So you wanna make your own fiasco playset? That’s great, and we’re here to help you make that happen!
While Fiasco and the official Fiasco products are all under copyright by Bully Pulpit Games, we’re happy to make the playset structure and our form-fillable PDFs available for you to remix your own creation.
We know asking you to follow rules isn’t so much in the general spirit of Fiasco, but in order to make it available for remixing, we’ve got to cover the legal bases.
This document outlines what we want, and what we need.
We want you to make Fiasco playsets! We are really excited to support your creativity.
We want you to use our playset materials the same way we hope you play the game—celebrate creativity, keep it fun for everyone, don’t punch down, and generally be thoughtful and kind.
We need you to understand the limits of that creativity. Read on to learn what you can do with the Fiasco IP and — to protect ourselves, you, and Fiasco’s excellence — what you cannot.
So please follow these rules. A fan-made Fiasco playset must be:
Open. You can use our intellectual property to share your ideas noncommercially. What you make must be freely available to other Fiasco fans.
Free. You cannot charge for it or license it to others.
Unofficial. Your ideas must be clearly labeled as unofficial fan material and explicitly not endorsed or published by Bully Pulpit Games. (If you’re using the DIY Fiasco Playset Creator template, you’re covered.)
Your own. Please respect intellectual property. Do not use anyone’s creative work without permission. This definitely includes popular media franchises.
Appropriate. We’ll be the judge of what crosses the line, and if we decide for any reason that your work is offensive, disparaging, or otherwise shitty, we will ask you to remove it immediately.
Legal. Don’t break any laws. This is your responsibility, and we’re trusting you.
Previously, we licensed the Classic Fiasco playset structure under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, and allowed “non-commercial” to include “Pay What You Want” (PWYW) terms; in other words, you could offer your content as PWYW as long as people could still have it for free.
Beginning on May 1, 2020, the policy we’ve described above applies to both the current edition of Fiasco as well as the Fiasco Classic line. We no longer allow “Pay What You Want” for these products, either digitally or in print.
Obviously, any existing work created under that CC license is still valid and can continue to be available under those terms. If it
Other Fiasco Content
In general, these principles apply to other sorts of fan-created content as well, such as hacks of the game, improv shows, creative-writing exercises, or actual play shows on the internet. We encourage you to do awesome things with the game, and please let us know when you do!
If you’re not sure if your idea ticks off all the boxes (for example, if you want to charge for it) please touch base with us and we can discuss the project.
Official Commercial Licenses
If you’d like to make and sell a commercial product using Fiasco, including digital applications, licensed translations, etc., just contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your ideas.
Thanks so much for your enthusiasm about our game!