I am shortly going to be starting a game of Fate with my friends, using either Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition (hereafter just “Core” and “Accelerated”). I am well aware they are both the same system underneath: some modifications are made between the two, and the complexity dials are tuned differently. However, the various differences are somewhat major:
- Some features have their dials turned to different settings: Skills vs Approaches, the complexity levels suggested for stunts, and the differences in how the stress track & consequences function.
- Some features are present or absent. For instance, in Core, players can spend a fate point to declare a story detail.
Core and Accelerated are naturally going to have some difference in the gameplay experiences on offer, due to the various mechanical differences between the two versions. Depending on the sort of campaign I want to run, either Core or Accelerated may be more suitable. However... I’m not sure how the two versions’ differences will impact gameplay.
So: how does the gameplay experience differ between Core and Accelerated? Especially, how does it affect the way the players make decisions?
I am looking especially for answers which compare the two versions.