Matters of Fate: Shortest skill list?

I’ve been thinking a fair bit about skill lists, Approaches and Professions in the Fate system, in preparing my Storm & Sail game (starting next weekend) I’ve decided to go with a Profession based system, but it has got me thinking about just how many skills are actually needed in a Fate game; if you love the current amount of skills that’s grand, I’ve no problems with that, but this post probably isn’t really aimed at you.

Recently my wife Hannah has been running a game using Aspect only fate, essentially the skill rating you add to your dice rolls comes from the number of aspects you have that are applicable.

For example: If you had “Best gunslinger in the county” and “Quick on the draw” as aspects and found yourself in a shoot-out then you could claim +2 as your skill level, one rank per applicable aspect.

This system seems to be working really well at the moment although it does involve a bit of adjudication as to what aspects are applicable in certain situations, and having players who aren’t going to attempt to manipulate the system to get the best rolls in any and all situations; very similar to some of the potential issues that Fate Accelerated can face depending on the level of player buy-in to the spirit of the system.

It also got me thinking about the World of Darkness series of games where attributes are organised into three categories, physical, mental and social, I started thinking about whether or not these three “stats” could be used to replace the existing skill list, and I believe that they could be. Those three labels cover pretty much all situations that I can think of, trying to be diplomatic with somone, roll social, trying to recall ancient lore, roll mental, fighting a pirate, roll physical.

Now I can hear some people complaining and saying that there wouldn’t be much variety using this system, however I think this is where the stunt system can more than adequately pick up that slack, you want to play a character who is more dexterous then brawny, then take a stunt or two that benefit you in those sort of situations, and vice-versa if you want to be the brutal but clumsy barbarian. Although it might be worth the GM being a being more lenient with the situations that stunts can apply to.

Matters of Fate: Aspects

In this episode we discuss one of the most important mechanics in Fate, aspects.

Matters of Fate: Rolling the Fate Dice

A short episode talking about what you need to play a game of Fate Core and discussing some fo the basic mechanics.

 

Matters of Fate: Character Creation

In this episode we explore the mechanics of creating a character in Fate Core.

 

Matters of Fate: Campaign Creation Demonstration

In this podcast myself and some volunteers demonstrate how you can create a campaign setting using the Fate Core rules.

Many thanks to the people who helped with this demo:
o Thashif Muran
o David Hodgkinson
o Ian F White – www.studio7auk.webs.com

Matters of Fate: Creating a Campaign Setting

In this episode we talk about using the Fate Core system to create a campaign.

Matters of Fate, Introductions: What is Fate Good At?

In this episode of Matters of Fate we discuss what the Fate RPG is particularly well suited for.