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Author Topic: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)  (Read 5334 times)

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Welcome to Fate/Mechanics Test, which is a test of a system Iíve created for running games based on the Fate series, specifically for servants. I created this system with the intent to run a game called Fate/Lost Record, but first I need to see how it works. The system is built for players to play as servants without masters, as experience with various Fate games has made it clear players donít want to play masters, and is currently focussed on the 7 normal classes, though both masters and extra classes could be adapted in with further work. I intend to run some tests of PVP, PVE, group combat, combat against bosses, exploration, role play, and other tests that may appear to be necessary. Please, feel free to try out various things. You can design servants you would want to play in the actual game, ones you are curious about but wouldnít normally play, or simply create servants to mess around with system mechanics, in order to see what the limits are.

The main points of a servant sheet are the Origin, True Name, Class, Traits, Mana, Allignment Parameters, Class Skills, Personal Skills, and Noble Phantasm. For Casters, there are also Spells.

For Origin, True Name, Class, and Alignment, see the sheet format.

Traits
Traits are various identifying factors of a servant, such as gender, nationality, being a member of a specific group, specific ages, if they are human or not,if they have dragon blood, ect. A list of example traits can be found here.

Mana
Mana is a combination of MP and HP. When you are attacked, mana is used up to recover your injuries, and when mana runs out, you begin sustaining injuries. Mana is also used to activate noble phantasms or spells, for casters. The amount of mana you have depends on your mana parameter. You recover 10 mana per action when not in combat.
A: 100
B: 80
C: 60
D: 40
E: 20

Parameters and Class skills can be in various ranks, from E-A, with Parameters being at Minimum E, unless allowed otherwise. Class skills can be reduced to the level of no longer being present. You have 22 points to buy parameters and class skills, with basic levels for class specific class skills given based on class, which can be reduced to increase your total points.

Parameters
You succeed at a roll that falls under a specific parameter if you roll under the number of your parameter. If you succeed, you can roll a second die, and if you roll under your parameter - your first roll, you perform a critical success.

Strength: Used for rolls related to physical power
Endurance: Used for rolls related to constitution and how much physical effort you can expend without tiring.
Agility: Used for rolls related to speedy movement, evasion, and accuracy.
Mana: Used for rolls related to spells and magic resistance. Also determines how much mana you have.
Luck: Used to determine miscellaneous rolls.

Rank-Flat+++
A5101520
B481216
C36912
D2468
E1234

While E is the minimum rank for a parameter, it is still considered to be worth 1 point. For clarity's sake, here is the list of how many points each parameter rank costs.
A: 5
B: 4
C: 3
D: 2
E: 1

Class Skills
The effects of class skills by rank are listed on the following table. Below them is the starting level of each skill based on your class. You can take class skills that are not specifically listed for your class. A skill can boost your parameters more than a skill of that level would normally if it is made more specific. Riding (Horseback) C will provide a greater bonus than Riding C, but only activate when on horseback rather than on any mount.

