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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

12
votes
5answers
389 views

When benefits from an Aspect call for Fate point expenditure and when not?

I find myself in a pinch trying to understand what Aspects do when they are not being invoked. I do know that they are supposed to be narrative tools that describe the character. When invoked, they ...
12
votes
5answers
337 views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
304 views

Can multiple people attempt to heal the same consequence in Fate Core?

Let's say I have a character with a +2 Consequence and somebody rolls +1 on their Lore check to cure it. Obviously they failed their check, but is anyone else allowed to try? I can imagine that this ...
12
votes
6answers
280 views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
861 views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
643 views

How can I keep the nature and capacity of NPCs hidden to generate a fear of the unknown?

In traditional games such as D&D, the mechanics of the NPCs you face are generally an unknown quantity. The players and the characters only have a rough idea of what an NPC is capable of, based on ...
12
votes
2answers
924 views

Replacing skills with approaches and vice versa

One of the most noticeable differences between Fate Core and FAE is that FAE replaces skills with approaches. This is really great for forcing characterization and getting games running quickly, but ...
12
votes
4answers
369 views

How do I set the Difficulty of a Create an Advantage that represents readying for combat?

Lots of RPGs have the kind of thing where you effectively power up in combat and get a bonus to a certain stat. The "Create an Advantage" aspect in Fate Core seems to do something similar but not ...
12
votes
1answer
452 views

When paying fate points for compels, where do the points go?

In Fate Core, resolving a compel has three basic steps (p.71): Somebody proposes the compel. If a player compels another character, it costs a fate point. The GM and players involved negotiate, ...
11
votes
1answer
785 views

Negative Aspect Compels: How often is too often?

I've seen quite a few Fate-powered games where there are Extras that use negative aspects as permissions (such as having "Limited Battery Pack" on a lightning gun, or "Unstable Mutation" for a ...
11
votes
2answers
395 views

Can there be mechanical disadvantages in Compels?

In Fate, compels of aspects are primarily a narrative tool, and as such don't usually have mechanical trappings in the consequences. But is this a hard and fast rule? I saw someone ask this question,...
11
votes
1answer
625 views

How can I help my players be proactive and dramatic together?

We've recently started a Fate Core game, and found that the system delivers on its promise of stories about "proactive, competent and dramatic" characters. Which is great! Except the characters, drawn ...
11
votes
2answers
421 views

Character creation phases for a new character

I really like the idea in Fate Core of phases in character creation: characters telling three adventures they had together, and getting aspects from these adventures. However, I now have to introduce ...
10
votes
3answers
979 views

Can you concede when compelled to fight in Fate Core?

The character in question has the Curse of the Lycanthrope aspect, which causes him to become rabid and ferocious when something triggers him to transform. The characters are all traveling together ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

How many shifts are needed to take out a character with a single blow?

I am aware of the fact that Fate emphasis is on the narrative aspects of the play, but still we are rolling dice and using numbers to measure the outcome of some actions. I am trying to figure out how ...
10
votes
2answers
463 views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
507 views

How do I make Puzzle Bosses more interesting than a Knowledge Check or tedious pre-research?

Puzzle bosses — those with hidden weaknesses to discover and exploit — have been a recurring problem no matter the system we use. As a GM, I've never been able to wrap my head around how ...
10
votes
1answer
202 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
436 views

Designing Summoners in Fate Core

I'm really excited about Fate Core and the wide variety of things that can be designed with the Fate Fractal. As a GM for players who are veterans of Pokémon Tabletop and Magic: the Gathering, I think ...
10
votes
2answers
478 views

How to handle compels that affect the entire party?

The rules talk briefly of players compelling multiple targets and how they have to pay a fate point for each one. Similarly, it makes sense that if the GM wished to, say, knock the entire party out ...
10
votes
2answers
441 views

Does Teamwork make you give up your action?

Both Fate Core and Fate Accelerated Edition have rules by which one player makes a roll and the others assist him without passing him free invocations or spending Fate points. In FAE this is called "...
10
votes
1answer
305 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
110 views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
356 views

Does Fate have precedents for mechanical inabilities/weaknesses?

