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

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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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Dealing with a player dedicated to enforcing fanatical setting authenticity

I'm running a Dresden Files Fate game, and one of my players has read all of the books. Usually I would have no issue with this, but he believes it gives him the right to boss everyone about. To go ...
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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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Spoilt for choice: helping traditional-system players adapt to narrative-control games

My group teethed on D&D 3.5 and loved 4e, but now we're eager to take advantage of FATE's more narrative- and character-driven philosophies. However, on our first (DFRPG) game last night, my ...
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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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How do I explain stress to a d20 crowd?

In the next month or so I'm going to start running the Dresden Files RPG soon with a group that has most of its experience in D&D 3.5 and 4e. We're all new to FATE, and I tried to explain the ...
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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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Should I read the Dresden Files fiction before I get the RPG?

Should I read the Dresden Files books before I get the RPG? I want to have a look at the FATE system, and I'd be most interested in starting with Dresden Files (I think). I know there are books in ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Sleep spell in DFRPG

Has anyone here put together a "Sleep" spell in the Dresden Files RPG yet? One of my PC wizards (we're playing a "Submerged", or high-powered game) has a sleep spell as a Rote, and I wanted to see if ...
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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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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 would healing magic work in Dresden Files?

So, I have a player in a Dresden Files game I'm setting up who loves playing healing and support characters. Good aligned clerics in D&D, medicine excellencies in Exalted, you get the picture. ...
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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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What is Cold Iron actually?

It came up in Dresden Files, but is not limited to that game, you can find the term in DnD as well. I would like to know what it means. If you look for Cold Iron on Wikipedia, you only get iron: ...
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Why do my players want to be superman in Dresden Files?

I'm on my third campaign using Dresden Files, and I'm noticing a pattern. There's an incredibly wide range of powers and abilities that a character can have, and an even larger number of ways to fluff ...
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Why Does Dresden Files Have Such a Large Page Count?

I sat in a quick Dresden Files demo (about 30 minutes) at a convention last summer and was told the basics about the game. The mechanics seemed simple: you roll a few dice with either a +, blank, or – ...
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Can White Court Vampires feed from more than one type of emotion?

Does a White Court Vampire get limited to a single type of emotion at character creation, or can they feed from lust one day and fear another?
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What are some good skills and stunts for a mortal lawyer in Dresden Files?

I'm about to play in my first game of Dresden Files. I'm new to the system, and it's a lot different from other RPG rule's I've used. I'm having a bit of trouble grokking the game and figuring out ...
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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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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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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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What concrete rules can you point a GM to that is stuck in non-storytelling paradigms for Fate?

Inspired by a response to my answer to Can you concede by dying in Dresden Files?, I was wondering what concrete rules can you point a GM to that is stuck in non-storytelling paradigms in Fate? I ...
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How can I keep track of Aspects and Powers?

I'm going to begin running a Dresden Files Roleplaying Game campaign in a group that has no FATE or Fudge experience (myself included); we've largely been running D&D 3.5 and 4e. What are some ...
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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 ...
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Dealing with a problem player not playing to their character aspects

A player in my Dresden Files game joined the group with a kick-in-the-door, "shoot-first-ask-questions-later"-style cop. The character had some fairly "meh" & a couple of potentially OK aspects. ...
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Tips and pitfalls for a variable-size group

My gaming group has very fluid attendance. From week to week it's been known to fluctuate between ten and two players, usually hovering around three to five. I've become reasonably adept at building ...
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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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Inhuman Strength vs. +5 Might

I have been reading Your Story and Our World, trying to figure certain things out. One of the things I am stumped over is how stats work in this system. I am not sure if this is intentional or not, ...
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Dresden Files without Wizards

When I started my Dresden Files campaign, I had 6 characters: A Wizard Not quite a Necromancer A Psychic Grimoire A Red Court Infected A Changeling Alchemist An Emissary of Power Over the past ...
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Can you concede by dying in Dresden Files?

If you concede, can you choose to die? I ask because my GM has mentioned this is possible. I think he's just trying to keep us from throwing Massively Overpowered Fireballs in every direction, but ...
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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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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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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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Using biomancy on yourself as the caster

I have a question on thaumaturgy biomancy. I'm planning on using it to boost myself in strength, armour, claws, spider climbing etc. The rules talk about using it this way but give no real examples. ...
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Dresden RPG thaumaturgy conditional triggers

If I have a Wizard character in Dresden RPG, can I use Thaumaturgy to set up a spell which is left "pending" until a condition is met. For example, if my character takes a moderate consequence, a ...
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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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What is the threshold strength of the sunrise?

Mechanically, the Dresdenverse sunrise is a threshold that sweeps across the world (instead of a creature or spell trying to cross the threshold): Thresholds can even be conceptual: the transition ...
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In Dresden, and Based Solely on the Stats Listed, Are the Vampire Courts' Physical Strength the Same?

I have a question regarding the courts of vampires regarding their physical strength based solely on the stats provided by the book Our World. When I listened to the books and read some of the game ...
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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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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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How can I add underworld intrigue to my Dresden Files game?

In D&D/Pathfinder/RIFTS/Shadowrun-type games I've played in the past, corrupt nobles/merchants, thieves' guilds, megacorps, ancient evils, and various religions with a flakey axe to grind were all ...
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What are the major design/philosophical differences between Dresden Files and FATE Core?

I've read the Fate Core rulebook and am starting to read the Dresden Files: Your Story and Your World books. I am looking to describe the differences between Dresden Files and Fate to friends. If ...
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Shifts in aspect assessments

Description of Empathy::Reading People (page 129) states: This is an assessment (page 115) action and, as such, if you gain one or more shifts on your roll, you discover one of the target’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 Changelings With Sponsored Magic subject to the Laws of Magic?

In Dresden files, say you have a Changeling with Seelie Magic. The Changeling has a positive refresh, and thus has free will. If the changeling uses Seelie Magic to kill another mortal, have they ...