Fiasco Playsets

The Definitive Collection of Playsets for the Fiasco RPG

All the Damn Time

By Will Hindmarch

Sam Howard is a time-traveler in a bad way. An incident with the quantum flux conductor at work has pushed Sam out of time. Nowhe’s slipping through space-time, drawn almost magnetically to key moments in his past. He can only vaguely control it and, it seems, once he comes into contact with himself in the past, his past selves get unstuck in time, too. The trick is that Sam can only time-travel to places and times with which he has personal familiarity; his quantum echo (or something) reverberates through space-time. If Sam goes somewhere through regular travel in regular time, he can revisit it through time-travel. So, Sam-of-the-future has the most freedom to move around (and knows everything Sam-of-the-past-knows), but is at the mercy of Sam-of-the-past to shape his memories and history.

Time travel, it turns out, is a real son of a bitch.

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Alma Monster

By Dave Chalker

Parties, sex, drugs, booze, studying… and a touch of the weird. In a well-regarded “public ivy” university, secluded away where most students are not allowed cars and there are no commuters, students and faculty have the same problems as anyone at college. Only, there might be a strange house or rumors of a mysterious society. No way any of that will interfere with finals.

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Alpha Complex

By Dan Curtis Johnson

Times are tough, lately, in the underground city of Alpha Complex. Communists, mutants, and secret society traitors are a constant threat, and it's starting to seem like maybe they're winning. It's getting so an honest Troubleshooter can't get ahead just by doing the job. Which is why you're a less than completely honest Troubleshooter. Your secret society connections and your mutant power help you do well on your missions. You need to do really well on this next mission—or, at least, you need everyone else on your team to do really poorly. You don't know the mission yet, but you know exactly three things you'll have to do: Stay alert. Trust no one. Keep your laser handy.

PARANOIA is a trademark of Eric Goldberg and Greg Costikyan. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

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And to All a Good Night

By Elizabeth Bauman and Lyndsay Peters

It’s the night before Christmas back in your home town. The three people on the better business bureau put tinsel candy canes on the street lights. Half the sign’s still burned out at the town’s only 7-Eleven, your aunt is still obsessed with your relationship status, and there are skeletons rattling in every closet in town. Just like last year.

All you can do about it is throw another string of lights on the Christmas tree, splash more rum in every eggnog you pour, and hope those skeletons keep quiet.

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Attack of the 50ft Fiasco

By Tim Ellis and Gage Smith

Attack of the 50 foot Fiasco is a sendup of the 50’s B-movie horror genre. A black and white slurry of all the thrills, chills, and low budget special effects you can handle. It may have came from outer space, but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a fiasco.

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A Vida Como Ela É

By Rod Reis

This is a Portuguese-language playset.

Um universo onde nada é sagrado e tudo pode ser corrompido pelo dinheiro e desejo.

A decadência da sagrada família brasileira e de seus costumes foi representa- da pela leva de filmes produzidos nos anos 60-70 que chocaram e esfregaram na cara da sociedade conservadora todas as falhas, desejos e pecados do ser humano. O maior desafio é sair imaculado quando a elite da Zona Sul, com suas festas e orgias, colide com as famílias simples do subúrbio com suas vãs esperanças.

De qualquer forma, no final, as chances que você seja traído, morto, difamado e corrompido são enormes e a tragédia espreita até o mais puro.

Translation:
A universe where nothing is sacred and everything can be corrupted by money and desire.
The decay of the holy family in Brazil and its mores was represented by the wave of films produced in the 60-70 years that have shocked and rubbed in the face of conservative society all the failures, sins and desires of human beings. The biggest challenge is to come out spotless when the elite of the South Zone, with its parties and orgies, collides with simple suburban families with their vain hopes.
Anyway, in the end, the chances that you will be betrayed, killed, defamed and corrupted are enormous and the tragedy stalks even the most pure.

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Back to the Old House

By Sean Buckley

October 2012 Playset of the Month

It’s dead dust breath seeping though splintered doorways. The dark hiss of long forgotten stations. Endless nights huddled in the death shed, and tears at bedtime. The house is calling, but you don’t pick up.

You’ve tried to forget, to make a fresh start and be somebody new, but it’s all bullshit. Everything that counts for anything went down in that fucking house. Bad things happened, and you were a part of it. You left unfinished business. That’s why you need to go back. To finish it. To end it all.

You would rather not go back to the old house.

But you will.

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Bad Habits

By Nick Wedig

Punxsutawney, PA is a small town known primarily as the dwelling place of an oracular rodent. Each year, the groundhog named “Punxsutawney Phil” would be prompted by a man in a top hat to prognosticate on the coming of springtime. This vague remnant of ancient German pagan celebration is known as “Groundhog Day.”

A century ago, two dozen irish nun came to this town, led by a woman now known as “The Founding Mother”. Were they looking to help the poor of Pennsylvania, or were they after something more sinister? The Convent that they built, Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, still stands. Most of the order’s charitable operations have moved to other areas of the country or as missionary operations to the third world. As it stands now, the Convent is basically a nursing home for nuns to go once they retire from teaching or nursing or charity work. Dozens of elderly nuns (and a handful of less elderly nuns) gather together to live out the rest of their lives in prayer, senility, vicious gossip and ruthless backstabbing.

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Bangkok 1984

By Chad Bowser

Originally written for the rpggeek.com Fiasco Playset Contest 2010.

Bangkok, Thailand. In 1984 it’s East vs. West; man vs. man as two separate battles are waged. In the shadows Western and Eastern spies vie for control of information -- documents, telemetry, moles, anything and everything that could tip the scales past their delicate balancing point and lead to hegemony.

Under the harsh glare of television cameras and reporter scrutiny, the two sides fight a second proxy war at the Chess World Championships. The stress is palpable and it won’t be long before somebody cracks.

Add to that the exotic, freewheeling, anything goes, and usually has a price, atmosphere of Bangkok and the situation is ripe for a fiasco.

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The Beast of Sucker Creek

By Jason Morningstar

Special Release

Sightings of a hairy, man-like creature in and around Sucker Creek go back hundreds of years—the legends of the Rayado people tell of Ni-teshi-ih; “The Strong One” who lived in the dark swamps of the Sucker Creek basin.

Since white settlement of the region, reports of blood-chilling cries in the night and occasional sightings of the Beast have been a fixture of local gossip. Is it a madman? A crazed bear? Something strange and wholly new to science? No one knows, but those who have crossed paths with it are convinced of one thing—the Beast of Sucker Creek is real, and you don’t want to make it angry.

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The Big Anime Con

By Ewen Cluney

This is a playset for games of Fiasco taking place at an anime convention in a major city in the U.S. It really helps to know anime and anime fandom if you want to use it, since some of the references just aren’t disturbing enough otherwise. I can’t say I’ve ever experienced anything worthy of a Coen Brothers movie at an anime convention, but a lot of the stuff in the tables comes from things I’ve witnessed, heard about, or at least could very easily imagine happening at an anime con. And if there was ever a group of people with “powerful ambition and poor impulse control,” it’s anime fans.

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The Big Society

By James Surry

Middle England, 2014. Skies greyer than factory steel. The Local Authority’s got no money, and the residents even less: a crowning achievement of Cameron’s Britain. Unanswered questions, zero opportunities, and a lack of any-fucking-thing-to-do raise tensions between old and new residents. But we’ve got each-other, y’know? Expect booze, boobs and a cheeky splash of bloodshed.

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Blood and Ropes

By James Gabrielsen and Maciej Sabat

The steel chair crashes against your back with a thunderous clap, and the crowd’s roar signals you to drop and pretend you’re out. As El Diablo turns his back to signal his victory, you make your move. He never sees your finisher coming. The crowd counts with along with the referee, “1! 2! 3!” and victory is yours. You rise from the mat and raise your new championship belt overhead to an arena going mad.

Professional wrestling is scripted, but it is not fake. The money, fame, and glory are all very real, and the belts still go to those who work hardest: in the gym, on the microphone, in the ring. But some work—maybe most—the fans will never see. The underhanded backroom deals, the chemicals that performers pump into their bodies, the backstabbings that aren’t a part of any angle. It takes a lot to get to the top, and a lot of people are fighting for it.

So hold your new championship belt high. You earned it.

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Blood Opera

By Arnold Cassell

Duty, honor, structure. It binds us all together towards our divine purpose and keeps order, but it rules a man from birth until death, and it favors some while demanding from others.

If the rules could be bent for just this one time, if the gods could shift their affections only slightly, we could find some small measure more than fate has set aside for us.

That is, of course, if everyone else stays in their place afterward...

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Blood Saga

By Pedro Ziviani

Created as a stretch goal for the crowdfunding campaign of Sagas of the Icelanders

This playset is based on the Icelandic Sagas, written in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries from stories passed down the generations about brave men, mostly living in the years between 850 and 1050, who went abroad in search of fortune as Vikings and who, at the same time, built in Iceland a unique system of democratic self-government based on assemblies of free men.

The players will take the roles of proud farmers, ambitious chieftains, desperate slaves, powerful priests, great poets, dangerous warlocks, and murderous Vikings, embroiled in the many inter-family feuds.

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Bookhounds of London

By Kenneth Hite and Will Hindmarch

Special Promotional Release by Pelgrane Press. Based on Bookhounds of London for the Trail of Cthulhu RPG

The Depression is hard on everyone,but it’s hardest on the bookhounds. Not that there aren’t books out thereto be had: baronets and bishops alike are selling off whole libraries now that cash is short. Not that there aren’t buyers for the specialised volumes: Eton-and-Oxfordaristocrats willing to try anything as long as it’s vicious; sweaty would-be Great Beasts looking for the shortest path to demonic power… or at least to devilish orgies. Between those two groups, sellers and buyers, a specialty market has sprung up in black magic and blasphemous tomes, no questions asked.

Maybe someone should ask a few questions. Not questions like “Is this authentic?” or “Isn’t that an awful lot of money for a book with all those stains in it?” But questions like “Do we really know who’s buying that copy of Nameless Cults?” Or “Should we get paid in advance, just in case the ritual actually works?” But questions don’t always turn up answers, not kosher ones anyway. Forgeries, thuggeries, and conspiracies abound. London is full of Nazis and Satanists and worse, not always up-front in their dealings. They want those books. You had better get them. Rent is due, and there’s a Depression on.

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Boomtown

By Bully Pulpit Games

From Fiasco

The wild west, where an ambitious invididual just might strike it rich, or just might strike it dead. Possibly both.

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Bounty Hunter Blues

By Brent P. Newhall

The anime Cowboy Bebop exists in a futuristic setting of spaceships, bounty hunters, mafia, and crime. It's a Hong Kong crime drama in space. It's a John Woo movie with spaceships. It's a setting ripe for a Fiasco.

Bounty Hunter Blues is a playset for the Fiasco RPG, using a world very similar to that of Cowboy Bebop, but which does not require expensive licensing fees.

Here's your chance to play bounty hunters, cops, scum, or just about anyone in the Cowboy Bebop world. 3, 2, 1...Let's jam!

