You have been chosen to return to Earth’s early 21st century in order to collect trace residue from participants in our experimental research program for further analysis. You must be very excited!
Your mission is not without danger. Please do not neglect to read the following before speaking to your handler about your departure. Your handler will tell you more about the specifics of your mission’s context.
Earth in the early 21st is a dangerous place for trans people, and some of the traces that you uncover will no doubt contain evidence of transphobia and even violence against trans people. Please prepare yourself any way that you need to. If this is not the mission for you, please inform the handler and they will assist you.
(Excerpted from the Time Traveler’s Mission Briefing)
TRACES is a physical-digital hybrid game experience about time travel and trans experiences in a Western 2018/2019 context.
You can find the code, audio assets, script, rules and some other resources in this github repository.
You can check out photos from the May 2019 playtests here.
Designed, Written and Created by Jess Rowan Marcotte
System Voice – Natural Reader (modified)
The Handler – Jess Rowan Marcotte
Object 10 – Ash Cheshire
Object 09 – Thomas Deliva
Object 01 – Gina Hara
Object 05 – Enric Llagostera
Object 02, 08 – Jordan McRae
Object 03, 04, 06 – Lukas Rowland
Object 07 – Dietrich Squinkifer
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Enric Llagostera and Dietrich Squinkifer for their help with all of my programming questions and for helping me debug.
Thomas Deliva for his emotional support and help with the occasional crafty project like ironing hems for infinity scarves or building stands for sculptures.