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As an example of what you can do with Stunts and Aspects, here's my character for the upcoming DG Game Night
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Received a very great question this morning, and one that is a common problem for people new to the Fate system and games based on Fate.

"Hi,
I have greatly enjoyed reading the DH corebook (hilarious writing!) and running a first game. The group liked it as well, and we plan to have further DH meets (with me skyping in, oh dear). I hope we'll get the hang of the aspect system soon -- while we all like the narrative-focused ruleset, it takes some getting used to coming from SR5 and similarly simulationist systems. (Or, in my case, GMing the Cypher System is a lot easier as you only have to come up with a number per thing, not a narrative justification. ;))

Do you have a release schedule for the Player's Guide, though? So far, I've been pointing my players to the Fate Core and FAE website, but they are not a perfect fit.

Thank you, cheers"

I've responded with the following:

"I don't have a set schedule for the Player's Guide yet. I just haven't had time to sit down and write it. Most of it is ready, I just have to write out how to use it all and such.

But there's not too much more regarding how to write Aspects. There's so many resources out there for Fate on writing aspects that we just didn't feel like it was justified to reinvent the wheel.

I've been telling my D&D players that Aspects are kind of worded like the names of Feats or Prestige Classes. Add a couple of descriptors and you can get it.

Here's a video that's decent on writing aspects:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXxtsx8jkZs

Again not totally applicable since we don't have compels, but they work the same basically.

Here's a couple of links to lists of Aspects to help get the brain going:
http://faterpg.forumotion.com/t7-big-list-of-aspects
https://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/Aspects_List

Here's a great article on Misconceptions and Aspects:
http://ryanmacklin.com/…/fate-misconceptions-and-aspect-sp…/

And we may include some of these tips for writing aspects in the Player's Guide. I got the author's permission:
https://plus.google.com/+RobertHanz/posts/RiPHDaSa6Yg

That ought to get you going. What we're doing in the Player's Guide is providing a random generation table for the Concept Aspect. There's also going to be a giant list of Archetypes with pre-set Approach and Discipline allocations.

From there we'll talk about what makes a Trouble Aspect, and then you're kind of on your own for the others, and we'll point to resources like the ones above.
Hope this helps."


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Wait there is going to be a players guide? Fuck yeah!
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+Mike Olson Wrote up a blog post about hacking Faith Corps for use in Star Wars. Check it out. Has a REALLY great option about using predetermined conditions, and I think that idea could be SUPER helpful for Demon Hunters games as well.
Event pre-reg for this year's installment of Gamex opens tomorrow at noon, and one of the games I'll be running there is a highly anticipated (by me) Faith Corps treatment of Star Wars Rebels. Your first question may be, "Mik...
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So, someone's running a Demon Hunters game, "The Search for Slenderman" at Padercon 2016 in Germany! http://www.padercon.de/
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Programm. Das Programm der Padercon steht soweit noch nicht richtig fest. Auf jeden Fall wird es folgendes geben: Rollenspielrunden ausgerichtet von Die Rollenspielergilde e.V. und allen Freiwilligen, die Runden leiten möchten. Interessierte SL, benutzt bitte dieses Formular .
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I've participated in the game. We had a good time :D
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We'll be reviewing the adventure creation system and begin plotting our Gen Con session. Additionally we'll review any rules questions.
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[Faith Corps] Star Wars: Long-Lasting Conditions
You wouldn't like Ezra when he's angry. Unless you're playing him.  Last time I talked about mild conditions, and how I'm using them in this hack of Faith Corps to emulate Star Wars Rebels . That's great and all, but Faith Corps characters also have moderat...
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Going to try pre-determined conditions for my players. I'm having them come up with conditions to choose from, particularly for Mild and Moderate. I've asked them to choose or invent 5 Mild conditions, and 4 Moderate, and then gave some examples of Severe. Thanks to +Mike Olson & +Cam Banks for the ideas.  There's lots more of course, but here's a list I came up with:

Mild Conditions (These typically go away at the end of a scene or conflict)

Afraid
Angry
Enraged
Tired
Horny
Winded
Bruised
Panicked
Disoriented
Distracted
Thirsty
Embarrassed
Sad
Shaken up
Antagonized
Confused
Nauseated
Sickened
Insecure
Temporarily Blinded
Temporarily Deafened
Nervous
Irritated
Flustered
Protective of _________
Impatient
Overconfident
Doubtful

Moderate Conditions (These will typically stick around the entire session)

Fevered
Sprained
Exhausted
Hungry
Dehydrated
Bleeding
Stung
Obsessed
Humiliated
Depressed
Drunk
High
Blinded
Deafened
Hopeless
Burned

Severe Conditions (These may take a few sessions to deal with)

Injured
Broken
Staggered
Wounded
Ravenous
Paralyzed
Blind
Deaf
Disabled
Defamed
Outed
Badly burned
Petrified
Poisoned
Infected
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Don good job on the conditions, we Demon Masters thank ye. Mayest thou haveth waffles in thyne future.
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Hey everyone, we could really use more reviews and what not on our awesome game. Like any small publishing, it's hard to get the attention we want. The more we talk about it, the more we help others become aware.

