Fiasco is an all-around and very imaginative role-playing board game that is, basically, a fiasco. This was my first experience with a role-playing game and it was actually pretty fun considering it seemed nerdy at times. Being able to have almost complete freedom in the path you take your story is refreshing especially since most board games are fenced off with incoherent rules. Each play session was unique and the one I participated in was no different. I liked the wild west theme I took part in and I enjoyed the enthusiasm of my “teammates” throughout my playthrough. I love being able to do improv because I suck at it which makes it all the more funnier. However, I wasn’t a fan of the dice, maybe because we didn’t really use it right but creating your character and the relationships, etc. in the beginning was hectic. It made it pretty confusing to keep track of who was who and how I know them or how I’m related to them.
That was pretty much the hardest part besides making sure in the back of your mind that you also had an object and a location and whatever else to guide your story. My personal values surfaced in how I perceived the environment. I gave my character courage and sustainability while also being manipulative. That’s what I like about Fiasco, you can have the freedom to be and do whatever you want and the people around you have to play off of it and keep the story smooth. I can’t tell you how much fun I had in the creativity department for what I was going to do next and how I was going to screw over my outlaw friend at the gold creek.
Being that leader and controlling the direction of the simulation is what made me feel powerful. Everyone was their own leader in a sense because they had the ability to throw everyone else off their game. They were on the balcony looking over us on the ground being the leader and forcing our hands on what we do next. Playing with 4 or more people is what is going to make this a blast so bring your friends and family and your creative art majors and see where this role-playing fiasco takes you.