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Maybe some dude from youth group talked you into boosting a case of motor oil, but now your cousin is dead in a swamp and you killed him.

Maybe you and your girlfriend figured you could scare your wife into a divorce, but things went pear-shaped and now a gang of cranked-up skinheads with latex gloves and a pit bull are looking for you. It seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Fiasco is inspired by cinematic tales of small time capers gone disastrously wrong – inspired by films like Blood Simple, Fargo, The Way of the Gun, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan. You’ll play ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won’t go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, your guy just might end up back where he started.

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.

You’ll Need:

  • Three, four, or five people, including yourself. There is no Game Master
  • Four six-sided dice per player, two each of contrasting colors
  • Several dozen index cards or sticky notes and some pencils
  • About two and a half hours
  • A playset: choose one from the book or find more here or at Fiascoplaysets.com 
  • Optional: other downloads here.

You'll Get:

  • 134 page PDF
  • Includes 4 playsets: Main Street, Boomtown, Suburbia, and The Ice

What People Are Saying

Shut Up & Sit Down  

"[Fiasco] is very much outside the realm of what we usually cover. It’s a two hour table game, but it has no cards, cardboard, winners or losers. It has almost no rules. But despite that, it’s perhaps the best game you’ve never even conceived of."

Meeple Mountain 

 "I’ve played it dozens of times: good friends and new friends, gamers and first-timers, mundane and fantastical, sober and otherwise, Fiasco has consistently delivered a breadth and variety of story that I only hoped it would. There are games I played years ago that we still reference as inside jokes. Fiasco has managed to transcend “it’s a game” and become “it’s part of my shared narrative”. Half the dice I own are for the sole purpose of playing Fiasco.

At the risk of repeating myself, I really can’t recommend Fiasco enough."


"Fiasco is hands down one of the best RPGs I have ever played. It delivers exactly what it promises: a self-contained, no-prep session in which a comedy of errors and bad decisions results in a complete fiasco."

Want to nab the physical game book? Find that here!

Want to play Fiasco super fast with cards? Find it here!


Buy Now$12.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $12 USD. You will get access to the following files:

BPG005_Fiasco_Classic.pdf 17 MB
Facilitating Fiasco.pdf 1 MB
Fiasco Play Mat.pdf 303 kB


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What is there to say about Fiasco that hasn't already been said? It's the definitive game of self-inflicted catastrophe. It's the king of drama, the queen of failure, and the jester watching it all burn down. If you haven't had the chance to try this landmark game of narrative storytelling, you really owe it to yourself to check it out. There are literal years of content for the classic game, waiting for you to explore it.

I could talk about Fiasco all day -- and I have -- but the bottom line is that Fiasco stands the test of time as a thrilling celebration of storytelling.