Fiasco Classic is the 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.
THINGS CAN GO WRONG, FAST...
...Maybe some dude from youth group talked you into boosting a case of motor oil, but now your cousin is dead in a swamp and you killed him. Maybe you and your girlfriend figured you could scare your wife into a divorce, but things went pear-shaped and now a gang of cranked-up skinheads with latex gloves and a pit bull are looking for you.
It seemed like such a good idea at the time.
Fiasco is inspired by cinematic tales of small time capers gone disastrously wrong - inspired by films like Blood Simple, Fargo, The Way of the Gun, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan. You'll play ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won't go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, your guy just might end up back where he started.
This purchase includes the full-color PDF as well as the EPUB and MOBI versions of the book.
134-page softcover book
To play, you'll need: Four six-sided dice per player- in two different colors and several dozen index cards
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What is Fiasco Classic?
Fiasco Classic 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.
Built for Fiasco Classic
Playsets, alternate tilt tables, and advice for using Fiasco Classic in the classroom and making your own playsets
“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 ofCaptain Marvel,Pretty Deadly, andBitch Planet
“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.”
–Diana Jones Award Committee
RPG Review: FiascoShut Up & Sit Down
"Imagine not just laughing with your friends for two hours, but – and I’m not saying this will happen with every game of Fiasco – walking away from an evening’s gaming with the outline of a screenplay you’d actually watch."
Fiasco - An In-Depth RPG ReviewWired
"Hands down one of the best RPGs I have ever played. It delivers exactly what it promises: a self-contained, no-prep session in which a comedy of errors and bad decisions results in a complete fiasco."
8 Non-Combat Roleplaying Games For When You’re A Lover, Not A FighterGizmodo Australia
"Fiasco is a hilarious disaster—and I mean that in the best sense."
Five Board Games That Aren’t For KidsLifehacker Australia
"If done right, every game will play out as if a cursed monkey’s paw was in charge."
Fiasco on TableTop
You get the rules and 4 playsets in a 134 page softcover book. You can print out playsets from the book, or fan-made playsets from FiascoPlaysets.com. Playset booklets have a total of 144 elements.
You'll need 4 six-sided dice per player, in 2 different colors
This edition takes 4+ hours to play
You get everything you need to play the game in one box- including reference cards and 3 playsets. Playsets elements are on cards and include a total of 49 needs, locations, objects and relationships.
No dice needed
This edition can be played in 2 hours
Fiasco in a Box!
It’s been ten years since we first published our original tabletop game Fiasco, and we’re incorporating everything we’ve learned about stupid disasters, poorly-timed plans, and precious things on fire into this new edition.
Want to start play faster, with no dice? This edition is for you!