So after I finally got my act together, a few of us made characters and played the first session of the Dresden Files Accelerated Edition playtest. I’ll write more about that later, but today I want to deal with a comment one of the players made on the G+…
Tabletop gaming -- Fate and why I love it
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- Personally, I'm talking about Fate Core and Fate System Toolkit, not Dresden Files. That might actually be written very differently for all I know.Oct 25, 2015
- "Fate is designed to be added to"
Every system is designed to be added to, and that's totally fine.
No, we're not debating rules light vs. rules heavy. We're debating completeness vs. incompleteness.
TL;DR version of my argument is that completeness doesn't have to mean a huge amount of rules. Yahtzee is a complete game, and you can put the rules on a sticky note if you have to.
About 50% of the Fate Core book, and the entirety of the Fate System Toolkit cover what's missing from Fate, and yet they call the system complete.
Note that a Fate Core build such as the Dresden Files may very well be a complete system... but Fate Core isn't.
I don't know if that makes much sense, but it's late... perhaps I can explain better tomorrow :)Oct 25, 2015
- I think I get it - but now we risk discussing complete vs not complete systems and I've run out of energy for that.
I haven't checked out the Toolkit which means we might be talking oranges and (at best) mandarines. Also since I read DFRPG first and then Fate, it's likely my take on Fate is influenced by what I already knew (was possible) from reading the DF rules.
Either way I like it and any gaps there may be have served me as a springboard and not an obstacle. I am not requiring that everyone else like it. :)Oct 25, 2015
- No, that's all understandable and I can agree with it. I like Fate, too, for what it is.Oct 26, 2015
- The overwritten complaint is a matter of taste, IMO. When we do it in fewer words, we get other complaints, a mirror image of the overwritten ones. These are the words we needed to use. If they don't suit you, it's an open license. :)Oct 27, 2015
- I will maintain my love of overwritten. In my support I point anyone to the Gormenghast books, which are the best example of overwritten-good that I can think of (aside from Pynchon, which tends to be a bit dense for most folks).
If I were a Fate character, one of my aspects would be WHY USE 2 WORDS WHEN 200 WILL DO?Oct 27, 2015
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