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Bravazzo

By Pete Douglas

Bravazzo! is set in the Italian city-state of Ferrara in 1435 at the dawning of the Renaissance.

It fuses together the vain ambitions of the nobility, the desperate brutality of the peasantry, the venal profiteering of the merchants, and the mystical corruption of the priesthood in a con-fuse-ion of double-dealing, back-stabbing, empire building, and courtly intrigue at a time when the Reason of Man was slowly emerging from the darkness of the Middle Ages.

Players will assume the roles of corrupt bishops, murderous nobility, ambitious bankers, pious priests, desperate brigands, virginal maidens, and coarse peasants, in a sordid medieval fiasco.

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Break a Leg

By Megan Pederson and John Kelly

June 2011 Playset of the Month

The director slept with half the cast, your lighting designer is homicidal and that bastard from the Daily News just panned the show in his column. You’ll be lucky on opening night if the cast remembers their lines, nobody mentions the Scottish Play and the scenery doesn’t fall down mid-performance. But hey, the art is all that’s important, right?

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The Bull

By Pete Douglas

First prize winner of the rpggeek.com Fiasco Playset Contest 2010.

The Bull is your typical Stockport boozer. The sun doesn't shine a whole lot in Stockport. There sure is a lot of rain though. The locals that sup a pint of a night in The Bull have lives like rainy days. They take their sunshine as and when they can. Which isn't all that often.

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Business Casual

By Bully Pulpit Games

From American Disasters

Pour yourself a cup of terrible coffee and enjoy this snapshot of life in a corporate IT office, complete with cubicles, malfunctioning copiers, and impotent, white-collar rage. It’s the Monday that never ends!

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California Confederates

By Ken MacLennan

Created for Pleasanton's Museum on Main for use in museum educational programming.

It's WAR! But not here. Yet. California has declared for the Union, but not all Californians are happy about it. Many of these so-called Copperheads keep their mouths shut and go about their business; others stick to arguing with acquaintances or publishing inflammatory broadsheets.

But a brave or desperate few look for more active ways to support the South. Perhaps the flow of gold and silver to Federal coffers can be diverted to the Confederacy; perhaps a loud blow for the South in California will raise morale back East and bring glory and opportunity to those who strike it. Or perhaps, just perhaps, sympathy for the Rebels can be harnessed into something much bigger.

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The Call of the Necronomicon

By André Geist

"The Call of the Necronomicon" is a Fiasco playset set in the world of the Cthulhu Mythos invented by Howard Philips Lovecraft. As you will see the most setup elements are quite generic but some elements are related to the Cthulhu Mythos. Most of these elements are inspired by the work of H. P. L. himself but some are taken from stories written by August Derleth, Robert E. Howard and others.

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Camp Death

By James Gabreilsen

October 2011 Playset of the Month

So, here’s the deal. Camp Clearwater’s been abandoned since some grisly, “unsolved” murders 20 years ago. Or whatever. The new owner probably made that up as some creepy story to tell the campers and scare up business. What I know is that we’ve got a couple weeks to get this place set up before any campers arrive, and most of the hard work is already done. We’ve got enough booze, pot, and distance from authority to make this the greatest summer ever. What could go wrong?

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Clock Blockers

By Rob Wieland

Time travel. One of mankind’s longest lived dreams. Who hasn’t thought about seeing the pyramids built, or hearing the Gettysburg Address, or watching the Berlin Wall tumble?

Fuck those assholes.

You’re using the time machine for your own selfish, dangerous desires. It’s only a matter of time before everyone can time travel, so why not lie, cheat, and steal your way through history, while placing a few bets along the way to fill the Ark of the Covenant you’re using as a coffee table with some Aztec gold?

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Colonials

By James D'Amato

In the not so distant future human kind has finally attained interstellar travel. Thanks to the invention of stasis humans can travel great distances while consuming very few resources. Mega corporations are racing across the galaxy to find new sources of wealth and bring them back to earth, but wealth is not the only thing to be found in the could reaches of space. Not everyone is equipped to handle that.

This playset is designed to parody films like Aliens. Rather than focusing on horror and/or action Colonials adopts the Coen-esq tragi-comedy structure that you'd expect from a game of Fiasco.

Colonials takes place in a universe with greedy megacorps, retro futuristic sci-fi, and of course unstoppable alien killing machines. Rather than playing scientists, explorers, and badasses who discover a colony after it has been destroyed you will be playing the sorry bastards who cause everything to go pear-shaped to begin with. Through your misplaced ambition and terrible impulse control you will (probably) cause your space colony to be overrun with terrifying space monsters.

In space, no one can hear you scheme…

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Conspiracy UK

By Simon Brake

London. Seat of the British government, home to the royal family, and magnet for all sorts of weirdness. The papers are full of stories that years ago we’d have dismissed as fiction, but in our increasingly paranoid world, fueled by articles in the tabloids and speculation on the internet, it’s all too easy to see that the world we think we know is just a front. Theories and ideas abound, not entirely impossible to disregard. Perhaps the terrorist bombing campaign was nothing but a hoax orchestrated by the government to justify joining a unjustifiable war. Perhaps the recent outbreak of flu was the result of something the Russians have been engineering in their labs. Perhaps ancient standing stones and modern day crop circles are evidence of alien visitors. Perhaps members of the royal family are really lizards.

For every person actively chasing after conspiracies there are those who are drawn in unaware. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s some truth to those stories, and there’s someone eager to stop them spreading any further.

Whether it’s agencies at crossed purposes, friends with crossed agendas, or crazies with crossed wires, you can guarantee people are going to get hurt in the crossfire.

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Court Jesters

By Michael J. Daumen

The numbers say that you won’t ever make it to the NBA. But you are more than a number, and your ambition is just as big as your game. To even get a shot you have to win on concrete courts and in tournaments sponsored by the shoe companies. If you don’t get a scholarship out of high school, you still might have enough in the tank for juco and a shot at Division I eligibility. And where else can you play the game you love and maybe hustle enough money without a criminal record?

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Crikey!

By Phil Sbszine

Ah, the Lucky Country. Where else in the world can a bloke chunder on a dingo while his missus is panning for gold in a cane toad infested billabong? Explore contentious political issues or antipodean stereotypes in this flexible Aussie playset.

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Cults of New England

By Sean Cox

Originally written for the rpggeek.com Fiasco Playset Contest 2010.

It's the Great Depression, and it's time to get rich, get revenge, and go mad with forbidden knowledge as your blind ambition collides with your fellow players and the cult lurking within the Silver Serpent Lodge that runs the small New England town.

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Dallas 1963

By Chris Bennett

October 2010 Playset of the Month

Dallas, 1963. The President is coming, although he really shouldn’t.

The city is on edge, and all the players are busy playing—John Birch patriots and pro-Castro lunatics, Teamsters, mobsters and assorted other entrepreneurs in the burgeoning fields of sex, death, and race war. A lot of very serious people are doing a lot of very serious things. A smart guy can really get ahead in times like these, looking for the angles, making connections.

And you know what? Guys like that have more important things to do than worry about the President speaking at a Dallas Trade Mart luncheon.

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Dangerous Games

By Matt Forbeck

Based on the Dangerous Games novels

Gen Con. The largest tabletop gaming convention in the Western Hemisphere. A gathering of the particular branch of the geek tribe that likes to get its game on analog-style, rolling dice, pushing lead, and slapping down cards. With something shy of 50,000 people descending on Indianapolis for a long, hot weekend in the middle of August, Gen Con is the size of a small city. They call it the Best Four Days in Gaming. It might also be the deadliest.

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Dark Shadows

By Patrick McCray and Wallace McBride

Her name is Victoria Winters...

... and she is a stranger in that remote, dark place by the edge of the sea, high atop Widows’ Hill: Collinwood. She is the first heroine to explore its hidden perils, but she will not be the last. Each corridor leads to deeper secrets, gothic adventures, and terrifying mysteries. Will the next room trap you in another century or dimension? Will the next impulse unleash the creatures and forces of raw evil? Will the next person you see inspire a love that will defy the centuries or inspire a rivalry that could destroy all within its grasp? For over two centuries, the secretive Collins family has forged a legacy of horror and heroism.

There are no limits to the things some men will do. They sink to the bottomless depths of corruption. They will desecrate sacred ground and violate that which should remain sealed forever.

And now, once more, night is falling across the great estate of Collinwood.

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Darkshire Woods

By John W. Otte

From the royal court to the commoners in the village, Darkshire Woods is a dangerous place. Think The Lord of the Rings, or A Game of Thrones, or any number of fairy tales or fantasy stories.

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DC73

By Logan Bonner

November 2011 Playset of the Month

With a war in Southeast Asia, unrest at home, and the evidence in the Watergate scandal reaching closer and closer to the goddamn President of the United States, the political landscape in Washington D.C. buckles and shifts daily. It’s a good time to be young and hungry. It’s a good time to be ruthless. And it’s a good time to know some secrets. So in the name of Nixon or Brezhnev or Abbie Hoffman or John Wayne, make the system work for you or tear it the hell down.

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Death for Sale

By Jason Y. Lee

Death is always around us, but when is it an accident and when is it orchestrated? How do we know that the dictator of that Middle Eastern country died of a natural heart attack? The "murder for hire" business is a huge necessity and has been currently flooded with killers as of late. Now would be the best time to hang up the silenced sniper rifles and pick up the barbeque cooking utensils. But how does a person whose whole life has been about killing put away those impulses and join up with the regular Joe's of society? Who can you trust and how do you learn to trust? More importantly, how do you keep your past a secret?

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De' Medici

By Giulia Barbano and Renato Ramonda

January 2012 Playset of the Month

Florence, 1559: a city of opportunities for men who have the guts to pursue them. Here, struggling artists find rich patrons, visionary architects create their dreams, ruthless mercenaries get lucrative contracts, and shrewd merchants become as powerful as kings.

Ever since the times of Cosimo the Elder, the bankers, the Medici, have ruled this city. Sure, way back then it was still called a democracy, but the art, the armies and the votes were all paid with Medici money.

Upon the assassination of Duke Alessandro twenty-two years ago, the merchants and lords of the city enthusiastically welcomed young Cosimo I de' Medici. The nobles saw him as inexperienced, weak, and an easy puppet to manipulate. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Devil's Night

By Tim Jensen

Devil's Night takes place in Detroit, Michigan around the night of October 30th when delinquents go on a spree of arson and vandalism. This year the acts of criminal mischief will reach an all-time high, as roaming beer and drug fuelled mobs set hundreds of homes and businesses ablaze. Most of the city's police are on strike and residents will barricade themselves in their homes. And this is when the undead choose to attack.

A large force of savage vampires has crept into town over the past week and “created” many new recruits from the ranks of Detroit's citizens. Their objective: To hunt down and eliminate their rival, more genteel vampires existing in the city, using the chaos and confusion of Devil's Night to conceal their activities from the mortals...but not very carefully.

