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ūüé® Creative 101 Time Travel Tricks

DarkStarling

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This is a thread for the best strategies and tricks, dirty and otherwise, that you can pull as a time traveler. If the trick relies on particular assumptions about time travel, be sure to note it.

1)
Beat any password by reading the solution you passed to yourself after you tested it. Be sure to send it back to yourself only AFTER you confirm that it works.

2) Detect a time traveler with a completely randomized password that can ONLY be bypassed using the above technique.

3) [No changing history] To REALLY hurt someone, use time travel to save the life of someone they care about and make them ensure their death.

4) a) [No changing history] When the time patrol comes calling at your house, have cameras recording everything. Have projectors on the wall running a few seconds ahead of everyone's actions to freak them out.

4) b) [People take damage for causing paradoxes]
Let them see a bomb they could easily disarm in the amount of warning they have, and the projected warning of the explosion going off.
 
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celebrityomnipath

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5) The easy way to spot timetravelers: 3 PCs turn up somewhere calling themselves Hitler, Rommel and Goebbels. See who laughs or looks shocked. Then shoot them.
 

DarkStarling

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6) Carry around an instant camera. After you beat someone up, take humiliating pictures of them and leave them with their younger self so they can look forward to it.

5) The easy way to spot timetravelers: 3 PCs turn up somewhere calling themselves Hitler, Rommel and Goebbels. See who laughs or looks shocked. Then shoot them.
Ha!
 

amechra

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7) The San Dumas Shuffle - get through a hairy situation by going back and leaving presents for yourself (and traps for your enemies).

8) Dodge explosions and the like by tossing yourself an hour into the future (or the past - it's up to you).

9) Has someone really annoyed you? Keep them awake for a week or two - you have the spare time to grab a snooze or a bite to eat while never giving them time to do the same.

10) Play games with yourself. After all, are you really going to remember how a chess game you played five (or more) years ago went? More importantly, you have any skills that past you develops - you're going to hit your skill cap pretty quickly.

11) Don't like any of the people around you that are X years old or younger? Go back X+1 years and fiddle with things. With any luck, you'll get an entirely random set of new people! (And you'll be a mass temporal murderer. The time cops will have had a squad in place to pick you up.)
 
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LuciusAlexander

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13) Go back in time to 16MAR2018 and start a thread with the title 101 Time Travel Tricks

14) Go back in time to 15MAR2018 and start a thread with the title 101 Time Travel Tricks

Lucius Alexander

The palindromedary says there's no future in time travel
 

MoonHunter

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It's not an entirely original idea. Critical Miss did it, they didn't do it for an clever reason though, it was just really funny to have privates Hitler, Rommel and Goebbels report for duty in WWI, till timetravelers shot at them.
Then it is send in the clones.... (You need to remove those cortical stacks or similar techs... still just to try and make it really stick).

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You really want to mess with people, you have the real time traveller respond, upon hearing that your group will use a time machine to KILL HITLER!

"Really? Your grand plan is that guy? A school yard bully in the scheme of it all."

The future is full of much scarier things and people....
 
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DarkStarling

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15) [Can't change the past] Ordinarily, when intervening in a situation, you can leave yourself alot of wiggle room to intervene by not knowing what happened. Unless some bastard manages to sneak you a ton of information on the subject, mixed with enough lies to make it worthless, while you are researching something else.
 

Capeträger

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16) [can't change the past] Force someone to commit a crime by threatening to otherwise commit the crime yourself and leave evidence that they did it. Show them your really convincing evidence. They will believe it is forged, but it is actually from the future. Of course that only works when it works. If your target is someone who just wouldn't do it, then you have no evidence to begin with and should choose a different target.
 

TrapperQ

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17) Ye olde Strontium Dog time grenade. Jumps victims 2 days into the future, but the planet has moved away in that time, so you die sucking vacuum.

18) Have a VR headset show you where everyone is going to be in a few seconds time, so never miss with a gun.
18b) Pause combat to review what everyone is doing, where they've been and where they're going, then program your HUD to highlight the most advantageous shots to take when you start time flowing again.
18c) Be the luckiest SOB at the casino using a similar technique. Remember to throw in a few losses to make it look good.

19) Some codes are so complex that it would take a computer longer than the age of the universe to crack them. With time travel it becomes a matter of computer reliability. And as long as you try the encryption keys sequentially, computer failure doesn't matter. You can send the last key checked by the failing computer back in time to when the program was initiated and start from there.
19b) Of course a smart cryptographer would use chronal fluctuations as part of the key, so every change in history (including sending encryption keys back in time) changes the encryption.
19c) Which means you may as well just guess randomly, but with an infinite number of guesses you'll get there eventually, in an instant.
 
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