One of my players has a +4 Resource and he wants to equip his group with excellent equipment(because he can). He can add by Resource roll an advantage "Excellent Equipment". But am I afraid of powergaming with using this skill to solve all conflicts.

How can I do this?

My thoughts are to add a Stunt that gives one Free Aspect Call "Excellent Equipment" to each member of the group per one session. But it seems to me that this is how I cut back on the player’s ability to use the skill according to the rules.

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There's no such thing as purchasing at first sight. Purchasing takes time, and purchasing takes work.

Fate doesn't operate in videogame terms, it operates in narrative terms. Getting a set of Top-of-the-Line Exploration Gear is more complicated than walking up to the single merchant in the hub area, scrolling to the end of their inventory, and clicking on the thing with the largest price tag beside it. Your Fate PCs are capable people living dramatic lives, and getting gear that's a significant enough upgrade to their capabilities to be worth an invoke is going to be a similarly dramatic affair. Phone your suppliers, take fine measurements, weigh how trustworthy the offers are, make sure nothing you've bought is going to work at cross purposes.

Make a scene out of it, in other words. Every roll you make in Fate needs to be set in a scene, and that's the sort of scene you'd need to make to create that kind of long-term advantage with Resources. It's a sort of "summary scene" abridging longer actions, that happens to set up the actual plot - you don't let someone just freely stage it and rack up twelve free invokes on gear, any more than you let someone grind down their weapon and stack twelve invokes on a Finely Sharpened Sword, or meditate on their center and stack twelve invokes on One with Violence Everything.

Crucially, it's not exactly the sort of scene you can productively set while Perducci's getting away with the serum, after him!

Resources in Major Cs

Let's suppose the PCs are in some kind of Contest. It's a bit unusual that Resources would be used for a primary skill in a Contest, but it can certainly play in as a secondary skill where Moneybags elbows to the curb, flashes a wad of bills, and Taxi! to get an invoke or two on the Notice roll they're making to follow Perducci's trail. Because flubbing a secondary skill sinks the whole round, even throwing a high number still carries that risk.

Or perhaps they're in a Challenge, where they've cornered Perducci at the docks, but then he takes a flying leap into a speedboat bound for Isla Remota. Everybody in the party has to step up to the Challenge, and everybody's probably going to square up to the Challenge with one of their best skills. Even if Moneybags taps his Resources and charters a helicopter out to Isla Remota, that doesn't eliminate the need for everyone to participate in the challenge, so come up with something for them to do, like Shooting down the swarm of laser hawks that come screaming up from Isla Remota.

Conflicts you've already taken the measure of, right? Can't really drop Resources on somebody's stress track, which is where the idea of purchasing advantage for the players entered the picture in the first place.

Resources and Stunts

The general pattern of "once per session, achieve a 1-shift success in a wide area" is useful to apply here, and so: sure, that's a decent idea for a stunt. If it was up to me I'd break it down just a little differently, as:

Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys? Once per session, when you have time and access to your enterprises, you can create an advantage on yourself and each of your allies called Top-of-the-Line X Gear with one free invoke. The X is one of: combat, exploration, investigation, fashion, and everyone can pick it as they'd like. You can take this stunt multiple times, but people have to pick a different X each time. Progress is cruel, and the advantage will go away at the end of the session if it isn't lost before then.


One of the Fate designers, Ryan Macklin, had an idea for a redesigned resources skill that might suit you well.

My current tinkering revolves around the adage of “Fast, good, cheap: pick two.” (This post will be rough, as it’s a shell of an idea and I haven’t much time to write blog posts this week.)

When rolling for Resources to get1 something, the GM sets the target (based on whatever — that rubric is out of scope for the moment). Then, depending on the result:

Success with style: you get fast, good, and cheap. Nice! Success/tie: you get two of those. Failure: you get one of those, which means it may be more of a liability than you’d like — effectively it’s success at a cost as default. Failure by 3 or more[2]: it’s totally unavailable.

Fast means that in terms of story, the time to get something isn’t much of a complication. You’ll get it as fast as fictionally plausible. Not fast means something relating to getting whatever it is becomes an issue, and you won’t have it as fast as you might like. You will get it, but there is some hassle. (“Fast” could also be interpreted as “easy” or “hassle-free.”)

Good means that what you’re getting is of quality. In game terms, it is or has a situational aspect with a free invoke on it. Not good means the other way, where there’s some potential flaw or issue with it, which is incorporated as a situational aspect for the GM to compel or aggro-invoke.

Cheap means that it doesn’t strain your resources. Not cheap means that it does, which can be modeled in various ways — Resource drain is the obvious one right from the Fate Core text.

Essentially, when they roll, depending on how well they roll the item might take time to acquire (takes longer to design it to their body shape, or get the chosen modifications they need) might be poorly designed (an invoke for the enemy, rather than them) or might be expensive (aspect on them to do with wealth that makes it hard to buy more).

They might be able to do things to streamline this, like purchasing a weapons company, and that's an in game thing they can do with negotiation. Getting all the equipment they need quickly and of a high quality though, it's not easy.


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