Game Jam Winner Spotlight: Will You Do The Fandango?
from the like-it's-1923 dept
Last week, we took a closer look at the winner of Best Digital Game in our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1923. Today, we continue our winner spotlight series with the game that won Best Remix for its combination of material from multiple sources: Will You Do The Fandango? by Lari Assmuth.
Fandango is a tabletop roleplaying game with an overall structure that will be familiar to anyone who’s played Dungeons & Dragons or its ilk — but where D&D builds worlds by drawing on material from across the fantasy genre, Fandango uses very different source material: the world of Comedia dell’Arte, starting with the 1923 movie Scaramouche that entered the public domain this year. Instead of grand heroism and the battle between good and evil, Fandango aims to create a story of “swashbuckling romance” and big, bombastic melodrama.
In standard fashion, playing requires a Gamemaster and a group of players, each of whom creates a character with an array of stats (Action, Passion and Wit). The setting is revolutionary-era France, the characters are members of a traveling troupe of Comedia dell’Arte players, and the GM leads them on an adventure through towns and cities where civil unrest and class struggle are bubbling up. In each location they will meet notable characters, and get into social conflicts — instead of combat mechanics, the game uses rules and dice for witty repartee and dueling insults. At the end of their time in each location, the players put on a performance, and then deal with the fallout.
And one of the most intriguing features? Every character has both a “Personage” (the person they are) and a “Mask” (the role they play in the performances) — and while personage is fixed, masks can be traded throughout the game. Also, they are literal masks:
You can download the rules (and printable masks) for the game from its page on Itch, and all you need to get started is a quick read, a couple dice, a pair of scissors, and a few enthusiastic friends. If you get a game going, we’d love to hear how it plays out, and I suspect the creator would too!
Next week, we’ll be back with another spotlight on one of our winners — and don’t forget to check out the full list of entries to spot some of the hidden gems that didn’t quite make the final cut. Happy gaming!