This phrase is used by the conflict "damage" mechanics of multiple RPG engines.

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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 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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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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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 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 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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Mook Stress Boxes in Fate Core

When I was looking at the section in the Fate Core rules on designing a "Good" mook on page 215, I saw the following: Stress: Two stress boxes—a three shift hit is enough to take them out. I ...
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How do you heal Mental Stress?

Does the Recovery power only heal physical stress and not mental? Is there a way to heal mental stress besides taking a consequence?
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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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Why aren't you allowed to check off multiple stress boxes per hit?

It's not just a question of "have you done it in your game or not", but rather I'm wondering about the rationale behind the rules. What's the desired effect of this restriction and what effect on the ...
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How does stress for magical effects work outside of a conflict in the Dresden Files?

In The Dresden Files RPG, mental stress is accrued for casting spells. As you cast spells, you become more mentally fatigued. The mental stress track is cleared at the end of the conflict- so if you ...
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Is there a way to attack the mental stress track of mortals without violating the Laws of Magic?

A fellow PCs in a game I'm in wants to attack the mental stress track of a mortal using spirit-based evocation, but the GM doesn't know whether or not that would constitute a violation of the Laws of ...
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Aspects implying Resistance/Immunity

I have trouble understanding how to deal with Aspects implying a resistance or immunity to a given category of attacks. Let's say for example a dragon has the Aspect Can Withstand the Hottest Flames ...
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How does the Catch affect your Stress Track in relation to Supernatural Toughness?

Last night, my players were battling a hob, who had 4 stress boxes, plus 4 more from his inhuman toughness. One of the characters hit the Hob before they knew it was fae and did 5 stress. The ...
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What is the purpose of differently-sized stress boxes as opposed to flat stress or same-sized boxes?

I can see the point of differently-sized Consequences on entities. Light ones are a mark, moderate ones are a more realistic, lasting dent, and so on. They behave differently and have, arguably, ...
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Stress Tracks and Beast Change

In the Dresden Files, damage is taken as stress or consequences, which is all fine and dandy until you factor in beast change. For example, in my game, one of my players is a were-tiger; when he is ...
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What is the physical stress cap for a Diminutive Size creature with Claws?

Consider the lowly garden gnome. He's got the Diminutive Size [-1] power, which means he is Wee. [...] When your size is a factor in combat, you can only inflict 1 physical stress per attack (but ...
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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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Merging egos with stress and trauma in Eclipse Phase

I'm playing a two-ego hive-mind, where I basically keep two alpha forks active in two morphs with access jacks and mnemonic augmentations so they can sync up whenever they have free time. The biggest ...
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What is the impact of longer than usual Stress Tracks?

In one of my previous Fate games we used a Social Stress tracks, which was regular-size track. The players on average had 3 boxes in that track. Some powerful factions we encountered had 5 or 6 slots ...
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Can stress be taken outside conflict?

In the Fate Core manual, stress is only ever mentioned in the context of conflict. For example: stress represents the ephemeral toll of participating in a conflict (My emphasis.) Also, the ...
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Effect of simultaneous Physical Stress

Here is the situation that happened in today's game: Johnny Storm (Human Torch) as a NPC has d12 of Physical Stress, and has activated his Nova Flame SFX on his previous action. He is attacked by a ...
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How does Stress work for characters with multiple Affiliation dice?

Some characters in MHR can have various levels of Affiliation. For example, Thanos has the following Affiliations: Solo 3d10, Buddy d6, Team 2d8. Now let's suppose Thanos is in a conflict with some ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG is it possible to get mental armor, and if so, how?

My character is a Wizard, and I've always been annoyed at how I can only cast up to 4 spells per scene (at least without going into consequences). So it got me thinking if there was a way around it. ...
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Does thaumaturgy at “Evocation's Methods and Speed” inflict stress like Evocation does?

I have a character that has sponsored magic by 'The Power of Odin.' One of Odin's aspects is travel. I am wanting to make a 'Bamf' effect like Nightcrawler or Blink (Marvel superheros). I decided ...
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Can a character use “provoke” repeatedly to defeat monsters? [duplicate]

In FATE Core there are two types of combat: physical and mental. The mechanics are more or less the same: the physical combat uses fight or shoot against fight or athletics, while mental combat uses ...