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A Fate based system set in Jim Butcher's modern-magic and hardboiled-detective world.

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Is drinking a potion an action, a supplemental action, or a free action?

In the Dresden Files RPG, a character can, under normal circumstances, take one action (attack, maneuver, block, etc.) on their turn in an exchange (YS 199). If the character wants to perform a minor ...
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What counts as “often enough” for the purpose of changing a wizard's rote spells?

Rote Spells Over time, a wizard uses a particular evocation often enough that ... its use becomes reflexive. When this happens, the spell is considered to be a rote spell. (YS, p. 257; ...
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Can I choose each time I cast a rote block whether the effect works as block strength, Armor, or a zone border?

As a wizard with Great (+4) Conviction and Discipline, I can have the following rote spell: Type: Earth evocation, defensive block Power: 4 shifts Duration: One exchange Can I choose each time I ...
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Does Human Form's bonus count for every power it applies to or just once?

I'm alittle confused about the ruling for how human form would work in regards to multiple powers. If someone wants to have Inhuman Toughness, Speed, and Strength, does Human Form give them a point ...
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Dresden Files - balancing for pre-modern periods

I'm trying to build a Dresden Files campaign set during the French Revolution (using the Dresden Files 2010 RPG rules). First issue I had to solve was that wizards-technology incompatibility doesn't ...
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How would a character in Dresden Files Accelerated do what Molly did?

In the book Turn Coat, there's a scene where Dresden and others are surrounded by a ton of Grey Men summoned by Binder. It seems in game terms the scene would be a Conflict between the PCs (Dresden ...
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How do I balance out Refinement bonuses for Thaumaturgy/Enchantment?

My character is an artificer focused full-wizard (Submerged). She has an item of Power that contains three refinements. I read in Your Story that refinements have to be stacked like skills, but what ...
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Does an attack against an Evocation Block or a Thaumaturgy Ward adds Weapon value shifts?

Considering the following: An attack roll of 3 shifts + Weapon:2 A target character with a defense roll (Athletics) of 2 shifts An Evocation Block with strength of 4   If a character attacks ...
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Can a White Court Vampire heal Hunger Stress with Inhuman Recovery?

Consider if a White Court Vampire uses Inhuman Recovery, Quickness, and Might in a scene. Used powers 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 At the end of the scene he makes a hunger check with his discipline 4. The dice ...
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creating stunts to improve the effect of declartions or manuvers?

I want a character that is focused more on non-combat skills, but in combat focuses on indirectly helping via maneuvers and/or declarations with little ability to do direct damage. Since I want this ...
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Does a Threshold reduces magic Power or Control?

When crossing a Threshold uninvited, what does a Wizard has to deal with? Does the Threshold strength reduces Spells Power (Shifts of power limited by Conviction), Control (Discipline test to handle/...
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Can Sponsored Magic use Rote Spells?

Can a non mortal magic spellcaster (for example, a changeling with Seele Magic or even a Sidhe) have some Rote Spells? AFAIS he/she can just as it can use Thaumaturgy according to it's sponsor agenda....
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Is a Red Court Vampire's addictive saliva useless in combat, or am I missing something?

As said in YS and OW, a Red Court Vampire (or Infected) can use its addictive saliva to perform Mental Stress Attacks – it's a Fight roll, usually against Athletics. The vampire saliva is ...
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Can you use Magic to Defend? Fate Core rules in a Dresden Files universe [duplicate]

The annotation on YS253 says that you can't use a Block or Counterspell as a defense action. But as in Fate Core's four actions, it makes sense that it's always possible to use magic to defend, ...
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How to write down Evocation mental stress

In Fate games, stress tracks are not written on a value basis, but instead as a position basis on the stress track. For example, a 2 stress hit is written as ☐☑️ instead of ☑️☑️. So, if a Wizard has,...
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How does one create skill-enhancing potions in Dresden Files RPG?

Introduction A couple of friends and I recently picked up the Dresden Files RPG and are currently revving up for our first (real) session. I'm playing a wizard-esque character whose thaumaturgy is ...
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How would you structure a court-room drama social conflict in a Fate system?

For my upcoming session, we are going to be doing a court-room drama. The PCs want to prevent a city measure from getting passed, and the opponents want it to pass. It seems obvious that this should ...
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DFRPG city creation via telepresence

I'm planning a DFRPG campaign for the first time since my group began gathering via telepresence. How can we best approximate sitting around the table to collaborate, talk, and work on city creation1 ...
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How can stealing be done for fun and profit?

In my last game session a PC kept wanting to steal everything not nailed down and sell it off for cash. Even after explaining to him that there isn't really a money system in Fate, he tried again. ...
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Suggestions for structure around “investigation” scenes/stories?

I am GMing Dresden Files. One thing I have found myself struggling with is how to make investigation fun and engaging. Being a huge part of the DF novels, I really want the idea of trying to ...
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Is it possible to maneuver using a spell, and if yes, does the character take mental stress/risk failing casting the spell for the maneuver?

First time GMing the Dresden RPG with a table of four first-time Fate players. We've played three games so far (plus one session for character creation) but are all still struggling with fate points, ...
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Do Red Court Infected count as mortals?

