I got the itch to re-start Kerberos Fate, moving to the next generation, and got enthusiastic buy in. This left the question of system, and it turns out Atomic Robo is just about a perfect fit. Yay!
There are some bumps, of course, such as the question of the Science skill, but the one currently bugging me is:
One of my players has created Dr. Alexander Zachery, who creates people. Beings, constructs -- call them what you will. He's a better parent than Frankenstein, helping those who stay with him, keeping in touch with those who don't, and desperately hoping his first born, a revolutionary, doesn't do anything too horrid...
So, his Modes are: Natural Philosophy (basically rechromed Science) and Banter, both of which are fine, and Perfect Physical Specimen, which he defines as "I have one Child who's usually with me, and these are the skill bumps I get when he's there. Without him around, these are my much lower (and in more than one case 0) skill values".
I don't like his sacrificing a Mode for this, particularly as a) the idea was that some of his Children would drift in and out of his life, and they aren't all identical, b) I'm going to play the Child, at least assuming Dr. Alexander is in the scene, which means the player is paying for something he doesn't control as if it were something he did control, and after all, he's intending the Children to be a motherlode of plot hooks, and c) there's got to be a better way to do this.
The Minion Rules from Fate Core -- minions, mobs, and so on -- those still apply to Atomic Robo, correct? It is a Fate Core game, or so says its cover.
He doesn't want to use the Hardware Stunt, as this boosts, but does not grant, skills. Without his Child, his Physique, Combat, and Athletics are all 0. The Child has, if I'm calculating correctly, Physique 4, Combat 2, Athletics 3, and Notice 2 (which he has as boosting the PC's Notice from 3 to 4 when the Child's around).
How would Atomic Robo handle that sort of thing? You know, like if an Action Biologist PC joined and the player wanted to have him have built a sidekick like that?