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Fate/Freeport as a first RPG? [closed]

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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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. I'm concerned ...
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How to respond to “stress tracks / narrative consequences are arbitrary”?

Fate is admittedly an acquired taste. Interestingly, my players don't mind facing off against powerful enemies with stunts and skills that they themselves could not gain any time soon (full immunity ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When playing NPCs who are hiding something, how much should I reveal (mechanics-wise)?

I have a NPC who's hiding something. She has an aspect that she's trying to hide. She has the stunt I've Read About That!, which allows her to spend a fate point to use Lore (her cap skill) in place ...
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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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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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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 do I handle players brute-forcing a skill until they succeed?

I have a NPC that hangs around with the PCs for a while. The players suspect that this NPC is hiding something. They are correct and I have no problem revealing it to them, if they properly manage to ...
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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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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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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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How do I prevent PCs from spamming their top approach in every situation?

As Ryan Macklin said, to a decently creative player it would't be difficult to handle all or most things using their +3 approach, and I don't want to be a bad GM by forcing them not to use what they'...
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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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Does Fate or Savage Worlds have a prebuilt, low-magic, gritty, fantasy campaign setting which feature a single big issue? [closed]

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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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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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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Pitfalls and Gotchas of running Dresden Files RPG with round-robin GMs

I really like how in Diaspora, character and cluster creation explicitly allows for everyone (GM included) to have a character tied into the other PCs and the setting, so that anyone can take up the ...
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Assisted healing (and Inspiring Leadership) game balance

I renamed this question because I didn't estimate the problem correctly, which actually seems to be localized to assisted healing. The old title was "How do I restrain Inspiring Leadership". (Strands ...
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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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In Dresden, and Based Solely on the Stats Listed, Are the Vampire Courts' Physical Strength the Same?

I have a question regarding the courts of vampires regarding their physical strength based solely on the stats provided by the book Our World. When I listened to the books and read some of the game ...
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I want to design and write a setting book. Where do I start?

I want to design and write a professional quality setting book for FATE 3.0, with the possibility of adding custom mechanics later and turning it into a full on game of it's own. I have the outline of ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Dresden Files: what is the long-term endgame potential of Mere Mortals?

My group is about to start a long-term campaign in Dresden Files. We know that long-term character advancement is important to us, with an eventual high-power endgame story arc. Most of the ...
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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 ...
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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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When changing a PC's actions based on an aspect, is it better to Compel or Invoke for Effect?

We had an interesting combat last night; the PC was a very tough Changeling in the back of a limo glamoured not to be visible, and he was attempting to protect another passenger in the back of the ...
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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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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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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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What is expected from NPC profiles that are written for-profit? [closed]

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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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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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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How to preserve player generated content?

I currently lead a Diaspora group. Diaspora is a hard science fiction Fate-based RPG which allows and basically depends on the generation of content like worlds, cultures, NPCs etc. by the players. I ...
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How to handle potentially debiliating Aspects?

Specifically, one of my players was a Monk who focussed on pressure points to disable limbs or even entire bodies. I handled these through adding a "paralysed" aspect to the target, but this did turn ...
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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 question,...
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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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What happens to the fate point after a character invokes an aspect?

In DFRPG, characters can invoke another character's aspects by spending fate points. When a character does this, does the fate point go to the GM, or does it go to the character whose aspect was just ...
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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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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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Prolonging spells in Dresden Files

I have 2 questions on spell duration for the Dresden Files RPG: Is it possible to cast a shield spell that has no duration as a rote, but then prolong the shield on my next turn? Can you prolong an ...
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What exactly are advances in FATE?

I'm looking through my copy of Legends of Anglerre for this, and also searched the Spirit of the Century SRD, and I'm completely stumped as to exactly what an "advance" is. In both instances the terms ...
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Simplest online, interactive platform to play Dresden Files RPG on?

I am looking to start an online Dresden File campaign, and looking for a web client to play the game on. For this I need Online chat Keeping track of players' stats (which both Gm and players can ...