We encountered the Beast of Sucker Creek care of Fiasco by Jason Morningstar this week. We started with mysteriously disappearing animals from the neighboring swamp ranches of pig farmer Bo and cattle man Frank Gaffney. Bo wanted to work with his favorite television star, Veronica “The Manhunter” Sanchez to go into the swamps and find the Beast, but Veronica was often distracted by her crush on aging aspiring actress Dahlia, devastated that she wasn’t cast in the commercial for a hybrid swamp water/milk pump Frank had invested in. Veronica was determined to get footage of the Beast, so bought Bo a suit to impersonate it, but Bo thought the Beast had been created in conspiratorial government experiments. Dahlia thought the Beast would lead her to the fabled fountain of youth but Frank thought it was the spirit of the swamp that could be convinced to protect his cattle as they wandered the swamps. To get footage for the 250th episode of her show Swampy Secrets, Veronica flew into the swamp with Dahlia to start a photoshoot while Bo walked into the swamp wearing his monster suit for the shoot and to help Frank track down his missing cattle. After a plan crash, a romantic rejection, and an influx of wild swamp hogs, the four caught a glimpse of the hairy swamp man in the distance. In the aftermath, Frank got lost in the swamp for days, lost his herd and lost his mind. Dahlia’s pet theory about the Beast was constantly belittled on the conspiracy boards. Veronica kept faking her footage for show after show. And Bo got the best ending of all, when firefighters came into the swamp to help him find his missing hogs.
Tonight we played Fiasco by Jason Morningstar, with the London 1593 playset.
Two priests from the Vatican, Fr. Leo Amadeus a.k.a. “James Gurney” and a man who goes by “Bartholomew Oatcake”, travel to London with the goal of undermining the Church of England. Renowned actor Caston becomes romantically involved with Leo, while Bartholomew distributes radical atheist literature. Short on cash, Bartholomew and Caston start a business selling counterfeit tea. But tragedy strikes when they accidentally poison the Count’s daughter, the lovely Ursula Belch. With the help of some corned gunpowder procured by stage manager Puck Thump, the trio cause an explosion at Buckingham Palace. Caston escapes, stopping to take revenge on a man who insulted his shoulders, but both priests are defrocked for their exploits.
Our Fiasco session this week was tight and dramatic, using the “Salem 1692” playset by Logan Bonner and Lillian Cohen-Moore. We divided into two factions, the mother and daughter tied to witchcraft, and the pair of Deacons who orchestrated the witch hunts, but the relationships were complicated by the mother, Sarah Proctor, having witnessed Deacon John Harsh murder a girl years ago and blame it on witchcraft, and by the repressed feelings between daughter Hannah Proctor and Deacon Ash (Job-Raked-from-the-Ashes). Thanks to Sarah Proctor’s machinations and manipulations, by the end, the children had married and Deacon Harsh turned himself in out of guilt. In the Aftermath, however, the world of every character came down upon their heads, with death embracing each of them but Hannah, who ended up back at her mother’s home, husbandless and with child.
We got the chance to play Fiasco by Jason Morningstar, a game we all seem to like in the group. We chose to use the ‘Tales of Suburbia’ playset. Our story was centered around the politics of a suburban high school leading into Prom.
As 3 out of 4 players were very comfortable with the game already, the game played rather fast. Also having 2 copies of the playset at hand, made the setup go considerably faster. Including the intermission, we finished the game in 2.5 hours.
As we had some time left, we also played a short LARP, Out of Dodge, also by Jason Morningstar. We played a band of criminals that was driving away from the cops after a score gone wrong. Each player had some prompts to follow that added tension to the dialogue as we all tried to piece together what happened and who betrayed who.
Tonight, we concocted a Fiasco (courtesy of Jason Morningstar) in the Old West, just a bunch of grifters and thieves trying for a big score and a bit of revenge. Three buckaroos set out to rob the local church, but all we ended up with was a few candlesticks. The pair of brothers who planned the caper turned their attention to the local sheriff, stringing him along and carrying him into the night to be murdered. In the end, each of our fates turned out pretty dismal, as the posse found us out and gave us our just desserts.
Tonight we had two full tables of gaming going with 9 players in all. On one, we took to the stars in Microscope by Ben Robbins. Our history spanned hundreds of years and followed the wars between the planets and the megacorporations that ran roughshod over the entire solar system. Things got complicated when the planets, houses, and corporations allied themselves with cosmic deities to extend their war, but when those deities decided that mortal squabbles weren’t worth the trouble, they brought an enforced peace to the entire system. Imagine our surprise when another pantheon of gods arrived and wiped these cosmic deities out, leaving our hodge-podge of aliens to pick up the pieces, but at least we were united for the first time.
On the other table, we played Fiasco by Jason Morningstar using the Touring Rock Band playset. We were managers and fans of the very obscure band Pandora’s Other Box (or POB as some call it). A combination of mismanagement and poor impulse control led the team to organize a performance at a megachurch in Salt Lake City as a tribute to the victims of a fire that took place at a prior POB concert.