Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG bundle offer - Fiasco

Another game I don't know very well, designed for the crime caper genre and quick play without a lot of preparation:

Fiasco (2009) throws you into cinematic tales of small-time capers gone calamitously wrong -- films like Blood Simple, Fargo, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan. It's like making your own Coen brothers movie, in about the same amount of time it'd take to watch one. During a game you engineer and play out stupid, disastrous situations, usually at the intersection of greed, fear, and lust. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. Things won't go well, to put it mildly, and in the end everything will burn in a glorious bonfire of jealousy and recrimination.

Fiasco is a landmark of modern indie RPG design. With its relationship-centered character generation, shared narrative control, tightly scripted format, and no-prep two-hour playtime, Fiasco popularized the story-game approach sometimes characterized as "sad things on index cards." Unlike the big-dreaming losers (more politely, "ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control") who populate dozens of its playsets, the game enjoyed immediate, long-lasting success, and it made a star of creator Jason Morningstar. This bargain-priced Fiasco and More offer presents both Fiasco and The Fiasco Companion, lots of playsets, and many of Jason's live-action freeform games published by Bully Pulpit Games.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity designated by Fiasco designer Jason Morningstar, the Mines Advisory Group.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$86. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $42) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Fiasco rulebook (2009), plus the card-based Civil War RPG Carolina Death Crawl; the live-action game Radioactive Bison (which Jason wrote for patrons of the Bully Pulpit crowdfunding campaign); the freeforms The Climb and Out of Dodge (both previously in our May 2014 American Freeform offer); and the Dungeon World scenario When War Came to Colgur (another patron reward). And as a convenience to this offer's customers, Fiasco designer Jason Morningstar has curated Jason's Favorite Fiascos, a special collection of seven free playsets that haven't yet been collected anywhere.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $44, including The Fiasco Companion, the Fiasco playset collections Run, Fools, Run and American Disasters (previously in the November 2013 Indie Cornucopia), and the freeform games Winterhorn and The Skeletons.


Fiasco resources

I've taken a quick look and this appears to be a very playable system with a lot of the features I like - it's mainly orientated toward collaborative story-telling, not complex rules, it's fast-playing, and it's a genre that isn't already served by dozens of other systems; there are a few around, but most of them are aimed at successful criminals, not the "how the hell did this go so wrong?" failures it emulates. There are dozens of film quotes from films like Fargo and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and it's a game that even low-impulse-control idiots are unlikely to ruin since most of the characters are likely to be low-impulse-control idiots...


Later - belatedly remember playing this at a con a few years ago and really enjoying it. Definitely recommended!

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