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F.I.S.T. – Freelance Infantry Strike Team

May 16, 2022

I picked up a physical copy from Exalted Funeral (PDF only option on itch.io, currently on sale). This is a very light weight game of 80s action movie fun, mixing The A-Team, Metal Gear Solid, and a bunch of the sort of wacky stuff you’d see in 80s movies (androids, aliens, psychics, etc.). It’s a super light PBTA (9 pages of rules, 2 pages of extra materials, another 10-ish pages of Traits).

It’ll probably be a while before I get a chance to play it, but conceptually it seems like a fun pick up game you could get into with minimal prep, and get into the action in short order.

Your characters have Traits which, in most other games, would probably be a whole class unto themselves (“I’m an alien parasite puppeteering a human body” “I’m an android built by the US Army” etc.) The fun part is that there’s something like 100 Traits and as you level up, you can get more Traits – so… you could in fact become something of a bizarre 80s combination character like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. (Although if you specifically want the TMNT vibe with a system that echoes the classic TMNT RPG from Palladium, Mutants in the Now is an excellent system to go look at.)

Anyway, it’s worth checking out if you want a simple, gonzo action game that you can run on zero notice or introduce people to roleplaying games with.

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