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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 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, 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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What policies should be made at the start of a campaign, to define the desired game experience and avoid bad feelings later?

My group and I work on the assumption that a game system's default assumptions are its manifesto, and that by choosing a system we are choosing to let its assumptions stand except where we institute ...
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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 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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Do you have to reveal your NPC's aspects?

Important NPCs may have hidden aspects that PCs are supposed to assess somehow before using them: can such a NPC invoke one of his hidden aspects without the GM revealing it to the players? Example: ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do consequences grant you Fate points when compelled by opponents?

I've run a quick search though the site and I didn't seem to find this topic covered, so I'm asking: In Dresden Files RPG when an opponent compels one of your consequences against you (spending a ...
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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 are ...
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Can you keep someone from running away?

In a recent Dresden Files game, I was whacking a sorcerer in the face with a hammer. Things were going swimmingly (for me, anyway), and the sorcerer was going to run away because he decided that ...
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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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Can concessions inflict a worse effect on the conceding character than the attacker intended?

When playing the Dresden Files, my Wizard (and other magic practitioners) tend to overpower their spells, not taking into account the foes that they are facing, i.e. 8 shifts of power vs a plain ...
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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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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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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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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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Dresden RPG - How easy is it to avoid First Law violations?

The First Law of Magic in the Dresdenverse states that you cannot kill mortals with magic. The White Council gets pretty uptight about this, so it is a Law worth following. In the Dresden RPG, ...
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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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How do you determine the size of zones?

Determining the size of a zone still eludes me. How do you determine the number and size of zones when you are in a combat situation in Dresden Files?
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Are there podcasts or blogs focused on the Dresden RPG?

I'm thinking about starting up a campaign using Dresden Files RPG. I have read the novels and both rules books, but I've never really seen the game played. I'm hoping to find some podcasts or blogs ...
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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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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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Should the GM in Dresden Files be telling us what the target numbers are for thaumaturgy spells and skill checks?

In the Dresden Files game I'm in, the game master never tells us the target numbers for thaumaturgy spells and skill rolls. We roll, he tells us whether we succeeded, life goes on. I've heard this ...
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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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Do aspects caused by fallout grant tags?

A powerful but unskilled sorcerer throws a fireball at Harry, but draws in more power than he can hope to control. Being a selfish, cowardly (ie, typical) villain he lets the power loose as fallout ...
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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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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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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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Intelligent PC's and differing realms of knowledge

I'm GMing for a group. One of my PCs is highly scholarly (scholarship 4), and the character is a doctor - all aspects point to this. I would assume the doctor's knowledge is more focused on medical ...
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Would an Empath/Telepath run afoul of the White Council's Laws of Magic?

Would a minor talent using his power to read surface thoughts or emotion be in violation of the Laws of Magic, or are those meant for wizards only?
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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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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 can I include Dresden-Files-style vampires in my Pathfinder game?

I have a concept for a campaign that uses a Dresden-Files environment in a medieval fantasy setting, but for reasons of familiarity and experience prefer to use the Pathfinder system. I specifically ...
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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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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. ...