Monday, September 30, 2013

It's a DARK SHADOWS Fiasco!

FIASCO is a game that's been getting a lot of heat in recent months. Generally, RPGs are a strange balance of left-brain/right-brain sensibilities, the kind of activity that needs both an active imagination and a solid set of mathematical skills. It's not enough to know how strong you character is, you've got be be able to factor in things like agility, armor class and weapon benefits. And, since it's a social activity, you sometimes have to do this while a little drunk.

I've always loved the idea of RPGs, but not so much the mechanics. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons always felt like a protracted SAT test to me ... I liked the idea of it, but didn't feel like I should need an RPG legal library in order to have a good time. Along comes FIASCO to save the day! Here's how the publishers describe it:
"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."
Does that sound like DARK SHADOWS to you? Because it does to me. It's an role playing game that actually feels like a game, and one that won't have you turning to the rule book every 30 seconds to settle an argument. If that doesn't make any sense, Tor Books has an interesting look at the game, as well as some video of the game in action (including none other that Wil Wheaton of STAND BY ME and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION among the players.)

It was just a matter of time before someone created a DARK SHADOWS module for FIASCO. I'd given it some thought, myself, and mentioned to idea to PATRICK McCRAY. Being an overachiever, he had the first draft of the module written in a few days. I designed the package, made a few tweaks and viola! Here it is, in all it's gloomy and doomy glory.

You can download the module as a PDF file by clicking THIS LINK.

If you're looking for the rule book (and the module won't make much sense without it) you can find it on AMAZON.

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