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    PLAY SUMMARY: Follow a FIASCO scenario for plot, character elements, In turns, players talk through — in dialogue or description — a developing plot that has. Items 1 - 34 of 34 This playset is an accessory for the Fiasco role-playing game. Fin de siècle New York, - a city perched on the edge of the abyss. This download includes the full-color PDF as well as the EPUB and MOBI Hocus Focus Dresden Files RPG + Fiasco Bundle [BUNDLE].

    Fiasco is a game about ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won't go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. It's designed to be played in a single session, usually around two and a half hours, with no prep. Repeated games of Fiasco are always fresh and exciting thanks to the use of "playsets", lists of colorful setting and story ideas that make every game session unique. New playsets are available for free every month in from Bully Pulpit Games as well as from fans of the game. Log In. New Account or Log In. Hide my password.

    Scenes might be sequential, flashbacks, or even flash-forwards — whatever suits the particular framing player s needs or desires. Scenes are resolved simply by choosing either a white die or a black Outcome Die — a white die signals a positive outcome for the spotlight character, while a black die indicates a negative outcome.

    In Act One, you hand the die to another player once the scene is over and they add it to their personal pile. In our game, I had the first scene in Act I and chose to establish. Kopono, asking DH to play a hospital tech named Frankie as an extra. At the end of the scene, the players decided that things ought to turn out well for Pauli and so a white die was handed to me which I then passed on to another player.

    That's all there really is to the mechanics. There is no conflict or task resolution — instead it is all handled purely based on what feels right for the story, chosen by whoever has resolution rights. While the dice white or black signal whether or not the outcome of a scene is positive or negative, it is completely up to the player - perhaps with the input of the others at the table - to determine how it is good or bad.

    Thus, while one person might interpret a black die meaning their character loses an arm in a wood chipper, another player might decide the black die means the wood chipper runs out of gas. In one scene, Raul and Kopono meet with a mob boss who is very unhappy with Kopono's careless behavior it later turns out that Kopono is a recovering alcoholic who has fallen off the wagon and has gotten more and more careless with his doctored autopsies.

    FR had decided that he would resolve the scene and towards the end chose a white Outcome die from the pile, signaling that the overall outcome of the scene would turn out positively for Kopono.

    In the end the mob boss seems satisfied by Dr. Kopono's explanations and lets him going but not before warning him that any more mistakes would lead to Kopono taking up permanent residence at the bottom of the Hudson River. Play continues around the table, with each character starring in a spotlight scene until half the dice are gone - a die is handed out at the end of each scene and with four dice total per player at the beginning, that means each character gets two spotlight scenes per act.

    It is at this point that each player rolls the dice they have in front of them and then a "Tilt Table" is consulted, which essentially throws in an unexpected twist into the story which will be incorporated into Act Two. The table then takes a break to discuss where the story is going and how the tilt might be incorporated into Act II. Play in Act Two follows the same pattern as Act One, except that instead of giving away the Outcome Die, each player now keeps it.

    Early in Act Two the group works to introduce the Tilt, adding the somewhat random twist that sends the fiasco spinning out of control. In our game, the Tilt involved "the wrong guy getting busted" and so in our first scene of Act Two, Frankie, the tech introduced in Act One, ends up getting blamed for the bad blood and ends up being arrested under a capital murder charge.

    When all the dice are gone from the central pile are gone, the story draws to a close and each player narrates a final epilogue scene. In the end, how well or bad things turn out for each character is ultimately determined by rolling all of the Outcome dice you have accumulated in your personal pile, adding the like colored dice together yielding two numbers , and then subtracting the smaller sum from the larger. What that last bit ultimately means is that, in general, it is better to have accumulated dice of a single color, rather than a mix of the two, since an even mix of two colors increases the chances of a negative final outcome.

    This may seem like a mechanism that's very prone to meta-gaming and it is: I really like the way it works since in various games I've found myself rooting for or against certain characters, especially my own, and so I have tried to move the story in a direction that encourages a fitting ending but there is no guarantee that you will get the outcome you want. I have had characters finish the game with three white and two black dice, end up with a very positive outcome and characters with three white dice and no black dice end up with with a very dark ending.

    Pauli ended up going to prison for his role in the tainted-blood ring, while Kopono's alcoholism spun out of control and he ended up losing his medical license. Raul, who had the worst numerical result, also ended up in prison with the final scene closing with the image of him sitting at a prison cafeteria table with someone approaching him from behind with a shank made from a sharpened toothbrush.

    Fiasco is hands down one of the best RPGs I have ever played. It delivers exactly what it promises: Having played in over a dozen sessions to date, every single one has been enjoyable and all but one have been great.

