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

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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 are ...
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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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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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How to distinguish and quantify zone aspects in Fate Core

Let's say for example that there's a scene on the rooftops. Zone 1 has the aspect Slippery Second Story Rooftop, and after a bit of running and sci-fi shenanigans, Zone 2 has Top of a Scyscraper. ...
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“You're not there, you can't say that” in Fate?

I'm GMing a Fate Accelerated Edition game, importing quite a lot of rules and ideas from Fate Core. Although I've been a DM/GM for almost 25 years, it's my first time GMing a narrative-focussed game. ...
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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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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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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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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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Do advantages in Fate Core just “wear off?”

I have a character in my game with the aspect My Father's Sword. So the guy who plays the character is in his first combat and he's using the sword, invoking its +2 for all it's worth, because, hey, a ...
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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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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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Reactive Shield Spells in DFRPG

So after reading the Paranet Papers, my group is now attempting to sort out the new rules concerning reactive shield spells. The main issue we're having is what to do about rote spells. PP doesn't ...
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The tension of the possibility of failure in Fate

In playing Fate (Dresden Files, Fate Core), one problem has reared it's ugly head more than once. And I'm not sure if it's something that I'm doing wrong, if it's the way that the players are ...
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“Investing in Failure” in Fate

There's one passage of the Fate Core book / SRD that I'm having trouble getting my head around. The worst, worst thing you can do is have a failed roll that means nothing happens—no new knowledge, ...
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How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?

In our first Dresden Files game, one of our players created a warden character, who relied heavily on his evocation rote spells. In fact, due to the high power level we started at (30 skill points, 10 ...
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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 ...
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Does Fate or Savage Worlds have a prebuilt, low-magic, gritty, fantasy campaign setting which feature a single big issue?

I'm looking for a fantasy campaign setting with the following elements: Savage Worlds or Fate. But I'm open to hacks or others rules systems that match this requisites: Rules light, narrative flavor ...
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Is there a Fate LARP?

I was wondering whether there is a LARP implementation of Fate Core or Accelerated anywhere? I did take a look at Fate SRD, but they don't seem to mention that. I am really curious at this point, ...
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How to model psychic powers as an extra?

I'm currently GMing a game of Fate Core for a group of friends. The group has a range of experience with tabletop RPGs, including two total newbies. I have the most experience if the group, including ...
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Default difficulty +0 in FAE but +1 in Fate Core?

To give some context, to my question, I'd like to say that I'm aware of the discussions around the differences and continuity between Fate Accelerated Edition and Fate Core, both on this site and ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Can situational aspects describe the same thing as consequences?

In combat, situational aspects sometimes tend to interfere with consequences. In theory, the "create advantage" action allows an opponent to create virtually any aspect, from "Stabbed in the hand" to ...
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When using a fate point to create an aspect, do you have to spend another to invoke it?

I'm running a new game, with just my friend and I on roll20. We're attempting to figure out the mechanics, while running a small game together. I'm having issues with the Fate Point system. Does ...
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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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Fate Core incongruence in Action's outcomes?

I'm new in Fate, and I'm amazed by the game style and mechanics. Nevertheless, reading the manual, I think I've found 3 mechanical incongruences. Speaking about the Four Actions and their outcomes, ...
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What's a reasonable range for the shoot skill?

The Shoot skills specifies Attack: This skill makes physical attacks. You can make them from up to two zones away, unlike with Fight. (Sometimes the range will change with the weapon.) The ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to attack two characters at once in Fate Core?

Can you spend a single action to attack two opponents at once? Does Fate Core support this? Fate Core is supposed to be a toolkit for just about any kind of decision, so I think there's got to be a ...
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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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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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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 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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What exactly is an “issue” in Atomic Robo?

I have read the Atomic Robo RPG book, and it makes some mentions of "issues." What are these exactly a reference to, and why do they matter to the game?
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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 ...
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Fudge Dice Augmentation

I'm looking into unique stunts that affect dice rolls in gameplay. Are there any rules or precedent on the use of more than 4 Fudge dice in rolls, or using a die to determine outcomes? I'm thinking ...
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Adjusting aspects based on attendance

A crucial part of most FATE play is having aspects that relate to the other PCs at the table. What happens when your group's attendance fluctuates wildly? If Bob has aspects relating to Mary and Joan, ...
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Understanding aspects in combat

I've always been partial to darkmantles, because nobody looks at the ceiling, and because they modified combat without directly affecting hitpoints in D&D. I would like to use them in an upcoming ...
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Do aspects caused by fallout grant tags?

A powerful but unskilled sorcerer throws a fireball at Harry, but draws in more power than he can hope to control. Being a selfish, cowardly (ie, typical) villain he lets the power loose as fallout ...
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Do players have to roll to discover an obvious aspect?

This is a fairly straightforward question, but one that has led to some debate in my group. We know that aspects are generally not reflections of physical reality but rather narrative focus, so things ...
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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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Do NPCs have their own personal refresh and pool of fate points?

I'm studying FATE Core System, while reading the FATE Freeport Companion I found the refresh value for some NPC. Now I'm not sure about how to use this value because the GM available fate point is ...
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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 ...
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How do I encourage players to use Fate Points for declarations?

I have hacked Fate Points into my 13th Age game and I notice two things that are happening - the players hoard them, and often use them for the re-roll effect instead for declarations. (Irrelevant ...
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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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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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What precedent is there for my homebrew “skill” concept?

I'm starting to use a skill-like mechanic for my NPCs which is kind of a cross between modes and the aspects only option. I want to know what systems have used a feature like this, so I can build on ...