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How can I practice making Fate stunts that replicate combining abilities like in other roleplaying systems?

One thing I notice about games like D&D 5e (and to a much greater extent 4e) is that because it works in a sort of building block system of adding feats and class abilities together you can build ...
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What are the consequences of using Fate Accelerated approaches for magic, but skills from the Core book elsewhere?

Some time in the future I want to run a game of FATE, with magic, but reading through the example characters used in the Core SRD, but it looked like it might be smoother to base the magic 'system' (...
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Could a wall get a weapons rating?

As rules per written with fate core, types of weapons used give a bonus to the amount of damage that is done - for instance a pistol might be weapons rating 2 while a shotgun 3 or 4. But, I am ...
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Does the Fate Accessibility Toolkit cover learning difficulties like ADHD or dyslexia?

Looking at the description I cannot tell if the list on the product page is exhaustive or just a sample of what's inside? Discussion of specific disabilities, including blindness, D/deafness and ...
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How to make conflicts in Fate Core less boring?

The group in my current Fate Core game tends to get into a lot of combat and conflict situations that I don't really know how to run in a dramatic way that feels narratively satisfying without getting ...
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Fate conflicts are taking too long due to players stacking advantages

I am looking for advice regarding Fate/FAE conflict. In my group, the conflict takes quite a while. Not because our team is just doing simple attacking and defending. We spend lots of time on "...
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Can a player spend a fate point to declare it a full moon?

Is a player able to spend a fate point, to declare it a full moon? For instance, if they have a lycanthrope character who gains more power in the full moon. I know a fate point can be spent to declare ...
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Should I prohibit a player from having a character goal that makes me uncomfortable?

A few friends and I (as game master) are gearing up to start a Fate game set in a society inspired by ancient Greece, with a direct democratic political system. One of my players wants to play a ...
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Nonviolent "social conflict" in Fate - which skills opposes rapport?

I'm running a campaign with a few nonviolent characters. I understand how to handle physical fights, but am a bit at a loss how to deal with "social conflict", where characters need to ...
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Can you concede to a wild animal?

My last session ended with a fight on the high seas that spilled blood and attracted sharks. One of my players now wants to concede to one of the sharks. As I understand it, this should mean that the ...
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Applications of Will in Condensed vs. in Core

Some months ago, I noticed a difference between the Core and Condensed editions in the way the Will skill is described. I would like to know whether this is an intentional change between editions (or '...
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Cost/Value of Scale

Scale (as described on page 67 of the System Toolkit and page 52 of Condensed) is a rather useful tool for modelling certain kinds of discrepancies of power between entities in a campaign. It seems ...
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Who 'Owns' Consequence Invocations?

For a while, I assumed that all Free Invocations, just like FP-powered Invocations, are 'owned' by players and GMs (not characters), and can always be passed around at will to benefit another ...
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Using Contests for Chases (not Races)

After several attempts throughout a previous campaign, I am repeatedly having problems when using Contests specifically for chases (as distinct from races). Perhaps I'm applying the rules incorrectly, ...
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Relative Value of Different Consequences

A discussion of handling of mechanics for characters who quickly regenerate their wounds resulted in an idea of implementing regeneration by changing the type and/or number of Consequences a ...
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Skill for Card Games

While the Condensed skill list seems to me to be (and its Core predecessor to have been) comprehensive enough to cover nearly all 'adventuring' activities with little to no alterations required, I ...
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Is Move/Action Order Meant to Be Restricted?

I would like to confidently know whether the order in which the free movement and the non-movement action should be taken (i.e. move+act vs. act+move) is meant to be restricted in the base ruleset. ...
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Which Time Travel Paradigm Does Fate of Cthulhu Use?

I'm trying to evaluate the degree to which Fate of Cthulhu is worth my time, money, and either waiting time or hassle related to buying specifically the PDF (I have no need for the dead tree version ...
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How to manage sharing the spotlight outside of combat in a fun way?

I noticed something as a game master of one ongoing game and a player in another. In both games, whenever a decision had to be made outside of combat, the most high energy players were blurting out ...
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Does Mode ordering break the system, and if so how?

Some time ago, I encountered the following statement from Reddit, which makes me think that either I'm not understanding how modes work, or there's something incomplete or wrong in the statement (I ...
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How much cost to buy Conditions from other mantles in Dresden Files Accelerated?

When customizing characters, some players may want to get Conditions, not only Stunts, from other mantles. For example, in my campaign, I have a character with the Law Enforcement mantle that wanted ...
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How do I deal with too many NPCs in my campaign?

I'm a first-time GM using the Fate Core system. I got into RPGs to help me work on my storytelling while having fun with my friends, so I've been GMing a homebrew campaign for about a year now. ...
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Origin and Actual Meaning of 'Stress and Consequences are Not HP' [closed]

Over the course of my interactions with the fate community, I've repeatedly encountered the mantra that Stress and Consequences are not HP and should not be treated as such. The comparison can be ...
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How can I get my players to play a high value of Resource skill without powergaming?

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 ...
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What'd be the Fate/Fudge equivalent of the stunt mechanics from AGE System?

As you might know, the AGE system (Dragon Age RPG, Fantasy Age RPG, etc) has a mechanic of generating stunt points based on the player rolling doubles on any of the 3d6. If you are not familiar with ...
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How can I convert a Shadowrun game to Fate?

