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A Fiasco Playset Competition open to all!
*** Celebrations! ***


We all know that any Celebration can become a complete Fiasco!

Mother-in-laws gate-crashing; Great Aunts getting plastered and dancing on the table, skirts hitched up; The dog licking the birthday cake but only you saw so shhhhh!; Daddy getting stuck in the chimney while trying to be Santa; Crockery shards impaling someone's foot at the bar mitswa.

This competition will run throughout November - you have until it hits midnight in the UK (UK matches UTC currently) on the last day to get a Fiasco playset to my inbox.


The Theme Explained

Halloween has just been and gone; Christmas is around the corner for a good chunk of the world; But not everyone celebrates those two celebrations, so I have opened up the parameters to encompass any and all CELEBRATIONS.

So included in that subject are the following:
thumbsup Birthdays thumbsup Christenings
thumbsup Christmas thumbsup Anniversary
thumbsup Retirement thumbsup Baby Shower
thumbsup Rosh Hashana thumbsup Yom Yerushalayim
thumbsup Ramaḍān thumbsup Dhū al-Ḥijja
thumbsup Yukon Heritage Day thumbsup St. Patrick's Day
thumbsup St David's Day thumbsup Emperor's Birthday

These are just a few examples. If it's a celebration then it's game for a Fiasco!


Officially Endorsed! & Prizes!

Steve Segedy, of Bully Pulpit Games has endorsed this competition and Bully Pulpit are happy to sponsor us with prizes for the winners. Due to RPGGeek users being world-wide I have suggested a digital prize-pool and they have agreed to allow you to take your pick from their range on DriveThruRPG ( http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/browse/pub/3097/Bully-Pulpit-G... )

Prizes:

"The winner can choose 3 products from our Drivethru offerings, with second place taking 2 products, and 3rd place taking 1. That way they can choose things they don't already have."


Further, Bully Pulpit Games are happy to make a compilation release of any submissions. These must meet their usual quality standards and also not contain any intellectual property owned by others. This is an Optional Choice of all contest entrants.

As well as this, Jan aka Barad_the_Dwarf has offered up a total of 200 GeekGold bag, to which I shall add a further 150gg bag.
This , plus any Geekgold received as tips to this post will get divided up amongst the top three as follows:

d10-1 200 bag + 50% of the tipped GG
d10-2 100 bag + 30% of the tipped GG
d10-3 50 bag + 20% of the tipped GG

EVERY participant to this contest will receive a microbadge!!

I am currently working on some designs for this. Expect to see it soon.

I came up with the basic design for the microbadges and then user Outinthedark very kindly improved and polished off the look of the badges. So a huge thank you to him!

The winning three people will get special versions of the microbadge too.

Everyone who enters shall receive this lovely piece of artwork: mb

Third place receives a bronzework : mb
Second place gets a silverwork: mb
And First place gets the goldenwork: mb


Voting

Voting will begin shortly after the Submissions Deadline. Voting will then close on December 14, 2013 at Midnight UK time (currently the same as UTC). Each RPG member will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their top three submissions.

Individals are welcomed and encouraged to upload their playset to the Geek.
I will be compiling all of the entries into one file, for general download, in the first week of December.


Rules

1 Your Playset Must follow the standard Fiasco Playset layout as detailed in the next post;
2 Once the playset is submitted there will be no alterations allowed - so get it right first time! (You have a month!);
3 There is no constraint to how long you work on the playset, but it must be submitted by midnight 30th November; (One playset only for the competition);
4 Send your playset to biffordyoungest (at) gmail (dot) com please;
5 Please do not use any one else's intellectual property (such as Star Wars) but do feel free to use stereotypes!
6 If you would like the possibility of your playset being in an anthology release by Bully Pulpit Games please place the following statement on your Credits Page: "I agree that this playset may be used by Bully Pulpit in an anthology of RPGGeek Fiasco Playsets."


The Playsets can all be found here: RPG Geek Fiasco Playset Contest 2014: Celebrations


And lastly, Good Luck Everyone!