Core/FAE has Stunts that give a numerical bonus to actions or otherwise let a character do things beyond the normal rules. But reading through the rulebooks, I haven't found any guidance for the ...
9
votes
5answers
483 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
581 views

How should I handle a door the players know is trapped, but the characters don't?

My group and I have recently stumbled upon what we, being inexperienced with FATE, perceive as somewhat of a conflict within the game's approach and rules itself, which I hope someone could shed some ...
9
votes
3answers
375 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
337 views

Aspects implying Resistance/Immunity

I have trouble understanding how to deal with Aspects implying a resistance or immunity to a given category of attacks. Let's say for example a dragon has the Aspect Can Withstand the Hottest Flames ...
9
votes
4answers
248 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
927 views

The mechanics of Aspects on weapons/armor?

Fate Core suggests one way to differentiate weapons and armor is by giving each one an Aspect. Daggers could be Quick, for instance, and maces could be Armor Piercing. I really like this idea. My ...
9
votes
1answer
288 views

How many Fate points do NPCs have in an encounter?

I remember reading somewhere in the core rulebook how many fate points NPCs ought to have in an encounter, but I can't find it now. So, where can I see how many fate points I should give my NPCs?
9
votes
2answers
2k views

Where can I find a proper library of free adventures for Fate Core and Accelerated?

I can't find a proper repository of premade adventures, and I'm pretty lost as to what I'm going to GM with Fate Accelerated. I'm willing to take Core adventures and try to adapt them, but it's not ...
9
votes
1answer
3k views

Playing Dresden Files RPG with Fate Core rules?

I just introduced my gaming group to Fate, and some of the players have expressed interest in the Dresden Files RPG. I understand that Fate Core has introduced some changes and refinements to the game,...
9
votes
1answer
151 views

Are fate points assigned per player or per character?

I am currently preparing a campaign (using Strands of Fate, but this is a pertinent question for all systems that use the FATE core mechanics) that will have players jointly leading a faction as well ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

Creating (Aspect) Advantages in Conflicts

I'm somewhat familiar with Fate v2, and I recently backed the Fate Core Kickstarter to get an early PDF of the rules. I have a couple questions concerning "Creating an Advantage" in a Conflict, ...
8
votes
6answers
1k views

What skill to oppose undodgeable energy weapons attack rolls?

Background In my Fate core campaign, my group is fighting against aliens in a near future setting (the campaign is loosely inspired by XCOM: Enemy Unknown) In the core book, most combat examples are ...
8
votes
3answers
421 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
735 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
347 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
253 views

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 "...
8
votes
2answers
214 views

Maximum number of helpers for teamwork rolls

In FATE Core, mobs use Teamwork rules for their rolls. For each mob member after the first, the roll gets a +1. Is there a limit on how many people can combine skills on one action, or are ten mooks ...
8
votes
1answer
149 views

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 of ...
8
votes
1answer
398 views

What happens to boosts that are obviated by the narrative?

During a quick Fate session, two characters were engaged in a duel, during which an onlooker was hurled into the fray, resulting in one duelist gaining the boost Petticoats and Fluff on the other. ...
8
votes
2answers
396 views

Who can earn fate points from invoking attached aspects?

Fate Core (p. 81) states that you earn fate points when your aspects are invoked against you: If someone pays a fate point to invoke an aspect attached to your character, you gain their fate point ...
8
votes
3answers
242 views

Is a trouble that encompasses multiple issues OK?

My group is giving FATE Core a core a try with a sort of World of Darkness / Urban Arcana setting. I was going to retrofit an old World of Darkness character to use but I realized the character had ...
8
votes
2answers
416 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
678 views

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? ...
7
votes
5answers
816 views

Dealing with Character Advancement in a Game with Rotating GM's

I am part of a group, we are going to be playing Fate Core. There are going to be 4 of us playing. We want to be able to rotate the role of Game Master. We envision playing in an episodic format. ...
7
votes
4answers
920 views

How can I encourage my players to use overcome and create an advantage actions?

Background Our group is new to Fate, but experienced in other forms of RPGs (from pen and paper to LARP). Fate is a new concept for all of us and has a very different style from what we're used to. ...
7
votes
2answers
242 views

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, ...