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Rules of thumb for NPC opponent groups

Probably most people here know that the awesome Critical Hit podcast has been doing a series of episodes using Fate Accelerated in a superheroes setting. If not, I highly recommend it. It's a great listen by great group of gamers who've been podcasting for more than 5 years together.

One question that came up during the last episode was how to design NPC opponent groups for conflicts. The Fate Core book has some OK suggestions, but I was wondering if other people have good rules of thumb for setting up a opponent group.

My basic one is "about as much stress on the opponents as there is in the party." So 4 players = 12 stress = ~12 one-stress nameless mooks (maybe organized into mobs) or 1 supporting NPC + ~8-9 mooks.

I try to vary that up and down depending on how hard I want the conflict to be for the party.

What's your rule of thumb?
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Let's say I have a single NPC and two PCs in a conflict in a fantasy setting.

The NPC tries a create-an-advantage action to set the room on fire.

Can both PCs actively oppose the action? Does the NPC have to beat both of their rolls to win?

Similarly, if the NPC tried to put out an existing fire as an overcome action, can both PCs actively oppose?

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Well the reason i say it is implied is because mobs are treated as one character. If mobs are simply an application of teamwork then teamwork means you act as one.
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I'm happy to say I'll be working with +Tantek Çelik , +Arnaud Le Hors +Harry Halpin and Mark Crawford on the upcoming W3C Social Web Working Group.

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Per the announcement, we'll be defining three standards.

1. A serialization for social data. This will likely be Activity Streams 2.0 or some future version.

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3. A server-to-server protocol for sharing data between social networks.

I'm very excited about this Working Group and I hope people who are concerned about free and open social networks will help make it a success.
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