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Fateful Concepts: Character Aspects is a collection of four articles about character aspects in Fate Core and Fate Accelerated:

Why Five Aspects? Unpacking the Aspect Economy

This article discusses the evolution of the aspect economy through different versions of Fate and the design philosophy behind the number of character aspects in Fate Core, all while exposing the underlying framework of Fate’s aspect economy.

Decoupling Phases and Aspects

Most Fate games link the phases and aspects together. This article shows the power in decoupling that connection and how decoupling can ease creative fatigue. It’s also a foundation for the following essays.

Aspect Slots

A concept that is briefly mentioned in Fate Core, aspect slots are a method of focusing character creation. This essay shows how to build an aspect slot list and touches upon swapping out slots as part of advancement.

Casting: High Concept and Trouble Menus

The final essay in this collection uses the idea of explicitly defined menus to make character creation quicker, imply a variety of setting elements without the need for detailed exposition, and foster creativity through choosing combinations rather than trying to make something up without strong constraints.

This is a must-read for Fate GMs and anyone creating Fate Core and Fate Accelerated games for publication!

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October 17th, 2014
This quick read gives a good history of the aspects and how they have been tweaked to make the game better. It goes on to give very good advice about how to modify them for your particular game or group of players. [...]
July 23rd, 2014
You know the material is going to be top-notch because Ryan was one of the lead developers on the Fate Core system. And he doesn't disappoint. The information is clear and concise and has given us some great insight as we develop our own Dawning Star [...]
June 3rd, 2014
Ryan does a great job of breaking down how aspects have evolved in the past decade, and several alternate methods of choosing your character's aspects. It's a rare look into the designer's brain and the mindset that went into refreshing the heart of Fa [...]
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