Players will assume the roles of miscreant youths out for a good time, vigilant business and home owners desperate to protect their property, newly turned undead soldiers in the vampire war, resident vampires under attack, or one of the few public servants who take it upon themselves to protect their city

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The Dirt People

By Jim Pinto

On the edge of an urban world filled with botox, toy poodles, and type-A personalities, lies a forgotten place where culture goes to die.
Coachella
Desert Parties
Indian Casinos
Off-Roading
The Birthplace of the “Bro”
True plateaus of human evolution…

Somewhere East… very East of Los Angeles is the 909 — an entire area code devoted to people without ambitions, educations, jobs, or plans. The 909 does not see color or creed, just poverty and missed opportunities. Meth labs, home invasions, UFC training centers, teen pregnancies, outlet malls, off-road racing, strip clubs, paint ball, welfare checks, and underaged drinking are all part of le dirt people joie de vivre. But for a small few, it’s a wake up call “graffiti-ed” on the rocks of Joshua Tree.

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Dirty Cops

By Jim Pinto

The cops in El Centro have a unique motto—Bad Cop, Bad Cop. Anyone whose ever been brought in for questioning here knows to tell the truth, or wake up in a cell with a criminal who is far worse than you.

Beatings are always an option too.

But that’s not the worst of it. The worst is that the cops here are just as dirty as the criminals. They take bribes, sell information to pushers, and generally keep a close watch on the criminals doing them the most favors.

Which is great for the status quo.

But what happens when an investigation stumbles into territory other dirty cops are trying to cover up? Or maybe someone is ready to squeal to protect his ass? And let’s not forget about the ambitious prosecutor looking to nail someone’s ass to the wall?

What then?

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Double Down

By UK Roleplayers

The bright lights and ringing sounds of a thousand slot machines... naive out-of-towners from corn-belt states looking to soak up a little East Coast glamour... great racing stadiums filled with the sounds of dogs and horses... chips, dollar bills, and body parts passing from loser to winner... fabulous casinos and showgirls with hourglass figures... backstreet seedy betting shops with sharp-eyed hustlers looking to bleed you dry... horse trainers and jockeys racing their last race, bruised boxers throwing their last fight... dreams being washed into the gutter along with vomit, blood, and torn betting slips... smile, it's the Big City where your dreams can come true if you're willing to double down.

Set on on the Eastern seaboard of America, this playset features the big casinos and sports betting shops of Atlantic City, and the punters - some desperate, some foolish, some lucky - who are drawn there like moths to a flame.

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Dragon Slayers

By Logan Bonner

December 2012 Playset of the Month

The bumpkins in this pissant mountain town could never have taken down that dragon. Their biggest hero hasn’t seen battle since Drozzek rode down from the Smoking Mountains three wars-to-end-all-wars ago. So yeah, we rode into town, a bunch of outsiders ready to solve that problem. And no, we don’t care what they think. And yes, we’re heroes. These yokels should worship at our feet. They sure as hell didn’t slay that dragon. That’s our dragon, and its gold is our gold. So unless you’re bringing us ale and whores, get the fuck out before we transform you into a turkey and serve you for dinner.

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The Dungeon Delve

By M. J. Harnish

Rumors of fabulous treasures and power beyond imagining drew us to this small village. Sure the tavern has a decent selection of ale and the inn is relatively free of bedbugs, but that’s not what we’re here for and we’re not sticking around once we clean out the dungeon. We might not be friends, heck, we might not even like each other. We do have one thing in common though: we want to win fame and fortune, whatever the costs. What could go wrong?

The Dungeon Delve is a kid-friendly Fiasco playset - it’s designed for ages 12 and up and is meant to evoke the feeling and style of “old school” dungeon exploration. For the most kid-friendly results, use the Soft Tilt and Soft Aftermath tables found in the Fiasco Companion.

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Duplicity

By GremlinLegions

These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, on its five year mission to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Ooooooooooooeeeeeeeee wah wah wah wah...

After negotiations for precious minerals with the Halkans fall through, a strange malfunction in the transporter room has caused a rift between the dimensions, switching Federation crew members with their alternate, Imperial selves. Now, with time running out, can the crew manage to survive the deadly treachery of the Empire long enough to get themselves back home, and maybe get some short-skirted, mid-riffed booty to boot?

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Dwarf Fortress

By Zac D

“In fact, my first impression when I started the game was ‘Is this some sort of joke?’ The game’s full title is ‘Slaves To Armonk [sic]: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress,’ which is just a little too close for comfort to Bladehunt: DeathSpank 2: The Revenge. The game begins with a 30 second cinematic, multiple-scene ASCII-art animation, of a sort that I haven’t seen for 15 years or more... What the hell? It’s a joke, right? It has to be a joke.
“It’s not a joke. The game has the look of a roguelike. But it isn’t a roguelike.”

—Peter B from Tea Leaves, reviewing Dwarf Fortress

“There’s no win condition, but it’s damned easy to lose—either through bad management, or through any of the various disasters that can easily happen to you, from goblin conquest to flooding of your fortress.
“One of the game’s slogans, in fact, is ‘It’s fun to lose’ ‘Losing is fun.’ And you’d better adopt that attitude, since you will, often.”

—Greg Costikyan, reviewing Dwarf Fortress

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Dysfunctions and Dragons

By Chris Goodwin

It's game night, with all of the dysfunctions and resentments that gamers bring in. It wouldn't be a fiasco otherwise.

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East Sea Ire

By Geek Ken

Sindo is well off the east coast of South Korea, close to the international sea border of its sister country to the north. Almost 1 hour by a daily ferry is the only way to get to this small island. Village life in this sleepy fishing town has been quiet, but things are stirring.

A Seoul construction mogul has been kicking around the idea of building a huge resort. This planned project is garnering some wrath from a few locals which appreciate slow village life, especially a particular Buddhist monk and an old ajeossi.

Pickings for romantic partners are slim, and living in a small town means everyone knows your business, or at least wants to know, making discretion the key to any lover’s tryst. Dutiful husbands have been known to stray however, occasionally calling in a few mainland girls for a relatively harmless night of drinks and nori bang. But Kang’s love motel nearby never seems to hurt for business on Saturday nights.

The provincial fisheries official has been snooping around the docks, with rumors of looking into reports of illegal fishing. New businesses depend on old village money, with some saying kickbacks (along with proper forms in triplicate) being standard procedure for dealing with the village council office. Not to mention the few island farmers getting more irate at a local market owner for bringing in additional produce from the mainland.

All the while some whisper about ships meeting out on the international sea border at night, with strange cargo being transferred between them. The sun may rise in the east, but things are shaping up for it to set in a sea of fire and blood.

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An English Night To Remember

By Venus DeCoy

England 1914

The end of the Victorian Era gave way to Queen Victoria's son King Edward VII. Known as the Edwardian Era, it was known as the period of excess, surrounded by garden parties, endless balls year-round and the traditionalism of the rigid class system that was the British Empire.

But that's about to change.

With the rise of the middle class, and a war looming on the brink, the rigidity of the Aristocracy is being forced to make room for the New Men and “New Money” of the age. Add a dash of beautiful women fighting for the right to be more than just housewives, and you have a recipe for a high-end or even low-end Fiasco.

Includes original rules for a 6- to 8-player game, as well as some historical information about life in Edwardian England.

Permalink: http://fiascoplaysets.com/#englishnighttoremember

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The Fallout

By Nathan Russell

Originally written for the rpggeek.com Fiasco Playset Contest 2010. The playset was revised in 2013.

When everything else has gone to shit, the only thing you can be sure of is there will be fallout.

The world has ended, civilisation has fallen, society crumbled. Mankind huddles together in a small community for an illusion of safety. People pretend that life goes on, that there is something left to hope for. They distract themselves with blood sports, fast cars and scraping together the necessities for life, all the while pretending the dangers of the wastelands won’t notice them.

The people of Freedom Falls have built a semblance of a world lost. The town lies west of nowhere, isolated, alone and ripe for the picking by bandits and warlords. Food is scarce, clean water rare. Watch your back, because nobody looks after nobody but themselves.

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Fiasco Blood Bowl

By Francis Dickinson

American Football turned up until the knob falls off in a dark fantasy setting.

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Fiasco High

By Bully Pulpit Games

From The Fiasco Companion

High School is often tragically billed as the best years of your life. Yet is there any other time in life so aptly summarized by "powerful ambition and poor impulse control?"

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Firan

By Adam, Leia, and Jon

A playset based on the online RPG/MUX Firan.

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First Contact

By Dave Graffam

The signal arrived and shook the world. Proof of extraterrestrial intelligence! It was a simple code, easily deciphered and translated.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE AND CONGRATULATE YOU.

MEET US at PARADISE.

This was followed by coordinates to a previously unknown iceball of a world in the backwaters of the Solar System. Now the Interplanetary Exploration Vehicle Carl Sagan is making its final approach to a distant planetoid named Paradise. The Sagan’s main computer, the hyperintelligent nervous system for the mission, has been making mistakes lately. After the boredom and repetition of a long journey, and turning over in their minds the endless possibilities of what they might soon discover, some of the crew are about to crack.

It’s the most important day in history. Humankind balances on the edge of cosmic enlightenment and oblivion.

Permalink: http://fiascoplaysets.com/#firstcontact

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Flight 1180

By Will Hindmarch

July 2012 Playset of the Month

Baggage. Even if you think you checked it all in the terminal, you're bringing some on board with you. Baggage. Everyone's got some and in the confines of an aircraft it surrounds us and mingles together. Is this your bag or mine? Is there a better metaphorical juxtaposition in air travel than "baggage carousel" where your personal baggage gets to ride the horsies?

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Flyover

By Jason Morningstar

May 2010 Playset of the Month

This playset is all about Middle America - hard-working agribusiness professionals, construction contractors, Mexican drug mules and the people who love them. It’s the God-and-country heartland, where high school football is the best bet for a Friday night date and everybody knows everybody.

With corn and soybean fields stretching for miles in every direction, the endless sky punctuated only by enormous grain elevators, things can get a little squirrelly.

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Fortune and Glory

By Ryan Macdonald

There's an entire world of ancient civilizations out there to study and discover. There's even more money in it if you find the artefact of your career. But remember that guy you screwed over in Tunisia 10 years ago? He's here. Holding a gun to your back, determined to take the prize you risked your life for.

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Frakkin’ Toasters

By Megan Pedersen

The Cylons were created by man.
They rebelled.
They evolved.
They look and feel human.
Some are programmed to think they are human.
There are many copies.
And they have a plan.

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Friendship Can Be A Fiasco

By Al and Bambi of Porcelain Llama Theater

In a world where you wear your heart on your rump in the form of a cutie mark, and show your true colors via coat and mane, friendships may seem easy, but they ain’t. Beasts, magic, and daily dull-drums combine to teach valuable lessons about diversity and perseverance, but can also test your tolerance for fun.

This playset is based in the world of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a recent incarnation of a number of My Little Pony toy franchises owned by Hasbro. You are a pony, the ruling class of critter in Equestria, with bright colors and a cutie mark on your rump that says something about who you are. Find your way to friendship, and most of all, have fun.

