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Fate Core is the official generic implementation of the Fate game engine.

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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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PCs and an NPC in an all vs all conflict

Recently I had a situation where 4 PCs and an NPC had each a very different plan for approaching an incoming war. We decided to work it out as a conflict. We did the following: The DM had 4 Fate ...
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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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Simulating a custom card game in Fate Core

In the world I created, there's a famous card game. It has the following characteristics: Complex and numerous rules Spectators can bet during the match The winner is the player who won more "tricks" ...
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How to minimize out-of-character time in Fate Core?

Fate system tends to require a lot of out-of-character interactions. The core of the game is interacting with aspects, which is a somewhat artificial thing, a mechanic that Fate uses, rather than ...
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How can I mechanically create a “Zone of Truth”?

In a Fate-Core game, I want to introduce an area in which a powerful ritual had been cast in which everybody must say the truth (kind of similar to the D&D Zone of Truth spell). I have some ...
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When to charge for Declaring a Story Detail?

I'm exploring Fate Core because of the focus on story and especially the additional aspect of collaborative story creation/telling. On page 13 of the Fate Core rulebook, it states that the players ...
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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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Altering the Fate Point Economy to provide more Fate Points for the GM

Rules Hack I'm thinking of tinkering with one of the Fate Core rules so that the GM receives Fate Points instead of them disappearing into the ether after a player spends them. Players begin with (...
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What's is the GM's purpose in Fate Core?

While this may sound like a rant against Fate Core that's not my intention. I'm just trying to understand what I'm missing. I'm just beginning to learn about Fate Core. In the book it talks about ...
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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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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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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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Using FATE Core to play a TITANFALL storyline [closed]

Specifically I'm looking for any advice on adapting FATE (or any generic RPG system really but I own FATE) for Titan combat. Thank You!
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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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Does “everything is an aspect” conflict with Fate philosophy?

For a while now, a group I play with has slowly slipped into a mode of accepting the fact that the GM cannot possibly declare all pertinent details of a scene aspects. This developed from the notion ...
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How do you handle changing the nature of conflict?

How are you supposed to handle changing a conflict in Fate Core? I'll explain what I mean by way of example: Example 1: We're in the middle of a social combat that isn't going well for me, so I go ...
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Rerolling select dice instead of all when invoking an aspect

I've been reading into using Fate Core for an upcoming campaign and notice that when invoking aspects it's almost always for the best to take the +2 modifier over the reroll unless the roll is ...
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Why are “contacts” not considered an “attack” move?

I am reading the fate core rule book, and it says "just knowing someone is typically not enough to hurt someone." Yet, depending on the type of game you're playing, if you're dealing with a gang, the ...
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What is GM supposed to do when a player uses inappropriate skill?

Help me to understand how skill mechanics are supposed to work in Fate. The systems I am familiar with assume it's the GM who calls for a die roll: GM: What do you do? Player: I'm trying to catch a ...
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How can I model the weakening and strengthening of a relationship?

I am going to run a teen-investigation game in a setting strongly inspired by Scooby-Doo. The location is the teens' town, so PCs' relationships with NPCs will be an important feature of play. I think ...
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Would having a Fate character start at a lower level in a solo game pose problems?

I am planning to run a solo Fate game inspired by videogames (Legend of Zelda in particular, since I've been playing that a lot) and their long progression from a no-name hero to a world saviour. It ...
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Does a reroll let you choose the higher roll?

When invoking an aspect in Fate Core for a reroll, and the second roll is worse than the first, can you go with the first roll? Do rerolls in Fate work like rolling with advantage in D&D, or are ...
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Do consequences give you a minus to your attack?

I've noticed that some premade digital GM screens I've used say that consequences give you -2, -4 and -6 to your attack value, but can't seem to find this in the core book. Is this just something I'...
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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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When a character is being held, can he still use Athletics to defend?

A situation left me in doubt on our last Fate sessions... A player had succeeded in an action of grabbing a foe, adding a Rear naked choke Aspect on him. As usual, this added a free invocation for ...
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Can you use create advantage to get a free invocation more than one time on the same aspect?

Let's imagine a scenario were the player doesn't want to spend fate points on a combat, so he want to stack several free invocations to go for a big hit in a conflict. This conflict happens on a old ...
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How does Fate handle wildly out-of-scope attempts to declare story details?

The way I see, Fate lets anyone declare details and describe parts of the world more or less as the player sees fit. Unless the setting is based on a certain fixed universe known by all players, ...
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What is the difference between a psychic character and one with a high Empathy skill?

I'm to be joining a Fate Core game soon that involves superpowers and was considering the role of a psychic. The thing is, what is the difference between a Psychic character and any character that ...
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GM: Best setting for introductory Fate session? [closed]

I am a newish tabletop RPG player who recently joined a small group of friends with 2-3 experienced rpgers and 3 new players. Up until now we have played a long Pathfinder campaign and several one-...
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Is Fate style GMing “lazy”?

Newbie GM here preparing for my first ever Fate GM session. My group consists of 4-5 players with varying levels of experience in RPG games. We have previoulsy played a long Pathfinder campaing and ...
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New to Fate: how to manage all aspects at play

Newbie Fate GM here, I will soon GM my first ever session. Seeing how important being aware of all aspects at play at any given scene is, how do you keep track and announce all the various aspects ...
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Does the GM have to pay a fate point to Declare a Story Detail?

I don't see any specific information in Fate Core declaring that this is not the case. Normally, I would assume that the GM just narrates what happens, but what if one of his/her NPCs is trapped in a ...
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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 ...
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How long do Boosts stay around, if not invoked immediately or obviated by situation-change?

I have looked in several different Fate games' rulebooks, including Fate Core, DFRPG, Atomic Robo, FAE, and Jadepunk, which all describe Boosts as temporary Aspects you get to invoke for free, one ...
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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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How can cliffhangers use skills instead of approaches?

Masters of Umdaar introduced the "Cliffhanger" scene form, which my group likes. But it's embedded in the Fate Accelerated "approach" mechanic, and our main campaign uses atomic-robo skills. Normally ...
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How do Atomic Robo SRD Megastunts interact with Refresh?

The Atomic Robo SRD have recently become available, and one of the rules included in there is the Mega-Stunts one. The SRD contains a short discussion on how these special stunts interact with fate ...
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What changes if I allow a free invocation to pay for a compel?

The distinction between invoke for effect and compel in Fate has not always been clear. Free invocations are often stacked on temporary aspects created as advantage or otherwise not thought of as ...