FIST: Ultra Edition is a high camp tabletop roleplaying game about paranormal mercenaries doing tough Cold War jobs: stopping disastrous science experiments, infiltrating occult compounds, neutralizing eldritch horrors, and the like. FIST agents tend to be outcasts and misfits with military expertise, but the game isn't about hoo-rah good guys with guns. Players are typically outnumbered, easily killed, and disliked or hunted by most sources of authority. You, a motley crew of underground, underfunded mercenary terrorists, must make ends meet and likely meet your ends fighting this war on an otherworldly front.
If you work for FIST, you do the missions no one else can do, no one else wants to do, and which no one will let you do undisturbed. You don't have tons of money and gadgets backing you up, just your wits and a few tools. War is hell, and you're one of the little guys.
FIST is inspired by a slew of classic video games, action movies, and pulp fiction, designed to be simple to play and easy to modify. Primary ancestors include Metal Gear Solid, the A-Team, and Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol. In terms of gameplay, it's its own funky little thing, mechanically descended from John Harper's World of Dungeons, Ben Milton's Maze Rats, and Offworlders, by Chris P. Wolf and Olivia Gulin.
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FIST: JAM OPS IV is here, beginning on New Year's Day 2024 and lasting until Valentine's Day (how romantic)! You have until then to cook up something extraordinary for FIST, and then until February 29th (a very anomalous day) to peruse the entries and cast your votes.
The theme: FINISH LINE. Our main reason for picking this theme is that we've noticed tons of almost-done homebrew FIST projects in the wild. This is your call to finish them, soldier! Make it your New Year's Resolution! Alternatively, we're also yearning in these slow winter months for a white-hot shot of speed - write about a runaway bus rigged to blow or a rough, tough, rocket-powered roller derby league! You might present:
FIST is licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0. You can create whatever you want to create with it, no OGL required, and we won't ever stop you or charge you money for it. FIST and homebrew are fast friends. All you have to do is use the same license, so others can chop and screw your work in turn.
After the jam is over, everyone who submitted a project will be able to vote for their favorite entry. Each entry can be rated separately for STYLE and SUBSTANCE. Even though it's itch.io etiquette to gives games you like a 5-star rating for that sweet algorithmic boost, rate honestly when voting for jams! 1 star is awful, 5 stars is amazing, and 3 is perfectly neutral. The voting period lasts from 2/12/24 to 2/29/24.
The winner of the jam will receive signed physical copies of FIST: Ultra Edition and the RATIONS Collection, along with a FIST bookmark! We'll reach out to the winner for a mailing address and send your prizes along as promptly as we can.
Thanks for reading and we hope to see your project in the jam!
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