7TV meets Planet of the Apes - whats not to love!
The idea is to create a cohesive Planet of the Apes Timeline for Gamine (both Roleplaying and Miniatures Gaming).
This Timeline has been hashed together in this way for two reasons, to make sense of the Original Movies and TV Series (I’ve ignored ‘Return to the Planet of the Apes’ – the animated series has far too many incongruities to fit it into the time-line comfortably) and also to create a gaming environment that allows for more choices than Ape vs Primitives (with the odd astronaut) or Ape vs Mutant. I used project ‘Tic-Toc’ as both POTA and the Time Tunnel are FOX Properties, but it could quite easily have been the Time Lift Project (or both for that matter).
So feel free to add/change/edit etc, as you see fit!
Planet of the Apes Timeline
Having launched on a space mission in 1972, astronaut Taylor splashes down on a strange world in the late 40th century and is taken captive by talking apes. He befriends chimp scientists Zira and Cornelius, discovers it was Earth all along, and disappears into 'The Forbidden Zone'. (Circa 3978)
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
Astronaut Brent’s spaceship crash-lands in The Forbidden Zone. He tracks down Taylor in an under city run by bomb-worshipping mutant humans. After apes seize this ‘Alpha-Omega bomb’ they kill Brent and mortally wound Taylor, whose final act is to detonate it and destroy the entire planet. (Circa 3978)
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)
Taylor’s repaired ship reappears, containing time-warping Chimpanzee survivors Zira, Cornelius and Milo. Cornelius reveals the following “future facts” to the US Authorities -
A great plague wiped out (virtually?) all dogs and cats. As a result, humans took apes as pets.
Two hundred years later, apes had evolved to the point that their owners began using them to perform simple chores. Eventually this led to institutionalized training and outright enslavement of the ape population.
Another three hundred years passed before apes became capable of abstract thought and began to plot rebellion against their human masters.
A gorilla named Aldo was the first to acquire the power of speech. He said 'No'. This event was later commemorated in the apes' Sacred Scrolls.
The Ape visitors rapidly become celebrities, but the paranoid Dr. Hasslein comes to the conclusion that Cornelius and Zira are the harbingers of a future in which the fall of mankind is guaranteed, and that the only way to prevent that future is to destroy the two apes and their unborn child., but not before Zira gives birth to baby Milo, who is hidden away. (Circa 1973)
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)
The US Government realizing the future fate of the Human race decide to take Action, Project ‘Tic-Toc’ abandoned in 1968 after the loss of Doctors Anthony Newman and Douglas Phillips is re-funded and research into Time Travel begins again, this time with the intention of avoiding man’s fate at the hands of the Apes and the Mutant ‘Cult of the Divine Bomb’. (Circa 1974)
Going Ape (2011)
The changes created by both the presence of Cornelius and Zira in the present day, and project Tic-Tocs attempts to “re-set” the future so man does not lose his dominance over the planet earth causes a scism in the time-space continuum – creating two distinct time lines – in the new time-line the Apes begin their rise to dominance much faster than before. Both time lines run parallel yet independent to each other. (Circa 1975+)
Going Ape (2011)
The ANSA spaceship Daedelus encounters a time warp whilst approaching Alpha Centauri on August 19, 1980. The date on the ship's chronometer is March 21, 3085 but it is possible that the chronometer could have simply stopped at that point whilst the ship was still travelling. The two astronauts, Colonel Alan Virdon and Major Peter J. Burke return to their ship to check the date reading on the ship's chronometer. They find they are more than 1000 years in the future from the year they left Earth. Virdon insists on retrieving the ship's flight log in the hopes that they will be able to analyze it and be able to return to their own time period, presumably he either knows that project Tic-Toc will be looking for them or he hopes to launch the craft in an attempt to find the time warp that brought them here.
Virdon and Burke – who launched in 1980 – never mention the story of Zira and Cornelius. Even if the media of their time ultimately reported that the evolved chimps from the future were a hoax, one of them would remember the press coverage and put two and two together.
That they don't seems purposeful on the writers' part: Virdon and Burke don't mention Zira and Cornelius because that event never happened in the universe the astronauts come from- further illustrating the two divergent time lines.
Skip a few years into the future, an aged Galen kept a journal of his time with Virdon and Burke, revealing Virdon and Burke's final fates: "They found their computer in another city and disappeared into space as suddenly as they’d arrived” – in reality, they never returned to their own time. (Circa 3085?)
Planet of the Apes (TV Series – 1974)
Several Teams of Armed specialists are sent through to the year 3978 through the Time Tunnel, in an effort to change the fate of planet earth, the teams were never retrieved heard from again. (Circa 1982)
Going Ape (2011)
During the 1983 plague, hundreds of thousands of Cats and Dogs died, and hundreds of thousands more had to be put to death to stop the plague's spread. The virus affected not only dogs and cats, but also caused the accelerated evolution of apes (and, less dramatically, the de-evolution of humankind) – to deal with the constant civil unrest America has now become a fascist state in which the evolving apes are a slave race.
Milo, having been raised by kindly circus man Armando, unites with his slave-ape brothers and renames himself Caesar, before leading the ape revolution. (Circa 1991)
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)
Caesar’s ape community welcomes human survivors of nuclear war and against his will they become treated as second-class citizens. War breaks out between human and ape, leading to a truce. (Circa 2001)
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)
Humans and apes are co-existing peacefully. But what does the future hold for them? A crying statue of Caesar suggests a dark and ominous future. (Circa 2670)
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes prologue & epilogue (1973)
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