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Strands of Fate 2nd Edition


The wizard’s staff hums with the power of an unleashed spell.

The assassin’s cybernetic arm ejects a hidden blade.

The super-powered defender of New York melts the robots to slag with his heat vision.

The intrepid investigator stands firm against the mind wrenching eldritch horror before him.

Those who purchase this PDF prior to the release of the print version will receive a discount coupon for the print version when it becomes available.

Cleaner, clearer and more concise, Strands of Fate 2nd Edition continues down the path set forth by the original Strands of Fate; providing a stand-alone set of core rules for using the Fate game system to tell exciting stories of action, adventure, horror and intrigue across an infinite variety of time periods and genres.

Strands of Fate 2nd Edition contains…

  • Core Rules – This book is fully self-contained, and contains all the rules you need for making characters and playing the game.
  • Aspects – Full rules for the creation and use of Aspects, the popular narrative mechanic that has defined the Fate game system since its inception.
  • Strands– There are guidelines for creating them, as well as four sample Strands you can use as written, alter to suit your needs, or use as examples when creating your own. These include:
    • Strands of Cthulhu – In which desperate investigators confront the minions of the Elder Gods.
    • Strands of Fantasy – In which bold adventurers fight against savage and ancient evils for honor and treasure.
    • Strands of Valor – In which heroes imbued with super powers stand against tyranny and annihilation.
    • Strands of Neon and Chrome – In which cybernetically enhanced underdogs fight back against the oppressive mega-corporate elite.
  • Perks and Powers – The extraordinary and supernatural advantages that separate your characters from the masses. Whether a mutant psychic, a crusty old wizard, a crazed cultist, an ancient vampire, a cross wielding priest, or a genetically enhanced cyber-soldier, we’ve got you covered. Powers are presented as self-contained special abilities that are defined with Aspects, and further detailed through the application of Limitations and Enhancements.
  • Deviations – An entire chapter is dedicated to providing modular, variant rules that are added to, subtracted from, or used in place of the standard core rules. Deviations serve as a series of dials and switches, which can be used to tune the rules to better suit the story you want to tell.
  • Antagonists – The Game Mastery chapter contains a number of sample NPCs and creature to challenge your PCs with, or to serve as examples when creating your own.

Strands of Fate 2nd Edition is a fully self-contained Fate game, and requires no other supplements for its use. It is built upon the branch of Fate rules originally published in Strands of Fate 1st Edition and later refined in Nova Praxis.

Note: This is an “Augmented” PDF, and was designed with laptops, tablets and smartphones in mind. It is filled with useful links, and features a special layout purpose built to speed up navigation on a digital device.

Print Copies: The print version of this product will be available a few weeks after the PDF’s release. This allows us to capture and correct any errors discovered in the first few weeks after release, and make sure they are corrected in the print version.


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Ryan F November 26, 2018 2:09 am UTC
When do you intend to release the vehicle rules supplement and is it really going to be enough content to justify not including them in the main book?
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November 21, 2018 8:33 pm UTC
When will the physical copy be available?
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Mike M November 21, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Very soon! I placed the order for what should be the final print proofs today. Once they arrive, if they look good, I’ll throw the switch.
So hopefully no more than a couple of weeks, maybe less. Depends on print and ship times.
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Gary F November 04, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
This is a terrific game. It's essentially a crunchier, more codified version of Fate Core. Really smooth mechanics.
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Sebastian G October 30, 2018 3:28 am UTC
Having trouble finding a character sheet for 2e. Am I missing something somewhere?
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Mike M November 21, 2018 10:21 pm UTC
The last few pages of the PDF are character sheets.
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October 20, 2018 5:46 am UTC
Is there a print version in the works?
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Mike M October 20, 2018 12:48 pm UTC
Yes! We’re still collecting errata, but plan to order print proofs in about a week.
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Roger V October 07, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
Will there be a strands of power 2e?
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John B September 27, 2018 12:08 am UTC
I would like to see some reviews from some of you that have purchased this. Please. Based on the short description I can't really see any major reason to get this. What makes Strands of Fate a worthy investment? Is it a superior magic system to the Fate Core ones published by Evil Hat? Are the super powers cooler or more balanced? Is the cyberware and bio-mechanical-enhancements better than what I might find in one of the Fate Core science fiction games? Or is the benefit that Strands of Fate covers a lot of genres under one cover without conflicts, which makes it more ideal for "cross-dimensional" style games, such as a Fate conversion of TORG or RIFTS or similar "reality-mashup" games?
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Ryan F September 28, 2018 5:10 am UTC
The skill pyramid is gone, replaced with a set number of universal attributes (4 physical, 4 mental, 4 social). Areas of exceptional skill are conveyed through perks and aspects. This grows through a very streamlined leveling system, each game gives 1 to 2 Xp. 6 xp = level up. What you get varies but can be a skill increase or a perk (stunt).

It has a level of “crunch” to the combat rules that are more fulfilling then the fate core system. The auto fire rules and beam weapons are great. You get bonuses but check to see if you out of ammo or need to let the weapon cool for example.

I love the advantage / disadvantage system where you re-roll minuses or pluses respectively.

The powers are really well ballanced and clear.

You will need to really read and re-read the Strands section to understand how to “tool box” this version of the rules but it’s an easy read for those familiar with fate.

I really recommend it! I enjoyed fate core but really...See more
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Piotr P September 28, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
Also what might interest Fate gamers: SoF (both editions) is based more on Fate 3.0 than Fate Core and SoF 2e is kinda streamlined version of Nova Praxis.

In addition, SoF 2e provides you with Favor/Disfavor rules similar to Advantage/Disadvantage in D&D 5e which seems like a neat idea; the book gives you plenty of optional/alternative rules as well and suggestions which could be used depending on the genre or type of game you're interested in.
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John B October 28, 2018 1:08 am UTC
Thanks for the excellent description. I think I'm going to snag it while it's on sale now.
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Ryan F September 21, 2018 3:42 am UTC
Excellent use of the FATE system, easily my favorite yet. I plan on continuing an old Fate Core game soon and will definitely be converting over and using these rules.

One issue I have is with the skill modes option. First, it is possible to reach 5 in a skill without a perk. Secondly, you often end up with more ranks total in skills then you should have have for your experience level and the coresponding milestones. Both very easy fixes, let the player choose which points to remove, and skill modes themselves are not required rules.
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John G September 17, 2018 11:36 am UTC
Two questions: is there a printer-friendly version (without the off-white background)? I can see myself having a working notebook of Strands ...

Also, will the POD be digested-sized? That was really helpful with the last edition.

So glad to see this!
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Matt S September 23, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
digest, not digested lol
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John G September 24, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Cursed autocorrect!

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Mike M September 28, 2018 6:46 am UTC
The PDF has layers that allow you to hide the background and art for printing.
And yes, the print version will be a smaller format. If you are familiar with them, it’s the same size we used for the Savage Worlds version of Nova Praxis and Machinations.
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John G September 28, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Thanks Mike. I’m already loving this second edition!
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October 20, 2018 5:47 am UTC
What's the time line on the print version?
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September 15, 2018 4:04 am UTC
Yes!!! Have been waiting for this!
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Tomasz A September 15, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
A very interesting variant of Fate mechanics. A lot of original solutions. Interesting ideas. Good job.
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Piotr P September 16, 2018 10:32 am UTC
Couldn't agree more. Bought it on friday and currently reading through it.
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