This is an idea I’ve been wondering about for a while, and I think it would make a pretty cool game – seeing how people from different eras would handle being sent back in time to the same specific place. So think Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, but you have a choice of people from maybe 5 different years who can be sent: 2014, 1964, 1914, 1864 and 1814, for example.
Imagine how differently people from those different years would approach the same situation. What would they value, what would they try to do, how would they approach conflict and compromise? Imagine how differently somebody from 1914 would likely deal with gender and ethnicity, for example, compared to somebody from 2014, and how differently somebody from those years would go about doing things depending on their own gender or ethnicity (which you could also choose). At the same time, imagine how much better somebody from 1814 or 1864 might be able to live off the land or build basic household goods than somebody from 2014. If the common destination point was, say, a medieval hamlet in Europe, then the 2014 traveler might not do nearly as well. Give somebody from the smartphone generation a live rooster and tell them that’s dinner and what happens?
You could play from different starting points and really see how differently things might end up, and also learn a bit along the way.
Any thoughts? Has this been done before?