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

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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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How do vampires work exactly?

Do they have to be feeding to use their abilities? Or do they only feed to recover from Hunger stress after using their abilities and failing the stress attack at the end of the scene?
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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 turn invisible?

I'm learning DFRPG, having no prior experience with the FATE system. One thing I really like is the idea that we can --and should-- create our own stunts and powers... but I'm not sure I've really got ...
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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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Does the Poisoned aspect stack?

The "Venomous" effect (a [-2] optional addon for the Claw power) lets the character maneuver to place the "Poisoned" aspect on a target. In each subsequent exchange, the target must roll ...
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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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How can I estimate difficulty in a FATE based game?

In a recent game of Diaspora, I pitted three of my "5 cap" player characters against four "3 cap" and one "4 cap" character in physical combat, and was surprised to see that the characters came away ...
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Diaspora two handed melee weapon

In Diaspora the two handed stunt for melee says "Weapon is designed for two-handed use and is awkward in the hands of those not sufficiently strong. The wielder may amplify his Skill check with his ...
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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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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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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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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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When should I put an NPC card on the table?

I'm running a game of Diaspora, which is my first FATE based game. The manual talks about playing with everything in the open and I'm all for that, but when should I actually make up a card for an ...
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Looking for a nice magic system to convert to FATE

I'm playing around a lot with the FATE system at the moment (particularly with Diaspora) and I'm now looking at how I might apply it to a fantasy setting. What I'm looking for is a nice magic system ...
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What is expected from NPC profiles that are written for-profit?

I'm considering putting some of my spare time into writing detailed NPC profiles and making them available for a small price (around 50p or 75 cents each, with bundle deals) on DriveThruRPG. Releases ...
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Modeling poison in FATE (Dresden Files)

How does poison work in FATE? Secret, previously administered poison (say, in a drinking class) is an aspect that, like most investigation aspects, doesn't expire 'next turn' but will sit and wait. ...
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In Fate Can you Generate Multiple Spin from One Roll?

The Diaspora SRD says If you exceed your opponent when you make a defensive roll that does not have any effect other than being a successful defense, you don't get shifts. Instead, for every ...
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Who wins ties in FATE?

CRoss and I were playing a FATE game (Diaspora) recently and we rolled a tied number for attacking and defending with beam weapons. What happens when attacker and defender tie?
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In FATE, can action descriptions be revised after die rolls to apply aspects?

In FATE, you can utilize aspects to improve your die rolls, granting bonuses or re-rolls. However, you can choose to apply aspects after the die has already rolled. Does one revise the description of ...
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Expand the numeric scale of Strands of Fate

I haven't played any of these narrative focused games like Fate but would like to. My players are very used to other more hands-on type of game where the numbers are plainly what your character is. ...
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How much does the Sponsor help someone using Sponsored Magic in Dresden?

So, the party is in a fight with one of the Knights of the Faerie Courts (Winter, in this case) and a couple of wildfae mercenaries. During the fight, the Knight started casting some unseelie ...
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Is hunger stress tracked like other stress tracks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens when a character's feeding stress track is maxed out? I've looked at this question, and it assumes that the Hunger Stress track is tracked like the ...
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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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Are Changelings With Sponsored Magic subject to the Laws of Magic?

In Dresden files, say you have a Changeling with Seelie Magic. The Changeling has a positive refresh, and thus has free will. If the changeling uses Seelie Magic to kill another mortal, have they ...
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How do environmental conditions and scene aspects stack in FATE?

How do aspects and environmental conditions stack? An example probably is useful for discussion. In the, Spirit of the Century rulebook (FATE), it gives the Darkness aspect as an example of a scene ...
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How long does True Shapeshifting take in Dresden Files?

There are a bunch of powers labeled "Shapeshifting" in dresden files, and in general they are pretty easy to understand and use. It even mentions that, unless otherwise mentioned, shapeshifting is a ...
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Skill Point vs. Refresh Progression/Ratio in Dresden Files RPG?

We started our characters at 6 refresh and 20 skill points. The suggested progression is 1 skill point at the end of every scenario (a significant milestone) and 1 refresh + 1 skill point "when a few ...
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In a Neverwhere style game how do I keep players connected to the surface world?

In a Neverwhere style setting, how do I keep the players interested in staying connected to the surface world? How can I make their connections to the mundane world matter to the players and ...
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What does Mythic Speed do?

I don't have the book in front of me at the moment, but a part of the power Mythic Speed states something along the lines of "Opponents don't get to make checks against you." What does this mean? Do ...
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Transplanting Fortitude Trappings to Other Skills

Presence, Conviction, and Endurance all have a Fortitude trapping that indicates how many stress boxes the character has on the appropriate track, i.e. Conviction has Mental Fortitude that affects the ...
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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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Are there any examples of modeling “Competence Porn” in FATE?

I was reading Leverage, and listening to a podcast on it, and came up with the idea of modeling this in FATE, or perhaps even in the non-critical parts (non-magical and non-combat) of my Dresden Files ...
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How do you handle the use of unrelated skills in the Dresden Files?

Back into the breach with our weekly Dresden Files game, and because of the lapse in time between sessions/people missing as much as anything else, I had some unique situations occur. One of the ones ...
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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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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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Using FMA Alchemy as the basis of magic in a fate system

What rules would need to change/be added to use the concept of alchemy from full metal alchemist in an urban magic game using the FATE system. Are there any synthesized gaming discussions for how ...
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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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How would a fate “engineering” combat work?

The conflict system in FATE is generalizable to all sorts of conflict. In a game (SotC/dresden hybrid from a rules perspective) my friend and I are playing, we plan to wage a gang war via controlled ...
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“Sharing” enchanted items in Dresden Files RPG

One of my players brought up the example of the Warden's Sword as an enchanted item. For those not so familiar with the source books, these are powerful enchanted swords made by Captain Luccio, the ...
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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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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 a skill modify another skill?

In a couple of instances we’ve seen in the rules that state that you can use a skill to modify another skill. I think the main one that we’ve seen so far is inhuman strength. It says something about ...
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What happens when an undead character is “Taken Out”

I tried finding this in the books, but I couldn't figure anything out. If you have an undead character, what happens when their physical stress track is filled and they don't take a consequence? Are ...
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What happens when a character's feeding stress track is maxed out?

I've got a player playing as a White court Vampire, and with the template they have a feeding dependency. Let's assume that he ends up going for a while and not feeding and his stress track goes over ...
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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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Are faeries better than wizards?

I have a changeling goblin in the group, and for one of his abilities, he chose Glamours YS166. It seems like with the phrase …use your Discipline or Deceit to oppose efforts to discover the ...
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Are innocuous actions valid attacks in social combat in The Dresden Files?

I've been attempting unsuccessfully, or at the very least unsatisfactorily, to integrate social conflict into my Dresden Files campaign. It came to a head last night, when one of my players initiated ...
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What kind of goals are valid in Social Combat in the Dresden Files?

I've been attempting unsuccessfully, or at the very least unsatisfactorily, to integrate social conflict into my Dresden Files campaign. It came to a head last night, when one of my players initiated ...
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What is the reasonable limit to a Declaration?

So in the Dresden Files RPG, one can spend a fate point, invoke an aspect, and make a declaration. I'm having trouble coming up with a reasonable set of guidelines as to the scale and scope of ...