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Build a Kingdom, examine it with a Microscope, and avoid a Fiasco!

February 20, 2017 |

Looking for something different than the traditional fantasy table top role playing games? These non-traditional table top role playing games rely more on the players and their skills to roleplay and improve. Take


Kingdoms are all around us. They are the communities that unite us. Your Kingdom can be any group or organization that interests you. You could play a Wild West frontier town, a colony ship crawling to a distant star, or a sprawling Empire holding conquered peoples beneath its thumb.

As you play, you’ll confront your Kingdom and your characters with Crossroads, critical decisions that may change your community forever. What will your Kingdom do? What will it become? Strive to make your Kingdom live up to your ideals… or watch as it burns.

The Kingdom is in your hands. The question is: will you change the Kingdom or will the Kingdom change you?

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Mock chronological order. Defy time and space. Build worlds and destroy them. In the pen and paper game Microscope, you have vast power to create… and to destroy. Build beautiful, tranquil jewels of civilization and then consume them with nuclear fire. Zoom out to watch the majestic tide of history wash across empires. Then zoom in and explore the lives of the people who endured it.

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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 desire. It’s like making your own Coen brothers movie, in about the same amount of time it would take to watch one.

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These games and many more can be found at the Madison Public Library in one of the largest freely available tabletop role-playing game collections around.