FRONTERIZO: A Fiasco Playset
Hey, folks. Do you know Fiasco? You should: Jason Morningstar‘s cleverly constructed, tonally perfect role-playing game (available from Bully Pulpit Games) is one of the greatest things going these days. Built for 3-5 players, with minimal dice-rolling, few rules, and no game-master, it’s perfect if you enjoy dark, cynical crime movies, film noir, the work of the Coen Brothers, interactive storytelling, and having a fiendishly good time.
I’m a huge fan of the game, and because of Bully Pulpit’s admirably collaborative approach to the gaming world, it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at writing my own “playset” — the scenario around which a game of Fiasco is built. Not finding it well-addressed in the official or fan-made playsets I found on line, I decided mine would take place in the dangerous, unpredictable world of a decaying Mexican border town. Playing “Fronterizo” should put you in mind of many bad-things-get-worse films set on the U.S./Mexico border, from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre to Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia to No Country for Old Men.
If you’re a Fiasco player and would like to give “Fronterizo” a try, I invite you to do so. It’s free of charge and in the public domain, so you can get it for nothin’ and do whatever you want with it. If you’re not a Fiasco player, head over to Bully Pulpit, reward Jason for writing such a great game by buying a copy, and then pick up “Fronterizo” as your first playset, why not? Here’s the download link, which gets you a ZIP file containing both a Word and a PDF version:
Thanks for gaming, thanks for reading my stuff, and remember: Estáte trucha; hay chivatos por todas partes.