I'm going to be running a game using the Dresden Files RPG and have a player planning to play a Red Court Infected. For purposes of creating and maintaining thresholds and magic circles are Red Court ...
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How do magical mortals affect technology?

I cant find this is the rule book but it may be there. but mechanically speaking how do I as a GM factor this in? I assume this would be consistent but higher probability when considering a wizard ...
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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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Does it take an action to walk through a block?

Lets say a wizard realizes he's in a losing fight, so he throws up a block to prevent anyone following him and runs away. When someone else goes to move through the block, does it take their action ...
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Do you need to go into debt to use sponsored magic?

I'm reading through the book, and I want to confirm my understanding of something, because it seems slightly skewed. Sponsored magic -- lets use Seelie as the example here, though the principle ...
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How do specializations work?

In Dresden Files, when constructing spells, how do I know if I get to have specializations, how many I get, and to what do they apply?
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Is there any way to defend with magic in DFRPG? [duplicate]

I feel like I am missing something obvious. Evocation/Channeling can be used for a great deal of fun effects on your turn. But what about when you need to make a defend roll against an enemy? As far ...
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What is the limit on the “Blessed Words” stunt?

I have a player who has taken the Blessed Words stunt out of the Baltimore section of the Dresden RPG book. (Multiple characters have it, sample char at page 379) At first it didn't seem like that ...
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Is there a limit to how many aspects a character can stack up against an opponent?

My group just did a session where they used scene declarations and assistive actions to take out opponents more 'powerful' than the group, and it was awesome. It worked well, giving even 'social' ...
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Is there anything that can be done with a potion that you can't do with an enchanted item?

Enchanted items -- at least defensive ones -- can be activated for free, not requiring you to use an action. As far as I'm aware, you can't do that with potions. You have to use an action (or at ...
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How long do enchanted item defensive effects last?

The rules on crafting seem to cover a lot of things, but one thing that seems to be missing is duration. If I craft a ring that gives me a +5 defensive block, does that last for one exchange? Until ...
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Permanent Enchanted Items in Dresden Files

Alright, I got into an argument with one of my players about his armor. He has a character with 5 lore and his Thaumaturgy bonus is to strength. He says that somewhere in the book Your Story he found ...
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Does a barrier created by a magic circle count as an inanimate object?

How would Supernatural Strength¹ work with something such as a barrier created by a magic circle. Supernatural Strength includes something called Superior Lifting, which allows a bonus to lifting or ...
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What requirements must a person meet to be given the faery knight mantle?

Last night I ran a fun scene with one of my players putting himself into the debt of a Sidhe, and then proceeding to continuously dig the hole deeper. End result is I used him as an opportunity to ...
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Would a tracking spell work on a Black Court Vampire?

If you had something that belonged to a Black Court Vampire (clothing, hair, a tooth. etc.) could a Wizard perform Thaumaturgy to create a Tracking Spell to locate the vampire? The reason I ask is I ...
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Help with phrasing of an aspect in Dresden Files [closed]

I'm trying to come up with an aspect for Dresden files, and I know what I want it to be, but I'm having trouble fitting all the connotations into a simple phrase. My character helps people allot, and ...
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How, exactly, does Red Court infection work?

What needs to be done in order for a human to be infected by a Red Court vampire? Everything I've seen on this point is pretty vague for some reason.
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Which Dresden Files novels are “spoiled” by the core rpg books?

I'm currently reading my way through the Dresden Files novels as a background to playing the game. (Related: Should I read the Dresden Files fiction before I get the RPG?). I now want to know how many ...
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How do I implement a deferred pain stunt into dresden files?

I'll be running a Dresden Files campaign in a couple of weeks using the up to your waist power level, and one of my players has requested a character with the ability to "turn off" pain for a certain ...
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How does Mental Stress work for non-combat Veils?

If a Wizard casts a spell creating a Veil1 & 2 they take a Mental Stress. According to the book Mental Stress goes away right after combat3, unless of course going from one conflict immediately ...
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Does an enemy being easier to hit prevent backlash?

The situation: A wizard is going up against a mook who has been tagged with the boost Off Balance thanks to the wizard's ally pushing him around. His roll is good enough to hit already -- if it wasn't,...
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Can spells be supercharged for free with Soulfire's new mechanics?

Since the release of the Paranet Papers and the changes to Soulfire, I have a question. According to YS288 it says In addition, if you already practice evocation, you may use a sponsored power ...
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How do thresholds affect true shapeshifters with modular abilities?

How would a threshold affect characters with the True Shapeshifting power? Would it prevent them from shifting once past the threshold (uninvited)? And would the threshold affect their Modular ...
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How do thresholds affect were-forms?

I've read different accounts on how thresholds affect wereforms, and haven't been able to find anything in the rules to clear them up. From what I've read people seem to imply that they can pass ...
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How does unconsciousness affect were-forms?

What happens to a were-form if they are knocked unconcious while in their beast form? Do they remain in that form because they can't make the conscious "action" of shifting back into human form? Or do ...
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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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Can you use assistance actions in combat?

I checked the teamwork rules (YS P. 208) and it seems like it can be used in combat based on the text, but I want to be sure. So I was wondering: Can teamwork actions be used in combat to create ...
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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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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 ...