January 3, 2011

[Review] Fiasco

FIASCO is an indie RPG system from Bully Pulpit Games.
You can buy Fiasco at the Bully Pulpit Games Website for 10$/25$ (PDF/Print+PDF)

"Fiasco is a GM-less game for 3-5 players, designed to be played in a few hours with six-sided dice and no preparation. During a game you will engineer and play out stupid, disastrous situations, usually at the intersection of greed, fear, and lust. It's like making your own Coen brothers movie, in about the same amount of time it'd take to watch one."
-From the official product description-

The Good
  • NEW: FIASCO is the first RPG in a long time that surprised me. Trying to recreate stories where a bunch of losers mess up their lives is, at worst, something you've never done before.
  • EASY: The ruleset is really easy and one player reading it is really enough to run your first game.
  • ART: The art is good. And when I say good, I mean it. It's not about the beauty of a single piece of artwork, it's about the overall style. The artworks in FIASCO have a personality and I liked it.
  • QUICK: You can read the FIASCO ruleset in something like an hour.
  • QUICK: You can play a full game in about 2 hours.
  • CHEAP: 25$ for a full RPG, no strings attached? Good!
  • SUPPORTED: 12 ruleset totally FREE already available in the website are the proof that these guys really don't want us to spend any unecessary money.
  • NO-GM: No preparation time. At all.
The Bad
  • ELITARY: It's not a game for everyone. It's a game for RPG savys, trying to do something new.
  • STAND-ALONE: The best of FIASCO, is also his worst. There is no thing such a FIASCO campaign. After a couple of games you wil be naturally losing some interest.
    The verdict
    FIASCO is GOOD. Really. I don't know if it's your game, but I swear is worth a try.

    1 comment:

    1. Fiasco is an awesome way to train your rpg troop to be better role players. It's also a great way to get new people into role playing games.

      Oh, and if you are getting bored, play a different setting.