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Some good Playsets to use as examples:

Bookmark the official site at http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/wiki/index.php?title=Fiasco_...
Then bookmark this site: http://fiascoplaysets.com/ Which is a treaure-trove of playsets!

Available from there worth looking at:

Hard Time Blues
Hard Wired
JM07: Lucky Strike


I also just found a Geeklist listing Fiasco Playset where people can/have commented on them. This is well worth a look at. Fiasco Playsets


Fonts and Templates:

Fiasco uses a few specialised fonts for it's titles, headers and the like. If you look at the official playsets and a lot of the home-made ones you will see the same fonts being used over and again. You do NOT have to use the same fonts! However should you wish to use them then you will need to read sbszine's thread: Fonts for making your own playsets.

This also has links to a template made by IndyRick.
There is another template by dumwytgi here: Fiasco Playset Template

Creating a Playset:

Fiasco playsets have some very specific elements to them which do not alter. Around that are a number of elements that can be changed if you so wish.

Front Cover

Nearly all Fiasco playsets, and certainly the most eye-catching and successful ones have a "block artwork" style to them. Go to the Fiasco page, or the Geeklist above and just browse through the RPG Items looking at the covers.

For the most part they are bi-colour or tri-colour images; something iconic to that playset so you can tell what it is about with one quick glance. The title is usually in some bold font, with the official font being Vertigo.

The cover should have an image; the playset's name; and words to the affect of "A Fiasco Playset written by ######"

Credits / Boilerplate / The Score / Movie Night Page(s)

The next one or two pages should have the following sections to them. (The Score and Movie Night are not required but help to flesh out your playset and make it clearer to the reader what angle you were aiming for in the game).

CREDITS
Written by ####
Artwork by ####

BOILERPLATE
This playset is an accessory for the Fiasco role-playing game by Bully Pulpit Games.
This playset is copyright 2014 by #####.

This playset was written for the "Celebrations" playset competition on RPGGeek.

Fiasco is copyright 2009 by Jason Morningstar. All rights are reserved.

For more information about Fiasco or to download other playsets and materials, visit www.bullypulpitgames.com

[If you want the possibility that your playset might be pulled together in an anthology by Bully Pulpit please also include the following:]

I agree that this playset may be used by Bully Pulpit in an anthology of RPGGeek Fiasco Playsets.

The Score

Some form of explanation as to what your playset is about. This could be an image, descriptive text, in-game text or conversation, etc. Read the free playsets for ideas.

Movie Night

A short list of films, books, series, comics that are commonly known and show where inspiration for characters and game play might be drawn from.
Eg: for a sci-fi playset - "Star Wars, Spaceballs, Starship Troopers, Lexx"


The Important Bit: Relationships; Needs; Locations; Objects:

The next pages set out who the players are, how they are linked to each other and what they need, have and want.
Each player has a relationship with the person to either side of them, so there will always be two relationships for each person.
There is at least one Need, one Location and one Object brought in to play, but usually more.

A bunch of D6 66 are rolled at the start of set-up (2 each of white and black per player). Players take a dice at a time from the resulting pool and choose something from the list you are about to create.

A section is chosen first by one player and then another player may, if they wish, choose one of the items under that section. This continues until everyone has both their relationships pinned down and the remaining dice are used to choose the needs, locations and objects. This can all be done in ANY order!

Example:
Relationships may have: 1.Family 2.Crime 3.Arch-Enemies 4.Work 5.Secrets 6.Hostage
Each of those six Headings then have six tie-ins that tell you who the two people are in that relationship.
So Family might have: 1. Love Partners 2.Might as well be family 3.The seed didn't fall far from the tree 4.Birth parent and child who was put up for adoption 5.Gang family 6.Husband and wife

Flesh out each of your six headings for Relationships then do the same for Needs, Locations and Objects. While every character will have a relationship, not everyone will have a need, location or object assigned to them. In general 2 needs, 2 locations and at least 1 object are used.

An optional extra is to put, at the bottom of each section a few words reminding people of the scene-setting. Eg "...In Alcatraz Prison" or "...at George's Retirement."

So your main section should look something like this: (You do not have to use dice images, numbers work just as well!)


