, 1886' Statue of Freedom Built (Patch) | American and Dutch symbols of Freedom are combined in a huge statue, constructed on an island in New Ami harbor, of a woman with an eagle on her arm, riding a lion | Nullified if: 1780
- 1890: December 28, 1890 Massacre at Wounded Knee (Ripplepoint) | The 7th Cavalry ambushes Sioux encampment, killing at least 300 native Americans | Paradoxed if: 1813' AND 1815'
- 1890': December 28, 1890' Indian Nation Established (Patch) | Territory north of the new state of Dakota is inernationally recognized as independent nation of the Nine Civilised Tribes | Nullified if: 1813
- 1898: February 15, 1898 Spanish-American War Begins (Ripplepoint) | Battleship Maine blows up and sinks, triggering war with Spain | Paradoxed if: 1775' OR 1861'
- 1898': February 15, 1898' Second War Between the States Begins (Patch) | Sinking of the Maine is blamed on Southern saboteurs, leading to new war between the North and South | Nullified if: 1775 AND 1861
- 1904: November 11, 1904 Work Begins on Panama Canal (Ripplepoint) | Digging by American steam shovels starts at the Culebra cut | Paradoxed if: 1775' OR 1861'
- 1904'': July 4, 1904' USA Re-United (Patch) | After many years of functioning as a separate nation, and after themselves abolishing slavery, the Confederate states again become part of the USA | Nullified if: 1775 AND 1861
- 1916: June 15, 1916 "Star Spangled Banner" becomes National Anthem (Ripplepoint) | President Woodrow Wilson orders it played at military & naval occasions | Paradoxed if: 1814'
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