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Would motivating a Stout Pacifist to join a war be a Compel or Invoke?

None of these happen. They don't make sense or aren't using those mechanics properly, and ultimately, it's going to take a lot more than that to get this guy to join the war. A preliminary dip into ...
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Do advantages in Fate Core just "wear off?"

You start at the beginning: Fate points represent those moments in the fiction when an Aspect of the story becomes prominent. If you're spending a Fate point on "My Father's Sword," it's because the ...
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When can you invoke an aspect twice for free on the same roll?

You're gonna have to go to the Fate Core book for the full explanation. Although they don't mention it for this particular case, FAE makes a habit of expecting players to refer to Core for more ...
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What changes if I allow a free invocation to pay for a compel?

Standardising free invokes as spendable for compels will break the fate point economy and pull the teeth out of compels. The fate point economy is one of the only things that the Core book and ...
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Does a reroll let you choose the higher roll?

Once you reroll you're stuck with the new result. You don't get to pick the highest of the two; the previous roll's gone. It's for this reason the authors recommend only rerolling on a –3 or –4 in a ...
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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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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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When are fate points spent to invoke when using the defend action?

It's option 2: Both sides roll, then decide to start invoking aspects. This comes across in How To Do Stuff: Outcomes, Actions and Approaches. First, you choose your action and approach, and then: ...
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Do advantages in Fate Core just "wear off?"

The important thing your player must understand is that the sword does not give him an ongoing bonus because his roll isn't about if he can hit with the sword. His roll is about if he gets to tell a ...
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Would motivating a Stout Pacifist to join a war be a Compel or Invoke?

In addition to being invokable and compellable, aspects are True: if the NPC is a Stout Pacifist you're perfectly within your rights as a GM to have them refuse to get involved as a belligerent, no ...
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Do advantages in Fate Core just "wear off?"

The problem here began long before the player ran out of Fate points, when he took an aspect to solely represent his father's sword and expected to use it on virtually every action just to represent ...
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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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Would motivating a Stout Pacifist to join a war be a Compel or Invoke?

I'd say both options 1 and 2, and in that order. The GM offers the compel, and the player can accept it, gain a fate point and sit down. Or he may refuse it, paying a fate point, which lets him ...
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Is there an Anima expansion that includes stats for some example Great Beasts?

If what you are seeking about great beasts are rules about how to pact with them and what powers they concede then Arcana Exxet is the book you seek It include rules for around thirty powers (or ...
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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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Do you get all your Fate Points at the end of the scene?

You get Fate Points from adverse invokes at the end of the scene. Here, under invoking aspects: If the aspect you invoke is on someone else’s character sheet, including situation aspects attached to ...
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How can I use anger as an aspect to contribute to fire spells?

The main limit of what aspects can be used for what actions is basically what the table will accept - your GM and your fellow players. My rule of thumb is, if I can say it in a sentence with a ...
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Does an enemy being easier to hit prevent backlash?

The situation you've described sounds hard to justify within the context of the story: Backlash is usually a fairly personal thing and only aspects directly affecting the wizard are easy to justify in ...
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When can you invoke an aspect twice for free on the same roll?

I think the confusion arises from the fact that Fate Accelerated Edition is so condensed that sometimes explanations are glossed over. Fate Accelerated's rules (not clear enough) If we only have ...
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Do advantages in Fate Core just "wear off?"

I would suggest that it might be a problem with the way the character is created. An aspect is sometimes beneficial, and is sometimes detrimental, and sometimes has mechanical effect at all. A stunt ...
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How can I use anger as an aspect to contribute to fire spells?

Yes, that's totally legit. So long as you can describe how your character's aspect is beneficial to the circumstance of the roll, you can spend the Fate point. The GM (and the rest of the group) may ...
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Do advantages in Fate Core just "wear off?"

It sounds like your player is having trouble distinguishing between using a sword and getting extra oomph because it's a better sword than the average one. Item based advantages in any game are ...
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What is the difference between Aspects and Invocations?

Mechanics Aspect: A phrase describing some aspect of the character that you want to be able to use for bonuses in play. Invoking an aspect: using an aspect for a mechanical bonus to a roll. Note that ...
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How long do Boosts stay around, if not invoked immediately or obviated by situation-change?

For what it's worth, I found the following in Fate Core on page 149, describing how to run Challenges: If you have any boosts that went unused in the challenge, feel free to keep them around for ...
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Can an aspect be active without being invoked/compeled?

Some Aspects are more absolute than others. If a room is filled with "Absolute Darkness", that's going to make certain things absolutely impossible, without an invoke. "Dark" might just mean that it ...
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Does "everything is an aspect" conflict with Fate philosophy?

All aspects are story facts but not all story facts are aspects. Aspects are facts that play a non-trivial role in your story. That's why they make the basis on which many game mechanisms run. So ...
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In which order are aspects invoked when defending in Fate Accelerated?

@doppelgreener's answer is correct in all particulars; no roll is final until both rolls are final. But while you can repeatedly volley Fate Points back and forth, often times you'll see a GM locking ...
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What is the difference between Aspects and Invocations?

Invoking is how you use an aspect to change the story. An aspect does nothing on its own (except be a true fact). It describes a noteworthy feature* of the game reality: An aspect is a phrase that ...
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