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How can I word an aspect that I can potentially veto being compelled without using an X-Card?

What you want is impossible You wrote a lot on the topic while taking great pains to not mention anything material about the aspect which makes it very difficult to provide any real advice. However, ...
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Can aspects in FATE have superposition?

Attacks do not usually have Aspects. Casting a Fireball (or whatever) usually just means rolling your Magic skill (or whatever you're using) and you can tag the Troll's "Vulnerable to Fire" aspect. ...
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Is using compels to create aspects precedented and balanced?

What Ryan did in that video was suggest that there was an Aspect in the game that wasn't written down but was obviously there based on what was being roleplayed. Wil and the others at the table agreed,...
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Can an aspect contain too much information and therefore be "too good"?

Does a good Aspect say one thing? Or more than one thing? We see in much Fate material the advice that a good Aspect says more than one thing. OK: sort of. It should say one thing and then say more ...
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How can I word an aspect that I can potentially veto being compelled without using an X-Card?

It sounds like you’re opposed to prejudice from the real world applying to the game In light of clarification in the examples given in the question, I actually think the answer is straightforward, if ...
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What makes Aspect ↔ Boost conversion Stunts worthwhile?

Aspects are true. Boosts aren't, really. Just to restate the full text of the stunts you're talking about, you trade a Boost for an Aspect with a free invoke on it: Heavy Hitter. When you succeed ...
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When does an aspect influence the situation?

As narrative truths, aspects can and influence the story being told. So whatever anyone does at the scene has to take the slimy floor into account. If someone says they are running across the room, ...
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Can a weapon (without an aspect) add "bonus" to a dice roll?

There is no such thing as a weapon (or anything else noteworthy in a Fate game) without an aspect, so invoke away! But see the bottom of my answer for a challenge to the idea you need a numerical ...
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Can an aspect be active without being invoked/compeled?

An aspect is just a mechanical reminder of a thing that's true in the story: it's always "on." This means some actions are possible or impossible, easier or harder, because of the thing the aspect ...
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How can I word an aspect that I can potentially veto being compelled without using an X-Card?

The whole system of Fate compels are about driving the player-characters to the limits of their comfort zones. It's all about exploring the weaknesses (but also strengths) that character's aspects ...
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In which order are aspects invoked when defending in Fate Accelerated?

It's the third one. Both parties roll and see their totals. Then they can invoke aspects until neither can or wants to invoke any more, with no set order to who can invoke what when. When you're ...
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How can I word an aspect that I can potentially veto being compelled without using an X-Card?

Don’t play Fate If you want complete control of your character, Fate is not your system. There are many other RPGs available - find one that fits. It seems like you have a red-green morality problem. ...
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How can I word an aspect that I can potentially veto being compelled without using an X-Card?

You can't have it both ways I'm not fussed about the specifics of the (potential) aspect in question, because it seems to me your problem is more fundamental than that. Details aside, the universe of ...
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How can I word an aspect that I can potentially veto being compelled without using an X-Card?

You can always "veto an aspect being compelled". You don't need an X-Card, but using safety tools can help. If I could set myself in the ideal place to handle your scenario, I would be ...
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Can you use create advantage to get a free invocation more than one time on the same aspect?

Yes, to both When creating an advantage, you have the option to create an advantage on an existing aspect. Success give you 1 free invoke, and success with style gives you two. There is nothing in ...
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Where Are (Narrative) Aspect Permissions Comprehensively Covered?

Think of it as an extremely sparsely documented Extra. So, here's the reference example. I'll probably be pointing back to it now and again. The campaign is a sendup of kids' TV. Pretty much everyone'...
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How can I word an aspect that I can potentially veto being compelled without using an X-Card?

A _-Card is the right idea In my experience using safety tools, the X-Card is often perceived as the nuclear option. People respect one's choice to use it, but may still feel like something (almost) ...
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How can I word an aspect that I can potentially veto being compelled without using an X-Card?

Actually, This Is Possible Your character has the aspect "red hair, but only in situations where this would not be distressing for AncientSwordRage". If someone tries to compel this aspect ...
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How do you physically handle aspects at a table to avoid slowing down play?

A dry-erase playing surface and dry-erase index cards. 3x5 index cards are fine. There's a product called "the Noteboard", a foldable mat of these cards in a laminated grid, which is ...
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When should Passive Opposition be 'free', and when should it cost a FP to create from an Aspect?

Yes, No, or Fate Point For a second, pretend Fate Points don't exist. Ask yourself "is this state of affairs going to present a dramatic obstacle?" If your first impulse is "yes, ...
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When should Passive Opposition be 'free', and when should it cost a FP to create from an Aspect?

If there is a situation aspect from any source which would definitively make a specific task more difficult, it should always provide opposition without spending fate points. For example, if a room is ...
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Identifying and invoking enemy aspects

In Fate Core, just run out of the box? You need to roll Empathy and it's done over time. Create an Advantage: You can use Empathy to read a person’s emotional state and get a general sense of who ...
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How long do Boosts stay around, if not invoked immediately or obviated by situation-change?

As you've seen across the various iterations of Fate, boosts don't have a set duration but they're "super-transient"1 because they represent fleeting advantages and disadvantages. The rule of thumb is ...
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Can an aspect contain too much information and therefore be "too good"?

The first thing I want to mention is is, I don't see how that Aspect indicates anything about being a former pirate king, or a gladiator. If it was Off the Plank, into the Pits, maybe. It is ...
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Does "everything is an aspect" conflict with Fate philosophy?

I recommend reading this part of the Fate SRD. The sub-header is "Deciding When to Use Mechanics" and it tells us that Because aspects tell us what’s important, they also tell us when it’s most ...
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How to Use Aspects in Fate Accelerated

I remembered that all of the information is available on the Fate SRD, so I pulled this from the section about aspects and fate points. The book lists three options for Aspects: Invoke Compel ...
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What is an Aspect allowed to do (in addition to Invoke, Hostile Invokation, Compel and Always True)?

Extras can do anything. (The price of doing anything is that you have to tell people about it in advance.) Everything you pulled from the back issues of the Fate Codex is best understood as an ...
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Can an aspect contain too much information and therefore be "too good"?

FATE will handle it easily I have been playing and GMing several Fate rounds for the past few years in vastly different scenarios. My takeaway: An aspect can NEVER be too good! The FATE system is ...
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New to Fate: how to manage all aspects at play

Index cards are the canonical tool (what the book suggests). It's not the only way. They're easy to pick up and get rid of when one of them stops being relevant (the scene changes, someone Overcomes ...
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Is it okay to go beyond the rules for Aspects/Boosts?

"In my head (there are all these narrative details)." And that's all they are. They aren't invokable unless a Rule made it so. When the player decided not to gain a Boost by not down-shifting, they ...
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