SkillEDCBA
Magic Resistance+1 to your roll under number for Mana when rolling to resist Debuffs or Spells+2 to your roll under number for Mana when rolling to resist Debuffs or Spells+3 to your roll under number for Mana when rolling to resist Debuffs or Spells+4 to your roll under number for Mana when rolling to resist Debuffs or Spells+5 to your roll under number for Mana when rolling to resist Debuffs or Spells
Independent Action+1 to your roll under number for Endurance when rolling to resist damage.+2 to your roll under number for Endurance when rolling to resist damage.+3 to your roll under number for Endurance when rolling to resist damage.+4 to your roll under number for Endurance when rolling to resist damage.+5 to your roll under number for Endurance when rolling to resist damage.
Battle ContinuationThe first time in each combat your mana reaches 0, gain 5 mana.The first time in each combat your mana reaches 0, gain 10 mana.The first time in each combat your mana reaches 0, gain 15 mana.The first time in each combat your mana reaches 0, gain 20 mana.The first time in each combat your mana reaches 0, gain 25 mana.
Riding+1 for your roll under number for Agility when controlling a vehicle+2 for your roll under number for Agility when controlling a vehicle+3 for your roll under number for Agility when controlling a vehicle+4 for your roll under number for Agility when controlling a vehicle+5 for your roll under number for Agility when controlling a vehicle
Presence Concealment+1 for your roll under number for Agility when rolling to evade an attack. +4 for your roll under number for Luck when rolling to evade detection. When in direct combat, - to Strength and Endurance.+2 for your roll under number for Agility when rolling to evade an attack. +5 for your roll under number for Luck when rolling to evade detection. When in direct combat, - to Strength and Endurance.+3 for your roll under number for Agility when rolling to evade an attack. +6 for your roll under number for Luck when rolling to evade detection. When in direct combat, - to Strength and Endurance.+4 for your roll under number for Agility when rolling to evade an attack. +7 for your roll under number for Luck when rolling to evade detection. When in direct combat, - to Strength and Endurance.+5 for your roll under number for Agility when rolling to evade an attack. +8 for your roll under number for Luck when rolling to evade detection. When in direct combat, - to Strength and Endurance.
Item Construction+1 for your roll under number for Mana when rolling to cast a spell.+2 for your roll under number for Mana when rolling to cast a spell.+3 for your roll under number for Mana when rolling to cast a spell.+4 for your roll under number for Mana when rolling to cast a spell.+5 for your roll under number for Mana when rolling to cast a spell.
Territory CreationWhen not in combat, you can declare one non hostile area. When in that area, you gain 5 mana every action.When not in combat, you can declare one non hostile area. When in that area, you gain 10 mana every action.When not in combat, you can declare one non hostile area. When in that area, you gain 15 mana every action.When not in combat, you can declare one non hostile area. When in that area, you gain 20 mana every action.When not in combat, you can declare one non hostile area. When in that area, you gain 25 mana every action.
Madness Enhancement+4 to your roll under number for Strength, Endurance, and Agility. -4 to your roll under number for Mana and Luck. +20 to your mana. +10 to mana costs.+5 to your roll under number for Strength, Endurance, and Agility. -5 to your roll under number for Mana and Luck. +25 to your mana. +15 to mana costs.+6 to your roll under number for Strength, Endurance, and Agility. -6 to your roll under number for Mana and Luck. +30 to your mana. +20 to mana costs.+7 to your roll under number for Strength, Endurance, and Agility. -7 to your roll under number for Mana and Luck. +35 to your mana. +25 to mana costs.+8 to your roll under number for Strength, Endurance, and Agility. -8 to your roll under number for Mana and Luck. +40 to your mana. +30 to mana costs.

Saber: Magic resist (C), Riding (D)
Archer: Magic resist (D), independent action (C)
Lancer: Magic resist (D), battle continuation (C)
Rider: Magic Resist (D), Riding (C)
Assassin: Presence Concealment (D)
Caster: Item creation (C), Territory creation (D)
Berserker: Madness enhancement (C)

Divinity is also listed in the same section as Class skills, but is not decided by the point buy system, but rather based on the true name of your servant.

RankRequirementEffect
AAvatars of a god or demigods who became deities after death+25 Damage
BPseudo servants of gods, demigods who are very involved with their parents, and Pre-Ptolemaic Pharaohs+20 Damage
CDemigods who are distant from their parent, children of minor gods, figures heavily related to Jesus, and fallen deities.+15 Damage
DDescendants of gods, people who will achieve divinity in the future, children of a god and a monster, figures distantly related with holy figures, and Ptolemaic Pharaohs.+10 Damage
EThose with unrecognized or intentionally reduced divinity+5 Damage

Personal Skills

Personal Skills act as passive, situational boosts to abilities and parameters. They are defined by the player, though balanced by the GM. Personal skills provide an advancement to your parameters in certain situations, such as an increase to strength when fighting enemies of a certain type, or increased agility in a certain terrain. You have 3 personal skills. A skill can boost your parameters more than a skill of that level would normally if it is made more specific. See the example sheets for examples.