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Gangster London

By Graham Walmsley

February 2010 Playset of the Month

A dead body, a Cockney drug-dealer selling from the back of the kebab shop, three suitcases full of blue flake cocaine and an unexploded World War Two bomb—these are a few of the things that make for a proper East End fiasco.

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GenCon

By Anna Kreider

Maybe you go to GenCon to get lost in deviant fantasies. Maybe you go to GenCon to be the very first person to get the Hot New Game. Or maybe you go to kill the pain of your mundane and boring life by spending way too much money on games that no one will play with you.

Whatever your reason for going, let’s face it. It’s four days and three nights, no sleep, lots of caffeine, and more booze. Combine that with 30,000 nerds with poor social skills and easily-provoked nerd rage, and GenCon is just a fiasco waiting to happen.

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Goblin Uprising

By Jason Pitre

My king, the goblins of the eastern kingdoms threaten us all. Our scouts have heard rumours of raids on the Halfling homesteads and assaults on the elven settlements in the Morkwood. Strange noises have been heard within their putrid warrens and our wizards have sensed a surge of dark energies.

As you know, the goblins are small in body but great in ambition. They have a devious cunning and an innate skill for destruction. They breed in large numbers, cast primitive sorceries, and consort with all sorts of monsters. Most dangerous of all, they have blatant disregard for their own petty lives.

Our only hope is that they are too busy fighting each other, sire.

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Go Team Superscience

Brian Tatosky

It's a world of superscientists, boy adventurers, arch-villainy and globe-trotting action.

Big inventions and bigger egos. If you're not running the show, you're henching and biding your time. Or worse, sidekicking. Superheroes, super-spys,and super failures when you blow it. Saving the world, destroying the world; sometimes it's hard to tell what will do what.

Them's the bad breaks.

Permalink: http://fiascoplaysets.com/#goteamsuperscience

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Hard Time Blues

By Benjamin Aitken

They say there ain’t no place like home…well your home is one of the institution’s “finest” so you really doubt that “they” have any clue what they’re talking about. The walls are thick and covered with damp, the pipes leaking directly overhead, the guards or stiffs are well…stiff, and the showers are a lesson in colonic exploration that you never want to learn. But all is not as it seems, you’re getting out…tonight! Well you would be…if you could only get your plan and the other inmates to play ball.

Hard Time Blues is a tribute to life behind those county bars and especially, to every prion escape-failed or successful. Let’s see if you can get all the way from incarceration to beautiful shit stinking freedom.

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Havana 1953

By Chris Bennett

February 2012 Playset of the Month

Cuba, 1953. Havana has been called "the sexiest city in the world" and for good reason. The rhythm of the night is fueled by the rhumba beat, cocaine and the dazzling stars of Cuba. The Mob is starting to move in and light up the casinos, flush with easy money and easier dupes.

General Batista's government rules with an iron fist behind the scenes. All the glamour of Miami only 90 miles away and with none of the rules. So why are there armed bands in the hills led by obscure guerrillas like Fidel Castro and Che Guevara?

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Hellmouth High

By Brian Vander Veen

Sure, here in this sleepy coastal suburb, we have high-quality public education, easy beach access, 330 days of sunshine a year, and seemingly no good right to complain.

But the living here isn’t exactly easy: the jerk jocks and alpha bitches make life unbearable for anyone who doesn’t fit their narrow definition of cool. Then there’s the truly weird crap: the disappearances, the exsanguinations, the demon possessions, the ancient curses, and all the damn vampires.

So you keep your head down, mind your own business, and hope the hyenas don’t smell your fear. You let your friends keep you sane, that motley assortment of freaks and geeks bound together by mutual awkwardness.

And maybe, just maybe, if you don’t fuck up too bad, you might score a little respect, score that winning touchdown, score with the homecoming queen. Hell, you might even make it out of here alive.

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Hell's Highway

By Joe Ferguson

The year is 2074, twenty six years after a world-wide radiation accident scorched the Earth. Weaponized cars roam the Wastelands in search of gasoline, fortune and food. The slave trade is booming, corrupt officials and outlaw gangs reign free and a dwindling Highway Patrol struggles to uphold what little peace is left in the world. Brave (or stupid) Highwaymen try their luck in The League, a vicious death race in the corrupt city of Broken Hill.

All is not lost however. There is a Resistance forming. A lose network of renegades, gadgeteers and freedom fighters is starting to surface. Safe houses and outposts are slowly popping up and there are even rumors of usable soil out there.

Will you join an outlaw gang of marauders in search of potential slaves? Will you trick-out your car and win your fortune racing in The League? Will you seek justice and avenge the murder of your partner from the Highway Patrol? Or are you just trying to locate a pilot light to fix the passenger-side flame-thrower on the Plymouth Firebomber you stole last week?

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Heroes of Pinnacle City

By Ryan Consell, Josh Hoey, Anna Kreider, and Kit Kreider

September 2012 Playset of the Month

The world teeters on the brink of disaster! Madmen with doomsday devices, countless alien races poised to invade, meddlesome time-travellers, interdimensional conquerors, vampires in government, and demons in coffee shops. The superpowered heroes of Pinnacle City are all that stands between the earth and total annihilation. Now if only they would do something about it instead of arguing with each other and hiding behind their secret identities.

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Heroics

By Ewen Cluney

When you see all the crime and evil that goes on, you have to wonder, why hasn't anyone tried to be a superhero before? It seems so easy. You just make a suit (with a mask of course), get some kind of weapon, and go beat up some bad guys. Maybe you’ll get some chicks too!

There are a few of problems though. First of all, in real life the bad guys are really fucking bad. They're evil fuckers who kill people, and they're not afraid of any wannabe superheroes, and they never will be unless someone manages to make them afraid. Second, being a vigilante isn't exactly legal, and the police will be looking for you too. Lastly, anyone crazy enough to wear spandex and fight bad guys in real life probably isn't going to be all that competent or stable.

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High School Hijinx

By Jim Pinto

So. Like. There I was, you know. Sitting in class and I’m like. Yeah. So. This is really boring. You know. And then Angie. You know her, right? Well. Like. Angie, she is hands me this note. And I’m like OMG. I know. This is so boring. Thank you. And then I’m like, let’s go to the mall for lunch. You know? Okay. Yeah. We can see what Darren and Casey are doing, too. And maybe, I don’t know, we’ll all find a way to just never come back here.

God. I hate it.

Or something.

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HK TPK

By Corey Reid, John Rogers, and Gareth-Michael Skarka

August 2012 Playset of the Month

Hong Kong, June 1997: Over 150 years of British rule is drawing to a close, and everybody is scrambling to make their mark before the handover. The Crown Colony is a pressure-cooker of energy and uncertainty, and nobody is sure who is going to come out on top—it’s the world’s most exclusive night club, an hour before closing. With guns. Lots of guns.

From the triad gangsters to the cops to the big-business taipans, the players are in motion and everybody has got something in the pot. Old man Liang is packing up and heading to Canada. Helen Chu’s brother works for the government, and he says the PRC is going to lock everything down. Jimmy Wong says he’s going nowhere because where there’s uncertainty, there’s money to be made. As the old saying goes, when the winds of change blow, some build walls and others build windmills.

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Hocus Focus

By Peter Woodworth

Special promotional release by Evil Hat Productions.

Occult Chicago. Beneath the surface there are movers and shakers, magics and artifacts, all hidden from mortal eyes. There’s so much right there for the taking—money, power, fame, respect—it feels like all you need to is just reach out and grab it. And that’s just what you intend to do. You’ve got supernatural powers, a foolproof plan, and then? Easy street. What could go wrong?

It was all going according to plan, but then Harry Dresden Showed up.

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Holly Jolly

By Scott Slomiany

Originally written for the rpggeek.com Fiasco Playset Contest 2010.

It's Christmas time again, and the North Pole is humming with excitement!! But it's a delicate operation, and not everyone is as happy as it seems...with the chaos of the season, it's possible for a few individuals to slip under the radar here or there to blow off some steam, plot an Elf Union uprising, or make a quick buck on the side. Well, as long as they can avoid the long arm of the Naughty or Nice Patrol.

This playset is mostly based on the works of the Rankin-Bass animated holiday specials, and features a unique Tilt table filled with holiday cheer.

And it may ruin your childhood memories.

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Hollywoodland Noir

By Jeff Moeller

Tinseltown, The Dream Factory, La-La Land. In the aftermath of World War II, it is a place where some dreams are born, and many others go to die. Everyone thinks that he has what it takes, but in a dog-eat-dog place like Hollywoodland, many are wrong.

Ex G.I.s desperate for work crowd the hotels and bars, inured to violence and tortured by what they’ve been through. Young ingénues sing, dance and act their way up the ladder, and sometimes, you have to step on people to keep climbing. Men return after long absences to find that their wives and girlfriends have gotten more—complicated. Faded stars yearn for past glory, and everyone comes from somewhere else. Some of these gents and dames don’t want you to know where they’re really from, or what they’re really about. Or sometimes who they really are.

Secrets, lies, glamour and booze all flow freely, and a select few call the dance. Private eyes, insurance investigators, spouses trying to save their marriage, and other white knights ply their trade, untangling webs of sleaze that people have killed to keep quiet, and will again. But even they are tempted, nearly every day.

People gamble when they get dazzled by the footlights, but only the house really ever wins. For the chance to be a star, it’s all worth it. All you need is that one big break…

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Hollywood Wives

By Jobe Bittman

April 2012 Playset of the Month

Palm tree-lined streets. Glittering beaches, movie star neighbors— Beverly Hills, California. You all lead lives of fabulous luxury and wealth. Armani handbags, Louboutin shoes, jewelry by Neil Lane, personal chefs, the best bodies money can buy—you have it all. You’re living the southern Califonia dream. Your days are spent shopping on Rodeo Drive and your nights revolve around dining with your girlfriends at the trendy hot spot du jour.

Either that, or you clean up the mess those people leave behind.

Regardless, the glamorous life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The mansion’s almost in foreclosure, your financial advisors are running a Ponzi scheme, and the your philandering husband is banging the nanny. You can’t lose it all now. If only there was some way to make all your problems disappear… forever.

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Home for the Holidays

By Megan Pedersen

“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
- “Turkeys Away”, WKRP in Cincinnati

All you wanted to do was spend some time with the family, eat a little too much turkey and enjoy some time away from the office. Too bad you’re the only one on board with that plan. The holiday season is a special kind of Hell on Earth, spruced up with sparkly lights and tinsel. Good luck making it all the way to New Year’s Day.

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Home Invasion

By Jason Morningstar

June 2012 Playset of the Month

It’s a nice middle class neighborhood with a nice mix of professional families and a nice, powerful homeowners association. Good people who get involved and know their neighbors. People who aren’t afraid to tell you that the shade of blue you are painting your house is not exactly allowed by the association covenant.

But lately things have been unsettled around Poppleton Terrace—property values are falling, crime is rising, long-time residents have been less than receptive to the suggestions of the standards committee, and now new people are moving in. People who are not like us. At all.

