Fate Core is the official generic implementation of the Fate game engine.

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What is the impact of longer than usual Stress Tracks?

In one of my previous Fate games we used a Social Stress tracks, which was regular-size track. The players on average had 3 boxes in that track. Some powerful factions we encountered had 5 or 6 slots ...
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How can cliffhangers use skills instead of approaches?

Masters of Umdaar introduced the "Cliffhanger" scene form, which my group likes. But it's embedded in the Fate Accelerated "approach" mechanic, and our main campaign uses atomic-robo skills. Normally ...
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How do Atomic Robo SRD Megastunts interact with Refresh?

The Atomic Robo SRD have recently become available, and one of the rules included in there is the Mega-Stunts one. The SRD contains a short discussion on how these special stunts interact with fate ...
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What changes if I allow a free invocation to pay for a compel?

The distinction between invoke for effect and compel in Fate has not always been clear. Free invocations are often stacked on temporary aspects created as advantage or otherwise not thought of as ...
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What is the purpose of differently-sized stress boxes as opposed to flat stress or same-sized boxes?

I can see the point of differently-sized Consequences on entities. Light ones are a mark, moderate ones are a more realistic, lasting dent, and so on. They behave differently and have, arguably, ...
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What is the difference between Aspects and Invocations?

I'm trying to master Fate core (and probably Dresden Files) for a group because I'm usually the gm, and I'm having a little trouble understanding a few of the mechanics. What's the difference between ...
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How are monsters/creatures/npcs presented in Fate setting manuals?

Background I'd like to add a list of creatures, monsters, and characters to a Fate project, like the D&D Monster Manual. I understand that the GM usually writes NPCs custom per game, but I want ...
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Should I include Fate Core in my Fate world book?

If writing my own game/setting/world (product, for brevity's sake), Should I include the whole Fate Core game in my product, as with Apotheosis Drive X, or should I detail only the modifications to ...
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How would I model a vast range of levels of power in Fate Core?

Let's say that I want to run a game in Fate Core where there are weak little critters, folk, heroes, legendary heroes, and gods, where the intent is that the players can go from folk all the way up to ...
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Groups & organizations in FATE Core [closed]

I'm trying to find the best way to model groups and organizations in FATE Core for a city of intrigue and revolution in a fantasy world. So the group would be a character. So far I've adapted this ...
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How is Spirit of the Century different from vanilla Fate [closed]

The published SotC is said to revamp Fate rules, but from what I know it seems to be like the most recent rules.
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How can I have mystery in a Fate plot?

I am going to run a session for a plot. This is going to be an introduction to RPGs, and what I'm trying to do is to add an element of mystery to the plot to keep the players hooked. The plot goes ...
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What mechanisms have been used to make magic risky?

I'm about to start running a Fate Core game that focuses on magic-using PCs. As I've conceptualized magic in the setting, it's easy to use but very dangerous unless one has invested a lot in the ...
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How can I emulate a piloting skill in Fate?

Let's say I'm running a game of Fate (Core) where my players are the pilots of large to very-large mecha, on the scale of Pacific Rim, Evangelion, or Gundam. I'm planning on the mecha being built as ...
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What are the mechanics of removing a “create an advantage” aspect?

Say a character fails to defend against a "create an advantage" action. They now have a situational aspect on them. If they do nothing about it, it'll go away at the end of the scene or whenever it ...
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When can you interpose yourself in the path of an attack?

I'm interested in the mechanics of heroically throwing yourself in front of a shooting attack against an ally. (As distinct from, say, a prolonged period of actively defending an ally from multiple ...
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Can stress be taken outside conflict?

In the Fate Core manual, stress is only ever mentioned in the context of conflict. For example: stress represents the ephemeral toll of participating in a conflict (My emphasis.) Also, the ...
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Do Boosts in Fate Core just lead to more Boosts?

I've been a fan of Fate for a long while now, but I'm just now getting ready to run it for the first time, and I'm going over the rules to make sure I understand all the basics. So, the attack/defend ...
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When playing NPCs who are hiding something, how much should I reveal (mechanics-wise)?

I have a NPC who's hiding something. She has an aspect that she's trying to hide. She has the stunt I've Read About That!, which allows her to spend a fate point to use Lore (her cap skill) in place ...
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How do I handle players brute-forcing a skill until they succeed?

I have a NPC that hangs around with the PCs for a while. The players suspect that this NPC is hiding something. They are correct and I have no problem revealing it to them, if they properly manage to ...
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Managing a player's growing organization

I plan on running a Mass Effect RPG which uses the system of Bulldogs! (which itself is a variant of Fate Core) with a small group of friends for the first time. I have been over the rules and have ...
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Do I need Fate Core to make Fate Accelerated Edition work?

I have recently been looking into the Fate "universe" and would like to know, do you need Fate Core to actually play Fate Accelerated Edition?
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How do you deal with conflicts taking too long?

I'm currently running a Legend campaign, but I'm using Fate as an add-on to handle certain scenarios that Legend isn't as good with. It seems to be doing it's job well enough, but the encounters take ...
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What happens when player-controlled NPCs concede and get taken out?

Let's say I'm using Companions, virtually any variation of Stormcaller, or any other way of being in command of NPCs in-game. How do you handle conceding and getting taken out with player-controlled ...
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How should an automated or environmental attack be handled in Fate?

Let's say a PC plants a proximity mine or magical rune or suicidal summon somewhere in a room he would expect some enemies to walk in later on, and then leaves to take care of something else or simply ...
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Should all play happen in scenes in Fate?

