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A New Card-Based Version of Fiasco Is On the Way

August 28, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Fans of short-form tabletop roleplaying know the joys of Fiasco, the GM-less game about capers gone horribly wrong. And a new version of it is coming. Bully Pulpit Games, the creators of the award-winning original Fiasco, have launched a Kickstarter for a new edition of the game that gives players everything they need to tell stories of poor planning, bad luck and plots going disastrously wrong.

Fiasco was originally published in 2009 by Bully Pulpit. Designed by Jason Morningstar, it is a one-shot style game in which there is no GameMaster. Instead, the players create their characters in concert with each other, establishing relationships, motivations, goals and flaws. The game is designed around certain “playsets” that are setting based and provide all the details that you need to get the plot going. One playset might be set at a summer camp where a serial killer is loose; another might be set in 1970s New York at the height of the disco era. Using these, players set up a game involving a small time caper that goes horribly wrong, inspired by the Coen Brothers’ films such as Blood Simple, Fargo, The Way of the Gun, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan.

The new edition of Fiasco will contain all the original games’ familiar features, but is intended to be more welcoming to new players. It features cards with all the elements you’ll need to play through, simplifying and improving the set-up process so you can get right into making terrible (but oh-so-fun) in-character decisions. The cards will also allow players to “tune” playsets — in other words, combining elements from different playsets to come up with something fresh and new each time.

The campaign is ongoing for another six days and has already massively surpassed its funding goal, standing (as of this writing) at $175,626 of its $10,000 goal. The estimated delivery date for the game is December.

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