Noble Phantasm
For simplicity, all players will have 1 active noble phantasm. Noble phantasm rank is independent of the point buy system. Your noble phantasm is activated by paying mana. Higher ranking noble phantasms are able to have more effects or do more damage, but also cost more mana to use. Noble phantasms are capable of doing a variety of things, such as buffing allies, debuffing enemies, summoning mounts or objects, etc. Something summoned by a noble phantasm will have a mana total acting as HP. This total must be 20 less than the cost of the NP, but further effects can be used to increase the total.

RankCostBonuses
A50+4 Effects or +80 Damage
B40+3 Effects or +60 Damage
C30+2 Effects or +40 Damage
D20+1 Effects or +20 Damage
E101 effect or deal 20 damage

Spells
Spells are essentially minor noble phantasms for Caster class servants. Spells may perform up to 2 effects and use mana to activate. The roll for a spellís successful activation uses a servantís Mana stat.

Rolling
Rolls use a roll under system. After you roll, you can roll a second time using your original roll under number minus your first roll as your new roll under number. If your second roll is also a success, you have rolled a critical success. In contested rolls, whoever rolls the most successes wins. If both parties roll an equal number of successes, the party with the higher remainder succeeds.

IMPORTANT: A huge thanks to Takosher. No matter how much of an insane mess this ends up being when players start to test the system, it would not have gotten far enough to have players mess around with it without your help.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2022, 08:38:30 pm »

Example Sheets and Sheet Format
You may use example sheets for testing.

Spoiler: Saber (click to show/hide)

Spoiler: Archer (click to show/hide)


Spoiler: Rider (click to show/hide)




Spoiler: Sheet Format (click to show/hide)
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2022, 09:48:24 pm »

so how do we create a character.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2022, 10:13:31 pm »

If you donít know the Fate series, what you do is essentially take a literary, historical, or mythical character and figure out skills, artifacts, and such that they have, and use that to build a character. Once you have those figured out, figure out what class they should be in, Saber, Archer, Lancer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, or Berserker. Sabers use swords, Archers use ranged weapons, Lancers use long weapons like spears and pikes, Riders ride things, Casters are magicians, Assassin rely on stealth, and Berserkers are insane. Then figure out the parameters based on their skills from the story, limited by the point buy system, and figure out what abilities and items you want to use for your skills and noble phantasm and what they should do based on their abilities in the story. Use the example sheets as examples and Iíll check it out afterwards and let you know what, if anything, needs to be changed.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2022, 10:22:58 pm »

If you donít know the Fate series, what you do is essentially take a literary, historical, or mythical character and figure out skills, artifacts, and such that they have, and use that to build a character. Once you have those figured out, figure out what class they should be in, Saber, Archer, Lancer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, or Berserker. Sabers use swords, Archers use ranged weapons, Lancers use long weapons like spears and pikes, Riders ride things, Casters are magicians, Assassin rely on stealth, and Berserkers are insane. Then figure out the parameters based on their skills from the story, limited by the point buy system, and figure out what abilities and items you want to use for your skills and noble phantasm and what they should do based on their abilities in the story. Use the example sheets as examples and Iíll check it out afterwards and let you know what, if anything, needs to be changed.

>then figure out the parameters based on their skills from the story, limited by the point buy system,

The point buy system is incredibly unclear and all your example characters seem to fragrantly violate it :V
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2022, 10:29:27 pm »

All example sheets fit within the point buy system, I customized them to make sure of it. Further, the system is pretty simple, one point buys one higher rank in a parameter or class skill.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2022, 11:32:09 pm »

All example sheets fit within the point buy system, I customized them to make sure of it. Further, the system is pretty simple, one point buys one higher rank in a parameter or class skill.

That makes things much more clear, I was counting their personal skills.

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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2022, 11:55:14 pm »

Right, there are a few edits youíd need to make. For instance, a Rank A noble phantasm is able to have 5 effects or deal damage, so you can add more effects, though simply to keep the NP you designed from being completely game breaking, I feel you would also need to add a time limit on how long the effect lasts.

