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So, in running Fate for my son and some friends (FAE in the world of 13th Age), I discovered the biggest stumbling block my group has. It isn't the funny dice, or how the Fate Point economy works, or just what the heck an aspect is. The greatest block I've found is summed up thusly:

Player: "Uh... I don't know what I can do in this situation."
GM: "Well, you can try anything, if it fits with your aspects and your approaches."
Player: "Wait... Anything? Anything at all?"
GM: "Sure."
Player: "I don't know what part of anything I can do in this situation!"

I suspect that, in part, I'm not presenting clear enough options in the situations I describe. But, still, it's not like my players are unfamiliar with D&D-style fantasy tropes.

Has anyone else encountered this problem, and how did you approach it?
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With player's new to RPG's in general I like to help them through whatever character creation there is with a off-the-cuff series of hytpothetical situations and ask them what their character would do.
I find this is a great approach to creating FATE PCs and use it when building my own. It fleshes out the aspects on the page to more complete concepts, bigger than the short phrase that is just there to remind.
Also, In any game I run I implement a psuedo-stunt idea: If you have an idea for doing something that you think is cool, ask. If I like it i might give you a bonus. If not I'll tell you generally how good an idea their PC thinks it is.
I don't like the whole "ten minute absurd choreography description... bonus pls." interaction. but i do like this.
Fate is awesome here cause I always feel like the economy allows the player to create a reason why their crazy idea might work. Then the GM can reward or punish that idea with whatever mechanics he sees fit and in the most dramatic way.
So I guess all that to say "think of something crazy, cool or funny, then either throw it out and sell it and ride the tide or ask nicely and make the call how crazy you want to be when you get feedback."
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I wish to express my condolences to all those whose heterosexual marriages disintegrated today, upon the announcement of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Wait, no one's marriage failed because same sex marriage is now legally recognized in all 50 states?

Huh. Who would have expected it?
Discover how the high court concluded that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.
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their tears are delicious.  They nourish me.
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Today on Drinking from the Cup of Life, I talk about the gods not being very good role models for human behavior, and what to do about that.
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Today at 4 PDT, I'll be chatting with authors from Strange Appetites, an anthology of erotic tales of hunger and obsession by ForbiddenFiction.com http://tinyurl.com/mqge9kf
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I recently received a box full of legacy. Our dead do not forget us, ask them and they will tell you stories.
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Of course, the really important part of today's SCOTUS ruling is that Carlos and Cecil can totally get married!
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I have a new blog post up, about Dionysos, revolution, and protest.
Let me be clear. There can be no "business as usual" until justice is restored. Those who rule this land--the few, the obscenely wealthy, the kingmakers whose cash buys elections and appointments--...
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There is No Natural Justice

Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson returned its decision to not prosecute Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Justice is not served.

I’m not really surprised. Justice hasn’t been served in this since long before Officer Wilson shot Mr. Brown. Long, long before...
Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson returned its decision to not prosecute Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Justice is not served. I'm not really surprised. Justice...
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New on Drinking From the Cup of Life: A short post on how the gods have helped me in my life.
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New on Drinking From the Cup of Life: I ruminate on the nature of worship.
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