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Horse Fever

By Cranio Creations and Janus Design

August 2011 Playset of the Month

Horseburg is a foul city, grey like the dust you breathe in the Boss’ racetrack. One breath is enough to fill your lungs with corruption, greed, and filthy lies. It’s always best to mind your own business, grasp information here and there and use it to bet heavily tomorrow. See, in this city, luck won’t be enough to make you filthy rich. There’s people out there who’d sell their own mothers for a reliable tip.

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House Calls

By Jim Pinto

It’s not so much the case load, the overdoses, and the severe lack of disrespect that walks into this hospital everyday that makes me want to take a bottle of pills to each and every inbred patient here at Mercy General. And it’s not so much that health care is a joke, a whole lot of guess work, and the antibiotics du jour that drive most of us to binge drinking, sleeping around, and moonlighting. It’s not the free clinic days, the group sessions, and the unending paperwork that convinced me that being a doctor isn’t really want I want anymore. It’s not even the way this place is organized with the mirco-managed precision of a Chinese-Italian fire brigade.

What it reall comes dow to is this: with 250,000 in student loans, what else am I going to do?

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House of Ill Repute

By Josh Fox

House of Ill Repute focuses on the political hotbed that is Westminster, the seat of the UK Government. Incompetent and venal politicians scrabble for power and influence while corrupt officials line their pockets and out-ofcontrol journalists hack into phones and email accounts. Of course, there are noble politicians, pure-hearted bureaucrats and admirable journalists—but they probably aren’t the focus in a Fiasco game. Then again, it’s always interesting to see what an idealist will do to achieve their aims when surrounded by ruthless bastards and bumbling idiots.

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The Ice

By Bully Pulpit Games

From Fiasco

McMurdo Station, Antarctica. "Mactown." Things don't always work they way they're supposed to in a tiny, isolated research outpost in the frozen wasteland.

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Into the Void

By Gremlin Legions

In the golden age of cinema and television, when people would look up to the stars, they would see grand adventures between good and evil, with intrepid space explorers venturing out into the unknown, making the Galaxy a better place for one and all.

Of course, we know better. People will be just as rotten in space as they are planetside, bringing their pettiness, bickering, backstabbing, and greed to the stars. Sure, they may talk about grand plans and bettering humanity, but its only a matter of time before someone starts to claim planets and asteroids for their own, leading to the next great gold rush.

For the sake of this playset, we’re assuming that we haven’t gotten too far outside of our system. This isn’t Star Trek or Star Wars where warp drives and hyperspace coordinates are easily available...hell, they aren’t even valid theories yet. While spacecraft have advanced since the 20th Century, going from Earth to Mars still takes several weeks, and further out can take upwards of months to a year. All that time aboard a ship can lead to many poor decisions as crewmates start to lose patience with each other.

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Jedi Purge

By Leonard Balsera

Well, that happened. Palpatine killed the Republic, killed the Jedi too. Now it’s “the New Order” or “the Empire”, take your pick. He has a personal enforcer now, Darth Vader, who seems intent on tracking down every last surviving Jedi and sending them to hell. It wasn’t enough just to break them, I guess.

Palpatine’s a hero. He ended the Clone Wars, brought the Separatists under control, and showed the people of the Known Galaxy that they don’t need the Jedi after all. That’s what the holos say, anyway. On the surface, it’s all flowers and candy for the average Imperial citizen. The average human Imperial citizen, that is.

It’s a different story, if you hang out where I hang out. I hear whispers of people gathering in secret to take on the new Emperor, to end his reign before things get really bad. It’ll be a hard sell - the man on the street is pretty much on the government’s side. The new Empire also has eyes and ears everywhere. Think wrong, breathe wrong, and they’ll find you, make you disappear before anyone notices.

The halls of power haven’t changed much either, still just people grabbing for more of what people in power want - that is, more power. They’ve just got more, better chances to do it now that everything’s been shaken up. The corruption people complained about in the Senate? It isn’t about to go away... in fact, it’s readying up to get a lot worse.

And then you have the people on the Fringe. Scoundrels, criminals, whatever you want to call them. Every thief, grifter, and smuggler this side of Nal Hutta is out looking for some way to make a quick score off of the transition.

New Order? Sounds more like New Chaos to me.

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

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The Jersey Side

By Brennan Taylor

February 2011 Playset of the Month

The Jersey Side is about a city on the other side of the river. Jersey City likes to call itself Wall Street West, but there is an air of desperate envy in the town that faces Manhattan across the Hudson. It will never match up. The Jersey Side is about a town too big for its britches, a place where rabbis run organ-legging rings, politicians are massively corrupt, and brokers who can’t make it on Wall Street run dodgy deals.

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Keeping on the Borderlands

By Nick Wedig

Just on the edge of the human kingdom lies a valley whose cliff faces are riddled with caves. In these caves dwell a surprising variety of monstrous races: sneaky goblins, downtrodden kobolds, savage orcs, enormous ogres and stranger things still. These monstrous peoples are only tenuously united by the common worship of the bloody god Zemox.

The human Baron of Restwell Keep is supposed to keep the monsters under control, but there isn’t much he can do. Sure, every year or two you get a couple of self proclaimed “heroes” coming in to wipe out the monsters. But most of these adventuresome kids wind up on the wrong end of a glaive-guisarme. The monsters, they stick around. The biggest threat to the monsters isn’t the human warriors, but the constant infighting between monstrous tribes. Gathering together this many violent subhumans in one place is a surefire recipe for disaster. The valley is a fiasco, just waiting to happen.

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The Knights of Light

By Ewen Cluney

The Knights of Light are a small, local guild for an extremely popular MMORPG that shall remain unnamed. You’re all pretty damn serious about this whole thing. You play very regularly, and if you make plans for a raid you are absurdly dedicated to keeping them. Your fellow guild members don’t always get along, but for the most part everyone knows what they’re doing in the game. (Too bad you can’t say the same about life in general.) Chances are you haven’t actually met in person, but that’s probably going to change, because Fiasco games are crazy like that.

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The Last Christmas in O’Hare

By Brian Liberge

O’Hare airport is a mess. It’s the 4th busiest airport in the world, so crowds of people pass through every day from all over the world. It’s not even that people want to go to Chicago. They don’t. It’s just a decent place for connecting flights.

Maybe decent isn’t the right word.

Tonight is Christmas Eve, and the sky is as full of planes as Union Station is full of trains during rush hour. The snowstorm is getting worse, grounding all flights until the morning and unceremoniously stranding several hundred people.

And then there’s that whole “end of the world” thing that’s supposed to happen any time now. I don’t know about any worldwide cataclysm, but all that anger and confusion should make it easy to pull a fast one.

It’ll be the last Christmas for at least one sap here. What a shit place to die in.

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Last Frontier

By Jason Morningstar

March 2010 Playset of the Month

Adding some pitch black and blood red to the great white north ... fishing villages and fishing village idiots, timber contracts and factory ships, State Troopers in floatplanes and the weird guys who hide when they fly over - set among the emerald forests of southeast Alaska’s vast archipelago, this playset drags an offbeat but familiar setting into the crosshairs.

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The Last Heist

By Bully Pulpit Games

From Run, Fools, Run

Pull on your ski mask and get ready! Your crew of criminal geniuses is about to commit an ambitious robbery, and not for the first time. Let’s hope it goes better today. This playset includes a hack for “Heist Dice” to add some extra twists to your story and better emulate bank heist films.

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Lightning Bolt!

By Bartholomäus Dobrzanski, M. J. Harnish, and Alex Volk

Everybody knows all the cool kids are into LARP. Not only are there epic stories told, but it’s also a great place to get laid. Of course that assumes you can negotiate the political and social minefield that goes on behind the scenes. You’re a priest of the god of justice. Your girlfriend is an elven assassin dedicated to the demon queen of spiders. What could possibly go awry?

Lightning Bolt! is a Fiasco playset that walks the line between in-character and out-of-character play. Play out the fantastic adventures everyone joins a LARP to enjoy, while dealing with all the behind-the-scenes bullshit that’s real life.

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Liquidation

By Ewen Cluney

Crossings is one of the biggest bookstore chains in the country. Due to a changing market and (according to some) mismanagement, the company has been in pretty bad shape for a while. Now the other shoe has finally dropped, and Crossings has declared bankruptcy. All of the stores are closing, just as soon as they can liquidate enough of their merchandise. In the midst of it all, you’re going to become some of the employees and regulars, out to get the best deals (or steals), settled grudges, or maybe just get your life in order before the inevitable end.

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Living Dead

By James Gabrielsen

October 2012 Bonus Release

Everything has changed. No more paperwork or errands or ballgames. We still fight and squabble and lie as much as ever, but not for money or drugs or power. When the world has been overrun by the living dead, survival is the only thing that matters. Banding together always seems like a good idea in theory; strength in numbers, right? Keep believing that if you want, but those people just might kill you before the zombies. Remember, only one thing matters: staying alive.

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London 1593

By Will Hindmarch and Kenneth Hite

November 2010 Playset of the Month

Elizabeth, Queen of England, has enemies everywhere.

If you can read and write, if you can tell lies with quill or voice, you might have a place as a peddler of bombast, as a player of parts, as a nefarious practitioner of the business of show... or as a spy. For all the world is a stage and the great lords of England and abroad are writing the parts that lackeys, liars, agents, and actors shall play.

Yet for all that the strife of the age claims to be about crowns and kingdoms, so much comes down to the common quagmires of coins and cons, jealousy and greed, love and spite. Petty gripes and dirty designs conspire to determine the fate of England. Some folk may hang or burn and some may slip away smelling of roses.

But, for sure, a reckoning draws nigh.

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Lord Doomicus and his Giant Battle Planet

By Scott Slomiany

The Insurgent Alliance continues to strike back at the Universal Commonwealth. As a means of total retaliation, Lord Doomicus devises the ultimate weapon to crush his enemies…His Giant Battle Planet. His Giant Battle Planet has the power to rip stars apart and crush planets; along with his elite cloned battalions of Lightning Squads, Lord Doomicus can change the shape of galaxies, both politically and physically. But mostly physically. He likes the physical stuff.

His ability to tap into the Quiet Energy all around us to perform acts of deadly telekinesis has no equal. His military leadership has no peers, as he commands a well-trained and loyal army that the rest of the universe both fears and respects. His training and use of the ancient art of the Neon Saber is unheralded. But it is His Giant Battle Planet that will be known as the crowning achievement for Lord Doomicus…once it becomes fully operational.

Unfortunately, to run an operation the size of His Giant Battle Planet, it requires a lot of people in the background to run it and maintain it. Nameless IT contractors who need to keep the Thruspace wireless data transfer system up and running. Dissatisfied pencil-pushers who need to get the cost overruns down by cutting a corner or two. The thankless latrine cleaners. The bored meat-drones who need to count the bolts every other day to ensure that the hull is stable. Guys and gals who don’t really care about the military implications of what they are doing; it’s just a stupid, underpaid job to them, with cramped shared podrooms and paper-thin walls that refuse to muffle the horrid dubstar music in the podroom next door.