You can review at Drivethrurpg.com, Paizo.com, RPG.net, or just on your own personal blog or whatever you got going on. Spread the word!
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Will see what I can do, will serve as a good chance to go over a few things before I write up a few mission outlines.
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Going to Gen Con? You want a free 4-day GM pass? I'm looking for 1 more GM. Commitment is running 3 games. Ping me.
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DG Game Night tonight! 6:30pm Pacific. +Jeremy Spray is DMing!
 
DG Game Night is where a few of the DG, a Demon Hunters Comic Patreon backer or a Kickstarter Backer (or both), and you the audience get together to play the Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors RPG.

This episode we have a guest DM, Jeremy Spray! You might recognize him as Grellnok Skullsplitter from the JourneyQuest series.

What is Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors? This is the roleplaying game where the world is our world with one caveat. Every religion, every tradition, every urban legend, every creepy monster story... it's all true. The world is filled with dark terrors that want to eat you. Good thing there's a secret organization that's existed for thousands of years to fight the horrors of the night: The Brotherhood of the Celestial Torch, aka, "Demon Hunters". As players in this game, you play a team of Demon Hunters fighting the ridiculous evil to protect the so-called innocent. A kind of "Agents of Shield" meets "Supernatural", with the comedy of "Army of Darkness" or "Ghostbusters".

If you want to buy a copy, you can head over to:
www.demonhuntersrpg.com

There's also downloads, including character sheets, links to other episodes of DG Game Night, and all our Demon Hunters videos.
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I caught most of the Live stream and I do not regret getting out of the shop early to catch it. Best show so far! Jeremy DM's very well.
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If you're struggling with coming up with Aspects, this video is fairly helpful. Now of course this is for Fate, so it's not 100% translatable. For example, we don't have Compels in our game. But the bit about writing good aspects is helpful. That section starts around 06:30
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Really great post about writing good aspects. Worth the read.
 
Rob's Guide to Writing Good Aspects:

(This seems to be one of the recurring things people, especially new people, have problems with, so I thought I'd toss my ideas in the ring as well.  Please feel free to tell me if there areas that this could be improved in, or are flat out wrong)

Poor aspects
Lots of people new to Fate think of aspects in terms of defining what their characters can do, as Merits/Feats/Advantages work in other systems.

Try not to think of aspects in this way, it tends to create poor aspects.  Instead, the best overall view of aspects is "what would I want to see in a story about this character?"

Specifically, things that can be handled with skills or stunts should be handled as skills or stunts.  You don't need a Good Shot aspect to hit people with a gun - that's what the Shoot skill is for.  And if you want to be a great sniper, an appropriate stunt will do the job much better than an aspect will.

On the other hand, The White Death http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4 is pretty darn interesting, and the story of what happens to him after, or during, the war would be pretty interesting.  It also covers a few other mechanical areas that simply Good Sniper doesn't.

Now, what a good aspect is becomes a bit harder to define, especially without a solid understanding of what aspects do.  Don't worry, I'm not going to dive too hard into the mechanics here, as my goal is to make these ideas understandable with as little game jargon as possible.

What do aspects do?
To write a good aspect, it's fundamentally important that you understand what they do in game.  While this may depend on a number of things, aspects on character typically do one or more of five things:

1) Grant permission
2) Make you awesome doing some things
3) Hinder you in some circumstances
4) Complicate your life
5) Create setting

We'll cover each of these, and why they're important.

Grant permission

One of the common uses of aspects is to "grant permission" to do certain things that the majority of people can't do.  This is probably the vaguest of the four uses of character aspects, so I'll try to clarify with some examples.

Most people can't use magic, but a Wizard Private Eye can.
Most people can't use the Force, but The Last Jedi sure can.
Most people can't go into the palace and talk to the king, but The Brother of the King sure can.
Most people can't find the assassin's guild, and certainly can't get in, but An Assassin in Good Standing can.

As you can see, a lot of times a 'grant permission' aspect follows the formula "Most people can't <blank>, but <aspect> can".

If you've got an aspect in mind, think of whether or not it gives you any kind of permissions.  If not, that's fine - not all aspects do.

Make you awesome doing some things

The most common use of an aspect is probably to make you more awesome doing things.  When coming up with an aspect, try to think of things that your character might fail at if the aspect weren't true.