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    I also have introduced the game to a large number of players and all of them have loved the game. That in and of itself should speak to the quality of the experiences Fiasco yields. Fiasco is not going to be for everyone though. First off, it requires active, creative participation from everyone at the table. It's not meant to be a game written and run by a single person, but rather a collaborative storytelling experience. Thus, if you despise collaborative gaming experiences and want very traditional RPG mechanics, Fiasco is going to be a poor fit.

    It also means that everyone at the table has to be on the same page about exactly where the story is going — table chatter some would call this meta-gaming is allowed and actually essential to avoid someone completely derailing the developing story by negating past events or introducing completely random elements.

    I've had this happen in one session the one that wasn't great in which one of the players in the very first scene destroyed the object that linked our characters and then introduce Cthulhu-inspired horror elements which left the whole table scrambling to follow his lead — while it didn't ruin the game, it did negate everything we had discussed at the table during the set-up and ultimately left us with a story that didn't have a lot of coherence in the end.

    Lastly, Fiasco can easily venture in to areas that may make certain players uncomfortable and so it's important for people, especially those unfamiliar with each other, to discuss potential limits and taboo subjects before the start of any game. This also needs to be considered when looking at the location where you're playing since spectators may get the wrong impression if they only overhear snippets of in-character dialogue.

    While the game does not need to involve sexuality, addiction, criminal activity, or profanity, most of the playsets as well as the tone of the actual rulebook which fits the genre perfectly definitely lean towards mature themes. That last point also requires a bit of caution for anyone wanting to use Fiasco with younger audiences. Nearly all of the playsets to date, including those in the rulebook itself, are not suitable to younger audiences given how often they make explicit references to sex, drugs, and violence.

    That said, I have had great success and fun using the game with the after-school RPG program I run simply by modifying existing playsets to create PG-versions. Nearly any of them can be easily adapted for younger audiences with just a little effort and the types of stories it yields are very much in the style of a John Hughes movie or something akin to 10 Things I Hate About You or Mean Girls.

    Fiasco - An In-Depth RPG Review

    The recently released Fiasco Companion includes specific advice some of it based on interviews with me for playing with young adults as well as a few toned-down playsets. In terms of playing it with younger audiences - I would definitely consider it a teen game given the nature of the stories and comedy - all of the students I have taught to play absolutely love the game. Originally I did not think the improvisational style demanded by the game would work well because it requires active listening and creativity in real time, something many adults don't handle well, let alone teenagers.

    How wrong I was. The students, who range in age between 13 and 19, all have taken to the game and with some guidance have managed to collectively create remarkably good stories. Rather than spending five minutes picking a power and then going back to checking their phone, students are now listening to each other intently, building off what others have introduced, and creating something that in the end is much greater than their individual contributions.

    Best yet, they're having more fun doing it. In the end, I can't say enough good things about Fiasco. It is such an amazing value for what you get and it is my go to game at any con or I find myself in need of a game on short notice. Everyone I have introduced the game to also loves it and the kids I have played it with have all returned in the following week wanting to play again. Obviously the morgue was the central location of the game.

    As far as the city bus went, we decided to see how that would show up during play. Play then begins. The session's story is broken into two acts, with the table working collaboratively to create the story, with each character getting two spotlight scenes per act.

    For each of these scenes, the player can either choose to establish the scene where it occurs and who is present , or to resolve the scene determining what the ultimate outcome is, good or bad, success or failure. Whatever the player chooses, the rest of the players collectively handle the other job. Scenes might be sequential, flashbacks, or even flash-forwards — whatever suits the particular framing player s needs or desires. Scenes are resolved simply by choosing either a white die or a black Outcome Die — a white die signals a positive outcome for the spotlight character, while a black die indicates a negative outcome.

    In Act One, you hand the die to another player once the scene is over and they add it to their personal pile. In our game, I had the first scene in Act I and chose to establish. Kopono, asking DH to play a hospital tech named Frankie as an extra. At the end of the scene, the players decided that things ought to turn out well for Pauli and so a white die was handed to me which I then passed on to another player. That's all there really is to the mechanics. There is no conflict or task resolution — instead it is all handled purely based on what feels right for the story, chosen by whoever has resolution rights.

    While the dice white or black signal whether or not the outcome of a scene is positive or negative, it is completely up to the player - perhaps with the input of the others at the table - to determine how it is good or bad. Thus, while one person might interpret a black die meaning their character loses an arm in a wood chipper, another player might decide the black die means the wood chipper runs out of gas.