I've been running a Shadowrun game for a while now, and I'm tired of the overcomplicated rules. I'm plannning to move the game to the FATE System, but have some... questions about how to convert some ...
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How Do Core and Accelerated Resolution Mechanics Differ?

The differences between the two versions of the game are quite noticeable, and also spelled out in the conversion guide. Differences in various resolution mechanics seem subtler, and easier to ...
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Where Are (Narrative) Aspect Permissions Comprehensively Covered?

Repeatedly, in the context of discussions and questions, including questions asked here, I keep running into the topic of Aspect Permissions. To further clarify, I'm talking not about Extras, nor ...
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How to Reconcile the Action Economy with Cheaply Available Minions?

I know that messing with the action economy is considered a dangerous thing. And yet I happen to GM a setting where, from a narrative point of view, it's relatively easy to mass-produce or purchase ...
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Is the Choice of Scale Effects Limited per Roll or per Conflict?

System Toolkit page 67 offers the Scale mechanics for attacks and defences between different-sized opponents, groups etc. However, I'm not sure how to interpret inner 'or' (i.e. the 'or' within each ...
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What Are the Game-Mechanical Advantages of High-Impulse Low-Thrust Drives in the Space Toolkit?

When Space Toolkit came out (with the Tachyon Squadron kickstarter), I was glad it included what looked like a way to abstract space travel while maintaining Newtonian behaviour of spaceships. But now ...
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How to GM Realm Management in a Mechanically Engaging and Transparent Way?

I expect the PCs in a campaign of mine to eventually become involved in managing a settlement (in this case, an exoplanet colony, though it's likely that other formats may come up in more distant ...
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Is there an expiration time for free invocations?

The Fate Core book doesn't seem to indicate when free invocations expire; seemingly they stay around forever. This feels rather broken to me as I could carry several throwing daggers with me, add “...
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How Exactly Do Concessions Differ Between the Editions?

There are two things that make discussions of Concessions sometimes confusing: people carrying over rules and assumptions from a different edition, and people melding their house rules or speculation ...
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Consequences/Downsides of Allowing Ranged Defence (Dodge) with Fight?

The House Rule Proposed I'm intent on making the following rule addition/change in my campaigns: In addition to parries and blocks in mêlée combat, the Fight skill also covers training in dodging ...
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How to Interpret Defending Others vs. Shoot Attacks?

A situation occurred in which the party needed to defend a 'sitting duck' in the form of a small robot against ranged enemy attacks. There was the consideration for party members to take the bullets ...
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How to Fairly and Consistently Handle Silent Sentry Removal / Assassinations / etc.?

The Situations Fiction is full of moments when instead of facing an enemy head-on in an open Conflict, an attacker prefers a sneaky approach that, if fully successful, bypasses combat. Whether it's ...
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What is the scope of Reflex Boosters' applicability (in terms of skills/action)?

The Stunt's effect description reads: You can activate reflex boosters to gain a +2 to physical actions where enhanced neural speed and reaction time come into play. What is that supposed to ...
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What makes Aspect ↔ Boost conversion Stunts worthwhile?

There are multiple Stunts that, under certain conditions, either convert a Boost to an Aspect, or an Aspect to a Boost (usually without changing the number of free Invocations). Now, I know that ...
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When should Passive Opposition be 'free', and when should it cost a FP to create from an Aspect?

I've asked this elsewhere before, and am still in search of an answer that will give me clear guidelines for making such decisions in actual play (whether as a GM or as a player who's making up a part ...
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Which game mechanics have measurably higher risk of causing spotlight imbalance?

At different times, I have encountered statements that this or that game-mechanical phenomenon should be avoided because it leads to spotlight imbalance and/or narrative imbalance. To clarify the ...
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How to mechanically handle damage-over-time Stunts (or similar attack-modifying effects)?

There are many character concepts whose attacks don't hit all at once, but rather have a form of delayed gratification - they seem weak or even negligible when they hit, but then they keep hurting and ...
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What are good guidelines and principles for designing and balancing superpower stunts in FATE Core?

I want to make a stronger focus on the F in FATE1 in my future campaigns, and that means I'm expecting said campaigns to involve what I usually see broadly referred to as special or superhuman ...
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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; emphasis mine) ...
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How to add more combat into an investigation-heavy campaign?

I have experienced such an issue with a previous run of our Fate RPG campaign. The setting is somewhat influenced by the Dresden Files, which means the campaign involved lots of investigation (...
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What happens when you Take Out yourself?

While checking the Space Combat system for Diaspora I ran into an interesting situation and I don't know how to deal with it, should it come up. There are a few options you can take during a Space ...
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Is the Opposition Rating for a roll known to the player?

In Fate, is the Opposition Rating for a roll known to the player? Is it an option to keep this number a secret? Actions and Outcomes (Fate Core) does not explicitly say. What I mean by "opposition ...
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Is FATE an appropriate choice for someone anxious about in-person Roleplay? [closed]

I've been considering getting into tabletop for a long time now. Years ago, when I was reading D&D's 3.5 PHB, an older friend advised me that such a system would interfere with the narrative ...
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How do I GM a team engineering problem in fate core?

The ship is under attack! I am GM. My PC is first mate on a space ship. The ship is being attacked by some tiny hard-to-detect UFOs. PC wants to work with the engineering team to rig up some better ...
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Looking for a system for creative people with little time [closed]

Which system allows creativity for masters and players while cutting time on preparing and studying rules? However, it should still have rules and material. I tried FATE and Savage Worlds. Liked FATE ...
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