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  • The Mood of the Room

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  • Here’s another idea banging around in my head about Fate that I’m not sure is ready for FateRPG.com. So to generalize, in Apocalypse World, players roll 2d6 for various things, which the results usually reading like: 2-6: Failure (you don’t get what you’re after, and things may well get worse) 7-9: Mixed/minimal success (success with [...]

    Mixed Success and No-Fail Rolls in Fate

    Here’s another idea banging around in my head about Fate that I’m not sure is ready for FateRPG.com. So to generalize, in Apocalypse World, players roll 2d6 for various things, which the results usually reading like: 2-6: Failure (you don’t get what you’re after, and things may well get worse) 7-9: Mixed/minimal success (success with [...]

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  • So, this is a weird idea for a side-project of mine that might not see the light of day (or it might!). I’d post it over on FateRPG.com if I was more certain about it, but for now, this goes over here on my blog as a “hack”. So, I’ve been noodling around the notion [...]

    Bringing the Damage Roll to Fate

    So, this is a weird idea for a side-project of mine that might not see the light of day (or it might!). I’d post it over on FateRPG.com if I was more certain about it, but for now, this goes over here on my blog as a “hack”. So, I’ve been noodling around the notion [...]

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  • The idea that Fate’s consequences are a kind of currency isn’t new. Many of you are already familiar with the -2/-4/-6 consequences approach we use and recommend, as seen in the Dresden Files RPG and other places. Along with the stress track, they add a tiny resource-management aspect to Fate, and they tie into the [...]

    Consequences as Positive Currency

    The idea that Fate’s consequences are a kind of currency isn’t new. Many of you are already familiar with the -2/-4/-6 consequences approach we use and recommend, as seen in the Dresden Files RPG and other places. Along with the stress track, they add a tiny resource-management aspect to Fate, and they tie into the [...]

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  • This is a bit of a companion piece to Hack: Use Your Grid-Maps With Fate. Symmetry. So, you like Fate‘s idea of zones, and you’re not a fan of the one-inch-square map gig, but you’re playing 4e, and you definitely want to see a map get some action, just not one with all of that [...]

    Hack: Use Fate’s Zones with 4e

    This is a bit of a companion piece to Hack: Use Your Grid-Maps With Fate. Symmetry. So, you like Fate‘s idea of zones, and you’re not a fan of the one-inch-square map gig, but you’re playing 4e, and you definitely want to see a map get some action, just not one with all of that [...]

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  • So, vehicles. They exist in Gamma World, but they’re poorly supported. Here’s a very rough sketch of how I might handle them in mine, if it came up: - Vehicles have hit points (a given) and sometimes a resistance to physical damage. Size the hitpoints about how you might a monster of a level on [...]

    Gamma World: Vehicle House Rules Rough Draft

    So, vehicles. They exist in Gamma World, but they’re poorly supported. Here’s a very rough sketch of how I might handle them in mine, if it came up: - Vehicles have hit points (a given) and sometimes a resistance to physical damage. Size the hitpoints about how you might a monster of a level on [...]

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  • So, I love our semi-abstract method of zone maps in Fate, but playing and running (far more run than play) 4e has left me a little bit bitten by the maps-and-minis bug. There are times when I’d like to see Fate happen with  a little more of a rooted, concrete, tactical map-reality. So that’s been [...]

    Hack: Use Your Grid-Maps With Fate

    So, I love our semi-abstract method of zone maps in Fate, but playing and running (far more run than play) 4e has left me a little bit bitten by the maps-and-minis bug. There are times when I’d like to see Fate happen with  a little more of a rooted, concrete, tactical map-reality. So that’s been [...]

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