- Create a general one-use playbook that can be used for all types of character.
- Will contain the core stats and hit points as per DW.
- The playbook should have space for a character concept: effectively a two/three word description of the character, i.e. ‘brave fighter pilot’, ‘grizzled war veteran’, ‘haunted detective’, etc.
- The playbook should also have space for five aspects.
- A list of aspects will be provided but they can be added to by the GM of the individual game.
- There should be a space for race/species on the playbook: effectively the different races in a game will grant access to a pre-defined special move (as detailed later).
- The exact special moves granted will be down to the GM and their individual campaign but can be constructed using the rules provided for special moves.
- The playbook should contain details of all basic moves (as per normal DW):
- Hack and Slash
- Defy Danger
- Spout Lore
- Discern Realities
- Aid or Interfere
- A few additional basic moves will be added:
- A compel move (for gaining fate points from aspects)
- Gaining bonus to a dice roll by spending a fate point move
- Improvising an element of the setting by spending a fate point move
- Playbook should also contain blank spaces for a number of advanced moves: advanced moves to be constructed in a manner similar to Fate Stunts.
- Players start with three advanced moves.
- An advanced move may do the following:
- Grant a player a +2 dice roll in a certain set of circumstances.
- Allow them to use a different stat for a particular type of move.
- Increase the amount of damage a PC does in combat.
- Decrease the amount of damage a PC does in combat.
- Increase the amount of HP a character has.
- In a certain situation the player may ask a question of the GM and have it answered honestly.
- Heal someone of damage.
- Gain a companion.
- Gain a particularly notable piece of equipment.
- Cast a spell/use a psychic power (not sure how to handle this yet).
- AS MANY OF THE RULES AS POSSIBLE SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON THE PLAYBOOK.
- I may also look at adding some GM moves related to awarding fate points, etc.
- I am being hunted by the [type] organisation known as [name of organisation].
- I am well known throughout [name of country] as being the finest [occupation] in the land.
- My [object] was stolen from me by [name of thief] and I cannot rest until it is returned.
Having been reading about the effects this may have on the probability of certain dice rolls (http://mathofoldschooldandd.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/2d6-versus-1d12-and-clerics-turning.html) I am interested to see what effect this has on the feel of the game.
Aspects will remain largely unchanged from Fate Accelerated and are words or phrases that describe a person, place, thing, situation or group.
A character in Fate-pocalypse can take advantage of Aspects by spend Fate Point (I am still considering whether or not to determine how many of these a character possesses, but will put up a post about it when I reach a decision).
This next bit is where the Aspect rules diverge from the Fate system making use of a version of the advantage/disadvantage rules from D&D 5E.
When a character has an Aspect that may prove advantageous in a situation they may (as long as the GM agrees) spent a Fate Point to invoke it; invoking an Aspect allows you to do the following:
- Instead of rolling 1d12+attribute for an action the player rolls 2d12 and picks the highest number to add to their attribute (please note the Fate Point must be spent before the roll is made).
- Help an ally; this works the same as above but the allied PC gets to roll the 2d12 and apply the highest roll to their action.
- Establishing facts about the game world. Aspects are always true as long as they are active, so if a player has “hunted by the red arrow tribe of orcs” then they have established the existence of orcs, a tribe of them called the ‘red arrows’ and an adversarial relationship; Aspects should always be created in collaboration with the GM and other players so that they suit the game.
Please note: Only a single Aspect may be invoked per roll.
Players gain more Fate Points by allowing Aspects to be compelled against them; when an Aspect may prove disadvantageous or more complicate things for the player character then the GM can offer them a Fate Point; if the player accepts then the GM can make a move.
I have decided to use the Fate Accelerate approaches for this: Careful, Clever, Flashy, Forceful, Sneaky and Quick.
However I will be using the Dungeon World modifier spread, so each player will allocate the following modifiers between their approaches: +2, +1, +1, 0, 0, +1
- Aspects – These little story tags are an inherent part of Fate, but have caused some confusion for some RPers, if possible i’d love to keep the idea of having story tags but simplify them somehow.
- Versatility – a very simple rules system that allows scope for lots of different genres and types of game.
- Guidelines for creating customised Stunts – the ability to create your own Stunts using the guidelines is, for me one of the great things about Fate.
- A simplicity of actions – Fate only has four different types of actions making it very simple to grasp.
- A unified dice mechanic – Dungeon World has a very simple dice mechanic involving rolling 2D6 and adding a modifier, a result of less than 6 means that the GM effectively determines what happens, 7-9 means the player succeeds with a cost and 10+ means they succeed with no cost. I love the way this mechanic works in play, keeping the dice rolling (when used very simple).
- Encouraging players to contribute to the campaign world – Dungeon World has numerous moves that allow the players to contribute (or find out about elements of the campaign world history of events), I definitely want to keep this.
- Aspects => ??? (possibly tags)
- Approaches => Attributes (will prob use the DW att mod spread but remove the original stats and just stick with the modifiers, as Fate does)
- Stunts => advanced moves
- Actions => basic/advanced moves
- 4DF + approach => 2d6 + mod (i’m more than likely going to stick with the DW style of rolling since I want to use the game’s dice mechanic)
- Stress/Consequences => HP/conditions (probably going to go with DW’s HP/conditions for now and see how this works)