|"Pierrot and Cat" by Aubrey Beardsley|
Based on the scenario I recently ran at JonCon '13, what follows is a revised set of guidelines for playing Kerberos Club using FATE Accelerated Edition. The framework described here reduces the extremely crunchy power customization methodology used in Kerberos Club (FATE Edition), with a higher-trust, lighter rules framework more in the spirit of FAE.
Aspects: One for High Concept, one for Trouble, one related to Social Class, and two others.
Approaches: Players select one +1, two +2, two +3, and one +4.
Stunts: Powers are taken in the place of Stunts, but Stunts may also be used if the players and GM prefer to include them.
Base Refresh: 3
Powers combine aspects of Approaches and Stunts, and are similar to Extras in FATE Core.
The following are guidelines for building Powers:
- Kerberans have one or more Powers; each power is linked to a specific Approach. For example, a Clairvoyance power would probably be linked to the Careful Approach, and Weird Inventor to the Clever Approach.
- Each Power must be tied to a specific, relevant Aspect. For example, the Clairvoyance Approach Power might be linked to the Aspect All-Seeing Eye of Ra. This Aspect might represent a powerful artifact or relic that is the source of the Approach Power.
- Powers are designed free-form, just as Stunts normally are.Examples include:
A Power called "Clairvoyance" gives a PC the ability to remotely view objects for a number of zones equal to the effort rolled. In contrast, a power called "Firestarter" does stress damage equal to the effort rolled, minus any defensive effort rolled by an opponent.
- The first Power is free.
- Each additional Power after the first free one costs a point of Refresh.
- A Power may be broadened to include a second Approach at the cost of an additional point of Refresh. If you have a Power with two Approaches, you may describe two possible actions, roll for each Approach, and take the better roll and its corresponding action as the result.
- Each character must have at least 1 Refresh available at the end of character generation
- To use a Power, a player rolls 3DF + 1D6 + Approach Rating.
- Using a Power counts as a PC's full action.
- Players may spend 1 Fate Point substitute an additional 1D6 in place of another 1DF in their roll for ONE ACTION. This would make the roll to use the Power: 2DF +2D6 + Approach Rating.
- Players may spend 1 Fate Point to add an Additional Approach to the power's portfolio for ONE SCENE.