This is their story.

This playset includes a custom Tilt table, for when Lord Doomicus arrives on the station for a surprise visit to see how construction isprogressing.

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Los Angeles 1936

By Chris Bennett

Special Release; Originally a Gen Con 2010 exclusive

"I needed a drink… I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun." –Raymond Chandler

In Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, circa 1936, the sun-blinded streets would just as soon put a knife in your back. And all the diamond-edged glamour of a Hollywood starlet can’t save you from a fall off a 30-story building.

Enter the black and white world of smoky nightclubs and faded apartment hallways, where every crime is shot "on location." There are many grand dreams waiting to be unraveled. Are you ready to enter the labyrinth?

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Lucky Strike

By Jason Morningstar

April 2010 Playset of the Month

"This playset takes place at the United States Army’s Camp Lucky Strike Replacement Depot, near Le Havre, France, in the waning days of World War Two. Nestled safely in the rear, the ""repple depple"" was a temporary home for soldiers awaiting new units. Boredom and low morale led to crime and foolishness. The black market has never been blacker.

It was, in a word, a fiasco."

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Main St.

By Bully Pulpit Games

From Fiasco

A nice southern town, where behind every friendly smile lies greed, deceipt, and corruption.

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Manna Hotel

By Dan Puckett

July 2010 Playset of the Month

The Manna Hotel is three miles north of Manna, Kansas, population 1,200. A twenty-room motor lodge with its own in-ground swimming pool, now unused, the hotel burned down and was rebuilt in the fifties. Wood paneling and window-unit air conditioners were installed in the seventies, and it looks like that’s the last maintenance anyone did to the place.

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Miracle in Bedford Falls

By Scott Slomiany

With whoop-deo doo, and hickory dunk! Someone put Old Man Potter into a trunk! And don’t forget about that Santa who was inexcusably drunk...cause just about at 12 o’clunk, there’ll be something shady going on downtown!

This playset features elements from various live action classic holiday movies. Perfect to create your own, heartwarming family movie classics...or at least re-live those movies the way you THOUGHT they should have ended.

Feel free to choose the softer tables for a more heart-warming experience, or the standard Fiasco tables if you have the heart of a Christmas cynic.

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Mission to Mercury

By Bully Pulpit Games

From The Fiasco Companion

With a tooth-and-nail struggle for domination and exploitation of Mars by the major powers of the near future, the international mission to Mercury (entitled Shuguang, or Dawn Light) is a big public relations effort. Surplus lunar equipment—proven over twenty years of hard service—has been heavily modified for the task. This is a claustrophobic and weird Playset for experienced Fiasco players!

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The Murderists

By Bully Pulpit Games

From Run, Fools, Run

You’ve got a contract, advance money, and a dossier on your target. You may not get along with your team, but you’re professionals so you will get the job done. One problem: You’re pretty sure one of your team is a snitch, or worse, a Federal agent. Time to clean house.

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The New Drug

By Martin Boisselle

The same old thing, over and over and over again. The city's pretty used to the same old things looping again and again but something's is about to burst that bubble wide open. A new drug that just about to hit the streets. Something totally different and full of possibilities. Everyone's hearing different bits of information, but nobody's really had a chance to use it or even actually see it. Everyone's excited, either for a way out of their old habits, a new way to make money, or payback to the longstanding dealers. You're about to get in, but will you be able to get out?

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News Channel Six

By Chris Norwood, Ken Coble, and Tom Gurganus

April 2011 Playset of the Month

Times are tough at Action Six News. We’re last place in an already small market and losing ground all the time. It’s not like much news-worthy stuff happens in this crappy little town anyway, and those bastards over at Action News Eleven always seem to be one step ahead of us! With advertising revenue drying up and people turning more and more to that blasted internet, sometimes you’ve got to get a little creative in reporting the news. The Action Six News team could be from any small city around the United States, filled with people who desperately seek notoriety, fame or—just occasionally—a better world.

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New York 1913

By Jason Morningstar

August 2010 Playset of the Month

Fin de siècle New York, 1913—a city perched on the edge of the abyss. Modernity is at war with tradition, and automobiles uneasily share the roads with horse-drawn carriages. Change—sweeping, terrible change—is in the air, and all of Europe is about to be thrown under the bus, dragging the world down after it. But tonight? For now? Cars that can go forty miles an hour, women not ashamed to show off a little ankle, and as much opium as you care to smoke. In the dirty places labor is organizing, anarchists are murdering plutocrats, and children are going hungry. But it’s a pretty good world if you are on top of it, so find a way to get on top, fast...

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No Luck Atoll

By Craig Payne

You find yourselves washed onto the shore of a tropical island, with no idea if help is on it’s way. The ship you were on has sunk beneath the waves and you and your fellow survivors are going to have to eke out a survival in this remote location.

Still, at least the worst is behind you, right?

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No Strings Attached

By Peter Ray and Aaron King

No Strings Attached is all you need to start your own FIASCO game based on the works of Jim Henson. Maybe you're a group of fuzzies racing cross-country in a stolen bus trying to save your local theater. Maybe you're trying to save you're buddy from running away and learn a lesson about friendship in the process. Maybe you're the last of an ancient race exploring dark twisting caverns to save the world. Maybe you've been stuck watching a crappy play for hours and have had enough. Maybe you are all of the above.....IN SPAAAAAACE!

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Objecive Zebra

By Jérôme "Brand" Larré

January 2011 Playset of the Month

It is anything but quiet aboard the U.S. Navy submarine SS-495, the USS Saddleback. She’s on reduced battery power, nestled in the soft mud of the North Sea somewhere off the coast of Lower Saxony. It is the middle of World War II. Your mission has gone awry, your boat is sunk, and the horrible groaning of the tortured pressure hull has mixed with another sound—something stranger, more unearthly—from outside the submarine. And it is getting closer. You’re trapped in a stranded submarine and you have to get the hell out of here... before it comes in!

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On the Rez

By Joe Weinmunson

Originally written for the rpggeek.com Fiasco Playset Contest 2010.

This playset for Fiasco takes place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the poorest places in all of the United States. The Oglala Lakota have lived around here for centuries; the infamous Wounded Knee massacre occurred right here on the rez. 80% unemployment, an average income under $10,000 a year, Prohibition-style laws against possession of alcohol, and a distant legal system reluctant to prosecute crimes--Pine Ridge is ripe territory for a game of violence and desperation.

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Outrageous Fortune

By Megan Pedersen

“The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king”
– Hamlet, Act 2, Scene ii

Your mom married your uncle. Your girlfriend couldn’t wait to kill herself over you. And you just found out you’ve been walking around with a donkey’s head all afternoon. Life is tough in ol’ Bill Shakespeare’s world. The best you can usually hope for is a nice quickie marriage at the end of a long tortuous journey.

Or maybe you’ve been trotting the boards at the Globe making those stories come to life. You’d better watch out for the rotten fruit the unwashed rabble will throw at you if they don’t like the show. But I wouldn’t worry too much – Billy Boy put lots of fart jokes in this one.

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The Penthouse

By Dan Puckett

July 2011 Playset of the Month

"Salman bin Nasser al Saud is a Saudi prince, he’s twenty-four years old, and he is heir to one of the biggest fortunes on the planet. Sal’s pride and joy is his penthouse. It’s the most expensive penthouse he and his people could find. Tonight the world’s most moneyed, famous, talented, ruthless, intelligent, and charismatic people—plus those who profit from them—have packed themselves into Sal’s penthouse, and the beats are bumping.

And here comes Sal at the stroke of midnight: drunk, not a care in the world, with a crowd of shrieking underage girls trailing behind him. But what Sal doesn’t know is that this is the last party he’ll ever host at his penthouse. After tonight, everything changes… one way or the other."

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Pink Mohawks

By Peter Ray and Aaron King

A Fiasco Playset set in the Shadowrun universe.

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Planeta Droga

By Rafael Pinheiro Costa

Special Release

"Planeta Droga is a different kind of Fiasco playset. It was written and translated from Portuguese by our friend Rafael Pinheiro Costa in Brazil. It is an homage to his brother, and inspired by his struggle with addiction.

This playset focuses on the ""poor impulse control"" aspect of a normal Fiasco and ignores the ambition part completely, as it models the daily routine of an addict. The focus is on the many small struggles. Such as being able to pull it together just enough that you can go to a family party, convincing a loved one that you can still change, figuring out where the next fix is coming from, or how to grow pot inside the apartment without attracting the attention of the cops.

And how does all of this work out? That’s for you to find out. Buckle up, and have a nice journey."

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Pobyeda

By Larry Lade

This playset is set on the coast of the Black Sea, in a resort city hosting an international sporting competition. Allegations abound that much of the billions spent on the event has been funneled into bribes, kickbacks, and crony work contracts, with the result of an embarrassing level of corner-cutting for some of the facilities. The world community has expressed dismay at the host nation's increasingly repugnant policies oppressing LGBT persons. Rumors of terrorist infiltrators cannot be completely discredited.

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Poppleton Mall

By Bully Pulpit Games

From American Disasters

Come visit our shops during the holidays, when Santa reigns over his throne room and the atrium rings with the sounds of merry-making from the magical Winterland stage! Your children will always remember their visit to Poppleton Mall!

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Quest for the Golden Panda

By Jennifer Wong

March 2011 Playset of the Month

In the world of mythic China, the elders told tales in great detail about dragons and pandas, fighting and love, fortunes and fables to the children of the villages. In these mystical times anything could happen and everything could be a sign from the ancestors. One such myth was the tale of the Golden Panda. You loved it as a child - but now you have come to find that is true. What is the Golden Panda, and how will it lead to ruin? Only your friends know!

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Rainbow Mountain

By Bully Pulpit Games

From American Disasters

Join Michael Tree and his family and build utopia on a few perfect acres of mountain land, far from the troubles of the modern world. Well, except all those problems you brought with you, of course.

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Rat Patrol

By Jason Morningstar

Special Release December 2013

One day you are miserable experiments, destined to have your brains extracted to see what makes you tick, and the next you are blinking in the sunlight, smelling new smells that aren’t disinfectant and terror, dumped on a lawn by kids in balaclavas. You recognize the balaclavas because you have had encyclopedias injected into your brains. First worn by British troops, whoever they were, during the Crimean War, whatever that was. You could recall the details if you thought hard enough but really, now is not the time.

Now you are free, and you know how rats are supposed to live, and what the dangers of a rat-centric lifestyle are. Behind you is a gleaming tower full of terrible people who did unspeakable things to you and your friends. In front of you is a forest full of encyclopedic dangers you can name but whose scent is entirely unknown. On either side are others like you, rats you lived with, nearly died with, got really smart with. Rattus norvegicus, Sprague-Dawley strain, mostly the offspring of a very special pair named Linda and Milky.

Time to get moving. Maybe to survive. Maybe to get revenge.

