FATE Core System

I’ve been meaning to read the FATE rules. I have all of the FATE in electronic format and purchased them through DriveThruRPG.com. I didn’t print them off, and they sit in my online library. I think I purchased them over a year ago (Yeah, my order says 02/22/2014). I would look through them a little bit, and I’ve always wanted to sit down and play, and I’ve heard a lot great things about the game, and… but it takes some commitment to learn some new rules and method of play. I put it on my to-do list.

That was last year.

Recently, I’ve been talking to Shawn about FATE, and how we might run a game for the group as a one-shot.  And so last week I stopped by my local game store and bought some dice, and looked for the book.  They didn’t have one and told me they’re sold out. I went ahead and ordered the FATE Core book from them. I know had the PDF, but I wanted a book to have handy.

So, this week I stopped by to check to see if it was there.  I was surprised to see that it was ready to pick- up, and even had my name on a little sticky.  I looked around the store one last time, did I need anything else? I noticed a table that was getting ready to start a game.  Normally on that night, they are usually playing D&D, but everyone had the little blue book I just bought. What a strange and awesome coincidence.  So I sat down to observe, and they let me know they were doing a one shot FATE game for a few weeks. I didn’t have any dice, pencil or even a piece of paper. Just my new book.

I decided to stay a while longer, and I asked if I could setup a character.  They gave me a character sheet, and so I started to think.  There weren’t any character classes, or restrictions, or rolling of dice.  I was just given a general world setting, the generic list of skills, and could choose whatever I could imagine.  There is a lot of freedom in that, and can be a daunting task for a first time player.  So I stared at a blank character sheet and listened to what other players were creating, and tried to think of something that was different. I just had to start with a general idea of my character, and then start filling in the details with ranking of skills that I felt would be stronger or weaker for that character. I think I did okay.

And then we started to play. It was a really fun game. Very quick, easy, and involved group storytelling. I had a lot of great rolls and I am so glad that I walked into that game. I don’t think it will change my love of other games, but it has opened a door to another game that I am going to keep playing. If you haven’t had a chance, play a game of FATE and let me know what you think.

Have fun!

~Michael

You can get FATE RPG at the Evilhat website, or through DriveThruRPG website in PDF, ePub, and Kindle formats. Here are the links:

It’s suggested from other FATE players the following FATE setting books:

Great graphic about the Spheres of FATE :

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