"My character might have missed that shot, but The White Death doesn't miss."
"I may not have been able to defeat those stormtroopers had it not been for My Wookiie Copilot"
"I may not have been able to jump out of that carbonite trap had I not been The Last Jedi"
"They may have seen me try to sneak by, except for the fact that I'm One With the Shadows"
"I may not have been able to do what I want, but I'm a master of White Russian Diplomacy"

Hinder you in some circumstances

This is the exact opposite of the previous section.  Aspects under this category can cause failure when otherwise you may have succeeded.

Now, this is probably an odd concept.  Why in the world would you want to do this?

Aspects are triggered by Fate Points.  Each scene, the GM gets a Fate Point for each character.  If the GM chooses to use one against you on one of your aspects, you get that Fate Point at the end of the scene.

If the GM uses them on one of the NPC's aspects, you don't get them.

Now, rest assured that the GM will use his Fate Point budget on each scene.  It's just going to happen.  The only question is whether or not you get those Fate Points, one of your fellow PCs gets them, or if they just vanish into thin air.

That said, the template for "bad" aspect use is almost exactly like the "good" ones, so you can think of them in almost the same way.

"I probably would have talked the official into doing things my way, except that I'm obviously not trustworthy since I'm One With the Shadows"

"I would have been able to grab onto that ledge, except my Bionic Hand froze up"

"I would have been able to jump out of the trap, had it not been for my Lame Leg"

Complicate your life

And here's another one where it seems aspects are negative.  And the reason for why you want these is exactly the same - to get delicious, delicious Fate Points.

Occasionally, the GM can decide to complicate your life by using one of your aspects.  If you're The Last Jedi, then there are probably people hunting you down, and they very well might barge in on you at the most inopportune moments.  And when that does, the GM hands you a Fate Point (don't worry, there are ways to stop this from happening, but that's beyond the scope of this document).

Even without the Fate Point, wouldn't you be better off without these complications?  Well... think about it.  It's the GM's job to complicate your life.  It's what they do, or games would get really dull, really quickly.

So to see if this applies to your character, try and see if there are ways that this will complicate your life.  This is a bit different than the previous set of ideas, though, in that these situations aren't about directly helping or harming you at a task, rather they're about story-level complications.

For instance:
"Hunting down the bounty hunter got a lot tougher when a bunch of Imperials ambushed me since I'm The Last Jedi"
"It gets tough to work in this town, since the cops like to hassle the only known Wizard Private Eye"
"Man, I keep creating trouble for myself since I'm a Known Troublemaker"
"People keep trying to kidnap me since I'm The Brother of the King"

Creating Setting

This is probably the least important use of aspects, but it's still worth noting.  Since with an aspect, you declare something as true about your character, this is a good way to make things exist in the world because you want them there.

If you're a Guild Assassin in Good Standing, well, then, there must be an Assassin's Guild.

These are the types of things that your GM may veto, though, so keep that in mind.  But a lot of playing Fate is taking the ideas from everyone at the whole table and making an awesome story, so your GM should work with most reasonable ideas like this.

Actually making your aspect

Okay, now we've talked about what aspects can do for you.  How do you make one?

Lots of things can make good aspects - specific items, relationships with people or organizations, internal aspects of your personality, goals, or even catchphrases.  Someone who's Got a Bad Feeling About This is probably going to be right about those feelings at least some of the time!

So think of something that you think is interesting about your character, something you'd want to show up in a story about them.

Now, go through that list of how aspects are used, and see how many ways that you can think of to use that aspect.  The more, the better!  If you can think of at least three ways, you're in the right area.  If some of those help you, and some of those hinder you, you're on to something good.

Go broad in your aspects, not specific.  If you choose a relationship, consider a relationship that has a lot of implications.  _Brother of the King_ lets some things happen, but Exiled Half-Brother of the Tyrant King says a lot more!  For non-relationships, think of phrases that have both flavor as well as multiple connotations - Mrs Fixit has some obvious uses, but Monkey Wrench (one of my favorite all-time aspects) can be used all over the place - whether with hitting things with a literal monkey wrench, fixing things, or causing or being the recipient of a metaphorical "monkey wrench in the works".

Lastly, think of aspects with flavor.  Think of things that make you excited about the character, and show the character's personality.  _Troubled Life_ is kind of blah.  _Penchant for Trouble_ is a little better, but "I've Got a Bad Feeling About This" says a lot about the character.

And mostly, have fun.  This ain't rocket surgery. It's a game, and it's supposed to be a fun one.  And no decision you make is super-permanent - the vast majority of your aspects can be swapped out on a regular basis, so as you get a better feel for what is and is not coming into play on a regular basis, you can adjust your aspects so that they become more useful to you, or to reflect character development.
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