Fate Core Cheat Sheet And Vet Guide


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The Ladder (p. 9)






















Game Time

Skill Roll (p. 130)

Roll four Fate dice and add to skill rating. Compare to
opposition. For each step on the ladder greater than your
opposition, you earn a shift.

Opposition Types (p. 131)
• Active: another character rolls against you
• Passive: a static rating on the ladder

Four Outcomes (p. 132)

(p. 194)

• Exchange: time for everyone to get a turn
• Scene: time to resolve a
• Session: a single sitting
• Scenario: an episode
• Arc: a season
• Campaign: the entire game
in a particular setting

• Fail: fail your action or succeed at major cost
• Tie (0 shifts): succeed at minor cost
• Succeed (1–2 shifts): succeed with no cost
• Succeed with style (3+ shifts): succeed with additional benefit

Four Actions (p. 134)


Overcome: get past an obstacle
Create an Advantage: invoke an aspect for free

Attack: harm another character
Defend: prevent attacks or advantages on you

Mitigating damage (p. 160)

Fill in one stress box greater than or equal to the value of an
attack, take one or more consequence, or fill in one stress
box and take consequences—if you can’t do one of these
three things, you’re taken out.

Consequences (p. 162)
• Mild: –2 to attack value
• Moderate: –4 to attack value
• Severe: –6 to attack value
• Extreme: –8 to attack and permanent character aspect

Recovery (p. 164)

• Mild: overcome Fair (+2), one whole scene
• Moderate: overcome Great (+4), one whole session
• Severe: overcome Fantastic (+6), one whole scenario

Aspect Types (p. 57)

Challenges (p. 147)

• Game aspects: permanent, made
during game creation

• Each obstacle or goal that requires a
different skill gets an overcome roll.

• Character aspects: permanent, made
during character creation

• Interpret failure, costs, and success of
each roll together to determine final

• Situation aspects: last for a scene,
until overcome, or until irrelevant
• Boosts: last until invoked one time
• Consequences: last until recovered

Invoking Aspects (p. 68)

Spend a fate point or free invoke. Choose one:
• +2 to your skill roll
• Reroll all your dice
• Teamwork: +2 to another character’s
roll versus relevant passive opposition
• Obstacle: +2 to the passive opposition
Free invokes stack with a paid one and each

Compelling Aspects (p. 71)

Accept a complication for a fate point.
• Event-based: You have ____ aspect
and are in ____ situation, so it makes
sense that, unfortunately, ____ would
happen to you. Damn your luck.
• Decision-based: You have ____ aspect
in ____ situation, so it makes sense
that you’d decide to ____. This goes
wrong when ____ happens.

Refresh (p. 80)
At the start of a new session, you reset your
fate points to your refresh rate. If you ended
the last session with more points, you keep
the extra. At the end of a scenario, you reset
to your refresh rate no matter what.

Spending Fate Points (p. 80)
Spend fate points to:
• Invoke an aspect
• Power a stunt
• Refuse a compel
• Declare a story detail

Contests (p. 150)
• Contesting characters roll appropriate
• If you got the highest result, you score
a victory.
• If you succeed with style and no one
else does, then you get two victories.
• If there’s a tie for the highest result, no
one gets a victory, and an unexpected
twist occurs.
• The first participant to achieve three
victories wins the contest.

Conflicts (p. 154)
• Set the scene, describing the environment the conflict takes place in, creating situation aspects and zones, and
establishing who’s participating and
what side they’re on.
• Determine the turn order.
• Start the first exchange:
ˏˏ On your turn, take an action and
then resolve it.
ˏˏ On other people’s turns, defend
or respond to their actions as
ˏˏ At the end of everyone’s turn,
start again with a new exchange.
• Conflict is over when everyone on one
side has conceded or been taken out.

Earning Fate Points (p. 81)
Earn fate points when you:
• Accept a compel

• Have your aspects invoked against
• Concede a conflict


This is a new version of Fate, which we developed to update and streamline the
system. Here’s a guide to the major changes to the system from previous versions like
Spirit of the Century and The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game.

Game and Character Creation
• Game creation is a variant of Dresden’s city creation, but very pared down. At
minimum, you only make two aspects called issues to define your game, with the
option to drill down if you want to add aspects to faces and locations.
• There are fewer aspects in this edition than other Fate games. We cut down the
number of phases to three—a significant adventure, and two guest appearances.
We found that it’s easier to come up with five good aspects than seven or ten.
And because there are game aspects and you can make situation aspects, you
shouldn’t be short of things to invoke or compel!
• If your game is going to use a lot of extras, or you have specific elements in your
game that you want every character to describe with aspects (such as species
or nationality), you can raise the number of aspect slots. We don’t recommend
going higher than seven character aspects—after that, we’ve noticed that many
of them don’t tend to pull their weight in play.
• If you’ve played The Dresden Files RPG, you know that we use skill columns for
that instead of the pyramid. In this build of Fate, we wanted character creation
to be as quick and accessible as possible, so we went with a Great (+4) pyramid
as standard. If you want to use the columns, go ahead—you get 20 skill points.
The skill column didn’t completely go away. It’s just reserved for advancement
(p. 258).
• 3 refresh, and 3 free stunts. Stress boxes work exactly like The Dresden Files RPG.

• In other Fate games, free invocations were called “tagging.” We thought this was
one bit of jargon too many. You can still call it that if you want—whatever helps
you and your table understand the rule.
• You might have seen player-driven compels referred to as “invoking for effect.”
We thought it was clearer to just call it a compel, no matter who initiates it.
• Free invocations now stack with a regular one or stack together with other free
invocations on the same aspect. Further, an aspect can hold more than one free
invoke at a time.
• Invoking an aspect attached to another character gives them a fate point at the
end of the scene.
• Compels are subdivided into two specific types: decisions and events. This isn’t
a change in how compels work, so much as a clarification, but it’s worth noting.
• Scene aspects have been renamed to situation aspects, to clear up some confusion
over how flexibly they can be applied.

Actions and Stuff
• The list of actions has been greatly reduced from previous Fate games down to
four: overcome, create an advantage, attack, and defend. Movement is now a
function of the overcome action, create an advantage subsumes assess/declare/
maneuver from previous games under one banner, and blocks can be handled a
number of different ways.
• The game is no longer based on a binary pass/fail. Now there are four outcomes:
fail or succeed at cost, tie (succeed at minor cost), succeed, and succeed with
style. Each outcome now has a mechanical or story-driven effect, based on what
action it’s attached to. Succeeding with style is basically taking spin from previous versions of Fate and applying it across the board.
• Challenges and contests have been greatly simplified and redesigned.
• Zone borders have been replaced by the use of situation aspects to determine if
it’s even worth rolling for movement. Moving one zone with an action is always
free if there’s nothing in the way.
• On that note, supplemental actions and skill modifiers are completely removed
from the system. Either something is interesting enough to roll for, or it isn’t.
• Teaming up is greatly simplified from previous games—everyone who has at
least an Average (+1) at the same skill adds +1 to the person with the highest
skill level.

Scenario Creation
• The advice is way better.

• These exist. Whereas each previous Fate game had a specific way of dealing with
powers and gadgets and stuff, now there are a variety of options for you to choose
from (as befits the toolkit nature of the system).


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