Step-By-Step Anachronometric Solutions for Your DM42/Free42/HP-42S Calculator

Warning: The Ansari Anachronometer program found herein is provided “as-is” and subject to change at any time. The author and publisher offer no warranty of of any kind with regard to this keystroke program, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of fitness as a temporal stress calibration tool. Dig a Thousand Holes Publishing shall not be liable for errors, anomalies, or paradoxes that arise from the use of this program. Do not meddle in the causal streams of time without proper training.

Though the patents for the actual Ansari Anachronometer are still held by the historically litigious Browne Chronometric Engineer, Inc., we’ve managed to reverse engineer its functions in a—as far as we can discern—unique keystroke program for your HP-42S (or DM42 or Free42). This is not a true emulation of the anachronometer, but rather a simplified simulation, based on observed behavior and the few materials from Browne Chronometric that have been made public.

The DM42 calculator featuring clip art style business people artwork on its screen.

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Unbound Unbound

Once again, I have a limited number of Time & Temp: Unbound Edition available.

If you’ve got PayPal and want a copy, e-mail me (address to the right) for availability. $20 plus $3 shipping and handling for those within the continental United States. Talk to me about shipping elsewhere.

You’ll get a numbered manila file jacket containing:

  • The complete rules on six 8½ x 11 card stock handouts;
  • The Browne Chronometric Engineering, Inc., Employee Handbook;
  • The General Management Policy;
  • A letter to the prospective employee from Marigold Staffing;
  • A sheet of Incident Reports;
  • And access to free PDF updates in perpetuity.

Examplinauts Part II: Failure, Déjà Vu

Continued from Rolling With the Temps

It’s looking grim for Colin and Sylvester as our previous, and rather literal, cliffhanger has left them clinging to the door of their time machine some 30 feet in the air. But more importantly, Mr. Hartnell has slapped Misters Baker and McCoy with a verbal Incident Report each. That’s two on the table, which means if they get one more before they can get rid of these, it’ll be a written report. And nobody wants that.

Mr. Hartnell: Well, gentlemen, what do you intend to do?

Mr. Baker: I fully intend to hang here. It’s a lovely day, the air is brisk, and the exercise could do me some good.

Mr. McCoy: Well, if you’re not going to get us out of this mess, I certainly will.

Mr. Baker: I should hope so!

Mr. McCoy: Can I swing over to the cliff face and get a foot hold?

Mr. Hartnell: You can certainly try. Are you setting the effort here or the effect?

Mr. McCoy: Oh the effort, yes. It seems to be a major one at that. Exnaut A

Mr. Hartnell: Yes. The effect will leave you on the cliff face, where you’ll likely be able to climb down, I suppose. Minor, definitely. So you should be rolling d10s.

Again, by crossing referencing the minor and major on the effect and effort chart, Mr. Hartnell has cleverly sussed out the die to use.

Also worth noting, since our temps have not, so far, really interacted with other, and have only just been affecting their own lives, Mr. Hartnell has consistently been setting the effect to minor. Though he can change what that exact effect could be–everything from getting down safely to crawling back into the time machine to ending up clinging to the cliff wall–the level will still be minor until they start interfering with the lives of others.

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Synchronic Matter and the Ansari Anachronometer

More leaked material from Browne Chronometric Engineering. This seems to be a training presentation of some sort. Sheds a little insight on the shifty principles behind how their “anachronometer” works.

Also available in a convenient PDF.

Psst, Want to Time Travel?

Time & Temp: Paperless Office Edition is now available!

That’s right, no more waiting for the Unbound Edition, the PDF version of the game is ready to roll out.

Drop $10 here:  

And as fast as I can answer my e-mail, the PDF will be on your virtual doorstep.

(Warning: If you already have the Unbound Edition, you will receive this edition as part of the free PDF updates. Do not purchase it.)

But that’s not all the time traveling involved! Oh no!

Since hard copies are a bit scarce at the moment, for the whole month of October, if you purchase the Paperless Office Edition from me and then, at a later date when I have the Unbound Edition available, if you decide to purchase the hardcopy from me, you will be discounted the entire cost of the Paperless edition.*

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Voyage of the Examplinauts, Part I: Rolling With the Temps

And thus begins our journey into the seedy underbelly of Time & Temp‘s mechanics.

Cast

Players

Mr. Baker playing Colin, a hot-headed former child prodigy who was rejected by NASA astronautics program because of his psych profile.
Mr. McCoy playing Sylvester, a private piano instructor trying to make ends meet with a second job.
Ms. Ward playing Lalla, a retired veteran of the NYPD circa 2031.

General Manager

Mr. Hartnell

We join our Examplinauts as they’re just about to take their first trip through time. Todd, their immediate manager, has already collected them and herded them into the Domed Room and said as little as he can about what awaits. After tinkering for a moment with the Commodore 64, he wishes the temps good luck and closes the door behind him.

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Curious About What Time & Temp Looks Like . . .

. . . splayed across my living room floor? You might want to click on it for a larger and much less blurry, but no less creepy, picture of it.

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[From left to right: the Marigold Staffing letter; the numbered file jacket ; BCE, Inc., Employee Handbook; General Management Policy; and the six card stock rule sheets. Not shown: Incident Report Sheet and free PDF updates.]

Time & Temp Questions & Answers

If you’ve got questions, I’ve got answers. Hit me up in the comments and we’ll make this happen.

Or mosey on over to the new forums and ask them there!

Leaked: Sensitive Browne Chronometric Engineering, Inc., Documents!

A rare glimpse into world of a temp has just fallen into my lap. The BCE’s Employee Handbook as been leaked by unknown sources. I’m posting it here under the assumption that if it ever got back to the company, they would have stopped me from posting it already.

BCE Employee Handbook [Book Fold Ready Version: BCE Employee Handbook BF]

Please exercise the utmost discretion when sharing this with others. The consequences of this falling into the wrong, or just careless, hands is almost unfathomable.

Along with this package, I’ve been given access to a number of more mundane BCE documents, such as their Incident and Progress Reports as well as something known as the Matrix which has some rather chilling implications.

The question you have to ask yourself is: Do we trust corporate America with this kind of power? Do we trust temp workers?

Time to Get Started

Let’s kick this off right.

Time & Temp: Unbound Edition

Sold Out: I currently have no more copies of Time & Temp: Unbound Edition. But fret not! There will be more waiting for you at Indie Press Revolution real soon now and then there’s the PDF version titled Time & Temp: The Paperless Office Edition.

There are a bunch of Time & Temps trekking to IPR as I type, but for those who can’t wait, I have eight (8) six (6) five (5) four (4) two (2) no copies burning a hole in my pocket! If you’ve got PayPal and want a copy, e-mail me (address to the right) for availability. $20 plus $3 shipping and handling for those within the continental United States. Talk to me about shipping elsewhere.

You’ll get a numbered manila file jacket containing:

  • The complete rules on six 8½ x 11 card stock handouts;
  • The Browne Chronometric Engineering, Inc., Employee Handbook;
  • The General Management Policy;
  • A letter to the prospective employee from Marigold Staffing;
  • A sheet of Incident Reports;
  • And access to free PDF updates in perpetuity.