Fiasco - a game about powerful ambition and poor impulse control

Where Can I Find Fiasco?

Fiasco is available at a game store near you! Check out this list of great stores or order it from our partners at Atomic Empire using the links below.

Playset Expansion Packs Series 1 (2020)
Playset Expansion Packs Series 2 (2021)

Play Fiasco Online with Roll20

Fiasco is also available on Roll20, where you can play online on their virtual tabletop right now! They are dedicated to enabling gamers to unite across any distance via their easy-to-use gaming tools, and the cards in this version of Fiasco really sing on their platform.

What is Fiasco?

A Game About Powerful Ambition and Poor Impulse Control

FIASCO is an award-winning story-telling game inspired by cinematic tales of small-time capers gone disastrously wrong. You’ll tell a story about ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control! Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, you just might end up back where you started. You probably won’t be lucky.

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Actual Play Videos

Fiasco Classic

FIASCO CLASSIC is the original, award-winning, 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.

THE FIASCO COMPANION is a supplement for Fiasco, including in-depth discussion of common pitfalls and solid techniques for making Fiasco games excellent as well as advice for writing your own Playsets and hacking the rules. In addition, the Companion features exciting rules variants, new Tilt and Aftermath tables, four new Playsets, an interview with John Rogers and a foreword by Wil Wheaton.

THE FIASCO PLAYSET ANTHOLOGY is a three-volume collection of the Playset of the Month series that ran from 2010-2012. In each of these three volumes you’ll find a baker’s dozen of dumb situations and criminal folly, all tied together with an exclusive playset written by Fiasco designer Jason Morningstar.

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Awards and Honors

Praise

“Damn this Fiasco game is ingenious.” – John Rogers, TV and film writer for Leverage and The Librarians

“Fiasco is unique among RPGs because it encourages us to actively reach for that moment we all dread in most games, that moment when something truly awful is going to happen, with possibly dire results for our characters.” – Wil Wheaton, Actor and Writer

“I think, for me, there’s a kind of non-Aristotelian catharsis in that active rehearsal of everything I fear and dread and also pine for; it’s a chance to dance with Poe’s Imp of the Perverse, to give in, to make the dangerous choice—it’s the same thing release I get from the act of writing. But writing is a solitary discipline for the most part and Fiasco… Fiasco is so gloriously communal.” – Kelly Sue DeConnick, Writer of Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, and Bitch Planet

“The joy of Fiasco comes when the line between game and story blurs and suddenly you’re sitting around a table with the brilliant and wonderful souls you allow into your home and you all try to make the perfect Big Black Box. Impose logic, reason, design, over the chaotic horror of existence because in story-space, in a game-space, because here we CAN. We aren’t just allowed but it’s ENCOURAGED. Draw this map of hell, we tell ourselves. Later on we can find our way out.” – Matt Fraction, Writer of Hawkeye and Sex Criminals

“I love this game. I think Fiasco really sets the bar for GM-less gaming” – Peter Adkison, Founder of Wizards of the Coast and owner of Gen Con

“Fiasco is roleplaying stripped down to sheer elegance, to virtually zero ramp-up time. The notion of playing ambitious crooks with poor impulse control — inspired by a host of movies like Fargo or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels — is both inspiring and immensely replayable. But the real genius of Fiasco… is that now you can enjoy it in almost any setting you like.” – the 2011 Diana Jones Award Committee

Even More Actual Play!

Polygon’s Overboard crew play Fiasco with Patrick Rothfuss!
No Rolls Barred’s Board Game Club plays Fiasco!

HEY RETAILERS!
Are you interested in stocking Fiasco? Our products are available from Indie Press Revolution, Alliance, ACD, GTS, Lion Rampant, Esdevium, and other distributors. We’re happy to do direct wholesale orders as well.

In addition, we participate in the Bits and Mortar program, giving you the opportunity to extend our “free PDF with purchase” guarantee to your brick-and-mortar customers.

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