Bored of the pandemic, Tim and I took a trip to an alternate universe. Sadly our holiday was ruined by persistent rain of venomous jellyfish. Stuck indoors, we played the local alternate universe board games (Scribble, Rusk, Eels & Ladles etc). Interestingly, this universe has no games based on attempting to control the property market of a huge city. Instead, the nearest equivalent is a game based on Tim’s attempts to manipulate the major literary award of the popular genre there known as Orbital Fiction.

Orbital fiction is all about stories set in orbit or on things in orbit or things trying to get into orbit. It’s very exciting and includes rockets, moons, planets and orbiting aliens. The major award is a trophy of a rocket that could fly into a big orbit, popularly known as the Huge-Orbit award (or just Huge-O for short).

Timothy’s cynical (and frankly corrupt) attempt to control these awards became such a cause célèbre that re-enacting the events became a popular board game. Obviously, any resemblance to literary genres in our universe or awards or games about accumulating property is just coincidental. Even so, the board looks oddly familiar.

To play, you accumulate fans (in the form of notes that look a little like banknotes). You use these fans to control award categories. When another player lands on a category you control they have a RANT about it, which costs them fans that you collect. If you control all of one colour you can put nominations (Noms – which oddly look like little houses) on the category but the blatant campaigning costs you fans. Get five nominations then you’ve swept a category and you get a rocket (which oddly looks like a plastic hotel).

You can also buy a web presence at notable platforms such Goodish Reads or ThemTube. Timothy likens these social media platforms to train stations for some reason. You can also control two publishers (Bean and Torbit).


17 responses to “Timopoly”

  1. Is it intentional that “Best Fan Writer” and “Best Fan Podcast” are on the board twice?


  2. So, like just every tie its namesake game is played, it ends in arguments and tears, yes? The sad poppies would approve.

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  3. Since it’s alternate reality, we could invent new categories to make the red and yellow work out. Like “Best TV Series” for a red. Harder to pick a good yellow, although “Best Hard SF” might work.

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