How to play Timeline by Asmodee

Timeline is a fun and educational game

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play Timeline.  To play this game you must play your event cards in the correct place on the historical timeline.  The more event cards that are correctly placed, the harder the game becomes.  There are several themed versions of this game such as Historical Events, Inventions, Discoveries, Diversity, Music & Cinema, Americana, and many more.  You can play each version as stand-alone or combine them to make one big game.

Timeline is a card game played using 110 cards. Each card depicts a historical event on both sides with the year in which that event occurred on only one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in a row on the table. After placing the card, the player reveals the date on it. If the card was placed correctly with the date in chronological order with all other cards on the table the card stays in place.  Otherwise the card is removed from play and the player takes another card from the deck.

The first player to get rid of all his cards by placing them correctly wins. If multiple players go out in the same round, then everyone else is eliminated from play and each of those players are dealt one more card for another round of play. If only one player has no cards after a bonus round, he wins.  Otherwise play continues until a single player goes out.

Official description from Asmodee

It’s clear that the tea packet was invented after the formation of the Moon, but was it created before or after the discovery of the first Tyrannosaurus skeleton? Which came first, the first appearance of Frankenstein’s monster or the battle between Blackbeard and the HMS Pearl? When did humans first develop agriculture?

Have fun with your history!

Winner of ASTRA’s 2014 Best Toys for Kids award, the Timeline series of trivia games challenges you and your friends to correctly identify the order of various historical events. Gameplay is fast, easy-to-learn, and deceptively entertaining.

Watch out… if you’re not careful, you might even learn something!

Repairing the Timeline

You know that Lindbergh didn’t cross the Atlantic until after the airplane was invented, but did he cross it before or after the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth? The diving suit was surely invented after the catapult, right? But was it invented before or after the invention of the microscope?

These are the sort of questions you’ll ask yourself whenever you play one of the games in the Timeline series. Each turn, you’ll try to place a card from your hand into the correct position on the ever-growing timeline. If you play the card correctly, you have one less card in front of you. If you play the card incorrectly, you must replace it in your hand with a new card. If you’re the only player in a game round who can correctly play your last card, you win!

It’s relatively easy to make your early plays, when you can simply decide whether or not you would place the Founding of the Knights Templar before or after the The Invention of the Portable Phone. Your decisions become increasingly challenging as the game continues and the timeline begins to fill out.

Card layout

Whenever you play a card in Timeline, you place it on the table in tangible relation to the other cards in play. For example, if you believe the invention of garbage bags occurred before the invention of satellites, you would place The Invention of Garbage Bags card to the left of The Invention of Satellites card. On the other hand, if you thought the invention of garbage bags took place later, you would place its card to the right of The Invention of Satellites card.

Choose Your Topic

There’s one Timeline mechanic. There are many Timeline games. From Inventions and American History to Science and Discoveries,Music & Cinema, and more, each game within the Timeline series introduces a complete set of more than one-hundred themed event cards.

Play to your strengths or broaden your horizons. No matter which Timeline game you play, you’ll immediately recognize how to navigate your newly themed timeline. The challenge will be in actually navigating it correctly.

Timeline expansions

Moreover, since all the different Timeline games utilize the same mechanics, you can mix two or more sets of cards to multiply the possibilities and enjoyment of your games.

Your Journey Through Time Begins

No matter where your journeys through time begin, nor which topics you cover, you’ll find that the Timeline series is easily one of the most entertaining, accessible, and educational trivia games available!

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