    In one scene, Raul and Kopono meet with a mob boss who is very unhappy with Kopono's careless behavior it later turns out that Kopono is a recovering alcoholic who has fallen off the wagon and has gotten more and more careless with his doctored autopsies. FR had decided that he would resolve the scene and towards the end chose a white Outcome die from the pile, signaling that the overall outcome of the scene would turn out positively for Kopono.

    In the end the mob boss seems satisfied by Dr. Kopono's explanations and lets him going but not before warning him that any more mistakes would lead to Kopono taking up permanent residence at the bottom of the Hudson River.

    Play continues around the table, with each character starring in a spotlight scene until half the dice are gone - a die is handed out at the end of each scene and with four dice total per player at the beginning, that means each character gets two spotlight scenes per act.

    It is at this point that each player rolls the dice they have in front of them and then a "Tilt Table" is consulted, which essentially throws in an unexpected twist into the story which will be incorporated into Act Two. The table then takes a break to discuss where the story is going and how the tilt might be incorporated into Act II.

    Play in Act Two follows the same pattern as Act One, except that instead of giving away the Outcome Die, each player now keeps it. Early in Act Two the group works to introduce the Tilt, adding the somewhat random twist that sends the fiasco spinning out of control. In our game, the Tilt involved "the wrong guy getting busted" and so in our first scene of Act Two, Frankie, the tech introduced in Act One, ends up getting blamed for the bad blood and ends up being arrested under a capital murder charge.

    When all the dice are gone from the central pile are gone, the story draws to a close and each player narrates a final epilogue scene.

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    In the end, how well or bad things turn out for each character is ultimately determined by rolling all of the Outcome dice you have accumulated in your personal pile, adding the like colored dice together yielding two numbers , and then subtracting the smaller sum from the larger. What that last bit ultimately means is that, in general, it is better to have accumulated dice of a single color, rather than a mix of the two, since an even mix of two colors increases the chances of a negative final outcome.

    This may seem like a mechanism that's very prone to meta-gaming and it is: that's the magic of it though because you can try to nudge a character's fate yours or another player's in a particular direction but ultimate success or failure is not a guarantee. I really like the way it works since in various games I've found myself rooting for or against certain characters, especially my own, and so I have tried to move the story in a direction that encourages a fitting ending but there is no guarantee that you will get the outcome you want.

    Fiasco - An In-Depth RPG Review

    I have had characters finish the game with three white and two black dice, end up with a very positive outcome and characters with three white dice and no black dice end up with with a very dark ending. Pauli ended up going to prison for his role in the tainted-blood ring, while Kopono's alcoholism spun out of control and he ended up losing his medical license. Raul, who had the worst numerical result, also ended up in prison with the final scene closing with the image of him sitting at a prison cafeteria table with someone approaching him from behind with a shank made from a sharpened toothbrush.

    It delivers exactly what it promises: a self-contained, no-prep session in which a comedy of errors and bad decisions results in a complete fiasco. Having played in over a dozen sessions to date, every single one has been enjoyable and all but one have been great. I also have introduced the game to a large number of players and all of them have loved the game. That in and of itself should speak to the quality of the experiences Fiasco yields. Fiasco is not going to be for everyone though.

    First off, it requires active, creative participation from everyone at the table. It's not meant to be a game written and run by a single person, but rather a collaborative storytelling experience. Thus, if you despise collaborative gaming experiences and want very traditional RPG mechanics, Fiasco is going to be a poor fit. It also means that everyone at the table has to be on the same page about exactly where the story is going — table chatter some would call this meta-gaming is allowed and actually essential to avoid someone completely derailing the developing story by negating past events or introducing completely random elements.

    I've had this happen in one session the one that wasn't great in which one of the players in the very first scene destroyed the object that linked our characters and then introduce Cthulhu-inspired horror elements which left the whole table scrambling to follow his lead — while it didn't ruin the game, it did negate everything we had discussed at the table during the set-up and ultimately left us with a story that didn't have a lot of coherence in the end.

    Lastly, Fiasco can easily venture in to areas that may make certain players uncomfortable and so it's important for people, especially those unfamiliar with each other, to discuss potential limits and taboo subjects before the start of any game. This also needs to be considered when looking at the location where you're playing since spectators may get the wrong impression if they only overhear snippets of in-character dialogue.

    While the game does not need to involve sexuality, addiction, criminal activity, or profanity, most of the playsets as well as the tone of the actual rulebook which fits the genre perfectly definitely lean towards mature themes. That last point also requires a bit of caution for anyone wanting to use Fiasco with younger audiences.

    Nearly all of the playsets to date, including those in the rulebook itself, are not suitable to younger audiences given how often they make explicit references to sex, drugs, and violence.

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