So this was sort of inspired by the Super Power thread and also my general love of time travel stuff - I might still well try and do a solid Time Travel based Interactive Fiction game on Choicescript or Twine some day - I thought I would ask the question of logical places you think you’d want to visit if you either had a time machine or the power to time travel, and also whether you’d think you’d be more of an observer (non-interference) or a meddler (changing stuff in the past for kicks or hopeful benefit to the world). Here’s a few of mine…
This is actually two in one since I’d be interested in seeing Early Victorian London (1840’s) with Charles Dickens basically inventing modern Christmas and Later Victorian London (1880/90’s) with Arthur Conan Doyle creating the arguably most famed Detective. Not that I expect the place to be just like Christmas Carol or Study in Scarlet but it would be interesting to see a time where the heart of the British Empire was run, for better or worse. A time of great change with steam power and innovation, and great cruelty and sadism too, especially with Jack the Ripper, which I guess if I could change anything I’d arrange Inspector Aberline to solve that thing, assuming one couldn’t save those girls altogether. But Charles Dickens, Conan Doyle, Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria of course, zipping about the place in a taxi cab and taking in a Music Hall stage show… just a time I would be interested seeing,
Bit of a wide period to choose from but I suspect I would try to visit around Julius Ceasar’s time (54-44 BC) or one of the more civil Emperors (basically not Nero then). There’s a weird sense of advancement coupled with barbarism with the Roman Empire, given you have relatively clean water, great thinking built on the Greek form and a well thought out military force, but also slavery in the arenas, terrible treatment to early Christians and political corruption House of Cards would be proud of. Yet I think it would be seeing all the grand buildings and landscape of Rome which would be most interesting. So I guess I’d have mixed feelings about it.
I think we’ve all got some interest in seeing the world of cowboys and pioneers at some point in our lives, even if we have insanely romanticized it (but then we probably do that with just about every historical era right?) and exploring an old west town with its assortment of characters like the Gold Prospector, sultry barmaid and the expert gunslingers like Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill would be fun… Probably difficult to stay out of trouble in the west but I would still enjoy a chance to enjoy the atmosphere.
65 Million BC
T-Rex. Nuff said. (This would probably end badly.)
So what time periods or historical figures would you be interested in? I only suggested past ones but feel free to suggest a future time too! (I would probably want to know how the Mars stuff goes on.)