Session 35: Fiasco and Dust Devils

20 Dec

6pm – 10pm
Tuesday, January 1
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

Fiasco is an award-winning, GM-less game for 3-5 players, designed to be played in a few hours with six-sided dice and no preparation. During a game you will engineer and play out stupid, disastrous situations, usually at the intersection of greed, fear, and lust. It’s like making your own Coen brothers movie, in about the same amount of time it’d take to watch one.

Or, that is what it would be, but this time around we’ll be trying a new playset that strives to set a different tone.

As the turn of the 20th century approaches, the Western world is rife with contradictions. A drive towards modernity clashes with a fierce traditionalism. Despite an outwardly prudish culture, brothels and opium dens are easily accessible. Class and racial tensions strain to the breaking point. Artists and eccentrics insist on pushing the limits,
even as strict laws and restrictive morality insist that they get back in line. Modern medicine is in the midst of violent birth pains, and many patients – especially the mentally ill – suffer the consequences. Life in the city is as grand as it is gritty, as terrible as it is beautiful. In this environment of infinite possibility and deep anxiety, such fantasies as
black magic, lurking monsters, wondrous inventions, and twisted experiments seem almost plausible, and perhaps even seductive. The world is changing fast, and nothing is as it seems.

Pull the trigger:

Dust Devils Revenged:

“Shoot or give up the gun.” In Dust Devils Revenged you tell stories of the lives and struggles of folk on the frontier. Will they be consumed by their personal demons or will they find redemption?

Dust Devils, the Indie RPG Game of the Year 2002, is back with a vengeance. Relive the toughest moments of the Old West in this acclaimed game. This “Revenged” edition is the latest and greatest version of one of the most highly respected Western RPGs.

Use this book with playing cards and poker chips to create your own exciting, powerful stories in the spirit of the Western.

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One Response to “Session 35: Fiasco and Dust Devils”

  1. readysetgamepdx January 4, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    I know this is way late, but I’m putting it up for historical purposes. Sorry ’bout that!

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