Thursday, October 17, 2013
Some Musings on the Fate Core RPG
My Wednesday night group is now two weeks into the Black Plague/Super Heroes campaign. They're still getting used to the Fate Point economy, and creating advantages. Right now there's quite a bit of hand holding going on. They were fighting a big super powered brute last night. One character kept throwing flasks of different chemicals at it. I had each of those create a new aspect on the brute. For the record, one was an acid (created the "Acid Burned" aspect), and the other was chloroform (created the "Drowsy" aspect). Another character, the preacher, was working on compelling the brute's sense of piety which managed to create a couple more aspects, "Distracted", and "Self Doubting". Finally the guy who can actually fight in the group took the brute out with a huge attack that tagged 3 of those aspects.
As a game, I'm really digging the Fate system. It's just so easy to run, NPCs are a breeze to come up with off the cuff. I really don't ever have to dig through the books looking for a rule. I do usually keep the cheat sheet from the back of the book in front of me for quick reference, but that's pretty much it.
Our group has done a lot more of actual playing since we started using Fate. We've been gaming almost every Wednesday for the last 5 years, so we've gotten to be good friends and we tend to chat a lot. There have been quite a few nights in the past that we didn't get any actual gaming done, just BS for a couple hours then go home. Fate has helped bring the game back to game night.
A couple of my players have been using the Fate app that I created. It seems to be working fairly well. I tend to still use physical Fate Points with them, just because that way everyone can see how many they have. Once I get the update done that will have the iPads talking to each other, I may stop doing that. Will just have to see how that goes.
If I get this more functional I may try to do some testing while I'm at Metatopia. I'd really like to get some feedback from the people who are more experienced with the system then I am. Just need to see how far I get in the little bit of time remaining before I go to that.