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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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