Relationships

1 Header
1 Blah
2 Blah
3 Blah
4 Blah
5 Blah
6 Blah

2 Header
1 Blah
2 Blah
3 Blah
4 Blah
5 Blah
6 Blah

3 Header
1 Blah
2 Blah
3 Blah
4 Blah
5 Blah
6 Blah

4 Header
1 Blah
2 Blah
3 Blah
4 Blah
5 Blah
6 Blah

5 Header
1 Blah
2 Blah
3 Blah
4 Blah
5 Blah
6 Blah

6 Header
1 Blah
2 Blah
3 Blah
4 Blah
5 Blah
6 Blah

...At George's Retirement.



And then the same for Needs, Locations, Objects.


That's it. That's all that is needed.


Going above and beyond!

However! If you want to go above and beyond the call of duty you can also add in, at the back, an "Insta Setup" page and possibly even a custom Tilt Table. An Insta Setup page provides a very quick jumping in point for games where you don't have time to do the rolling and choosing yourself. It's like pre-generated character but for a Fiasco!

For Insta Setup layout please visit http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/wiki/index.php?title=Templat...

The Tilt is something that happens mid-game which basically throws a curve-ball in to the game. The Fiasco rulebook comes with one pre-made which works for all playsets. However if you wish to make your own please do so but make sure it sticks to the same format.
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Nice!

Question: max one submission per participant?
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Nice!

Question: max one submission per participant?

Yup! Though if you want to send me more than one for possible inclusion in the anthology then please do - but make it clear which is to be used for the competition.
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I may have a go at this. Better go purchase and read the Fiasco rules.
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I may have a go at this. Better go purchase and read the Fiasco rules.

I will be putting an explanation and playset break down up in that second post, Mavis, which will pretty much explain things. (Will be tonight now)

in the mean time all you really need do is download some of the multitudes of free playsets that are already out there to get a very good idea of how it all works.
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Cool. I'll definitely have to come up with something.

Is there an official-ish template available for use? I think I've seen one in the past, but I can't find it.

Bifford wrote:
1 Your Playset Must follow the standard Fiasco Playset layout as detailed in the next post;

Is incorporating the official extras like stunt dice/Golden Panda dice or the Soft Tilt from the The Fiasco Companion allowed?

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6 If you would like the possibility of your playset being in an anthology release by Bully Pulpit Games please place the following statement on your Credits Page: "I agree that this playset may be used by Bully Pulpit in an anthology of RPGGeek Fiasco Playsets."

Is there any specific form of copyright that designers should claim in this case? I typically release all things I create into the public domain, but I know that some publishers are wary about anthologizing un-copyrighted material.
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Cool. I'll definitely have to come up with something.

Is there an official-ish template available for use? I think I've seen one in the past, but I can't find it.

See my now updated 2nd post for links to templates by IndyRick and dumwytgi. Also, goto http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/wiki/index.php?title=Using_T... and follow the links under "Template Page Structure".

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1 Your Playset Must follow the standard Fiasco Playset layout as detailed in the next post;

Is incorporating the official extras like stunt dice/Golden Panda dice or the Soft Tilt from the The Fiasco Companion allowed?

I do not have the Companion book (unfortunately) (Secret Santa, there's a hint for a great dead-tree gift for you! ) and none of the playsets that I've ever seen have even mentioned these so they are all totally new to me. Therefore, I think it is best to say "no" to all of the above as it will confuse things and make the playsets diverge from "the norm".

However, just to confuse that ruling, I'm also going to say "yes" to all of the above - but as an extra page(s) at the back of the playset. Feel free to say something like "The Fiasco Companion book adds in.... If you wish to play using these please read on...." Basically just make it clear that the last pages with that stuff on are optional extras not required for play.


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6 If you would like the possibility of your playset being in an anthology release by Bully Pulpit Games please place the following statement on your Credits Page: "I agree that this playset may be used by Bully Pulpit in an anthology of RPGGeek Fiasco Playsets."

Is there any specific form of copyright that designers should claim in this case? I typically release all things I create into the public domain, but I know that some publishers are wary about anthologizing un-copyrighted material.

