A Fate based system set in Jim Butcher's modern-magic and hardboiled-detective world.

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Suggestions for structure around “investigation” scenes/stories?

I am GMing Dresden Files. One thing I have found myself struggling with is how to make investigation fun and engaging. Being a huge part of the DF novels, I really want the idea of trying to ...
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Is it possible to maneuver using a spell, and if yes, does the character take mental stress/risk failing casting the spell for the maneuver?

First time GMing the Dresden RPG with a table of four first-time Fate players. We've played three games so far (plus one session for character creation) but are all still struggling with fate points, ...
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Do Red Court Infected count as mortals?

I'm going to be running a game using the Dresden Files RPG and have a player planning to play a Red Court Infected. For purposes of creating and maintaining thresholds and magic circles are Red Court ...
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How do magical mortals affect technology?

I cant find this is the rule book but it may be there. but mechanically speaking how do I as a GM factor this in? I assume this would be consistent but higher probability when considering a wizard ...
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Dresden Files: what is the long-term endgame potential of Mere Mortals?

My group is about to start a long-term campaign in Dresden Files. We know that long-term character advancement is important to us, with an eventual high-power endgame story arc. Most of the ...
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Does it take an action to walk through a block?

Lets say a wizard realizes he's in a losing fight, so he throws up a block to prevent anyone following him and runs away. When someone else goes to move through the block, does it take their action ...
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Do you need to go into debt to use sponsored magic?

I'm reading through the book, and I want to confirm my understanding of something, because it seems slightly skewed. Sponsored magic -- lets use Seelie as the example here, though the principle ...
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How do specializations work?

In Dresden Files, when constructing spells, how do I know if I get to have specializations, how many I get, and to what do they apply?
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Is there any way to defend with magic in DFRPG? [duplicate]

I feel like I am missing something obvious. Evocation/Channeling can be used for a great deal of fun effects on your turn. But what about when you need to make a defend roll against an enemy? As far ...
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What is the limit on the “Blessed Words” stunt?

I have a player who has taken the Blessed Words stunt out of the Baltimore section of the Dresden RPG book. (Multiple characters have it, sample char at page 379) At first it didn't seem like that ...
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Is there a limit to how many aspects a character can stack up against an opponent?

My group just did a session where they used scene declarations and assistive actions to take out opponents more 'powerful' than the group, and it was awesome. It worked well, giving even 'social' ...
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Is there anything that can be done with a potion that you can't do with an enchanted item?

Enchanted items -- at least defensive ones -- can be activated for free, not requiring you to use an action. As far as I'm aware, you can't do that with potions. You have to use an action (or at ...
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How long do enchanted item defensive effects last?

The rules on crafting seem to cover a lot of things, but one thing that seems to be missing is duration. If I craft a ring that gives me a +5 defensive block, does that last for one exchange? Until ...
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Permanent Enchanted Items in Dresden Files

Alright, I got into an argument with one of my players about his armor. He has a character with 5 lore and his Thaumaturgy bonus is to strength. He says that somewhere in the book Your Story he found ...
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Does a barrier created by a magic circle count as an inanimate object?

How would Supernatural Strength¹ work with something such as a barrier created by a magic circle. Supernatural Strength includes something called Superior Lifting, which allows a bonus to lifting or ...
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What requirements must a person meet to be given the faery knight mantle?

Last night I ran a fun scene with one of my players putting himself into the debt of a Sidhe, and then proceeding to continuously dig the hole deeper. End result is I used him as an opportunity to ...
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Would a tracking spell work on a Black Court Vampire?

If you had something that belonged to a Black Court Vampire (clothing, hair, a tooth. etc.) could a Wizard perform Thaumaturgy to create a Tracking Spell to locate the vampire? The reason I ask is I ...
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Help with phrasing of an aspect in Dresden Files [closed]

I'm trying to come up with an aspect for Dresden files, and I know what I want it to be, but I'm having trouble fitting all the connotations into a simple phrase. My character helps people allot, and ...
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How, exactly, does Red Court infection work?

What needs to be done in order for a human to be infected by a Red Court vampire? Everything I've seen on this point is pretty vague for some reason.
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Which Dresden Files novels are “spoiled” by the core rpg books?

I'm currently reading my way through the Dresden Files novels as a background to playing the game. (Related: Should I read the Dresden Files fiction before I get the RPG?). I now want to know how many ...
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How do I implement a deferred pain stunt into dresden files?

I'll be running a Dresden Files campaign in a couple of weeks using the up to your waist power level, and one of my players has requested a character with the ability to "turn off" pain for a certain ...
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How does Mental Stress work for non-combat Veils?

If a Wizard casts a spell creating a Veil1 & 2 they take a Mental Stress. According to the book Mental Stress goes away right after combat3, unless of course going from one conflict immediately ...
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Does an enemy being easier to hit prevent backlash?

The situation: A wizard is going up against a mook who has been tagged with the boost Off Balance thanks to the wizard's ally pushing him around. His roll is good enough to hit already -- if it ...
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Can spells be supercharged for free with Soulfire's new mechanics?

Since the release of the Paranet Papers and the changes to Soulfire, I have a question. According to YS288 it says In addition, if you already practice evocation, you may use a sponsored power ...
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How do thresholds affect true shapeshifters with modular abilities?

How would a threshold affect characters with the True Shapeshifting power? Would it prevent them from shifting once past the threshold (uninvited)? And would the threshold affect their Modular ...
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How do thresholds affect were-forms?