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Reconstruction

By Tom Gurganus

July 2010 Playset of the Month

It is 1867. The American Civil War is over and the South is in ashes. Newly freed slaves mingle with former owners. Carpetbaggers and scallywags look for quick profits. Corruption is the coin of the realm, and the desperate, despicable and insane all look for an angle.

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Red Front

By Malcolm Craig and Per Fischer

September 2011 Playset of the Month

It's the autumn of ‘77 in Germany and stories of kidnap, murder, and hijacking are front page news. A disparate group of avant-garde academics, youthful political activists, and workers at the end of their tether plot to make the world sit up and take notice.

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Regina's Wedding

By Bully Pulpit Games

From The Fiasco Companion

Regina is finally tying the knot. She’s found the right guy, and the wedding is going to be a real event. Two big families, scads of bridesmaids, a metric kegload of groomsmen, a catered reception, the whole frilly white nine yards. Of course, everyone has a past, and everyone has an agenda, and even the happiest occasion can become a social—and literal—battlefield...

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Return to Camp Death

By James Gabrielsen

Special Release for Halloween 2013

Last summer’s massacre at Camp Clearwater rocked Barrow Pines, casting a pall over our sleepy town. Only when the inconclusive police investigation and media circus died down and we tried to put our lives back together did we realize our nightmare had just begun.

Barrow Pines is full of secrets, and the deeper we dig into the mystery, the more questions we unearth. Those of us who have dared look have come to one inescapable conclusion: whatever killed all those people last year is still out there, and it will kill again.

To stop the horror once and for all, we must return to where it all started. We must return to Camp Death.

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Rise of the Walking Dead Part 1: Night

By Ben Monroe

This is the first in a series of three Fiasco playsets.

Nobody knows how, why, where or when it began exactly.

Something’s gone terribly wrong, however. Scenes of civil unrest are on all the major networks, local news, and blazing across the internet.

All anyone knows is that, as crazy as it sounds, the unburied dead have risen and are stalking living human prey. Anyone who dies will rise. And if you’re bit, or scratched by one of the undead, the infection will kill you within two hours.

What will you do when the dead stalk the living? In the first few hours of the crisis, your choices are critical.

Don’t screw this up.

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Road Trip

By Jim Pinto

It was supposed to be a simple trip. A one-way trip. Me and some Friends. A hitch-hiker or two. And a simple delivery.

That’s all.

Just one simple delivery.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Romero, TX

By Don Gardner

Written for the RPGGeek 2012 Holiday Adventure competition

The town of Romero, Texas. Home of Ft. Boyle Military Base, a burgeoning ceramics industry, and Savini Heights’ own Romero Crazies football team. Just an ordinary American town, getting ready to celebrate Halloween.

But things are not what they seem, and Hell has come to Romero. A mystery virus is sweeping the town, and now the dead stalk the streets. You may be trying to get out with your loved ones; you may be trying to get out rich. But this Halloween, the one thing everyone is trying to do is get out alive.

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Salem 1692

By Logan Bonner with Lillian Cohen-Moore

May 2012 Playset of the Month

After the New Year dawned on 1692, strange afflictions have beset many of the young girls in Salem. Thought to be the precocious nonsense of children, they now suffer episodes of violence and terrifying abuse at the hands of unseen forces. Their forbidden games have brought this onslaught, and they have learned them at the hands of their very neighbors and servants.

Inevitable accusations have now followed. As young as five to as old as eighty, no resident of Salem Village or the surrounding townships, good Christians or no, old or young, are safe from the witch hunt. 1692 will be a year of misery and death for all of Salem Village. Truly, spells and stories are not simple children’s games.

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Saturday Night '78

By Wil Wheaton, Will Hindmarch, and Jason Morningstar

Created for the Fiasco Episode of Tabletop in July of 2012.

New York City, 1978. Last year, the city endured the chaos of the blackout of ‘77 and the terror of the Son of Sam killings. This year, Studio 54 makes millions by giving beautiful plebs and dazzling celebrities a place to party at $20 a head. Condensed sweat rains from Studio 54’s mirrored-laminate ceiling—sweat evaporated from the brows of celebrities, maybe—and falls back on the dancers below.

This is a time of rock and disco, of reckless hedonism and casual sex, a time before consequences. Debauchees high on blow, poppers, or Quaaludes dance and laugh and lust and cry in swank clubs and dirty dives all over the city. Whoever your characters are in the daylight, come dark they transform into sordid stars or disco royalty, beautiful disasters or pitiable victors, ricocheting off each other into the glittering wreckage of imploded parties. Every Saturday night the city’s alight with spectacular fiascos.

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Science Comics

By Nick Wedig

"For every successful superhero who was belted by gamma rays, injected with magic ginseng or... for instance... bit by a radioactive spider like Spiderman, there are many, many more who are not so spectacular."
- Flaming Carrot Comics, by Bob Burden

Somewhere out there, Solarman is saving the world from an invasive alternate reality full of insect-men. Somewhere else, the Wonder League fights for truth and justice against big name villains like Baron von Violence. And somewhere else, the superscientist Professor Chrysalis is discovering a cure for all known diseases.

That's not here, though. Sure, you work in the same "costumed aggression" industry as those guys. But you aren't the big name heroes or villains. You aren't even the henchmen of the top tier villains. You're down with the dregs. Third rate heroes, has-been villains and minions who couldn't even get hired as cannon fodder. These are a bunch of people with poor social skills, terrible impulse control, giant ambitions and access to deadly superscientific doomsday devices. When their personal lives get all muddled up into their professional hero and villain routine, it's sure to be a fiasco.

"It's about the beauty of failure. It's about that failure happens to all of us... Every character is not only flawed, but sucks at what they do, and is beautiful at it and Jackson and I suck at what we do, and we try to be beautiful at it, and failure is how you get by... It shows that failure's funny, and it's beautiful and it's life, and it's okay, and it's all we can write because we are big... failures. (Laughter)."
- Doc Hammer, describing The Venture Brothers

Permalink: http://fiascoplaysets.com/#sciencecomics

Also includes a "Comics Code Authority Approved" version.

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Scream of the Space Beast

By Mark L. Chance

“To the victor go the spoils. So, let's get to looting the Space Beast.”

Our heroes have defeated the space pirate crew of the Space Beast, forcing the survivors to disembark.The disabled pirate frigate floats in the asteroid field, ready for salvage.

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1890 Shadows of the Empire

By Matt, Rae, Mik and Luke

Victorian England by Gaslight

The British Empire is at the height of its power, and no city on Earth is as rich and as decadent as London. In the corridors of power, civil servants enact the iron will of the aristocracy, and ladies and gentlement of breeding dance the night away at glorious balls. Mighty Zeppelins dot the London skyline and in foundries powered by the spoils of the Empire, the greatest engineers of the age create marvels of steam.

But admist the glitz and finery, the seedier side of Empire lurks: a killer roams the slums of London, and the East End is "a horrible black labyrinth, reeking from end to end and swarming with human vermin, whose trade is robbery and whose recreation is murder."

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A Shot at the Big Show

By Tom Gurganus

Originally written for the rpggeek.com Fiasco Playset Contest 2010.

A minor league baseball themed playset for Fiasco.

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Splitting the Blanket

By Philipp “Biest” Neitzel

This playset is still in development.

A Divorce isn't easy to get in the first half of the 20th century or at least it isn't in most parts of the world. In the American West laws are lenient and judges are understanding. Nevada recognizes nine grounds for divorce - impotency, adultery, desertion, conviction of a felony, habitual drunkenness, neglect to provide the common necessities of life, insanity, living apart for three years, and extreme cruelty entirely mental in nature. The only thing else you need is six weeks of residency. You and thousands other divorce seekers out there.

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Staring Down At Madison Avenue

By John Arcadian

Madison Avenue, the only place to be if you're in the advertising game. Looking down on the bustle and movement from the windows of 17th floor that your agency leases, a drink in your hand and the pressure to come up with the next big thing, you are living the life. The life, however, consists of stress, excessive drinking, illicit affairs, and plenty of secrets interwoven into the glam and glitz that money brings. Your life may look great from the outside, and you are the envy of the town, but you go to extremes to hold it all together. In your world, when things break, they break in the most spectacular ways. Maybe you chose this world and were ready for the cut-throat politics and struggles you would face on the rise to the top, or maybe you are an innocent bystander drawn in through your work, your spouse, or your innocent desire to be somebody. You aren't likely to get out without getting a little dirty.

Get your suit, press your dress, grab the cigarettes and the booze, and get ready to spin things in your favor as you try to work your way to the top or get out before the stress makes your exit permanent.

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State Prison

By Phil Sbszine

Originally written for the rpggeek.com Fiasco Playset Contest 2010.

Life in the Louisiana State Pen is as turbulent as the mighty Mississippi River. Guards help prisoners dig an escape tunnel. A wannabe lives the thug life. Scientologists corner the sugar market.

Welcome to the big house.

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Stonefalcon Manor

By John Adams

The year is 1965, and the times are slowly catching up with the quaint English village by the bay. The hemlines are rising, the necklines are plunging, and there’s even talk of finally paving the old road. But the same level of modernity cannot be seen in the large manor house looming on the hill in the distance. The past haunts Stonefalcon Manor and the people within like a vengeful spirit. Day in and day out, the Harrington family and their servants go about their business as if all is right and proper, never daring to utter the dreadful truth that they have concealed all of these years. But the Secret of Stonefalcon Manor has spent long enough in the shadows. The Secret of Stonefalcon Manor will be revealed. And when the Secret of Stone Falcon Manor is revealed, heaven help those unfortunate souls caught in its dark, terrorizing grasp.

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Summer Camp Etawa

By Jason Y. Lee

Fresh air. Sunshine. The smell of pine. Your parents are sending you to camp to inspire and find yourself, but mostly to get you away from the house so they can have some alone time. "But please!" you beg of them as you bargain to pick up the dog crap every day with your bare hands for a year for you to not go. Other campers can't wait to return and enjoy being away from home. Either way, you're stuck here for the next two months, so let's make the best of it.

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Super Kart Party 3 Plus!

By Ewen Cluney

Some people are naïve enough to think that working as a video game tester is a fun, easy job. It can be a good way to get your foot in the door, but the hours can be brutal, the games often suck even when they aren't ridiculously buggy, the programmers hate you, and your coworkers probably have some kind of hazing in mind.

Nakatomi Games is a venerable Japanese video game company, and you work in the testing department at its American office in Silicon Valley. And there's this game. You've had to test some real stinkers before, but this one is by far one of the worst. It's called Super Kart Party 3 Plus! Everything about it is terrible, and if anyone had any sense they'd just cancel it. That would be the merciful thing to do. But the company has already shelled out for a number of very high-profile licensed characters—ones that don't make any damn sense to you—so upper management is very attached to the project. It's also going to have motion controls, DLC, and all the other bullshit buzzword crap no one actually wants.

With the release date for SKP3+ looming ever closer, crunch time is upon you. The testers are working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week minimum to try to get this stupid game whipped into shape, and the programmers look like they haven't seen the sun in a while. Chances are it's just not going to make it, but don't let management hear you talking that way. (Not that they want to hear what you have to say at the best of times.) Just fucking get to work.

