Friday, April 26th, 2013 |
…in which I rise from the dead and share some more gaming material.
This past weekend was ReaperCon 2013. I’ve been attending ReaperCon for three years now, primarily for the gaming, but secondarily, for the metal trade. For the past two years, I’ve actually been a volunteer game master. And in this role, I’ve used this forum to introduce people to Fisaco!
Fiasco! is an unconventional role playing game that is, by design, a one shot story that attempts to simulate great movies of ambition gone sideways. Movies like Fargo and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels are about normal, everyday people who find themselves in a rapidly decaying situation in which they struggle to get out alive, and often fail. Jason Morningstar wrote Fiasco! in an attempt to capture that same feeling in a loosely structured role playing framework. I was immediately intrigued and petrified by the entire concept of a fully improvisational, unguided, free form game. But after several sessions with close friends, I have decided that this is an experience that everyone should try at least once. And this led me to volunteer my services at ReaperCon.
Last year, I grabbed up all my materials, ordered some custom dice and printed out a handful of playsets and taught people how to play. The beauty of the game is, since it’s not lead by a GM, I simply hand the players the tools and simply oversee their session to gently coach them along the way.
This year, however, I decided to step it up a notch and write my own playset. Every year, ReaperCon has a theme attached to the event and I decided that I could help embellish that theme by crafting a scenario especially for the convention. The Fiasco! Companion has a chapter dedicated to crafting your own playsets with all the tools needed to crate your own thematic scenario. With those tools well in hand, a plethora of other playsets for inspiration and examples, and a little bit of free time, I was able to write up 144 relationships, needs, objects, and location all dedicated to the theme of The Dark Carnival.
To that end, I now present to you Carnival De Extraordinare, a Fiasco! playset exclusively written and released at ReaperCon 2013. Grab it, play it, and share it! But more than anything, be sure to share your tales with me and let me know how your tragic tales spin out of control into a well and true Fiasco!