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

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What happens when an undead character is “Taken Out”

I tried finding this in the books, but I couldn't figure anything out. If you have an undead character, what happens when their physical stress track is filled and they don't take a consequence? Are ...
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How does using The Sight work?

In The Dresden Files novels, The Sight is something that's taken seriously and not done frivolously because (1) you can't tell what you might see and what it might do to you, and (2) you keep what you ...
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What happens when a character's feeding stress track is maxed out?

I've got a player playing as a White court Vampire, and with the template they have a feeding dependency. Let's assume that he ends up going for a while and not feeding and his stress track goes over ...
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How does social stress work?

I've read through the DFRPG book, but I'm still now quite sure how, or when, you should use the social stress track. When should a player take social stress, and what do you roll for the attack and ...
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Are faeries better than wizards?

I have a changeling goblin in the group, and for one of his abilities, he chose Glamours YS166. It seems like with the phrase …use your Discipline or Deceit to oppose efforts to discover the ...
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Are innocuous actions valid attacks in social combat in The Dresden Files?

I've been attempting unsuccessfully, or at the very least unsatisfactorily, to integrate social conflict into my Dresden Files campaign. It came to a head last night, when one of my players initiated ...
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What kind of goals are valid in Social Combat in the Dresden Files?

I've been attempting unsuccessfully, or at the very least unsatisfactorily, to integrate social conflict into my Dresden Files campaign. It came to a head last night, when one of my players initiated ...
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Asynchronous Character Creation?

So in the Dresden Files RPG, character creation is meant to happen collaboratively in a unified manner. However, in our party, there are frequently times where one player or another cannot make it on ...
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What is the reasonable limit to a Declaration?

So in the Dresden Files RPG, one can spend a fate point, invoke an aspect, and make a declaration. I'm having trouble coming up with a reasonable set of guidelines as to the scale and scope of ...
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Need for a new template for Dresden Files RPG

One of my players has raised the question "Will there ever be a need for a new template in the dresden files rpg?" So far as I could tell there isn't anything that couldn't be expressed or am I ...
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Must compels be negative in FATE?

Are GM Compels meant to be necessarily negative? And are they to have an immediate effect, or get the PCs into a situation? Examining other accounts of compels, it seems that most of the examples ...
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Margin of Success on skill checks in The Dresden Files

Another week, another episode of our Dresden Files game. In this particular situation, the PCs were in a completely alien setting, and trying to get information. They were in the mind of a hedge ...
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Is there a limit to how many Fate Points can be spent in a single round?

Suppose we're playing the Dresden Files RPG, and one of the characters decides to go for broke. He wants to use fate points on 4 seperate aspects that are relevant, for a whopping +8 to the result. ...
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Noncombat Characters in Combat?

So we played Dresden Files RPG, using a set of premade characters. One of these characters was an investigative paranormal detective type build, which worked extremely well (maybe too well?) in the ...
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Is a GM meant to compel when the player has no Fate Points Remaining?

So we tried out the Dresden Files RPG earlier. Overall, we had a great time. Some issues came up, though. Specifically, when you compel an aspect, the player has the choice to either accept the ...
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Character generation for the dresden files “case file” adventures

I was thinking of running the Dresden Files RPG, and I wanted to try it out and get my feet wet before I did a real long-term campaign. So I tried to run the "neutral grounds" case file (A free ...
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How valid is lying to players about the rolls they are making in The Dresden Files?

In last weeks Dresden Files game, the players followed the bad guy using a tracking spell, and found him in the projects at an apartment that they knew little about. Seeing his car, they decided to ...
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What happens to the fate point after a character invokes an aspect?

In DFRPG, characters can invoke another character's aspects by spending fate points. When a character does this, does the fate point go to the GM, or does it go to the character whose aspect was just ...
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Does backlash reduce the targeting number when casting a spell?

An interesting question came up last night in my Dresden Files campaign. The practitioner was conducting (casting) electricity from himself to a hapless white court vampire to fry the poor chap. He ...
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How does the Catch affect your Stress Track in relation to Supernatural Toughness?

Last night, my players were battling a hob, who had 4 stress boxes, plus 4 more from his inhuman toughness. One of the characters hit the Hob before they knew it was fae and did 5 stress. The ...
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Discern source of magic

My wizard tells me that she remembers reading something about being able to use thaumaturgy to determine the source of magic, but neither of us can find it in the book. How does this work, if it's ...
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When changing a PC's actions based on an aspect, is it better to Compel or Invoke for Effect?

We had an interesting combat last night; the PC was a very tough Changeling in the back of a limo glamoured not to be visible, and he was attempting to protect another passenger in the back of the ...
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Are Red Court Vampires/Infected affected by the saliva of other Red Court Vampires/Infected?

In The Dresden Files RPG, Red Court Vampires(RCV)/Infected have the supernatural power Addictive Saliva (YW162). The power itself does not say anything about it conferring immunity to the saliva of ...
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How long does Thaumaturgy take?

I get the point that thaumaturgy takes time as opposed to the quick and dirty evocation arts, but how much time hasn't really been spelled out, unless I'm missing it. I've been coming up with my own ...
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What happens to a character who breaks a Law of Magic and is about to hit 0 refresh as a result?

