“The important thing is to give the players a choice, preferably one that’s somewhat ambiguous. That way the players can define their characters by the choices they make.”—Jonathan Tweet, from this post about game taxis.
The Dying Earth RPG books are available for purchase again. They disappeared when the licence expired, but they’re back now - and on sale too - and a new Dying Earth text is in the works as well, jolly good.
Thus far I’ve resisted the urge to create a Dying Earth playset for Fiasco. I think the setting and tone of Vance’s later novels would work very easily - each chapter in the Cugel novels is a fiasco framed against a greater fiasco - but man, I gotta be careful not to Fiasco myself out.
It’s a friendly event where folk gather in a delightful pub south of the river of an afternoon to create playsets for the Fiasco role-playing game and then play the heck out of them.
There will be banter, brainstorming, laughs, crazysomekindofcool ideas, fun with crayolas, and beer and fine wines too. It’s going to be a creative, fun winter’s afternoon, and at the end of it all you’ll have probably made some new friends and you’ll also have a nice playset to show off as well.
How is the event structured?
The folk behind playdesignplay will be there to make sure that you get plenty of bang for your buck out of the day.
We’ve thought about how best to structure the event so that the awesome in everyone is brought to the fore.
12:00 - everyone arrives, beers are bought, introductions are made
12:30 - we start with a lightning talk on Creating Fiasco Playsets That Pop!
12:45 - everyone is split into groups of roughly 4 people, tables are assigned, folks crack open their crayola packs
13:00 - groups create playsets; folk from playdesignplay will be moving from group to group to help and keep things cracking along
14:30 - lunch, beers, that kind of thing
15:30 - a lightning talk from Ash on Bringing The Cool To Your Fiasco Play
15:40 through 18:00 - groups swap each others playsets and then play ‘em
playdesignplay will make the created playsets available for public download in the week or so following the event.
Is this a competition?
This is just a fun event, it’s not a competition.
We’ll be splitting into groups in order to create the playsets that we’ll swap and play later in the afternoon, but there’s no competitive element at all.
Okay, it sounds interesting! What do I need to bring?
Just bring yourself.
You don’t need any special designer kung fu or much of anything else really. The event itself is free, but do have a few quid in your pocket so that the pub that is letting us use their space benefits from your custom.