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The Time Traveler

The Time Traveler is a twist character, available through the Shelter in Place Kickstarter, that you can use in the Zombie Apocalypse. I knew I wanted to create a character especially for the Kickstarter, and I debated over a bunch of different things. Perhaps an alien, or a superhero? But then my artist sent me this illustration of the Time Traveler, and the deal was sealed - Time Traveler! This is how much power my artist has over me. If she draws it, I'll write it. That's what we have going on right now.


When I got the illustration of the Time Traveler, I wondered if the illustration was of a male or a female. Natalie used a male pronoun, but looking at it, there was something feminine to the character that I liked. Then I decided - why decide at all? Characters in Shelter in Place are not gendered - the illustrations don't determine the gender - the players decide that. The Time Traveler can be whatever the player wants.


The Time Traveler has two special powers: RUN and DO OVER


RUN: Once per game, the Time Traveler can shout "RUN!" At this point, all conflicts in progress break up without resolution and players can run away.


DO OVER: Once per game, the Time Traveler can turn back the clock ONE ACT (Shelter in Place has three acts, during each act things get worse for the Humans) to how things were at the start of that act - characters can come back to life, destroyed props put back together - however, props that weren't found are hidden again, as things go back the way they were.

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Taken on September 15, 2011