After reading the core rules and playing a first — very pleasant — session (I was the GM) I wonder how many time in a game should be spend in a formally declared scene? In our last ...
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What kind of action is used to change aspects in Fate?

If I want to change one aspect into another (for example, throwing a bucket of water on an NPC's head to change "My hair's on fire!" to Drenched), what kind of action is that? Do I use Overcome to ...
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How do I prevent “I attack with Fight” and “I attack with Shoot”-type brief declarations? [duplicate]

One thing I like about FAE is that attacks and defenses have to go beyond "I attack them with Fight."/"I defend with Fight." to justify using an approach or the other. Merely providing an adverb adds ...
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How does timing work in Fate?

Let's say that on my Turn during this Exchange I want to Create an Advantage: I Know That Fighting Style! - I spend my turn observing the opponent's fighting style. This takes a little bit of time to ...
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Do self-Compels draw from the GM's Fate pool?

When you suggest a Compel on one of your own Aspects - and the GM accepts your suggestion - does the Fate Point get drawn from the GM's finite Fate pool for that scene, or is it created from thin air? ...
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How does Compelling your own Aspects work?

To my understanding, it's possible to Compel your own Aspects. Anyone at the table is free to suggest when a compel might be appropriate for any character (including their own). But I don't ...
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How to handle pre-scene character preparation in Fate?

We are using Fate Core for Shadowrun and commonly have situations where the PCs have time to prepare for a scene. For example, there is a building we need to break into and steal stuff from and it ...
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What essentials are required to build a Fate Core session/campaign expediently?

"How about tomorrow?" A GM's nightmare. A group that has a planning horizon of twelve hours (sometimes even "how about right now?"). A group in want of a Fate game. And a group that isn't into the ...
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Can aspects function as “New Action” stunts?

The most basic option for a stunt is to allow a skill to do something that it normally can’t do. (FC89) But can an aspect do that too? Aspects are supposed to be permissions for certain types ...
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If you succeed with style against multiple targets, do you get multiple boosts?

Let's say that the Player Character has a +4 in Fight. He's confident that he can take down two Goblins with a single action, so he decides to roll against both of them. The results are as follows: ...
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How to represent a “second wind” in Fate Core?

In Fate's narrative-first approach, you're supposed to decide what's going to happen first and then consult the rules to decide how to do it. Imagine the following sequence as a narrative-first ...
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What better not to use Fate Core for?

I've seen lots of praise about the Fate system, especially it's Fate Core implementation. Because of that I was thinking about which of my past campaigns could have been played in Fate instead of ...
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How much do Weapon and Armor Ratings cost?

One of my players wants to build a Weapon extra for her character based on the Gadgets and Gear page in the SRD. Essentially she wants to build a the following: Chained Pickaxe Versatile Piercing ...
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How should pets/summons/familiars be handled in Fate? [closed]

I find that having some other entity that, while part of your character conceptually, is separate from their person, adds a lot to an RPG... Whether it's an Engineer's drone, a Warlock's summon or ...
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Why aren't you allowed to check off multiple stress boxes per hit?

It's not just a question of "have you done it in your game or not", but rather I'm wondering about the rationale behind the rules. What's the desired effect of this restriction and what effect on the ...
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How severe should a Compel be if it's worth one Fate Point?

If a Compel is the most interesting way to gain Fate Points, then how serious should it be? What kind of trouble does a character have to go through to get one? If it's too bad, they might end up ...
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Crafting Equipment in Fate Core

It seems only fair that a person with a good Crafts score in the right setting should be allowed to craft armor for themselves or allies. Let's say the characters are taking some downtime and the ...
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How to represent invariable bonuses in Fate Core

My Pokémon Tabletop group is thinking of switching to Fate. We're going to be using these Companion rules to allow characters to spend a Stunt slot to stat up a Pokémon as a Fair NPC. Typing is ...
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What skill is used to throw things in Fate Core?

I'm presently running a Legend of Zelda game in Fate Core. This of course means that Clay Jars Abound, and people love to throw and break them. My players want to use the jars to hit ranged targets, ...
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Can I use non-aspects as narrative permissions?

I'm finishing up my Legend of Zelda Fate Core campaign, and I'm still trying to get a feel for how items should be represented. I know that Fate isn't a game where inventory and money are ...
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As a GM, should I use Fate points in a scene with no other characters?

In my first game, I noticed that a large number of scenes featured only the player-characters taking on various terrain or knowledge-based challenges (such as "break into this building" and ...
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How to handle Legend-of-Zelda-esque magic items without aspect spamming?

I think that one of the reasons that Zelda is a good setting for Fate is because advancement is horizontal rather than vertical. In other words, instead of zero-sum increases to power level as in ...
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How does it work when swarms or mobs take stress in Fate Core or Accelerated?

Let's say we have a group of four crabs in Core or Accelerated, but I'm treating them as a mob. One individual crab looks like this: Crab Stress: [] (one stress box, further damage takes ...
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Do Consequences change their severity if renamed?

As per title. My character has Broken wrist moderate consequence and after appropriate time and a successful roll to heal wants to rename that to Forearm in splints. Would the consequence become mild ...
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Is there a difference between starting to recover from consequences in Fate Accelerated and Fate Core?

The way I understood it, any Consequence (mild, severe, extreme) in any Fate build has to have a recover action modify it before it can start fading away. So I have several questions: If a character ...