I've read different accounts on how thresholds affect wereforms, and haven't been able to find anything in the rules to clear them up. From what I've read people seem to imply that they can pass ...
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How does unconsciousness affect were-forms?

What happens to a were-form if they are knocked unconcious while in their beast form? Do they remain in that form because they can't make the conscious "action" of shifting back into human form? Or do ...
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The tension of the possibility of failure in Fate

In playing Fate (Dresden Files, Fate Core), one problem has reared it's ugly head more than once. And I'm not sure if it's something that I'm doing wrong, if it's the way that the players are ...
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Can you use assistance actions in combat?

I checked the teamwork rules (YS P. 208) and it seems like it can be used in combat based on the text, but I want to be sure. So I was wondering: Can teamwork actions be used in combat to create ...
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How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?

In our first Dresden Files game, one of our players created a warden character, who relied heavily on his evocation rote spells. In fact, due to the high power level we started at (30 skill points, 10 ...
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Reactive Shield Spells in DFRPG

So after reading the Paranet Papers, my group is now attempting to sort out the new rules concerning reactive shield spells. The main issue we're having is what to do about rote spells. PP doesn't ...
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How much should a campaign be adapted to a player/character, and vice versa?

Background first: we're several casefiles through a Dresden Files RPG. We're a small group and new to the FATE/Dresden system, but most of us have some RPG experience. I'm the co-GM (I do most of the ...
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Showcasing a support-focused mortal's contributions

I've never played Dresden Files RPG before, and I'm trying to figure out a character which will work for it.. My character concept is "action survivor in over his head who grows into a weak but ...
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Is there a way to attack the mental stress track of mortals without violating the Laws of Magic?

A fellow PCs in a game I'm in wants to attack the mental stress track of a mortal using spirit-based evocation, but the GM doesn't know whether or not that would constitute a violation of the Laws of ...
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A fellow player is uncooperative with the group and gets GM favoritism. How do I handle this?

I actually have two situations but they are interconnected. Our group is currently playing a Dresden game. The GM and one of the players are married. Along with that, he is a new member to the group. ...
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How would a PC go about channeling a storm in game?

In the book Storm Front Harry Dresden channels the power of a storm to help destroy a demon. One of the PCs in my game wants to do something like that but I can't figure out how to mechanically ...
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Can Blocks be useful in melee combat?

I've always had trouble understanding where Blocks are useful in the Dresden Files RPG (and Fate in general). It seems like a character that can create a Block to save themselves is not going to have ...
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Can you free-tag multiple aspects at once?

Assuming you are fighting an opponent one-on-one and they have used consequences to negate stress and placed aspects on themself, could you tag two of those consequences for free on one roll, if they ...
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What is the casting strength limit of an enchanted item?

In the DFRPG book Your Story, under "Enchanted Items" on page 280 it states that: Subsequent enchanted item slots allow you to: Create a new enchanted item with a new effect Add +1 to ...
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How do semi-mortals affect technology?

My group is gearing up to play DFRPG, and one of the players is interested in making a Changeling with mortal evocation and Summer Court fae magic. The other day, he asked me how he would affect ...
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Optimizing the single target blast

The monster is coming. You hear it pounding on the door outside, and you have perhaps a moment before it breaks through, and you need to put it down hard and fast. Fortunately, you're a spellcaster. ...
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How could discipline be used to aim weapons?

My friend is a cryomancer and is arguing using Discipline to aim Guns, is this possible? Maybe as a stunt or something. It would be like the inverse of using Guns to aim an enchanted item effect ...
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It is possible to cast a spell that allows you to coat a real sword in fire?

Basically what the title says. It is possible to cast a spell that allows you to coat a real sword in fire? I want a Wizard that has a decent weapons skill. So I was wondering If I would be able to do ...
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How can I use anger as an aspect to contribute to fire spells?

My theoretical Wizard has an aspect that has to do anger. Specifically "Fiery Temper." I'm trying to find a way to invoke that for bonus for fire spells. Would that be acceptable by general rules?
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How many shifts do you get on a Riposte?

In Dresden Files, there's a Weapons stunt called Riposte: you can use it during a successful defense roll, skip your next turn, and get an "automatically successful" immediate attack against your ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG is it possible to get mental armor, and if so, how?

My character is a Wizard, and I've always been annoyed at how I can only cast up to 4 spells per scene (at least without going into consequences). So it got me thinking if there was a way around it. ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG, how should the magically disruptive properties of water be structured?

My players have really latched onto the idea that running water disrupts magic in the DFRPG setting. One of them is asking to have a water-gun in order to mess up another caster's magic. Another used ...
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How do I Block or Defend in DFRPG? Can the following Blocking & Defense Actions Examples be Critiqued/Verified?

I've struggled a bit with what I consider to be somewhat vague sidebars on pages 252 & 253 in regard to Blocks. Thus I've written out other examples of how I think Blocks work and am hoping to get ...
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Dresden Files RPG: Can Spells Mimic or Replace other Skills?

I haven't found the section in the DFRPG Your Story Core Rule book that specifically talks about if a Spell could fully replace Skills. Can anybody point me to the specific section in the book that ...
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Does thaumaturgy at “Evocation's Methods and Speed” inflict stress like Evocation does?

I have a character that has sponsored magic by 'The Power of Odin.' One of Odin's aspects is travel. I am wanting to make a 'Bamf' effect like Nightcrawler or Blink (Marvel superheros). I decided ...