Got another Fate Core adventure for you today. This one takes place in a casino setting, assumed to be modern times and technology but easily adjustable to fit what you want. The adventure is a fun way to meet a new NPC contact that you know has information you want.
Prelude: Tracking Down Mister X
The party needs a piece of information to continue their quest. This could be security codes, blue prints, a list of names that are friends of Carlotta, or a secret formula for hair tonic. Whatever they need, they do not yet have the information. So they have to track down who does.
Have the group do their thing. A Contacts (3) check pulls up someone that has heard about Mister X who might know what the group needs. An Investigate (3) finds that Mister X has some hefty security moving to and from the office. A Burglary (3) check reveals that his home is also state-of-the-art secured and would be difficult to break into. Each of these checks will also reveal Mister X’s one true passion: gambling.
The party can track Mister X to his favorite Casino, the Tipsy Unicorn, where he leaves his security at the car so as not to attract too much attention to himself. If the party wants to participate in some gambling activities, feel free to reference our past article on The Gambler’s Hall for ideas.
Getting Mister X to talk requires some effort. The group first needs to get his attention. Then they need him to compromise his morals. Finally, the need to receive the needed information from him.
Evil Hat’s latest Fate World setting is a fairytale within a fairytale, aiming to let us play those people involved in the magical worlds we imagine with a spoonful of reality we have come to expect. It lets you play heroes that give others a chance at their “happily-ever-after” ending while wrestling with your own place in the world.
We are not here to review this new setting today. Instead, we are going to talk about how to play with Loose Threads well. The game is based on a good relationship of aspects to compel, making it easier for players to build interesting characters that are closely tied into the story. Even if you never end up playing this version of Fate, there are some very good principles to apply to your own game as a GM or a player.
When a GM designs stunts, it is usually more than one or two at a time and for more than one character. On a small scale, you may be making new stunts for a custom skill you have decided to add to your campaign. On a large scale, you may be adding several stunt families for several class builds. With so many stunts coming out, it is easy to lose balance on one hand or flavor on the other.
If you just want to make a few extra stunts to add to the default list, then by all means go for it! Players tend to understand that GM stunts are good stunts to take since the person designing the campaign is the one that made them.
Just so you do not get overwhelmed or make underwhelming stunts, here are some tips to consider when designing stunts.