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

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If someone is “Out of Ammo,” can they still shoot until compelled?

Let's say someone creates the Aspect Out of ammo by running everywhere, making the other character fire all his bullets. Can this character still fire until someone compels Out of ammo? Is it the GM ...
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How to handle the magical girl genre in Fate Core?

I'm a newcomer to Fate Core, and working out a magic system is daunting. I have read over the core and glanced through the system toolkit as well, but some experience-based advice would be helpful ...
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What happens if I concede a fight to someone who only wants me dead?

I'm in a game where my non-combat character ended up in a physical fight with two bobcat-like creatures who have been ordered to kill me. The entity ordering my death is powerful enough (and so are ...
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How can I contribute to the game and have fun after my PC dies?

I would like to use Fate Core for the kind of neo-noir stories common to movies made by the Coen Brothers, the Wachowskis, Quentin Tarantino, and John Dahl. The leading characters in these stories ...
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Can a character choose to be taken out?

Getting "taken out" in Fate seems relatively straightforward, at first. From p.168 of Fate Core: If you don’t have any stress or consequences left to buy off all the shifts of a hit, that means ...
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Why does a character earn fate points when conceding?

I am new to Fate, and TRPG in general. Today when reading the Fate Core book, I was confused by how conceding worked. IMHO by conceding, a player would avoid the more severe outcome that is being ...
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How to revive a stagnant Fate points economy in my game?

Background I'm a novice Fate GM, with 4 more novice Fate players. We all have experience with RPGs, both pen and paper, electronic, and LARP. We all wanted to try Fate Core because it's much less ...
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How Fate games could go wrong and how to prevent that

I'm introducing a few of my friends to the Fate system, and we're using Fate Accelerated for a quick start. Reading answers for some questions on this site I found an interesting paragraph: One of ...
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What makes up the core FATE?

I am trying to get to know FATE a little bit better, but I am afraid even the official site isn't helping me understand everything: On the resources page there is a "Fate 2.0" download, which I ...
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Adding and balancing a new Stress Track?

I'm tweaking and testing the Fate Core system to fit the Torg RPG setting, and after much deliberation I came to the conclusion that a third stress track would be needed for "Reality Stress." ...
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In Which we add Loots to Fate Core

Loot is a pretty fun part of some RPGs. Not the math-tuning loot that keeps characters’ weapons and armor at the required values, but the remarkable and empowering loot that lets them do new things ...
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Playing Fate with competitive players

I've just finished reading the Fate Core book, and I'm really surprised how well this system presents itself. But inevitably, I've started thinking about what-ifs - and one of them is playing with ...
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Do all players have to agree to accept or deny a group compel?

I just ran my first game of Fate Core and I ran into a question I can't seem to find an exact answer to. Basically at one point I used a situation aspect "Wanted by the city guard" to compel all ...
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How much the players can narrate in Fate? How much can be prepared beforehand by the Gm taking that into account?

Me and a few of my friends are starting to play Fate (currently the accelerated edition) and I think we are all loving it. One of my friends seems to grasp the collaborative narration very well. When ...
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What are the gameplay implications for choosing Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition?

I am shortly going to be starting a game of Fate with my friends, using either Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition (hereafter just “Core” and “Accelerated”). I am well aware they are both the same ...
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Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core?

Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core? To rephrase is Fate Core inherently better at running dark or noir games than Fate Accelerate Edition? This is the impression given by the ...
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Why does a character get Fate points from invocation at the end of a scene in Core?

This answer shows that in DFRPG "if you're invoking an aspect on another PC or on a NPC to gain an advantage over them, that character will receive the fate point you spent, either at the end of the ...
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Must a situation's obvious characteristics be explicitly made into aspects?

I've never played Fate before and am learning from Fate Accelerated Edition with occasional reference to Fate Core. For the most part, it has been straightforward. On the other hand, I am somewhat ...
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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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Examples of Fate mechanics for telling team stories with one player

I want to run a Stargate SG-1 game for a single player in the Fate Core system. Stargate stories are about teams of equally important people, rather than the single protagonist that our "twosie" ...
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How do FATE Core and FAE differ in purpose?

I understand the mechanical differences between the two games (notably, approaches instead of skills and a consolidated stress track), but is FATE Accelerated Edition simply meant to be "FATE Core ...
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Is there any way to get/buy the “Fate System Toolkit” book?

I cannot find any way to buy/download the "Fate System Toolkit" book. I see that there was a kickstarter that would have granted me access to the book, but as far as I know, it is over now. I am too ...
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Using aspects to represent non-“issue” game themes

Fate Core suggests that a game be given aspects based on its issues, such as The Scar Triad and The Doom that is to Come. Issues are defined as the "threats and pressures inherent to the setting ...
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Preparing a one-shot with FATE

I was thinking of doing a one-shot Fate game the next time my main group is missing folk. I'd be using the new Fate Core rules. None of us have ever played any version of Fate before, but we're all ...
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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 ...
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Spaceship Combat in Fate Core

I'm trying to run a space-opera RPG in Fate Core, and ship-to-ship combat is a central focus. I'm looking to emulate the kind of fighting we see in Star Wars, Wing Commander, FreeSpace, etc, but ...
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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 ...
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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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Modeling cutaway prep scenes in Fate

Many crime stories feature a particular kind of foreshadowing and plot twist: Early in the story, you see a character doing something significant, but the scene cuts away before you find out what it ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can the GM compel their own NPCs?

NPCs can according to the rulebook be compelled just like PCs - with certain limitations. However, it appears to me that this is a slippery slope if the GM is allowed to compel their own characters ...
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How to design battle between characters of different scales (e.g. mecha vs. infantry)?

FATE is very clear in that its Aspects and Skills are largely metagame elements - they are meant to highlight what is important and true in the story, not to simulate what would happen in reality. ...
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Would motivating a Stout Pacifist to join a war be a Compel or Invoke?

Assume the following situation: The player wants to convince an NPC to help them in battle. However, the NPC has the aspect "Stout Pacifist" and would rather avoid being dragged into a war. This ...
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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 ...
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Learning FATE systems from a D20 background

My history is rather linear, and mostly relies on traditional d20 systems (D&D Original, AD&D, 3.5 and Rolemaster, Champions) and I am interested in learning some of the other systems that are ...
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How does defending on behalf of others work in Fate Core?

There's actually multiple answers to that question in Fate Core and The Fate System Toolkit, but they seem a bit contradictory. I'd like your help to sort them out. Note: I know characters can ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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. ...
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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, ...
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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. ...