Fiasco is an award-winning, GM-less game for 3-5 players, designed to be played in a few hours with no preparation. During a game you 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.
Tell 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 play ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control.
This edition retains all the features familiar to old friends, while being much more welcoming to new ones.
We’ve tossed out all the dice and index cards and replaced them with playing cards. Setup elements? On cards. Tilt, Aftermath and positive and negative Outcomes? On cards. It speeds up play, adds intuitive, strong visual appeal, and just plain improves the play experience.
54-card Engine deck
3 x 54-card Playset decks, Dragonslayers, Poppleton Mall & Tales from Suburbia
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What is Fiasco?
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.
Playset Expansion Packs
Additional playsets to expand your Fiasco fun!
“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
Fiasco proves how fun it is to role-play without a DMPolygon
"Fiasco’s structure gives you the perfect framework to create your caper without the need for a narrator."
Best tabletop RPGs 2022 (that aren’t Dungeons & Dragons 5E)Dicebreaker
"Pulling off a perfect plan without a hitch is satisfying, but sometimes the most memorable moments come from everything going south."
Best tabletop RPGs 2022 - you need to try these must-have adventuresGamesRadar
"Best for… playing through heinously bad ideas with funny people. "
Beginner-Friendly Tabletop RPGs for People Looking to Play OnlineScreenRant
"Some roleplaying games are about wizards and spaceships. Fiasco is about horrible people cooking up a hustle that goes south fast."
Fiasco on Roll20
Play Fiasco Online!
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.
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.
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 or note cards needed
This edition can be played in 2 hours.
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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, along with several dozen note cards.
This edition takes 4+ hours to play
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.