Anachrony is a competitive Euro-style strategy game set in a post-apocalyptic world rebuilt along four different ideological Paths. The game is played through a series of turns called Eras, with past ones reachable through time travel later in the game. Players assume the roles of iconic leaders of the four Paths, striving not only for the supremacy and well-being of their people, but also their survival. After the fourth Era, an asteroid impact shakes Earth, threatening to destroy the World Capital, Earth’s last independent city. The Paths should prepare for the coming cataclysm, and when the time comes, take their part in evacuating the collapsing Capital. In the end, one of the Paths will be the new home to the reformed World Council, and lead humanity into a new future.
Anachrony’s worker management system features four different types of Workers, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Some action spaces are available for them by default while others are only accessible with a special form of enhancement and protection, the Exosuits. Workers and Exosuits are managed separately, and both are required for your Path’s success. Exosuits are available as highly detailed, 55mm plastic miniatures, each with a designated slot for the Worker using it.
By powering up the Time Rifts to connect past and present, the Paths are able to request resources from their very own future at the beginning of each Era. These resources can greatly boost their progress, but in later Eras, the loop has to be closed, and the act of sending back the resource to their past has to happen. Meddling with the time-space continuum is a dangerous endeavor – if the loop is not closed, temporal Anomalies will start tearing up the present!
Anachrony’s gameplay features a strong story arch with a game-altering turning point: an asteroid impact. This event will alter the available Actions, open up new ones, and initiate the countdown to the game’s end. With careful planning and preparation, players can even take advantage of the Impact’s effects.
Looming high above the Capital, this gargantuan tower is the permanent seat of power of the World Council. The Tower’s four faces looking in different directions symbolize the four Paths, and their common origin despite of having radically different views of the world. Each Path has a permanent emissary in the Council, with its presidency rotating among them on a regular basis. Apart from the Council itself, the luxurious Tower houses the Capital’s oldest and wealthiest families, most of which can trace their roots all the way back to the Founders.
With most of the world’s rivers and lakes evaporating or becoming contaminated in the wake of the Purgation, New Earth’s most treasured commodity is fresh water. Each Path has developed their own means of providing water, but nothing compares to the World Capital’s massive water purification system, the Three Pillars. A true testament of human ingenuity, the Pillars use a combination of chemicals and filters to purify hundreds of liters of saltwater per hour, supplying the Capital through a massive network of pipelines.
A few decades ago, the gigantic, bunker-like dome known as the Inner Circle used to be the Capitol itself, but with the survivors flocking in ceaselessly, expansion became necessary. The Dome quickly became vastly overpopulated, and due to the resulting crime wave and riots, the Council decided to seal it off and found the Outskirts. The Inner Circle, as it is called since, is now a safe and relatively peaceful place, with state-of-the-art institutions dedicated primarily to science and engineering.
While life in the Capitol may be alluring to most Wastelanders, few newcomers actually make it past the Rim since the Inner Circle has been sealed off. The Capital’s force field does offer protection from the hectic weather and radiation, but life on the Rim is by no means easy. It is a chaotic melting pot of huts, houses, outdoor markets, gambling parlors, brothels and prisons, where people always have to watch their back. The Council is hopeful to unify the Rim and the Inner Circle one day, but the truth is that its authority has never really reached past the city walls, and probably never will.
Since the Day of Purgation, the human desire of belonging lives even stronger within the survivors – but not necessarily at the price of accepting authority. Humans who disagree with the Paths’ choices of life and reject the World Council’s control dwell in many small settlements across the Outback, and live in constant danger in exchange for their freedom. Lately, rumor has it that some of the nomad tribes possess Neutronium, which helps them adapt to the Outback’s radiation. Representatives of the Paths make occasional contact with these tribes, offering Water in exchange for resources - even the valuable Neutronium.
The mysterious explosion on the Day of Purgation unleashed a deadly chain reaction that eventually warped the majority of the Earth’s surface into the desolate wasteland now known as the Outback. For the subsequent years, sunlight was blocked by dust clouds, and even after they settled, the radiation, drought and unearthly weather conditions stayed. Even today, centuries after the Day of Purgation, it is ill-advised to traverse the deadly Outback without sufficient protection.
In a grandiose common effort decades after the Day of Purgation, the Paths and the World Council initiated a massive mining operation in the mountain ranges surrounding the Capital to secure a reliable source of Uranium, Titanium and Gold. In honor of their contribution, the Paths are free to use the strictly de-militarized mine to their own ends, but as the resources are getting scarce, their competition is tenser than ever – especially with rumors of the mysterious Neutronium being found in the deepest tarns…