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Strands of Fate 2nd Edition

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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.



Strands of Fate 2nd Edition is a stand-alone version of the Fate game system designed 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…

  • Complete Rules – This book is fully self-contained, and privides all the rules and advice 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 – Special rules and options packages tailered to promote and highlight what makes certain genres unique. This book contains guidelines for creating your own Strands, as well as four sample Strands you can use right out of the box, alter to suit your needs, or use as examples for creating your own. They are:
    • Strands of Cthulhu – In which desperate investigators risk their sanity to oppose 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 grizzled action hero, a folk hero who rises to the occasion, a mutant psychic, a crusty old wizard, a crazed cultist, an ancient vampire 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 – A new system of 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 game's 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.

Augmented PDF!

The digital PDF version of this book 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 designed to speed up navigation on a digital device. The tabs along the side of each page are linked to the start of each chapter, and a "Contents" link at the bottom of each page will allow you to quickly jump back to the fully linked Contents page.

 

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Joseph H May 30, 2022 8:40 pm UTC
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Just bought this, I noticed that there is mention of creating player races but no mention of how to do so. This is an oversight to be sure, but I'm used to making species in Traveller from bits of other species or using example species to balance new ones, so not a fatal flaw to me.

However, I do recommend putting out a freebie PDF, one page tops, with details on how to do this. Given that this game is also a bridge between purely narrative RPGs like Fate Core and RPGs with a more direct "world simulation" style of ruleset, I would also recommend creating a GM screen PDF, downloadable reference sheet, etc.

This is still an excellent system, and it genuinely has gotten me excited to run games again after a short and intense period of burnout. A worthy successor to the original, for sure.
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Chris W April 27, 2022 6:21 pm UTC
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Is there a Form-Fillable character sheet available?
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Joseph H December 07, 2020 8:43 pm UTC
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Does this edition still have the control metapower? I loved that the version in SoF V1 managed to accomplish most of what Mage the Ascension did in basically 2-4 pages (3-5 if you count the "Sorcerer" power package in Strands of Power).
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Mike M December 07, 2020 10:13 pm UTC
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Indeed it does, but it's revised to be a bit tighter and has a few more options.
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Chris M October 17, 2020 2:40 am UTC
The page count for the new 2nd Edition of SoF is 228 pages yet the 1st version of SoF is 501 pages and the SoP book is 338 pages. So that's 228 vs 839 pages. I only bring this up as that seems like Allot of content to cut out for the new editions page count.

Is the new edition a complete RPG? Is it tighter more condensed layout?
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Mike M December 07, 2020 10:20 pm UTC
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Tighter layout and page size are the biggest factors, as well as cleaner presentation. SoF2 also doesn't include the Organization, Vehicle and Large Scale Conflict rules from SoF1, which we decided to cut in favor of focussing on more important/popular elements and to keep the book at a more manageable size.
That said, those systems port to SoF2 rather easily if you already have them from SoF1.
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Joseph H August 16, 2020 9:34 am UTC
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Does this version of the system have a proper bestiary? I had trouble running 1E because I had to make all the opposition myself.
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Ryan F September 12, 2020 7:57 am UTC
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It has a small bestiary, not complete at all but its a start and gives you a solid set of examples so that it is pretty simple to create new creatures and threats.
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Jonathan L February 01, 2019 8:11 pm UTC
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I already own Strands of Fate 1e. What does we bring to the table in comparison?
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Conor J June 26, 2020 10:19 am UTC
+1 to this question please
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Dillard R January 22, 2019 4:38 pm UTC
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There seems to be a disconnect between pg 16 and 27 when describing perks and skills. Page 27 seems to indicate that CPL adjusts the number of perks a PC has and that CEL effects the number of skills a PC has. Yet the table on pg 16 shows CEL controls both perks and skills. I think page 27 is correct and page 16 table needs to be adjusted.
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Ryan F March 04, 2019 2:21 am UTC
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Sorry for late reply and I am sure you have by now figured this out already. CPL simply limits the power available Perks to choose from while CEL shows how many perks and skills you should have on your character at that level. So let’s say you have a new character starting at Adept. They get 21 skills and 3 perks. Now if the power level is heroic, they can choose grounded or heroic perks. If the power level was Mythic, they could select from grounded, heroic, paragon, and Mythic perks (but not legendary).
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William K January 09, 2019 12:15 am UTC
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Is the print version color?
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Mike M January 09, 2019 12:23 am UTC
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Yes. It is available in both color and b/w.
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Mike M January 03, 2019 4:23 pm UTC
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The print version is available now! If you purchased the PDF before I posted this on Jan 3rd 2019, you should have gotten an email with links to purchase the print version at a discount. If not, it's because you've set your DTRPG account to be unable to receive messages.

In that case:

First, consider allowing publishers to reach out to you. We often send out notifications of sales and discounts.

Second, check your spam/trash folder. GMail especially likes to send these things to spam.

Third, if you purchased the PDF before Jan 3rd 2019, and you didn't receive an email with a discount, contact Void Star Studios at customerservice@voidstarstudios.com. Be sure to include the order number from the email you received from DTRPG when you ordered the PDF.
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Gary F December 24, 2018 10:07 pm UTC
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Any news on the print version?
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Mike M December 25, 2018 12:01 am UTC
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We’ve received the latest print proofs for the softcover versions. They look good. The hardcover version should arrive in the next day or so, and should be the same. So if all goes well, print versions should be available before the New Year!
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Mike M January 03, 2019 4:22 pm UTC
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Available now! If you purchased the PDF before I posted this on Jan 3rd 2019, you should have gotten an email with links to purchase the print version at a discount. If not, it's because you've set your DTRPG account to be unable to receive messages.

In that case:

First, consider allowing publishers to reach out to you. We often send out notifications of sales and discounts.

Second, check your spam/trash folder. GMail especially likes to send these things to spam.

Third, if you purchased the PDF before Jan 3rd 2019, and you didn't receive an email with a discount, contact Void Star Studios at customerservice@voidstarstudios.com. Be sure to include the order number from the email you received from DTRPG when you ordered the PDF.
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Ryan F November 26, 2018 2:09 am UTC
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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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Jonathan S November 21, 2018 8:33 pm UTC
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When will the physical copy be available?
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Mike M November 21, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
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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
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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
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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
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The last few pages of the PDF are character sheets.
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Ben M 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
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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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J. W January 03, 2019 11:11 pm UTC
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+1 on this question, please.
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