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A fellow player is uncooperative with the group and gets GM favoritism. How do I handle this?

Player Revolt/Intervention You must, in an out-of-character context, talk about this with your GM. There is no rule in the world that will solve player favoritism. This conversation needs to ...
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The tension of the possibility of failure in Fate

My initial suggestion is to attack the problem from a different angle. You say that in the early part of the encounter/investigation/episode, the players will not invest resources or better yet, ...
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Is a Red Court Vampire's addictive saliva useless in combat, or am I missing something?

No, you're not missing anything, as far as the rule goes. Red Court vampires use the narcotic saliva to manipulate people, not to injure them. That's according to the rule you cited, and that's ...
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A fellow player is uncooperative with the group and gets GM favoritism. How do I handle this?

I don't know that this is quite at ultimatum level yet - from your description, it's not clear to me whether you've privately raised this issue with the GM yet in a serious way. It probably should ...
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How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?

First of all, you didn't follow the rules when creating characters. You say: ...he didn't take thaumaturgy, the sight, the soulgaze... But on p.86 of Your Story it says: A wizard must have a ...
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Can a White Court Vampire heal Hunger Stress with Inhuman Recovery?

Inhuman Recovery allows the recovery of a single physical mild consequence. Feeding Dependency inflicts hunger consequences, not physical consequences. The only way to restore those is going to be ...
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How much should a campaign be adapted to a player/character, and vice versa?

Your first question is about half a GM problem, and half a player/PC problem. I've been on both sides of this issue: GMing for a character who had little reason to participate in the story with the ...
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The tension of the possibility of failure in Fate

FATE's gameplay style is specifically and intentionally novelistic. The character does not gain or lose significant amounts of ability over the course of the story and while there is some variation in ...
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Dresden Files: what is the long-term endgame potential of Mere Mortals?

Mortals do lose out in combat against the supernatural, but they gain majorly in other aspects, and are excellent to have for storytelling purposes. We've had a two-year campaign running, starting ...
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How could discipline be used to aim weapons?

Stunts I would argue that this falls perfectly under the application of stunts - using one skill in place of another. From Your Story p.147: The first possible use for a stunt is to broaden a ...
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How can stealing be done for fun and profit?

There are a number of parts to this. First of all, the pure mechanics of looting stuff. Stealing things would often come under the Burglary and Stealth skills, but other skills might get involved ...
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Is it safe to handle a denarian coin indirectly?

That is exactly how it works in the setting (at least in the books, the RPG should most likely work the same way) touching the coin directly will 100% infect you and presuming you don't want that you ...
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Using biomancy on yourself as the caster

Transforming yourself is entirely possible and there are no especial restrictions on it compared to performing it on someone else, and yes, it makes sense (both fictionally and mechanically) for it to ...
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Is there a limit to how many aspects a character can stack up against an opponent?

There is nothing in the rulebooks that specifies a limit, to my knowledge, besides the fact that you only get one "free" tag on a set-up aspect, and the rest has to be invoked by narrative or cost. ...
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Can a player spend a fate point to declare it a full moon?

Canonically, a player can probably demand a Fate Point for it not being a full moon, darn the luck. When faced with a lycanthrope PC, a GM will have to consider how often she's willing to stage ...
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Is there a way to attack the mental stress track of mortals without violating the Laws of Magic?

Yes, it's possible to inflict Mental Stress with magic without breaking the Laws of Magic. You just can't affect someone's mind directly; whenever you're thinking of an effect that could cause Mental ...
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How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?

This reminds me of the saying; "When you have a hammer in hand, every problem begins to look like a nail". I can see two distinct possibilities for the cause. You said it yourself: The risk-reward ...
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How would you structure a court-room drama social conflict in a Fate system?

Courts interpret the law, they don't enact or enforce it. This sounds much more like a town-hall meeting, which will probably enforce some variant on Robert's Rules of Order. To a certain degree, ...
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Is Armor:1 from Inhuman Toughness and a Kevlar shirt cumulative?

I think not. On a side note, on page 202, it is written: Do weapons rating stack? What about armor? No, they don't unless a power says otherwise. [...] As Inhuman Toughness don't say that ...
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How could discipline be used to aim weapons?

Don't You use the guns skill to use guns, its just that simple. Sounds like your friend/player is trying to get you to houserule something to make his character more powerful. Even using an aspect to ...
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Dresden Files - balancing for pre-modern periods

You likely won't have a problem. The Dresden FATE rules don't account for as much of a gap between human capability and the Supernatural as there is in the books. Your average Murphy (with some ...
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What skill is used to recognise someone?

It's probably Alertness, but it depends how you frame it. Passive Awareness (Alertness) [... Alertness is] appropriate for things that you do not expect or are not looking for. -- Dresden Files, &...
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Dresden RPG thaumaturgy conditional triggers

Pretty much anything is possible with Thaumaturgy—if you can imagine it, the right ritual can accomplish it. The limitation is always going to be how complex the ritual is, and the resulting ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG is it possible to get mental armor, and if so, how?

If you could do so, that would be an abuse rather than a use of the system. That said, on (YS250) in the 'flavor text' in the sidebar to the left, your question is asked and answered, i.e. Hey, ...
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How, exactly, does Red Court infection work?

We Don't Know The entire Dresden Files series is rather vague on this point. Certain events within the series also make it unlikely to come up. Each of the Vampire Courts seemingly represents some ...
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How would a character in Dresden Files Accelerated do what Molly did?

Step 1: Trim the Overhead The Fate SRD has rules for Mobs and Teamwork starting here. Everybody builds and runs their own Fate game how they like it; I for one favor a more diminishing-returns ...
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Is there a way to attack the mental stress track of mortals without violating the Laws of Magic?

Directly tampering with the human mind, either by reading it or modifying it, is a direct violation of the Third and Fourth Laws, respectively, no matter how you do it or what your motives are. Both ...
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Which Dresden Files novels are "spoiled" by the core rpg books?

Short answer: the first two sourcebooks (Your Story and Our World) reference events and characters up through Small Favor, and there's sprinkles of foreshadowing and hints for several things that ...
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How would you structure a court-room drama social conflict in a Fate system?

If you want to create a courtroom-like feeling, I would strongly recommend to look at the way the Fatebased rpg Diaspora handles that. You basically draw a map of the conflict: (Measure passed) O-O-...
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How does one create skill-enhancing potions in Dresden Files RPG?

Skill based potions are one of the most frequently misunderstood potions of the system. You brew a potion that can replace one skill for a roll -- not for the length of a scene. The strength of the ...
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