Fate

No. of players: 2-8, Publisher: Evil Hate Productions Release date: Out Now Platform: Tabletop Role Play Genre: Any Duration: Approx 2 hours

If you’re the kind of role-player that appreciates a more narrative story then the Fate system is definitely for you. The Fate system can be simple but also can add a lot to give it a more complex edge if that is required by your game. It is a great system to get people started into role play because it focuses on the story rather than the numbers on a character sheet.

There are two versions of the system, Fate Core and Fate Accelerated (FAE) with an added Toolkit supplement which gives you lots of different ways to tailor the system to what you want for your adventure. If you’re new to role-play or like me just prefer rule light then Fate Accelerated is the game for you. It’s the little brother of Fate Core with a simpler version of the rules and my favourite part; it takes out skills and replaces them with something called Approaches.

If you’re familiar with RPG’s you’ll understand what character skills are so I won’t go into them. But FAE’s approaches work on the premise that your character can do whatever is decided by the group. If you’re playing a cowboy game then you can definitely shoot a gun and ride a horse but it is how you approach the situation that determines how well you might succeed at a challenge. Approaches are put into 6 categories (Careful, Clever, Flashy, Forceful, Quick, Sneaky) if you wanted to quick draw your six-shooter then obviously you would use the stat next to your Quick approach along with a dice roll. You as the player decided how you approach a task just so long as it makes sense.

Quick point about dice, which are important in Fate because they use four dice of a type called Fudge dice. These are dice that have plus, minus and blanks on them which rolled together get a number between -4 and +4 which is then added to a Skill or Approach depend on the system.

The other interesting mechanic in all Fate systems is the Aspects which dictates a lot about your character and is the part that starts to help tell the story as you go along. Aspects are short sentences, phrases or maybe just a word that sums something up about your character. ‘Fastest Gun in Deadwood’ is a good cowboy Aspect and tells us that the character is the fastest shooter in the town of Deadwood. This can later in the game be used with something called Fate Points to increase your score or re-roll your dice, but firstly it creates a Fate Fact.  All aspects create Fate Facts, if you had an aspect that suggested you used magic then that is saying there is magic in the world.

The other interesting mechanic in all Fate systems is the Aspects which dictates a lot about your character and is the part that starts to help tell the story as you go along. Aspects are short sentences, phrases or maybe just a word that sums something up about your character. ‘Fastest Gun in Deadwood’ is a good cowboy Aspect and tells us that the character is the fastest shooter in the town of Deadwood. This can later in the game be used with something called Fate Points to increase your score or re-roll your dice, but firstly it creates a Fate Fact.  All aspects create Fate Facts, if you had an aspect that suggested you used magic then that is saying there is magic in the world.Aspects are definitely what makes Fate stand out as a system but are also something that can put people off, especially veteran players that are more used to more numbers in a game.  The abstract nature of Aspects can make it a little difficult to get used to for any new player.

But don’t take my word for it if any of this does interest you then get over to Evil Hat Productions website and download the PDF’s as a ‘pay what you like (even nothing)’ to see what all the fuss is about. But remember if you do think it’s something you would enjoy and want to get a game going with friends go out and buy a hard copy to help support a good company.Ease of play – 5/5
Innovation – 5/5
Enjoy-ability/Replay-ability – 5/5
Story/Setting/Lore – 3/5
Final overall score 18/20

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