Personal skills are a bit harder to judge, but I have some notes. ď+1 to deceptionĒ would, for instance, be phrased as ď+1 to your roll under number for Luck when rolling to deceiveĒ and, for the ďShards of Promises and LiesĒ skill, given I think the closest comparison is Charisma, it would be phrased something like ď When entering combat, choose X allies. Those allies gain +1 to their roll under number for all rolls until this combat ends as long as it is towards a promise Lawrence made.Ē While itís B rank, given it also gives the deception buff, it wouldnít give the full 4 part members, Iíd personally balance it as ďWhen entering combat, choose 3 allies. Those allies gain +1 to their roll under number for all rolls until this combat ends as long as it is towards a promise Lawrence made. +3 to your roll under number for Luck when rolling to deceive.Ē

Masochistic Constitution C would probably be ď+3 to your roll under number for EnduranceĒ

Dessert Raider A, given itís limitations, would be able to exceed the normal A rank +5, and I feel it would be appropriate at ď+3 to your roll under number for Agility when in the dark. +5 to your roll under number for Agility when in the desert.Ē

What to add or modify to your NP is up to you. For the time limits, Iíd go with 3 actions, or you could do it so it negates a certain type of buff, such as ignoring all endurance and agility buffs when you attack.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2022, 05:54:06 pm »

When creating a Noble Phantasm, are the choices of additional effects and additional damage mutually exclusive (as in a C Rank Noble Phantasm will either grant 3 effects or deal 60 total damage)? Or can you mix-and-match them (so that same Noble Phantasm could instead grant 2 effects and deal 20 damage, or grant 1 effect and deal 40 total damage, et cetera)? The example Noble Phantasm provided for Achilles seems to imply the latter - if I read it correctly, it has three effects and also deals 40 total damage - but I wasn't entirely certain.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2022, 06:18:09 pm »

It is mix and match.
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2022, 07:25:42 pm »


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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2022, 11:26:50 pm »

So I don't keep a close eye on the FG/RP section, mostly hanging out inside the RTD subsection instead, but noticed this in a random glance and um...

In a previous FATE-based game I ran a master, and I liked the character quite a bit but the game died due to low player interest from the other players. (Stirk was the GM for this game, he probably remembers the character pretty well.)

At this moment I don't have a on-standby Servant design, but I could adapt a character from a now-dead game into a Caster type if you need another Servant, though that's not my primary interest right now.

If you are looking for a player for a Master, let me know. I read your OP (including how you don't see many Master players and are thinking of designing a system without any), and I understand that at the moment this is just a systems test, so no pressure. and I wish you good luck.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2022, 11:50:23 pm »

Right, I remember that game, I was playing the Berserker class servant. I was always curious who your servant had been. I was playing Sun Wukong, which in hindsight wasn't a great idea.

Anyway, while I have had thoughts on how the system could be modified to include masters, the game I have planned to run myself after I get the mechanics tested currently has the story set up that it wouldn't have masters, and including a master would result in a significant change to the story, but if you think of a servant you want to try out, or I decide I want to test the modified version to include masters, or decide to run a more typical grail war game later, I'll let you know. Thank you for the luck.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2022, 12:00:13 am »

Sounds good! and my Servant in that was run by The Ensorceler, and was the Archer class El Cid. He was following the tradition of having the Archer class not actually having any archers and had swords instead. His swords were set up where he could gift them to others and they'd enhance their abilities pretty signifigantly but if you tried to use them against him Bad Things would happen to you and he'd get the sword back.

Please PM me when you're done with testing and are ready to start designing / approving characters for the actual game even if you decide to continue with the No Masters setup. I don't watch Fg/Rp so i'll probably miss it if I'm not messaged, but I am interested in playing and will simply adapt if I can't go with my first pick of bringing back Faye.
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Re: Fate/Mechanics Test (Mechanics Test for a new system for Fate style games)
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2022, 12:10:16 am »

Thank you. I do remember him having swords, and that seems like an interesting way to design the character.

I decided to start a poll for if there are enough people who are interested in playing masters instead of servants to expedite the process of figuring out how to design a master sheet. This is not a promise that the following game will include masters, just to see if there is enough interest for me to try and figure out how masters would play sooner rather than later.
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