In DFRPG, you have the 7 laws of magic, which if you break you automatically have to add it as a power. Lets say we have a focused sourcerer who's used 6 of their 7 refresh, and they break one of the ...
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How does adding Aspect Scope in Dresden Files change the feel of the game?

I was listening to a podcast for Diaspora, and they were talking about aspect scope. Basically, in Diaspora, this sets scope on the Aspects available, and only one Aspect per scope can be used on any ...
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Where can I find a foldable character sheet for The Dresden Files

I saw a question on Area 51 for the proposed questions for this site about "What's the point of the foldable character sheet that is available for Diaspora?", and it was flagged as a good question, ...
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Simplest online, interactive platform to play Dresden Files RPG on?

I am looking to start an online Dresden File campaign, and looking for a web client to play the game on. For this I need Online chat Keeping track of players' stats (which both Gm and players can ...
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How does stress for magical effects work outside of a conflict in the Dresden Files?

In The Dresden Files RPG, mental stress is accrued for casting spells. As you cast spells, you become more mentally fatigued. The mental stress track is cleared at the end of the conflict- so if you ...
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Picking a lock with wind magic

In the book, one of the examples given for wind magic is that you can pick a lock with it. Now my question is, should using wind magic to pick a lock just be a minor use of magic and not require a ...
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Does an emissary of power HAVE to be known?

The Emissary of power power states that people recognize you as the arbiter of the entity that gave you the power. Could you play it though as if the entity of the power is unknown, and not easily ...
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How do I introduce an inexperienced player to the FATE combat system?

One of the things that I love about the FATE system is how flexible it is; even given the less than crunchy nature of the system, you have options galore. That's given one of my players analysis ...
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Are we doing mild consequences and stress right?

After reading through the book and reading up on consequences, i can't help but feel that we might be treating stress and mild consequences the wrong way. Say we've just been in a fight, after the ...
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How much damage does Orbius do with more shifts of effect?

The book was not specific on this so I kinda got lost. The Orbius example in the book (YS p. 294) uses 3 shifts for effect and 2 shifts for duration. It chokes (Grapples) the enemy and does 1 point of ...
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How to handle combination attacks

This is a topic that the book doesn't really talk about, or if it does i missed it. During one of our fights, our siccomancer (air magic) used a spell to launch our were-tank (he's got a ring that ...
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Ectomancy Specialization

If i take Thaumaturgy and get one of the Thematic Thaumaturgy Ectomancy. As per the definition in the book, "an ectomancer will be particularly effective with summoning, binding, divining, veiling, ...
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Acquiring Stunts Multiple Times

In Dresden Files there are stunts that mention that you can take them multiple times, e.g. "High Quality Workspace". For stunts that don't state that, can they be taken multiple times? In particular, ...
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How do you heal Mental Stress?

Does the Recovery power only heal physical stress and not mental? Is there a way to heal mental stress besides taking a consequence?
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How does Grapple interact with Attacks?

I grapple a guy and am able to hold him down. The rule in the book says a grappled enemy can't do anything unless he beats the grapple. Does this mean that if members of my party attack him he doesn't ...
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Dresden Files Item Creation Using Focus Items

Hi guys here's one I would like answered that my GM and I had a long discussion about. Please help. If I take ritual instead of thaumaturgy and get Crafting, and I make a focus item for it, what ...
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Prolonging spells in Dresden Files

I have 2 questions on spell duration for the Dresden Files RPG: Is it possible to cast a shield spell that has no duration as a rote, but then prolong the shield on my next turn? Can you prolong an ...
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How to price a custom mortal stunt?

I've got a couple of players that want to create a custom stunt or two, which I'm fine with. However, I'm not really sure on how I should price the cost of their stunts based on what it allows them ...
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Pitfalls and Gotchas of running Dresden Files RPG with round-robin GMs

I really like how in Diaspora, character and cluster creation explicitly allows for everyone (GM included) to have a character tied into the other PCs and the setting, so that anyone can take up the ...
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Creating encounters for a DFRPG party

I've got a 2-person party and i'm having some difficulty with balancing encounters for them. It seems that what i'm making is either way too easy, or harder than i really want it to be (ie, they're ...
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How much should Catches be worth in the Dresden Files RPG?

When I look at some of the White Court characters in Dresden Files, I see 'True Love' being used as a 0 point catch. Yet looking at the rules for coming up with a Catch, it seems like it should be ...
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How does attacking someone work?

OK, I keep going around in circles. In Dresden Files RPG, how do you work out punching someone vs using a knife/sword/weapon vs using a gun?
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Dresden Files Rote Spell Rolls

Lets say I have a rote spell set up with 4 shifts for a straight attack. Because it's a rote spell I don't have to make a 4 on my discipline roll, but I still role the discipline for the attack. ...
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Dresden Files Evocation question

This is my first time playing The Dresden Files RPG so I'm trying to figure things out. In the book, it states that to do an evocation you can put in a number of shifts (x) which makes the attack ...
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Modeling a “Bob” in Dresden Files

I'm running a Dresden Files game, and I think my PCs need a Bob. Because I need a mouthpiece and exposition engine. But the description of Bob in Our World is skimpy at best, equating him to just a ...
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How to balance conviction with discipline?

I'm playing a caster in a setting hack of the Dresden files. I find that it's very easy to get in an unbalance of my Conviction and Discipline skills. If Conviction is too high then I fail my ...