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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the purpose of differently-sized stress boxes as opposed to flat stress or same-sized boxes?

I can see the point of differently-sized Consequences on entities. Light ones are a mark, moderate ones are a more realistic, lasting dent, and so on. They behave differently and have, arguably, ...
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How are monsters/creatures/npcs presented in Fate setting manuals?

Background I'd like to add a list of creatures, monsters, and characters to a Fate project, like the D&D Monster Manual. I understand that the GM usually writes NPCs custom per game, but I want ...
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How is Spirit of the Century different from vanilla Fate

I have a copy of Spirit of the Century, which says on the back it's "based on the award-winning Fate system." A review says it: uses FATE (3.0) which is based on FUDGE Is this different from Fate ...
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When playing NPCs who are hiding something, how much should I reveal (mechanics-wise)?

I have a NPC who's hiding something. She has an aspect that she's trying to hide. She has the stunt I've Read About That!, which allows her to spend a fate point to use Lore (her cap skill) in place ...
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How do I handle players brute-forcing a skill until they succeed?

I have a NPC that hangs around with the PCs for a while. The players suspect that this NPC is hiding something. They are correct and I have no problem revealing it to them, if they properly manage to ...
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How do you deal with conflicts taking too long?

I'm currently running a Legend campaign, but I'm using Fate as an add-on to handle certain scenarios that Legend isn't as good with. It seems to be doing it's job well enough, but the encounters take ...
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How should an automated or environmental attack be handled in Fate?

Let's say a PC plants a proximity mine or magical rune or suicidal summon somewhere in a room he would expect some enemies to walk in later on, and then leaves to take care of something else or simply ...
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What kind of action is used to change aspects in Fate?

If I want to change one aspect into another (for example, throwing a bucket of water on an NPC's head to change "My hair's on fire!" to Drenched), what kind of action is that? Do I use Overcome to ...
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How do I prevent “I attack with Fight” and “I attack with Shoot”-type brief declarations? [duplicate]

One thing I like about FAE is that attacks and defenses have to go beyond "I attack them with Fight."/"I defend with Fight." to justify using an approach or the other. Merely providing an adverb adds ...