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Questions tagged [fate]

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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; ...
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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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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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Is there any simple way to migrate player characters from FAE to Fate Core?

I'd like to start campaign in a more narration focused system with an existing group of players. They're used to systems with heavier mechanics than Fate Core, so I decided to start campaign in FAE, ...
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Identifying and invoking enemy aspects

In Fate Core i know that you can invoke the aspect of your enemies against them like making someone who has Trouble Controlling Strength get the Aspect Overextended by invoking it and saying due to ...
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How does Fate handle levelling up items?

In Fate Core are there any mechanics to level up the items you are holding or do they have set mechanics?
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How can you make custom skills for Fate?

How does creating custom skills in Fate core work? Can you just say "I want this skill" and get away with it or is there some sort of preset rules such as designing stunts and such for the skill ...
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How do the Fate Points work when players compel other characters?

I think I understand how it works when the GM compels a PC (or when a GM compels an NPC they control), but I'm unclear on how the Fate Points are handled when a player tries to compel an NPC or ...
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Do all PCs get Milestones at the same time?

I am reading the "The Long Game" chapter of the Fate Core System book and one thing is not totally clear to me. On page 256, when - speaking about minor milestones it is said: Cynere gets a minor ...
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Can PCs really swap ANY skill at a Minor Milestone?

I am reading the "The Long Game" chapter of the Fate Core System book and one thing is not totally clear to me. On page 256, when - speaking about minor milestones it is said: Switch the rank ...
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What do I focus on in a Fate Core one shot to showcase its differences to my D&D group?

I'm a player in a D&D 5e group that play since about 1 year. I like it, but I find the d20 dice system and plethora of rules to be constraining and coming often in the way of good story telling. ...
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Create/use aspects in game that do not fit well with approaches

How do you deal in Fate Accelerated with actions that would be based on either material (resources) or relational (rapport, contacts) skills from Fate Core? I had a couple of occasions at my table ...
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What is a good Fate Accelerated Benchmark Ladder [duplicate]

In a game of fate where each player has +3, +2, +2, +1, +1, +0. What is a Cheat sheet ladder to have. I.E. There is a large Iron door in the way, the brute says he's gonna force his way through it. ...
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How to make Fate combat fast & fun?

I love the Fate system, both Core and FAE. However, I have been having a really hard time making combat fun for my players. It is hard to explain the combat in Fate to my players in a non-abstract ...
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How to handle a martyred GMPC as a player?

I'm a player in a one-on-one game with a friend, who is the GM. Both of us control several characters each, which should in theory be getting equal use. (Our game uses FATE mechanics, however, the ...
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Why does proposing a compel against another player cost a fate point? [Nevermind] [closed]

Fate Core p. 71 Finally, and this is very important: if a player wants to compel another character, it costs a fate point to propose the complication. The GM can always compel for free, and any ...
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Taking out main NPCs without exhausting all their stress and consequences

In my last session I had my players in combat against two of their NPC friends, which were being mind-controlled to fight them. These NPCs had been appearing a lot in the previous sessions and were ...
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A stresstrack/timer for FATE one-shot

I've been wanting to make a comical Fate one-shot, but never gotten the main mechanic to work, so looking for some suggestions. My idea is a fantasy setting, but instead of being brave warriors and ...
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1 vs 2 combat in FATE

FATE system explains how to handle combat, but it mainly focuses on 1v1 (or so I understand). My question here is, how should combat 1v2 be handled, under "Exchange Base Fights" and "Dramatic Weapons ...
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Is using compels to create aspects precedented and balanced?

I recently watched an abridged playthrough of a one-session Fate Core game on Tabletop. In the session, the GM, Ryan Macklin, uses a version of compel I haven't seen before. Macklin essentially hands ...
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Is it true that Fate Core 'Replaces updates and revises' 1st and 2nd edition FATE?

Like I usually do on all early FATE questions, I have finally gotten a comment on my edition comparison question indicating that FATE is basically the same as Fate Core, just less good in every way, ...
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When does an aspect influence the situation?

Let's say there is a slimy floor aspect in the scene. When exactly would this property of the floor be used? Always - for example all characters have some trouble with moving. Only when someone ...
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How can I show that a character knows how to handle only one specific weapon?

For example, my character has a gun named Big Gun, and because he's very good with that particular weapon, I want him to have a +4 bonus when making an Attack using it. I want it so that he doesn't ...
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What does a more Careful player going first in a mental Conflict represent narratively?

It's unclear what is meant in the rules: Determine Turn Order (page 21) In a mental conflict, compare your Careful approach—attention to detail will warn you of danger. What "danger" is it ...
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Where does the compelling Fate Point go when the compel is rejected?

Here's my understanding of how compelling works in Fate Accelerated (not sure if it works the same in Core). It's the rejection part I'm not too clear on. Any player (including the GM) can offer a ...
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Can you use Create Advantage to create a story detail in FAE?

I've seen in a few places people talk about players creating story details by spending Fate Points. I assume this is something in Core only. Accelerated has something similar, where it talks about ...
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Is it okay to go beyond the rules for Aspects/Boosts?

For example: Smouldering Cart (scene aspect) Snow Wolf (opponent): Master of the Tundra. Gimli (PC): Master of Axes. Gimli Attacks the Wolf, and spends 2 Fate Points to invoke the Smouldering Cart ...
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How is monster balancing supposed to be done?

I GMed my first game the other night and, while we had fun once I got the hang of what I was doing, we found the combat difficult to get our heads around. Let me set the scene: A wild "5 giant ...
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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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Do you still pay a fate point when failing a Create Advantage roll?

I'm new to RPGs, and have been studying the Fate manuals. So far so good, except a niggling question about failing dice rolls and fate points. From my reading of the manual, to Create an Advantage, I ...
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What are the differences between 1st and 2nd edition FATE?

FATE 1e and FATE 2.0 are very similar, to the point of having basically the same rulebook layout as well as much of the same art. While I have a great deal of experience with 2nd edition FATE, I don'...
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Simplifying scale in Mindjammer

While looking through the handbook for Mindjammer I came across the rules for dealing with different scales, which struck me as somewhat different to the way other fate-based RPGs handle it. In ...
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How can I best invoke the trope of a foe who radically outclasses the heroes in Fate without compromising player agency?

One trope I and the group I often gamemaster for enjoy in shows, films, and other media is the hero(es) come up against a foe which greatly outclasses them, which they must then outwit or trick to ...
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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/...