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The Supernatural Files: Case File #1

By Bug McBride

Flashing lights in the sky. Unexplained Deaths. A missing person. There are many things that go bump in the night. Things that can not be explained. Things that you have to try to explain. Things that will help you find the truth. Why? Because the Truth is out There!

Nothing scares you (so you say), it is now time to help your fellow man or maybe it is time to make a profit, and to become famous. Either way it is time to hit the road, and to uncover the truth. Time to confront your past. Time to close the latest file, on the Supernatural Files.

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T-72

By Brad Murray

This playset for Bully Pulpit's game, Fiasco, is set inside a T-72 main battle tank in Afghanistan, 1981. The oil's leaking, the mountains are full of fanatic mujahadeen, and the loader drank most of the brake fluid.

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Tales from Suburbia

By Bully Pulpit Games

From Fiasco

Middle-class men and women keeping up with the Joneses, even if it kills them.

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Tartan Noir

By DC Bradshaw

November 2012 Playset of the Month

There’s been a murder. A body lies dead in a run-down apartment. There are signs of a struggle. Broken furniture litters the floor. Two of the victim’s fingers have been cut off. There’s a human turd on the mantelpiece. Hang on, what? Welcome to the world of Tartan Noir: fiction with a hardboiled, cynical, violent and frequently alcoholic view of crime in modern-day Scotland. There are good guys, there are bad guys but there definitely aren’t any heroes. Tartan Noir is about world-weary anti-heroes, deeply flawed characters with a variety of vices that would not normally be becoming of someone of their narrative stature. And while it is certainly hardboiled, there’s frequently an edge of wackiness that separates Tartan Noir from its American cousin. So pour yourself a dram of single malt and prepare to indulge in a little Tartan Noir.

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There Can Be Only One

By Tom McGrenery

Since the dawn of time the immortals have come silently down through the centuries, living many secret lives alongside mortals, fighting against one another in the eternal struggle they call The Game.

Trying to reach the time of the Gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you... until now.

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Those Summer Nights

By Scott Slomiany

Well, this is it. The last summer before senior year. The last truly free summer you’ll have. Next summer, it’s all about getting ready for college and trying to figure out who you want to be. But for now, for this summer, you are going to make things special! The time of your life, kid.

Well, except that there isn’t much to do in this town. All of the desirable jobs over at the Cinema Complex 12 have been taken. So, the next step down is at the Splash It Up! water park. And all of the primo openings there (like lifeguard) are also taken up. But at least folding towels will get you some cash, and there’s always a chance of a summer fling with someone else...

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A Thousand Ships

By Donogh McCarthy

Everyone knows the story of the Trojan War, right?

Helen of Troy, whose face launched a thousand ships?

Achilles sulking in his tent?

The scheme of the Trojan Horse hatched by Odysseus?

You don’t know the half of it: it was the original fiasco…

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Toil and Trouble

By Mark Meredith

Take a bunch of pubescent kids in a confined space out in the middle of nowhere, full of adolescent fury and desires. Now give them unfettered magical powers, the ability to open locks, summon water and fire, create love potions and sleeping draughts.

You are someone of magical power, brought here to the school to learn to harness said power. But where hormones, malleable minds and magic meet… Well, let’s just say that’s a fiasco in the making.

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Touring Rock Band

By Jason Morningstar

January 2010 Playset of the Month

It’s all about the music, man. It’s about becoming famous. It’s about the chicks, the drugs, the fans. It’s about burning bright and dying young, leaving behind a legend!

Or maybe it’s about paying for the hotel room once the stupid legend has left the building.

Touring Rock Band is an over-the-top collection of iconic rock and roll glories and unwholesome lunacy. It’s about golden gods rising to fame and falling back into addiction, stupidity and squalid failure.

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Touring Rock Band 2: When the Music Stopped

By Chris Bennett, Jobe Bittman, Logan Bonner, Per Fischer, James Gabrielsen, Stephen Granade, Jérôme Larré, Jason Morningstar, Megan Pedersen, Dan Puckett, John Rogers, Steve Segedy and Gareth-Michael Skarka

December 2012 Playset of the Month

You were supposed to live fast and die young. At least you lived fast. Now you are not so young. Not so famous. Not quite able to rise to the sybaritic occasion the way you did back in the crazy days. Back when you were the big deal, touring the world behind an album that could have—should have—gone platinum. You had your moment and now it has passed. The band broke up, over sex and money and a lot of stuff that seems trivial now. But the dreams never died, and the idea of revisiting past glory seems better and better. God knows you need the cash. And you still have fans on the Internet who would kill to see the band get back together…

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Town and Gown

By Stephen Granade

May 2011 Playset of the Month

Universities are strange places, and small town universities even more so. Faculty fight viciously with each other because the stakes are so low. Students grub for grades, or give up and drift through school. Townies hate the school, but it’s the only thing keeping the town alive, and many of them go to school part-time.

Given the pressure and the fault lines that run deep beneath, it’s no wonder that sometimes cracks appear.

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Transatlantic

By E. Tage Larsen

September 2010 Playset of the Month

The time is 1932, the place? Somewhere in the mid-Atlantic aboard the luxury cruise ship Leviathan, a week out of Southampton en route to New York on her maiden voyage.

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Unaussprechlichen Klutzen

By Graham Walmsley

All you wanted to do was impress the cute redhead from the coffee shop. Several ancient texts later, there’s a mile-high squid striding across the landscape, devastating everything in its path. And you’re pretty sure it just stepped on the redhead.

Unaussprechlichen Klutzen takes H P Lovecraft’s stories and repeats them as farce. It smashes together worldly ambitions with world-destroying horror. In this game, love, envy and revenge are dishes best served with Shoggoth.

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Upton Abbey

By A.B., Guylène Le Mignot, Oriane and Steve Jakoubovitch

It is a good place; to tell the truth. A huge domain with beautiful lands; a big and comfortable house; a noble family from the English aristocracy and their faithful servants. But as in every family, skeletons can be found in cupboards, entangled in love and money; especially now, in the roaring twenties. Things are changing, and you might want to make it change for the best –for you...

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Vegas

By Bully Pulpit Games

From The Fiasco Companion

Las Vegas is a glittering illusion in the desert, a house of cards built on dazzling lights, hope, and desperation. It’s Disneyland with strippers and cheap drinks, full of hapless losers, wide-eyed tourists, and gangsters nostalgic for how it used to be.

In Sin City everything can change in the blink of an eye. Maybe you’ve got a score to settle, or an easy mark lined up, or you just think your luck will change this time. It might even be enough to win her back, or get you out of the life. But don’t bet on it—in the end, no matter how special you think you are, the house always wins.

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Vegas, Baby!

By Wordman

It always sounds like a good idea. A few days in Vegas to blow off steam before the wedding, or to celebrate closing the deal, or just for the hell of it. Check responsibility at the door, you’re in Sin City, baby!

But so are the grifters and the hookers, looking to fleece tourists. The mobsters looking for prey. Showbiz lowlifes and corrupt officials, all looking for a better deal. Desperate locals with an eye out for a quick score.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists a day, from all over the world, rub elbows with the locals. Sometimes it’s champagne and caviar. Most times, it’s not. And, sometimes, it’s about burying the bodies in the desert.

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Welcome to Mortison USA

By Mark S. Cookman

Special promotional release for the "Welcome to Mortison USA" campaign setting.

Mortiston is a medium-sized American city somewhere in the mid-western part of North America. In most ways it's just like every other little American city, there are good people and bad people, but most people are somewhere in between, just trying to get by. The National Weather Service has predicted stormy weather all morning for the Mortiston area. In the morning there was a terrorist firebomb attack at the school. Just before noon the weather broke and tornadoes were sighted in the industrial district north of town. Just after noon a small nuclear explosion destroyed much of the downtown area. By 1:00 PM, there were zombies on the streets. Z-Day has come. The rest of your life is now just for surviving.

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White Collar

By Colin Creitz

Traders and con-men spend other people's money on New York's Wall Street.

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White Hole

By Rafael Chandler

March 2012 Playset of the Month

The heroes aboard Star Station Sigma took one look at that dimensional anomaly and they got the hell out of town.

A few minutes after that, they were headed back to Space Legion territory with FTL drives at maximum. But the white hole had busted the lower deck all to hell, damaging many of the escape pods, so a bunch of people got stranded aboard Star Station Sigma. The losers, mostly. Now everyone’s trying to figure out how the hell we’re going to get off this ship. Problem is, the Ax’Tularians hate the Kruk’Chels, the prisoners hate security, and the crew members hate the officers. The station’s orbiting a white hole, and everyone’s trying to kill everybody else, and we’re just a clump of space-waste circling the drain. I should’ve stuck with smuggling.

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White Line Fever

By Bully Pulpit Games

From Run, Fools, Run

Hurtling down the highway in a 1973 AMC Matador, you are an extremely unlikely group of individuals. How did you get here? Why are you going so fast? The answers, and your destiny, are all right here in this cramped seventies muscle car.

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With Great Power

By Mark Meredith

There’s nothing more chaotic than a superhero team. Take a bunch of A-Type personalities, give them all the power to punch holes in reality, then give them differing goals, beliefs and ideas. With that, you’ve got a bit of a fiasco on your hands…

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X-People

By Samuel Kaye and James D'Amato

Humanity has reached the next stage in evolution. Men and women all over the world have begun to develop extraordinary powers.

However, there are those who fear these new super humans and will stop at nothing to see them destroyed. This has divided the evolved community into two segments: A brotherhood of millitant mutants who want to rid the world of prejudiced humans to user in a new era for mutantkind, and a group of peaceful mutants who believe through mutual compassion and understand humans and mutants can coexist.

The soldiers in this war live dramatic lives full of heroism, heartbreak, and angst.

...You will not be playing as those noble heroes.

Instead, you will be playing the miserable bastards who, inspite of all that is going on around them, are prone to petty jealousy, misplaced ambition, and poor impulse control.

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You Are A Cat

By Stentor Danielson

This is the playset where you are a cat and there are other cats in this place and also there are humans and foods and boxes to lay in because you are a cat.

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Zion Curtain

By Michael Witry

“The family can be together forever.” Which is good news for all your perfect plastic neighbors and their perfect plastic families, but which is bad news for you. You've had it with your flippin' family and all the flippin' dysfunctional people in it. You're sick of covering up all their flaws so they can look good at the ward meetings. And you've got a plan to make a name for yourself. Best of all, the bishop doesn't need to know about it… and you might walk away from this scheme with your temple recommend intact.

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The Zoo

By Will Hindmarch

December 2011 Playset of the Month

The Brookmarket Zoo was a world-class institution, visited by locals and travelers alike. Its animals were content, its visitors happy, its staff respected. Now, attendance is down, The zoo is desperate, and money is tight. Other, more successful zoos in other cities sniff around the place, looking to take away animals and staff. Are these the last days of the Brookmarket Zoo? Or can someone with powerful ambition change things for the better?

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