A generic game engine combining described character traits with numeric skills, and using metagame currency to provide players expanded agency.

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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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What can I use in place of Fudge Dice?

If someone doesn't have any fudge dice, what are the best methods to replace them and why? Term: Fudge Dice are six sided dice with two sides labeled with a +, two sides with a -, and two sides that ...
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Shame him into not shooting: multiple stress tracks in a single conflict

If you insult the hitman enough, will he stop shooting at you? It doesn't seem likely, but that brings into play a question about whether some stress tracks are "more important" than others: If you ...
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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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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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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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How do I encourage new players to be more descriptive in their actions and intents?

I have a party of new players, who are enjoying a sporadic session of Fate Accelerated. I'm learning a significant amount from the experience, and I hope they are too. In addition to some problems ...
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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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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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When Are Aspects Not Necessary?

Let's say that I'm running a game of Starblazer Adventures, and my players are being chased by bad guys with blaster pistols. They run into a ruined temple which I describe as being full of ancient ...
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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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Should long Aspects be split?

In Fate games I sometime come up with Aspects that are relatively long and could well be two separate Aspects. Are such Aspects good in terms of gameplay, or would it be better to split them? An ...
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Is there any reason to discourage “arms racing” during exchanges?

I find that occasionally during a conflict, when trying to create an advantage or land a successful attack, the players involved will enter into an "arms race" of competing to stack the most ...
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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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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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Tempting fate: precedent for compels without aspects

Sometimes a possibility for complication presents itself without any particular aspect being obviously associated with it. I've had times when a compel seems to rise naturally out of the narrative, ...
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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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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 to model an absolute condition in Fate?

I'm thinking of running FATE, and read in one book (I think it's Dresden Files RPG) that Aspects can replace situational modifiers. However, situational modifiers in other games take place all 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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How does the OGL relate to the FATE system?

I was looking at the SRD for Spirit of the Century, and I noticed the Wizards of the Coast OGL license at the bottom of the document. I did a bit of digging, and FATE states that it is a derivative of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Fate/Freeport as a first RPG?

I've kicked around the idea of starting some roleplaying games with my son (11) and his friends. I played AD&D when I was a kid (stopping around 1987, not sure what version that was). While I ...
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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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Explaining the need to use Fate Points for Aspects

How would you explain the need to use Fate Points to tag an Aspect, for newcomers to the system? Some players are asking me "If I have the Aspect 'As strong as Hercules', don't I automatically get a ...
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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 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 Fate games could go wrong and how to prevent that

Im introducing a few of my friends to the Fate system, and were using FateAccelerated for a quick start. Reading answers for some questions on our site I found an interesting paragraph: One of the ...
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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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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 model corrupting items in FATE?

The One Ring from Lord of the Rings has the property that it corrupts (or tries to corrupt) those around it. They desire its power and do things that they normally wouldn't to get at it. I was ...
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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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How do I know when aspects are “hidden” from my players?

Well, I'm quite new to Fate and today we had our very first session, we had a lot of fun but aspects confused us a lot. I made the areas so my players would fight a Titan on the forests, one of the ...
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Is FATE a suitable system for a dungeon crawl?

I usually play and run campaigns of a story-based, narrative nature, and have long been drawn to the FATE system, although I have only recently had a chance to start looking at it in depth. I am ...
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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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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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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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In FATE, what is the relative value of each characteristic?

There are a lot of FATE variants out there, but most have a few common types of characteristics in common: a number of aspects, a base number of fate points (refresh), skills/abilities, stunts, and ...