Steve did not mention (afaik - I'll double check tomorrow) anything about copyright, but he did say that any work with intellectual property would not get used. I will check and get back to you soon.
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6 If you would like the possibility of your playset being in an anthology release by Bully Pulpit Games please place the following statement on your Credits Page: "I agree that this playset may be used by Bully Pulpit in an anthology of RPGGeek Fiasco Playsets."

Is there any specific form of copyright that designers should claim in this case? I typically release all things I create into the public domain, but I know that some publishers are wary about anthologizing un-copyrighted material.

Well, you retain the copyright either way, since you are the author. Releasing it into the public domain would not hinder Bully Pulpit in any way. But it would allow third parties to also publish it. So if Bully Pulpit wants to publish them exclusively, that wouldn't work.

So, yeah, we need to contact e.g. Steve Segedy about this. He doesn't log in here regularly, though, so perhaps try email or G+.
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6 If you would like the possibility of your playset being in an anthology release by Bully Pulpit Games please place the following statement on your Credits Page: "I agree that this playset may be used by Bully Pulpit in an anthology of RPGGeek Fiasco Playsets."

Is there any specific form of copyright that designers should claim in this case? I typically release all things I create into the public domain, but I know that some publishers are wary about anthologizing un-copyrighted material.

Well, you retain the copyright either way, since you are the author. Releasing it into the public domain would not hinder Bully Pulpit in any way. But it would allow third parties to also publish it. So if Bully Pulpit wants to publish them exclusively, that wouldn't work.

So, yeah, we need to contact e.g. Steve Segedy about this. He doesn't log in here regularly, though, so perhaps try email or G+.
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I'm in contact with him via email (he's the one sponsoring the contest after all!) so I shall fire one off to him about it tonight. Let's not have anyone else emailing or contacting him, eh? Don't want to inundate the poor guy

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Here's a link to a blank Fiasco Playset to be filled in that could make it easier to design. It's all formatted, but you would need to download fonts to make it look like the ones officially released.

http://www.rpggeek.com/filepage/61636/fiasco-playset-templat...
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Bully Pulpit Games has a template for their webpage/ wiki playsets, in case anybody wants to use that:
http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/wiki/index.php?title=Templat... (click "view source" for details and instructions).

There's also an elegant PDF form (fillable) created by Levi Kornelsen on Story-Games.com (click "here's take 2", it's a dropbox link).

Historiographical edit: RPGGeek had a Fiasco playset competition four years ago in November 2010: Fiasco playset contest (win valuable geekgold)
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If only I had a creative writing bone in my body...... I just want the cool Fiasco themed microbadge.


GREAT idea dudes! Cannot wait to see the results.
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When is the submission deadline?
The end of 30 Nov 2014, midnight UTC.
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Prize offering updated after conversation with Steve of Bully Pulpit.


Chris - Do your best mate! At the very least submit something just to get the microbadge! The thing with Fiasco Playsets is they are not writing heavy - it's all about the overall game idea mixed with potential interactions!
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I've just started a thread here: Need Inspiration for the Fiasco Contest? Visit here!

Because I have enough awful family celebrations in my past to fill 100 Fiasco playsets.
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Hey Everyone! Thanks for your enthusiasm about this contest, and Fiasco in general.

If we do a compilation of the playsets (which will be determined largely by the quality and content of the submissions, and our own resources), we'll work with any authors to get the necessary permissions to publish their content. So your basic copyright is fine, and releasing it more broadly (such as public domain or CC license) is also fine.

If you have questions or are looking for guidance, I recommend the Fiasco Companion, where we talk a lot about how to make playsets and hack the game.

You can also listen to Ryan Macklin's Master Plan podcast where we talk about some of our methods and best practices. http://masterplanpodcast.net/2013/08/ep-59/

Good luck!
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Chris - Do your best mate! At the very least submit something just to get the microbadge! The thing with Fiasco Playsets is they are not writing heavy - it's all about the overall game idea mixed with potential interactions!

If I stop working these ball busting 12 hour days I might give it a shot after I sleep for a few days.
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I've got my introduction and all 144 elements done now! That leaves me plenty of time to insert that content into the template and try to generate a suitable cover. meeple
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